Last-minute TSPLOST campaigning heats up - CBS46 News

Last-minute TSPLOST campaigning heats up

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With just one more day to go until voters in metro Atlanta cast their ballots in the primary, supporters and opponents of the T-SPLOST referendum that would fund billions of dollars in transportation projects are trying to sway the vote in their direction.

"We're going to work just as hard as if we were 20 points behind," State Sen. Vincent Fort told a group of volunteers Saturday morning, before they hit the streets to protest against the Transportation Investment Act.

Fort said at that meeting that the polls indicate the TIA will fail by 20 points.

But plenty of powerful political figures are standing up in support of it. At Centennial Olympic Park, a small crowd gathered to hear Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Congressman John Lewis make their case for the 10 year, one cent sales tax.

"We need this transportation system, and we need it now," said Congressman Lewis, eliciting a passionate response from the modest crowd.

City Councilman Kwanza Hall also is in favor of the tax.

"You come down to the game, you come down to the rodeo, you go to anything in Atlanta, you wonder 'why the hell am I in all this traffic?  Why?' And this is a solution," said Hall. "Otherwise we're going to be waiting another two years."

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