Atlanta area political and business leaders have a solution to traffic that's ranked among the worst in the U.S.: Ask voters to approve a sales tax increase to raise $8.5 billion over a decade for roads and public transportation.

That plan, to be considered on July 31 by voters in 10 counties that include Atlanta and its suburbs, isn't an easy sell. Groups that normally have little in common have joined together to campaign against the tax: anti-government Tea Party activists, civil rights leaders from the NAACP and environmentalists from the Sierra Club.

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