Georgia legislative leaders have approved a transportation deal.  House and Senate negotiators on Wednesday said they’ve reached agreement on a funding plan that would allow voters to decide whether to hike the sales tax by one penny to pay for road and other infrastructure projects. Georgians would vote on the measure in the 2012 presidential primary.

 The bill would create regions that would would then decide whether to fund projects in their area. Only regions that approve the sales tax increase would have the money to spend. The bill would give MARTA more flexibility to spend its money on new projects.  State Senator Jeff Mullis, who represents Chattooga, Walker, Dade and Catoosa Counties in the Georgia State Senate and serves as chariman of the Senate Transportation Committee said that the bill is important for the economic vitality of the state.