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Donor among appointments to Georgia transportation funding committee

Special to SEGAZINE

The Georgia Senate has begun making appointments to a committee charged with recommending ways around the state’s transportation funding challenges.

Among possibilities as new revenue sources are a fractional sales tax, excise taxes and adjustments to the state motor fuel tax.

Senate Transportation Chairman Steve Gooch, R-Dahlonega, will be a co-chairman of what’s officially known as the Critical Transportation Infrastructure Funding Joint Study Committee. Serving with him will be state Sen. Jack Hill, R-Reidsville; Sen. Tyler Harper, R-Ocilla; and Sen. David Lucas, D- Macon.

Additionally, Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is expected to appoint political campaign donor Steve Green to the committee as a citizen member. Green is a longtime member of the Georgia Ports Authority and past chairman of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. He has contributed $13,825 to Cagle since 2007 and $18,700 to Gov. Nathan Deal over the past three years.

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