Highway funding stuck in reverse

  • Article by: KEVIN DIAZ , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 12, 2012 - 5:51 AM

With national gas tax running on fumes, Congress has until end of the month to break logjam.

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erikj3Mar. 10, 1211:58 PM

Of course our infrastructure is crumbling. Decades of tax cuts for the rich, 3 wars (Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan) plus who knows how much spent on smaller skirmishes, and then spending on things like stadiums for those same millionaires and billionaires has left us broke. Well, not quite broke; lots of people have money, they just want to keep it for themselves instead of putting it to good use on things that benefit all of us.

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arspartzMar. 11, 1212:44 AM

Step 1: Restore 100% of MVST to roads. Cars use (and wear out) roads, not transit.

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Willy53Mar. 11, 12 7:06 AM

erikj3, you forgot to mention Minnesota's very own 700 million (HW 36 access improvements will cost another 250 mil) dollar bridge to nowhere: Only 2 of our Congresspeople voted against the St. Croix megabridge, perhaps the most unnecessary and wasteful example of poor transportation planning and resource allocation in Minnesota's history. This bridge has been acknowledged to be a funding hog and will delay that much needed maintenance and replacement on more heavily traveled roads and decrepit infrastructure. The St. Croix mega crossing is the largest structure that can be shoehorned over the St. Croix and satisfied a very parochail interest to have a "signature" bridge. Compare this to the incredibly bland 35W bridge which cost less than 300 million to build. Cheaper approaches and alternatives could have made this bridge to nowhere financially responsible but the Kobuchar/Bachmann tandem were determined to place pork over practicality at the risk and detrimentn of all other Minnesotans. Shame on them for widening this funding chasm with such an unwise and environmentally destructive project.

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jimmywestoneMar. 11, 12 7:36 AM

If there is anything that we should be spending more money on, it is infrastructure. It benefits everyone and everyone can agree that it is falling apart. I don't see how republicans can sleep at night saying that they would rather lower taxes than fix the problem.

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gking2mnMar. 11, 12 7:58 AM

so we then see our beloved congress react after another disaster right. Cool it on the pork and it's a no brainier. But no they have to have their special projects to get money to get reelected.

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theruntMar. 11, 12 8:36 AM

With so many things that need fixin' the picks for the fixin' is missin' (most of us.) What's up with the push for that expensive Vikes stadium, and shelling out $700 mil for one communitie's new bridge when costs to consumers cars that go clunk and turn into junk and bridge road repairs for anywhere but there are rare?

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jbpaperMar. 11, 12 9:05 AM

I know of a way we can get $1.25 billion for infrastructure. The only downside, a few people will have to continue taking a bus to work.

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brainerdguyMar. 11, 12 9:15 AM

We have to save money by allowing our infrastructure to crumble in order to fully fund wilfare!!!

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formergopMar. 11, 12 9:18 AM

We need more constitutional amendments for gay marriage, union busting, contrecetives and abortion. This will create more jobs and the rods will fix themselves. Anybody get a big tax increase in their property taxes/ Thanks goptp.

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arly1955Mar. 11, 12 9:49 AM

How about removing the limits the state put on its self thru a compaign to get more funding for mass transit like light rail and put more money into our infrastructure the way it should be. Our government leaders are not being honest when they say there isnt any money. They seem to have enough for light rail, (due to that campaign) which only benefits fewer people unlike new infrastructure would. There doesnt seem to be a plan to think into the future except to get us off the roads by using mass transit and applying more taxes to a gallon of gasoline and allowing the price of gas to go up.

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