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Albers takes state Senate seat for another term
by Angela Spencer
November 14, 2012 10:33 AM | 1976 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With another election under his belt, State Senator John Albers will be focusing on job creation and a Plan B for the Atlanta transportation issue in his next term.

“My main priority will be job creation which includes the elimination of the Georgia income tax and removing necessary regulations,” he said. “Other priorities include creating the environment to lead the nation in Compressed/Liquified Natural Gas to eliminate our dependency on foreign oil and opt out of Obamacare.”

Before the primary election in July Albers took a stand against T-SPLOST, a proposed sales tax intended to raise revenue for transportation projects in a 10-county area. The tax was voted down by the people, and Albers said he wants to start on his Plan B for transportation.

“We do not need to invest our hard-earned tax dollars on trails and community beautification projects while our roadways remain clogged and difficult to navigate,” he said. “We must solve the root of the problem; transportation spending must be focused on roads and improvements that will create a more efficient and interconnected transportation network.”

Albers said his Plan B includes restoring trust between local government and the voters, making sure fees collected by the state go to their intended purposes and propose a transportation infrastructure managed by experienced professionals.

“In order for Georgia’s economy to remain competitive, we must continue to invest in new infrastructure and take advantage of the latest advances in technology. Some of these technologies are as simple as synchronized traffic lights, motion-sensor traffic cameras, diamond intersections and proven solutions such as roundabouts to relieve congestion at major intersections,” he said. “Implementing these small changes could have wide-ranging implications on Metro Atlanta’s future economic development by enhancing our region’s capability to support future job growth.”

Another reform that is part of Plan B is to adjust the amount of the transportation budget that goes to rural areas that may not need the funds as much as some of the more highly populated areas of the state.

“If just a portion of these funds were redirected to support more heavily-dense populations such as Metro Atlanta, congestion could be reduced dramatically benefiting the economy of the entire state of Georgia,” he said.

As far as the agencies controlling transportation projects — the Georgia Department of Transportation and the “alphabet soup” of agencies such as the State Road and Tollway Authority and the Georgia Regional Transit Authority — Albers said it would help to consolidate and reorganize the agencies into a more cost effective machine

“This will allow us to evaluate inefficiencies and reduce unnecessary expenditures while trimming down the workforce using the private marketplace to provide better and more cost effective solutions,” he said.

He also said MARTA needs to be privatized with other county systems.

“We cannot in good faith spend additional money on a broken system.”

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