across America are scrapping for dollars to keep their roads in
decent shape. And many have given up for now on building new ones.
one might wonder, where can Georgia find thousands of dollars to
rename hundreds of roads?
to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the state has been on
a decades-long spending spree, using large quantities of taxpayer
dollars to rename roads after everything from newspaper columnists,
current and former legislators … and even country music singers.
newspaper reported that last year, Georgia paid $120,000 of tax
money to rename roads. And even though the pace of renaming has
dropped, and changes have reduced the cost – 2003 renamings will
cost between $14,000 and $20,000 – the practice continues during
what many state government observers call the most challenging budget
year for states since the Great Depression.
can't name a road after everyone," Rep. Ralph Twiggs, D-Hiawassee,
told the newspaper. Twiggs is the chairman of the House Transportation
Committee. "We've made some progress, but I think we still
need to do some work on it."