In response to our lovely moderator.
I still say no way. Let me clarify my first statement.
Federal highway funding makes up a significant portion of the entire MN highway budget. These funds can be used for things such as bike paths, buses, and light rail. These funds are distributed at the state and local level. Obviously these people have not made very good decisions on how to spend this money in the past. The condition of our roads speaks to this fact. Why would you give them more to misappropriate? If roads need to be repaired, and we all seem to agree they do, why would our politicians decide to build light rail and the like instead of taking care of the roads? It is like being given money to buy food for your family and opting to go to the casino with it instead of the grocery store.
Minnesota also raises hundreds of millions with the "motor vehicle sales tax." The fact is, 40 percent of motor vehicle sales tax money goes to transit, things like light rail and buses. Again, if we need roads and bridges repaired, why in the world are we spending money on this crap?
These people cannot be trusted with this money. Do not grant them their wish. History shows these people cannot be trusted to spend it without misappropriating it again. When this money is gone, they will come out of their little caves once again with their hat in hand saying they need more money from you. Wake up people. As long as roads remain a problem, business for our politicians remains good and they always have a reason to beg for more money to spend.
Want to find more money to fund this? Go here:
See the health and human services potion of the ‘where our taxes go’ chart? That is 41.8% of the pie my fine friend. The largest chunk of MN taxes. You cannot tell me there isn’t any kind of waste there. Let’s start to look at these areas of waste and weed out the unnecessary expenses and re-route some of this money instead of letting the waste continue and asking the hard working people of MN for more tax dollars.
RE: weed inspectors - again, REALLY? This is something we cannot cut from the budget to help fund roads?????
The gas tax was meant to fund roads only (user fee). Instead it funds roads, busses, rail, bike paths, you name it. Now you want to create a duplicate tax to tax everything we purchase to fund these same things and create another pot of money to pilfer from? Are you crazy? We are not stupid people. This is an insult to our intelligence even bring this up for debate!
I read in the local Scott Scene paper (April/May 2014 page 5) about a general notice to control or eradicate noxious weeds upon your property. Enforcement of this requires the services of “weed inspectors”. REALLY???? How about we eliminate these and other types of frivolous expenses to cover this new endeavor? Don’t ask me for more money until you quit throwing it away.