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nraacct

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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 10:33:39 AM

Transportation advocates and officials across Connecticut gathered in the state capitol Monday to face a sobering fact: In an age of soaring deficits on both the state and national levels, the funds available for transit improvements are shrinking fast.


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carranco
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 10:44:34 PM

No matter how much we pay, it is never enough.
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Jeff4U
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 7:09:55 PM

Transit funds deteriorated along with doubled gas prices.
What would you expect, Connecticut? Complain to Obama and see if he cares. (haha)
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Straitliner
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 6:31:32 PM

Outlaw toll roads.
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badboy72714
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 4:22:37 PM

i would go for toll roads. if ths states would use the money to keep up the roads
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PDQBlues
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 1:25:14 PM


FortVancouver01: I thought user taxes on refined products were supposed to pay for roads. Toll roads should be outlawed.

Yes, we know those who cry foul about taxes are the first ones to whine about their roads not being free of costs. You have two choices here: get enough tax revenues to pay for the infrastructures that you want to remains "free" (as there is nothing that is free), or use the "pay as you go" system like tolls that create many headaches and slow commerce.
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FortVancouver01
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 12:21:56 PM


I thought user taxes on refined products were supposed to pay for roads. Toll roads should be outlawed.

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knutzAL
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 11:50:52 AM

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SammyAdams
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 11:34:28 AM

(1) From the article: "Connecticut's own deficit seems to rise daily -- it is now estimated at around $400 million for this fiscal year -- prompting budget cuts to a variety of different state agencies."

(2) From the article: "Connecticut has eliminated all of its tolls and relies mostly on gasoline taxes and federal funding for transportation.

"We, as citizens, have to take on more responsibility for funding,"

(3) From the article: "Putting our fiscal house in order after 20 years of ignoring it is a very important issue..."

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MrDeath666 nailed it and the above portions of the article (all interrelated) provide the solution.

1) Budget Cuts. We all must live within the constraints of a budget. So why not "government"? Whether Federal, State, or local the PEOPLE need to prioritize where the spending should occur. If the people want to spend Trillion$ bombing worthless real estate in the Middle East and then rebuild THEIR infrastructure (all the while making no friends), then they shouldn't complain about OUR crumbling infrastructure. The same goes for "entitlements".

2) Part of the above comment requires US take the responsibility for funding. Reliance on the Federal government for transportation funding should end. Except for the "post roads" referenced in the Constitution, building roads and bridges should be State and local matters. This will help eliminate the "sleight of hand" used to raise money for road maintenance and then divert it to socialist schemes used to buy votes.

3) Putting our fiscal house in order sounds redundant, but it needs to be repeated over and over again until it is ingrained in our domestic and foreign policy. The U.S. Constitution clearly defines the role of the Federal government and EVERYTHING else is reserved to the States and the people.

No where does the Constitution authorize the FED's involvement in "education", the "environment", "energy", "health care", etc., so we must completely abolish the Department of Education, the EPA, Department of Energy, and repeal ObamaCare. The States can better handle these problems.
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Teddy_KGB
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 11:31:49 AM

How about proper spending and budgeting. If that were done, there wouldn't be an issue
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bar1035
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 11:17:05 AM

I remember when NC had its first trillon dollar budget.. now it's around 15 trillion some 20 years later
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JDchefF
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 11:07:54 AM

The state needs to use the gas tax and other transportation taxes it receives for only transportation and road repairs. Not for other pork projects. Also get Your budget inline just like the rest of use have to. Cut out the unnecessary spending.
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lesabreAZ
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 10:58:55 AM

more tolls for the Govmint trolls
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humblepie
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 10:58:17 AM

if it was profitabl money would pour into it
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investmentdr
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 10:54:49 AM

bottom line is people will not pay what public transit really costs
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mitt4prez
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 10:54:49 AM

Even the so-called Republicans in Connecticut howl for tolls. As has been said, cut spending elsewhere if you want more transportation projects. PUt the dam govt on the diet it insists is healthy for the citizenry.
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VomVom
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 10:53:05 AM

Most politicians use the gasoline tax money for general account purposes. Road maintenance and transportation planning have been ignored for years. Now with failing bridges and other transportation infrastructures needing upgrade, the easiest way to raise the needed fund is by charging toll, a form of taxation really.
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jamofsocal
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 10:45:57 AM

If a state charges gasoline tax, then where is the money going? It should be spent on the roads and therefore toll booths should not be necessary.
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hornet17
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 10:42:55 AM

around here they are just starting to introduce tolls on new bridges, which is only making people drive around on the old free bridges clogging those all up.
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MrDeath666
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 10:37:20 AM

Never occurs to politicians just to cut back their reckless spending.
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