NAACP takes stand against T-SPLOST
The NAACP Georgia State Conference holds a press conference in Bibb County to stand united in opposition of the Transportation Special Purpose Local Sales Tax more commonly known as T-SPLOST.
They say the extra tax will not work in favor of minority owned business.
Edward DuBose, the President of the NAACP Georgia State Conference, explains "We have been excluded from the process from the very beginning.
Members of the NAACP along with the Georgia Black Constructors Association say that African Americans were left out of the planning for the T-SPLOST (Transportation Special Purpose Local Sales Tax) and the GDOT (Georgia Department of Transportation) 2012 disparity report proves it.
Bill Cannon, President of the Georgia Black Contractors Association, goes into detail about the report’s findings, "The report indicates that African American businesses receive only 2.5 percent out of a total budget of 2 billion dollars during the time period of 2009 to 2012."
They say that the Transportation Referendum makes no provision for insuring African American, Minority, and Women Business participation.
"It also indicates that the white women owned firms are overly utilized and the African American firms are underutilized. “, adds Cannon.
NAACP President Edward DuBose says that the community is being mislead when it come to this transportation legislation and it's unfair to the poor, minorities and middle class. "You have been fooled to believe that if you vote no that somehow your community will be in chaos."
So they are asking Bibb Citizens to vote no. "We are asking all bright thinking people especially in the African American community to respect itself by saying no to this transportation SPLOST.", says Cannon.
DuBose shares a common stand on the transportation referendum, “We are saying vote this tax down so that we can all come to the table together collectively and make the right decisions for our state.”
The NAACP made their first stop in Atlanta on their campaign against the T-SPLOST and will continue to Columbus, Albany, and Savannah.