Oberstar set to lay out vision for transportation

  • Article by: Kevin Diaz , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 18, 2009 - 11:27 AM

The Minnesota lawmaker will propose a streamlined system for the "post-interstate era," but it's not clear how it will be funded.

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corwinddJun. 17, 0911:28 PM

I don't have a problem with a tax hike to pay for our roads. But its time the government regulated oil & gas as the vital resources that they are. Just like Electricity and Natural gas are regulated so should Oil and Gas.

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callimacoJun. 17, 0911:29 PM

Toll roads?

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BucklawJun. 17, 0911:54 PM

First off, we need to improve our transportation infrastructure and plan for the future. What worked 50 years ago isn't likely to work 50 years in the future. In fact we are already trying operate on an outdated and shamefully neglected transportation system now. This hurts everyone, businesses and individuals alike. It also is an obstacle to efficient economic growth.

Secondly, the federal government can and should fund this even if it means deficit spending. The economy needs the investment and the United States government can do this. We have invested enough to hold off a full blown depression, but the economy is far from out of the woods. Other failing economies, including the United States in the 1930s, pulled back on stimulus plans and that only prolonged economic decline. The key is reigniting economic growth and a healthy economy. It is better to have deficit to repay in a healthy economy than it is to slip into further economic decline. A fair look at history shows that government investment is the prudent and correct action to take.

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callimacoJun. 18, 0912:21 AM

corwindd - Gov't regulates Electricity and Natural gas because it's considerd a natural monopoly. Oil and gas has free market competition. If you were to regulate it you are further along the road to Socialism.

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jchilman12Jun. 18, 0912:29 AM

Just go with it. Who cares how it will be paid for. build it and blame Bush for the fact that it cost money. Could even get a guy elected...

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samo45Jun. 18, 09 1:59 AM

Who cares how it will be paid for? Do you mean like those two endless wars started by Bush? Or the mortgage and Wall Street scandals that could have been prevented if the Bush team had been doing its jobs?

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the_vfoxJun. 18, 09 4:18 AM

please call your village idiot home for good. Nothing more that tons of more pork for a few.

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mutt10RJun. 18, 09 5:29 AM

I know the righties will froth, but that's exactly the kind of vision needed. It's a welcome rebuttal to childish pep rally cries of 'drill, baby drill'

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perronjpJun. 18, 09 5:40 AM

How about some post- Oberstar debt. "Oberstar, 74, now in his fourth decade in Congress, is looking for a piece of legacy legislation." Four decades, and he wants to ride off into te sunset leaving us with nearly half a Trilion dollars in debt, and with the idea that the Interstate Hwy system is bad, lte's hate America a little more buddy. Maybe if Oberstar hadn't earmarked 120 million in pet projects this last session for his district there would be more money for these projects. "Legacy legislation," how conceited.

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gmamonkJun. 18, 09 6:02 AM

If Mr. Oberstar goes home(we can only hope!), I would suggest he not drive, too old, is a danger on or off the road!

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