Gov. Perdue: Ga. should vote on transportation tax

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ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue says he will propose $300 million in bonds this year for transportation projects.

And the Republican governor said he would also back a statewide vote in 2012 on a one-cent sales tax hike to create a steady funding stream to build and repair roads and transit lines. Under Perdue’s plan, the state would be broken into regions. Voters in each region could decide whether to impose the additional sales tax or not.

Perdue made the announcement at a state Capitol news conference on Thursday.

Perdue said he would like the state Legislature and future governors to provide $300 million every year for 10 years to fund transportation projects. But he will have little say moving forward. Perdue is in his final year in office.