How it got there came as a surprise. The deal included new $5 fees tacked onto hotel and motel stays that has infuriated the hospitality industry. Lawmakers settled on the surcharge aimed at out-of-towners rather than tack on new fees for rental cars. Deal urged hoteliers to hold their complaints.
"People wouldn't come to their places of businesses if they didn't have a good way to get there," he said. "Do they want to collect that extra $5? Maybe they don't. But a lot of people who check into hotels and motels probably wonder about some of those other add-on charges over and above the cost of the room itself."
Deal praised lawmakers for stomaching tax increases despite critics who cast the plan as a massive tax increase and said he would pitch it as a public safety necessity at gatherings around the state.
"It would be a great tragedy if we had an accident with a school bus on a deteriorating bridge. There would be no logical explanation as to why that happened," he said. "This would allow us to fix those bridges and make those repairs. And it simply says Georgia is a state that's growing."