January 29, 2013 |
AUSTIN — Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Tuesday called for returning excess tax money to taxpayers and tapping the state's rainy-day fund for water and transportation infrastructure. Perry, 62, the longest-serving governor in the nation at just over 12 years, called for changing the constitution of the state, the nation's second most populous, to allow the return of tax money to the people who paid it when the state brings in more than needed. "We've never bought into the notion that if you collect more, you...
October 31, 2011 |
All right-thinking people agree: America's infrastructure is in bad shape. The only debate is over how bad. Is our infrastructure "increasingly third-world" — per Slate's Jacob Weisberg — or a "national disgrace" and "global embarrassment" — as Barry Ritholtz suggested in a recent column for The Post ? Data seem to support this gloomy conventional wisdom. In the World Economic Forum's (WEF) latest Global Competitiveness Report , the United States' infrastructure ranked 23rd, behind...
July 29, 2008
At least $140 billion is needed to make major repairs or upgrades to a quarter of the bridges in the United States, according to a report by state transportation officials from across the country. The officials added that bridge repairs are just one element of a pressing need for more federal funding to improve the nation's deteriorating transportation infrastructure. SOURCE: Associated Press IN FACT The report was released just days before the anniversary of last year's Aug. 1 bridge collapse in Minneapolis, which killed 13.
February 8, 2008
Fred Hiatt's Jan. 21 op-ed, "She Brakes for Ideology," revealed basic and prevalent misunderstandings about how surface transportation systems work, how they are funded and how past policies have contributed to today's failures. Mr. Hiatt conceded that we should promote direct pricing of our transportation infrastructure but simultaneously argued that we should massively increase indirect taxes on fuel and public transportation trips -- including endorsing a plan that would triple the federal per-gallon gas tax in five years.
January 18, 2013
Regarding the Jan. 14 Washington Business article " Idea of replacing gas tax popular in Va. ": Nearly everyone quoted runs a business that relies on vehicles: a cab driver, a moving company, a limousine service and a courier service. Of course these businesses support cutting the gas tax. What about consumers? People who care about the environment? Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell's proposal to create a fee for fuel-efficient cars is absurd, creating a disincentive to using less gas and protecting the environment.
January 25, 2012
The Jan. 22 Local Digest item "Roadways' names could be up for sale," which reported that Virginia is considering selling naming rights to its transportation infrastructure, brings to mind some lucrative possibilities. Route 1, now known as Jefferson Davis Highway, could become Abraham Lincoln Boulevard. Route 29, or Lee Highway, could become U.S. Grant Highway. And Route 50, or Lee-Jackson Memorial Highway, could be renamed McClellan-Meade Turnpike. To avoid the possibility of egotism being involved, the folks behind the...