Gov. Nathan Deal’s office had no immediate comment on Golden’s announcement.
Golden said in his farewell letter that he wanted to participate in the work of the Joint Transportation Infrastructure Study Committee, which recently reported that the state would need to find $1 billion to $1.5 billion in new annual revenue just to maintain the state’s faltering transportation system.
“The Study Committee completed their work on the last day of December with a menu of options for consideration,” Golden wrote. “Knowing that I would potentially retire this year, I did not think it would be appropriate for me to be overly active in seeking the much needed funding.”