GA will vote on July 31st for an additional 1 penny sales tax to improve transportation, known as T-SPLOST. Many members have been wanting to discuss this polarizing topic for a while now.
Pro: http://connectgeorgia2012.com/ http://untieatlanta.com/
Con: http://www.stoptsplost2012.com/ www.traffictruth.net
(post others in comments)
http://www.pba.org/post/t-splost-debate-hosted-wabe (1 hour debate)
http://metroatlantatransportationvote.com/ (maps and research about projects)
In a first for our group, we're going to have some speakers to introduce the topic and then take part in the discussion!
On the con side, Mike Lowry has volunteed to speak. Mike has a background in business development and technology, and has actively been blogging and speaking about this issue. You can read some of his posts here: http://roswell.patch.com/search?keywords=lowry
On the pro side, Jim Durrett will be speaking. Jim is on the speaker's bureau for transformmetroatlanta.com, currently runs the Buckhead CID and used to run the Livable Communities Coalition.
If you'd like to get dinner, please try to arrive at 7:00 so we can begin the presentations at 7:30pm.
Our group is focused on learning and respectful discussion rather than honing debate skills or convincing people one way or the other.
There's a $1 charge for this meetup, but it is OPTIONAL. It helps cover the $180 yearly meetup fees. Thanks for your help.