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Unformatted text preview: and the growing number of residents who, for one reason or another, find themselves without gainful employment. These issues need to be addressed, and Obama's healthcare "solution" is not a "one size fits all" plan. Georgia's uninsured numbers beat out Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, South Carolina and Texas.That's not much consolation for a state desperately trying to remedy the situation with little success. To make matters worse, Georgia's population is growing. Census figures from 2010 rank it ninth most populous, with a growth rate of 18.3 percent. This is far beyond the national growth rate of 9.7 percent. State budget cuts have worsened the effects of the declining economy. State representatives stress a need for jobs and economic investment. Democrats say revenue from state and federal levels is needed to balance out state cuts that seem to be driving the poverty levels. Whatever side of the political fence you reside on, one thing is certain: those living at or below the poverty level in Georgia do not have a chance to improve their quality of life until additional jobs are created. It really doesn't matter where they come from-jobs created by small business owners, large companies moving to the state or the government. At this point, Georgia needs jobs, and needs them now. 24 | P a g e Mass Transit Negative BDL Roads Focus Better- Answer to: No Trade-off [____] [____] Increasing funding for mass transit directly trades off with funding for highways Gerald E Frug, Samuel R. Rosenthal Professor of Law at Harvard University, 1998 (“CITY SERVICES”, LexisNexis, 4/98) Highway maintenance also raises broader issues than the need to fill potholes. Fixing the street s is simply one of the many direct costs imposed on cities by America's automobile -based society: cities spend money policing the streets, sweeping them, installing traffic signals, and sending the fire department and paramedic services when accidents occur. n223 And highways are only one ingredient in a transportation system that can either link metropolitan residents together or divide them from each other. Decisions about the allocation of funds for highways, mass transit, and bicycle paths have had a major impact on the design of the area's streets, housing, and commercial life and, with it, the accessibility of jobs for the poor. Indeed, some cities and neighborhoods have excluded the region's mass transit system to prevent "undesirables" from having easy access to them, and highways have been located to separate the region into racially identifiable spaces. n224 This history of isolating the poor makes it clear that a decision to shift resources from highways to a fully accessible mass transit system would affect the lives of everyone in the region, not just those who ride the trains. n225 So does a recognition of the effect that such a shift would have on the extent of car generated pollution throughout the metropolitan area. 25 | P a g e Mass Transit Negative BDL Road Focus Better – Answers to: Highways Declining Now [____] US infrastructure is strong now Charles Lane, Washington Post editor, 2011 (Charles, “The U.S. infrastructure argument that crumbles upon examination”, 10 -31, http://www.washingtonpost.com/...
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