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All TSPLOST votes passed last evening – two city of Atlanta votes and the Fulton County effort that our industry supported. This is good news for our industry and it will mean more funding for transportation and infrastructure spending in Georgia!
In the wake of last night’s wave election, I wanted to forward along a few points for your consideration in the wake of the election. In a landslide that resembled 1980, President – Elect Donald Trump defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton approximately 276 electoral votes to 218. Each have approximately 47.5% of the popular vote. This will change slightly as numbers are finalized, but the outcome will be felt for years to come.
President – Elect Trump had strong comments about infrastructure in his speech last night. To that end, we’ve been working on both an op-ed and a policy paper on the major parties / candidates’ positions on infrastructure investment. I’ve attached those for your review.
In the Republican wave, Republicans maintained strong control of the United States Senate, electing or re-electing Republicans in all but Illinois and Nevada. Georgia’s own Senator Johnny Isakson won with 55% of the vote. Republicans maintain control of the Senate with a 51 vote majority.
- Congress also changed little and Republicans maintain a 236 member majority there.
- Little changed overnight with Georgia state legislative races, with incumbents winning in an overwhelming majority of instances. Senator Janice Van Ness, Representative Taylor Bennett, Representative Valerie Clark, and Representative Mike Cheokas lost their respective reces. Republican majorities in the House and Senate remain largely unchanged.
- Governor Nathan Deal’s Opportunity School District (Amendment I) failed by 40-60 margin. The Safe Harbor Amendment, restructuring of the judicial nominating commission, dedication of fireworks fees to trauma centers all passed.
- The City of Atlanta’s dual votes for a .005% sales tax for MARTA expansion and .004% sales tax passed overwhelmingly, with approximately 67% and 72%, respectively.
- The Fulton County Transportation SPLOST, or TSPLOST, passed easily with approximately 53% support. GTA was pleased to act in a supporting role to the county and cities in that ballot effort.
Federal Election Update
GCAA participated in an election recap call with the NSSGA this morning.
General thoughts regarding the Trump election:
Possible 1 trillion in spending on infrastructure has been pledged.
Repeal of some of the Obama administration regulations
Goals of NSSGA:
Look at MSHA penalties.
Workplace hours rule.
Open the Mine Act?
ROCK PAC spending:
$1.3 million spent on candidates
95% of those members are returning to Congress.
NSSGA already working to identify someone to recommend as head of MSHA.
Discussion of comprehensive tax reform.
House and Senate still in GOP control.
GOP loss in IL.
NH still undecided – leaning D.
LA – won’t be decided until Dec. Leaning R.
Transportation Committee member loss – Rep Mica (FL). Due to redistricting.
8 seats picked up by Democrats
9 undecided including Nebraska
Lame Duck session of Congress:
Continuing resolution ends on Dec 9.
Flint river issue.
Criminal justice reform.
Will be a short lame duck session.
POLITICO's Morning Transportation:
Trump’s plan for $1 trillion in infrastructure investments
By Brianna Gurciullo and Jennifer Scholtes | 11/09/2016 10:00 AM EDT
TRUMP'S AGENDA: With Donald Trump heading to the White House in January, eyes now turn to whether he will live up to one of his big promises for his first 100 days - a pledge to work with lawmakers to introduce legislation to "spur $1 trillion in infrastructure investment" over the course of a decade. Trump asserts that the bill would be "revenue neutral" and would leverage "public-private partnerships, and private investments through tax incentives." Not only has he promised that the legislation will be introduced in Congress during his first 100 days, but Trump has said he will push to get it passed within that timeframe as well.