Adequate, immediate, and sustainable funding for a Statewide/Regional Comprehensive Transportation Plan is a MUST. The plan must be local government friendly with the necessary flexibility for local governing authorities to utilize a fair share of intake revenues for various modes of local transit including operating and maintenance requirements. We made a step in the right direction with HB 1218 (HB 277), the Governor's 2010 Transportation Act. While I do not agree with every aspect of the Bill, nevertheless I am proud and honored to be a Co-Sponsor on the original version of the Transportation Legislation along with the House Leadership. I also had the opportunity to serve on the Transportation Sub-Committee for Transportation Funding, which allowed me to participate directly in the process and gain an invaluable understanding of the dynamics including politics, power, and personalities involved around the transportation funding issue. If Georgia is truly serious about fixing our transportation problems, we must also be aggressive in acquiring Federal Grants and Aid and move toward building/rebuilding our relationships in Washington.