Thursday, July 26, 2012

Latino Lobbyist Support Tax Increase in GA

"On July 31st, Georgia voters will be deciding on a transportation referendum, or 1% sales tax to fund crucial transportation projects across metro Atlanta. Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO) supports the passage of this transportation referendum."

Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO, released this statement supporting a YES vote on the Transportation Referendum:

"Our region's future growth and economic viability depends upon movement forward to our transportation issues. We need to regain our competitive edge. A vote for the July 31 transportation referendum is a vote for bringing prosperity back to our region.

Georgia has lost 200,000 jobs and over 80,000 construction jobs since 2007. We believe this referendum is a critical shot in the arm to strengthen our economy and put all Georgians, including Latinos, back to work.

According to a regional impact study conducted by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), the economic impact for the metro area is as follows: 34,000 supported construction jobs, 200,000 additional jobs supported, Two-thirds of supported jobs are in high- and mid-paying sectors.

Latinos are in a unique position to benefit from the referendum. All Georgia Department of Transportation projects (at least half of the 157 regional projects will be administered by Georgia Department of Transportation) have Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) goals, and local projects are likely to have minority or disadvantage business preferences as well.

GALEO supports a YES vote for continued prosperity and vibrant economic development of our state and our Metro Atlanta region.  Our Metro Atlanta region and our state are faced with a significant moment in time to see ourselves as a united region for economic growth and prosperity for all Georgians.

In the global marketplace, we need to retain a competitive edge.  In order to do that, we must demonstrate that we are addressing our transportation options now.  Our choices during the vote will determine whether we will be able to compete and attract continued economic growth for our region and our state.  A delay in moving forward would only hurt us and help our competitors.  Metro Atlanta and our state are at a serious crossroads and GALEO urges voters to vote YES on July 31st for the transportation referendum."



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