Bill aimed at streamlining Georgia transit stuck in committee jam

Georgia News

A bill which would streamline transportation around the state, particularly in rural Georgia is stuck in a jam in committee.

If you’re in rural Georgia odds are you know someone who wants to work but can’t get there. And if they’re drawing unemployment that’s costing taxpayer dollars…the bill’s sponsor says your neighbor being able to get to work helps everyone.

This bill wouldn’t cost any more money or make taxpayers fund any more state jobs. 

It would simply move things around to give more local control over transit and encourage innovation from the private sector.  

The bill’s sponsor is not suggesting heavy rail or buses, but breaking things down regionally to make rural areas more accessible. One major benefit…helping the unemployed get back to work:

“We all lift up together or we go down together. And if we can remove that simple barrier of transportation and make it more effective and efficient for someone, then it’s beneficial to our business community, but also removes people off the unemployment roles. It brings people onto employment roles. They begin paying taxes, which is good for our economy. And it’s also just the right thing to do,” says Rep. Kevin Tanner.

Now Representative Tanner’s 71 page bill wants to cut a lot of the state’s red tape around transportation, but it’s caught up in it itself because those big state agencies are pushing back against the bill and it hasn’t made it out of senate committee…with only a few days left in the session. 

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