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(AJC) — Mayor Kasim Reed on Monday visited the Atlanta City Council to ask members to become better educated about a referendum slated for 2012 that would allow the region’s residents to tax themselves for transportation improvements.

Reed said he was invited to the chamber to talk about House Bill 277, which passed earlier this year to set up the referendum. He argued that its passage would be an economic stimulus for the city, which he said has lost many as 88,000 jobs and is struggling to find work for the middle class.

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