Stop the boondoggles. Roads never pay for themselves and the gas tax only
covers 45% of the cost anyway. If it can't be covered by the gas tax, it
isn't needed or else UDOT needs to charge tolls for these until they are
paid for.Stop taking money from education for boondoggles. $450
Million was taken from the general fund to pay for these upgrades. That money
could have gone to tax cuts, education or something that actually makes
money.The state needs to stop subsidizing drivers and let them pay
the true cost.
I disagree with Makid. Roads are one of the few expenditures that
actually do pay for themselves. Much of our economy depends on our ability to
transport resources (human, material, and transactional) to business. That is not to say that education is not essential. The balancing of our
financial resources is a tricky activity that has many demands by those who see
need in one area but not another. Education advocates have a great interest at
heart but many times are myopic in their zeal. What Makid is
advocating is a tax increase. Tax increases are a difficult sale. Education
advocates have been pushing for a tax increase for a long time. There is a reason we continue to spent our resources on our transportation
system. A lack of transportation infrastructure would cripple every aspect of
economic activity in this state.
Grundle,My post was purely sarcastic. I agree that all transit is
good and even though it doesn't directly recover costs either from fares
nor gas tax, the other benefits more than fill the revenue gaps, be them in
time, safety, pollution reduction, etc.I wasn't nor have I
advocated for a tax increase. I am just advocating that people start viewing
given subjects from alternative view points. There are many people that are
against subsidizing Transit (TRAX) yet they have no problems subsidizing roads,
when both recover roughly the same amount from user fees.If we can
start to have people think outside of what they feel are their convictions, we
may start to see the world coming together to actually better mankind instead of
being isolationists and demonizing those that see something from a different
point of view.I chose this topic to make this point as many people
agree that roads are needed but never want to think that anything else might be
needed, such as Transit, Education, Police, Fire Protection, Health Care,
Welfare and so forth.Only through looking at other view points with
honest intent will the world resolve differences amicably.
shutdown our roadways and see how long you have anything to eat. Public
transportation serve only a small percentage, and NO goods moved.If
people can't get to work, the economy fails. If no one can get to a store,
the economy fails... Roads are one of the very few things we can not go
without. I don't see any of these projects that are fluff.
Makid - Nice response. Thanks.