get on board with saving marta.

marta is calling today for the governor, the lieutenant governor and the speaker of the house to convene a special session of the legislature to deal with the marta funding issue.

according to the marta release:

MARTA Board of Directors today urged Governor Sonny Perdue, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and House Speaker Glenn Richardson to call a special session to deal with transportation and MARTA funding issues. During their 2009 General Assembly, state legislators failed to pass critical legislation providing regional or state transportation funding and lifting restrictions on the use of MARTA’s capital reserve funds. The Georgia General Assembly ended last Friday, April 3. During the 2009 legislative session, MARTA petitioned state lawmakers to grant the authority access to $65 million in its capital reserve account to fund a significant gap in its operating budget.

“I can’t emphasize enough how critical it is that MARTA be allowed flexibility to use its reserve account to fund operation of the system. I commit to you that the MARTA Board is looking for all ways to cut expenses and run this system as efficiently and effectively as possible,” said MARTA Board Chairman Michael Walls. “We implore the state to please reconsider this issue so that during this difficult economic time we can keep this essential transportation service running, which acts as a lifeline for so many people.”

(full press release here)

please help with this. please.

take 30 seconds and call the governor at 404-656-1776 and ask him to convene a special session of the legislature.

then take 30 seconds and call the lieutenant governor at 404-656-5030.

by the way, i just did this. the governor’s office told me to call my legislator, so i am not expecting a ton of leadership from him on this.

at casey cagle’s office they did discuss the issue with me and get my contact information. then again casey wants to be governor so he has some incentive.

please flood our elected leaders. let them know that you want to see some leadership on this.

3 Comments so far

  1. bking on April 7th, 2009 @ 3:39 pm

    Casey Cagle’s office at least made a perfunctory attempt to care, getting my name and email. Sonny’s office just said, "I’ll pass that along". I’m sure they’ll do that….


  2. james hervey (jeherv) on April 7th, 2009 @ 3:52 pm

    exactly the same response I got. guess this isn’t on the sonny do list.


  3. jamsmooth on April 8th, 2009 @ 10:44 am

    I called the Gov., Lt. Gov., My State Rep. and Senator today. The Gov’s office actually expressed a sympathetic moan when I told her that people will not be able to get to their jobs w/o MARTA. Cagle’s office asked for my email address. The other offices said they would pass along the info.

    I’m not sure how it’s done on the state level. But when I interned for US Senator Paul Coverdell all these calls just got logged. Then I sat back this dark room with a machine called the auto pen. It signed the senator’s signature on all his correspondence.



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