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Metro Atlanta executives to ponder inaction during last session of Georgia General Assembly

Not surprisingly, the Metro Atlanta Chamber plans to devote its entire executive committee meeting Thursday morning on state legislative issues.

The meeting follows a particularly disappointing session of the General Assembly that ended earlier this month without resolving a number of issues critical to the Atlanta business community.

Among the issues high on the chamber’s list include: the lack of progress on a bill that would allow voters to pass a one-cent sales tax for transportation improvements; the inability to pass legislation that would allow MARTA to spend its existing funds where they’re needed; and a bill to improve governance on school boards across the state.

When asked what would be on the agenda of Thursday’s meeting, Metro Atlanta Chamber President Sam Williams said they decided to devote the entire meeting to discussing what happened, or more specifically, what didn’t happen; and to discuss strategies for the future.

The chamber’s meetings are not open to the public.

Maria Saporta

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.


1 Comment

  1. David April 14, 2009 11:12 am

    I wish the Chamber all the best in prodding the legislature to get its act together. They seem to be the only intelligent body of leaders in the State…Report


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