Thursday, February 12, 2009

Perdue's transportation reorganization plan

Political Insider has the governor's outline for a new State Transportation Authority. Basically, GRTA and SRTA get combined, and the new STA moves into a hierarchy above GDOT. The new STA sets appropriations criteria and disperses funds to "GDOT or other entity", heh. I presume that means GDOT (or other entity) would be left bidding and managing projects. I'll bet it is a lot less fun when they don't have any say about which projects get approved...

The obvious piece to notice is that this is a major power grab for the governor. The governor's office would get to appoint 3 of the 7 seats on the STA, as well as the Chair and the Chief Executive. I assume the Chair is one of the board member appointees, and that the Chief Executive would be a separate position, like Commissioner is now. It is worth noting that it isn't really a power grab for this governor, since he'll be out of office pretty soon.

I think the jury is still out on whether the plan is good or not. I certainly need to let it sit and percolate a bit.

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