Conservatives want to deal a double blow to transportation
March 23, 2012
Earlier this week Politico reported, "Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) got a vote last week on his amendment to the Senate-passed bill that would send many transportation policy and funding decisions back to the states." The amendment, "simply hands the tough problem of raising the money to state legislatures that have been just as reluctant as Congress to increase gas taxes or other transport user fees."
Progressive Point: Virginia's families spend hours each week sitting in traffic. We need new and sustainable transportations solutions to rebuild and repair our infrastructure. But by taking a page out of Governor McDonnell's transportation playbook, conservatives in Congress are putting in place plans that could devastate Virginia's transit infrastructure. They want to pass the buck on paying for our transportation needs down to the states--at the same time Bob McDonnell wants to pass the buck down onto our already struggling localities. If conservatives at both the national and state level are allowed to say "not our problem," the businesses and people of Virginia will be the ones left hurting because their representatives were afraid of hard choices.
Virginia needs sustainable solutions to our transportation needs. Failing to do so is bad business, bad governance, and bad for the quality of life of Virginia's families. If both Congressional conservatives and Bob McDonnell dodge their responsibility to fund our transportation needs, the result will be more than passing the buck--it will be a devastating double blow to our Commonwealth.
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