President-elect Barack Obama's said twice Sunday that the economy "is going to get worse before it gets better.'' Those who want optimism and hope from their new president are going to have to wait. Obama does promise a large public works spending program, although he's not yet used a dollar figure. That program was the top topic of discussion at today's Editorial Board meeting, with some consensus around the opinion that any new transportation funding should include money for high-speed rail and commuter rail. Our nation's roads also need attention, but the new administration should balance those needs with projects that can ease traffic congestion, help business get its goods from Point A to Point B and help the environment by getting more cars off the road. So that's today's question of the day: Roads or rail? How do you want to see federal public works dollars appropriated?
The Opinion section is produced by the Editorial Department to foster discussion about key issues. The Editorial Board represents the institutional voice of the Star Tribune and operates independently of the newsroom.