House pushes 'compromise' for transportation

ATLANTA (AP) - House leaders are offering a compromise plan to
grease the skids on a transportation sales tax proposal that has
been stuck in legislative gridlock.

The House measure introduced Wednesday would allow counties to
band together to levy the tax for regional transportation projects
if a 2010 constitutional amendment for a statewide one-percent
sales tax for infrastructure improvement fails.

State Rep. Vance Smith, the House's top transportation official,
said the proposal was designed to blend dueling plans that are
being pushed by House and Senate lawmakers.

The House has held firm on a statewide sales tax while Senate
leaders advocate for the plan to allow counties to band together
and impose the tax hike locally.

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