In a letter to the editor published in the MDJ on February 18, Michael Paris stated that a two year delay, that many citizens believe is necessary to review and improve some apparent problems in the Transportation Investment Act (TIA), would only compound the problem. He goes on to say that now is the time to get our region moving again and we cannot afford to wait any longer.
Paris is a key member of the Metro Atlanta Voter Education Network (MAVEN). MAVEN states on their website that they are a non-partisan organization engaged only in educational activities and will not campaign for or against passage of the sales tax referendum. However, it’s pretty clear from reading his article that Paris is strongly advocating the passage of the TIA referendum. Instead of educating, he’s openly trying to persuade and indoctrinate MDJ readers.
If MAVEN is not for or against the TIA, why did they hire a team of professional power-brokers and lawyers last year to support the work of the metro Atlanta Regional Investment Act (TIA)? It’s starting to appear that the cards are being stacked against anyone that tries to get in their way of passing the T-SPLOST referendum this year.
No matter how worthy or justified everyone’s intentions are to improve the TIA before the referendum, MAVEN has the team, funding and the unmistakable plan to quickly get it approved by the voters.
It’s time for MAVEN to stop trying to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes. Perhaps MAVEN should consider changing its name to MAVIN, the Metro Atlanta Voter Indoctrination Network.