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Transportation funding top legislative issue in GA

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By KATHLEEN FOODY
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's transportation needs and how to pay for them emerged this week as the issues dominating the 2015 legislation session. Lawmakers return to the Capitol on Jan. 12.

State Rep. Jay Roberts says the search for an estimated $1.5 billion in new revenue - annually - is bound to create "some heartburn." A study committee plans to issue a report laying out the state's options by the end of December.

Gov. Nathan Deal declined this week to say what he could support and wants many options to be considered. Democrats say any plan should be bipartisan.

Georgia's business community is making a big push for upgrades and better maintenance of roads, bridges and transit systems. Leaders say it is essential for attracting new companies and keeping Georgia companies competitive.

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