alternative headline: “Shine on You Crazy Diverging Diamond”
Representative Jay Roberts, who led the charge to pass the transportation bill this year, will be making some decisions on how that money is spent. Today, Nathan Deal nominated him to become the Planning Director of the Georgia Department of Transportation. He replaces Toby Carr, who took a position with UGA’s Government Relations team in the fall of 2014.
Roberts carried a heavy load this past session in marshaling the vaunted billion dollar transportation bill through the chambers. He’ll have to get himself through the Transportation Committee of the House and the Senate to be confirmed in this position, but there’s not expected to be much opposition to his nomination.
You may think that Deal should have appointed an actual transportation planner to the position, but they had one in Todd Long (who preceded Carr) and he proved that all the planning knowledge in the world doesn’t matter that much if you don’t have any money to spend.
Now that DOT has some moolah, Roberts will continue to have a large role in determining the ways people and stuff move around our state. Congratulations to him.
Should he be confirmed, there will likely be special election to fill his House seat.