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Deal, Reed partner to push T-SPLOST to Ga. voters

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By ERRIN HAINES
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed are making an 11th-hour push to Georgia voters to approve the transportation tax referendum on Tuesday's primary ballot.

The issue has been hard-fought in recent weeks, and Reed has been increasingly visible in the days leading up to the vote, which is expected to be close. Surrounded by dozens of lawmakers and supporters at the state Capitol on Monday, both men told the crowd that supporting the tax would create jobs, help pay for much-needed infrastructure and help the state compete against major metropolitan cities in the region.

A smaller crowd opposing the tax also held a rally Monday, arguing that it puts an unfair burden on the poor and that lawmakers cannot be trusted to spend the money wisely.

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