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Robert J. Samuelson: The highway fuss: How much to spend is a judgment call

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  • E Sam Provo, UT
    July 9, 2014 11:25 p.m.

    So, a bi-partisan solution has been proposed. It's sensible, and would certainly solve a serious problem. So of course, it has no chance of passing. Why am I not shocked?

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 10, 2014 12:20 a.m.

    The U.S. spends 2% of GDP on infrastructure, Europe spends 5%, China spends 9%. We are rapidly becoming a third world country and unless the Republicans overcome their aversion to any and all taxes, we will continue in that direction.

  • CMO Beaver Beaver, UT
    July 10, 2014 8:50 a.m.

    or maybe we can quit wasting $100 billion a year on overpayments and fraud and direct some saving to our highway system... of course I would suspect a good chunk of the overbillings noted in these previous stories on federal overpayments come at the hand of road contractors

  • dave4197 Redding, CA
    July 10, 2014 11:29 a.m.

    We can and should find savings in DOD to finance these highway projects. Our defense spending outdoes all other countries' defense spending combined. Time for a guillotine. I'm with Ike who said 60 years ago watch out for the military industrial complex. They're always getting more ready for the previous conflict.
    Raising taxes on highway fuels is a good idea. Except for the tea party's (lack of) thinking which they will fight as they drive on our taxpayer paid for highways to Washington DC.