(Guest column published January 29 by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
By Benita Dodd
Benita DoddVice PresidentGeorgia Public Policy Foundation
Georgia’s Department of Transportation has been under fire in recent years, much of it deserved amid unwise policy decisions and lackadaisical financial management. Under new management, with greater transparency and financial accountability, the agency is doing better. But still more can be done for policy to progress in Georgia’s current economic climate.
The department’s job is complicated by the lack of available funding. Last year, voters in all but three of 12 regions rejected a proposed regional penny sales tax that would have funded projects in each region. The shortfall is more serious when considering declining fuel tax revenues; congressional earmarks that…