Metro Atlanta transit bill defeated across the board, quite pleased. While I do believe that transit in the metro area is a huge issue, this bill was not the way to go about it. As a fiscal conservative, I'm predisposed against any tax increase. This tax increase in particular... to put it simply, the bill was a MARTA bailout. MARTA is badly run, throwing more money at it in the hopes of fixing transportation is lunacy of the highest order.
The rest of the money that wouldn't have gone to MARTA would have essentially gone to the state as a new discretionary fund for transportation projects. The state does not have a good track record of managing money well, or of funding transportation projects properly (after all, if they did, we wouldn't be in this mess to begin with. This problem didn't develop over night). And finally, there's the fact that while this was slated to be only a 10-year tax, I guarantee you that it would never go away. Governments do not like giving up revenue streams.
So I applaud the voters for ignoring the carrot and soundly rejecting TSPLOST. It's nice to see common sense prevail every once in awhile.