To The Editor:
Paul Curtman (Curtman Unsure on Sales Tax) and Brian Nieves should do well to vote (no) on ( HJB 68) the transportation bill pending in the state House and Senate. This is just another example of the progressives trying to throw money at issues and justifying what they are doing on the backs of the populace.
Let’s be clear, if there are projects that cannot be funded out of the “Department of Transportation” budget, counties, or cities, then the state has to choose which project is to be funded on a project by project basis. When there is no more money, it waits till the next budget. This is the way that all people do their budgeting, what takes priority is completed, everything else waits.
When any major company has special projects to be completed, the very first thing that happens is that all projects within the company are prioritized by their need! Not because we want to throw monies around to see where it will stick! The very last though is to raise prices to pay for special projects that will jeopardize their customer base.
Let’s face it, our “MO Department of Transportation,” as a whole, is so inefficient now that if we throw another $8 billion over 10 years into its coffers, it will do nothing more than apply its departmental inefficiencies to this new money stream and make every attempt to completely grease the squeaky wheels of the state, then the large cities and finally the dominant counties, and they will get their projects and the balance, for the rest of us, will end up being lost in the filing cabinets of the engineering department.
Politicians have this intense desire to spend someone else’s money so they can attend the shovel turning ceremony and get their picture taken, then slam dunk a couple of contractors in the paper for overspending their budgets, and finally attending the grand opening for the new “Bridge to Nowhere” taking credit for getting it done.
Paul and Brian, hang in there and ask them the same old question all politicians seem to forget: Whose project is this? Who benefits from this project and is it absolutely necessary?
Finally, Who is going to pay? Maybe Dave Hinson and Dave Schatz will pitch in and lessen the burden on us.