Monday, July 7, 2008

The Transportation Mess

Let me begin by saying I do not support ANY of the plans put forth by the Governor or the General Assembly. However, we MUST recognize that we need a dedicated revenue stream for transportation, for everything from Metro to correcting the myriad shortcoming of our state infrastructure. Over at Mason Conservative (by way of Jim Bowden), there is an excellent post about Bob Marshall's heroic efforts to straighten out this mess, with no help from our hero Bill Howell. Bob doesn't just immediately seek 'compromise' on any given issue, he looks for the best, no-nonsense, conservative solution. I LOVE his idea to do away with the federal ethanol mandate. That is high in the running for most ridiculous federal boondoggle of the past 10 years. Eat corn, don't burn it.

I would be in favor of a dedicated gasoline tax to pay for transportation. The big caveat is we can't have the state government "pulling a Mark Warner" and absconding with the transportation money for other purposes. We could also find things to eliminate in the budget to pay for transportation, but then guys like Howell and Albo and Norment will tell us there's nothing more to cut, right?

Yet another reason why Bob Marshall needs to be the next Speaker.

Cross-posted to Bloggers 4 Bob Marshall 4 Speaker


Steve Bierfeldt said...

"I would be in favor of a dedicated gasoline tax to pay for transportation. "

You would be in favor of a tax increase? How exactly is that conservative?

If Albo and company tell us there is "nothing left to cut" then we don't compromise by allowing gasoline taxes. We lead the charge against them regardless of what party they are a part of. Anyone who says there are not things that can be cut in any level of government needs to stop kidding themselves.

Marshall is a class act. There is no question he is one of the most honest, truthful, and philosophically sound members of the Assembly. Don't give in to the big government GOP crowd by allowing taxes to go up even more.

The Northern Virginia Conservative said...

I'd be for because we cannot allow the perfect to be the enemy of the good. Dedicated transportation funding is what we've needed forever. Hacking away at the rest of the budget, and property taxes et al. can still be the long-term goal.

Unknown said...

ray bans
christian louboutin shoes
christian louboutin sale
cheap oakley sunglasses
ugg outlet
49ers jersey
louis vuitton outlet
north face
tiffany jewelry