Reducing Traffic Gridlock & Planning for the Future
Traffic is the single greatest threat to our quality of life. As our next State Representative, I will be a voice in Atlanta for some common sense on transportation. The reality is that our community is quickly becoming the economic engine of our state. When we invest money in roads and infrastructure here, Georgia will see a dramatic return on its investment. Road money should go to where the traffic gridlock is and where it can have the most impact on improving our economy.
We must also find innovative ways to empower local communities to accelerate infrastructure improvements. Many ideas have been floated like an "Infrastructure Bank" to provide low interest loans to counties to fund infrastructure improvements or expanding the options for SPLOST-type referendum based taxes.
Right now, we have a "catch up" mentality in our state government. We desperately need a vision for our future. We need to execute transportation plans now for our needs twenty years from now. We need bold leadership on the issue of water - keeping our state's and our community's supply plentiful and clean for the next several decades. We need leadership that plans for Lake Lanier's future - a future that utilizes its value as a resource for our entire region, but also maintains its quality and beauty.
The bottom line is that we need visionary leadership and state government that empowers communities like ours to get the job done. I will be a partner with our state agencies and our city and county governments to help create more tools to solve the problem of gridlock on our roads and plan effectively for our future.