Democrat mayor and Republican governor team up for Georgia
March 12, 2012 by Mark
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Georgia Governor Nathan Deal are working together on an assortment of projects and proposals designed to improve the long term economic prospects for the state. Such bipartisanship is a rare sight as Democrats and Republicans often differ on economic policy. Reed and Deal both support a new tax, expansion of the Savannah port and the promotion of the city of Atlanta as the capital of business for the region. Both the mayor and the governor hope these plans will create jobs and make the state an attractive destination for businesses.
The proposed tax, known as T-Splost, is expected to generate over $600 million for the Atlanta Beltline and MARTA transit. This would improve traffic conditions and create jobs according to the mayor,
“We have to pass T-SPLOST. If we dream again, if we look up, we will pass the T-SPLOST.”
Governor DEal added his own support the tax by claiming that it would result in $6.14 billion in revenue for projects throughout metro Atlanta.
Mayor Reed also escorted the governor deal to Washington, D.C. for a meeting with Ray LaHood, U.S. Secretary of Transportation. The duo was petitioning the Department of Transportation for federal funds that could be used to deepen the Port of Savannah.
“Its health and success matters to the City of Atlanta,” said Mayor Reed.
Reed also changed the name of the Atlanta Development Authority to Invest Atlanta. This rebranding was done in an effort to showcase the city’s emphasis on job creation and business recruiting. Governor Deal applauds the move and will have state agencies working closely with Invest Atlanta.
Print companies in Savannah and surrounding areas can help Georgia get back on its feet economically through a variety of services that will be needed from state agencies and job seekers alike.