Ralston offered the pep talk to the House Transportation Committee before they began considering a new funding bill. He said the plan is needed to pull Georgia's antiquated financing system into the 21st Century.
Legislators are nearing a March 25 deadline when bills must pass at least one chamber.
The House transportation plan would allow Georgians voting in the 2012 presidential primary to decide whether to increase the sales tax by one penny to pay for road and infrastructure projects. Regions that approve the tax increase would have money to spend. Those that reject the increase wouldn't not see any additional funding.