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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Fix VDOT First

A novel concept. Fix the problem first.

Our Chairman at Americans for Prosperity-Virginia, Paul Harris, has commentary in this week’s edition of Bacon’s Rebellion detailing some key areas for transportation reform.

In addition to pointing out concerns about the rapid growth of state government and the ever-growing tax burden on Virginia families, he asks the real questions about whether simply increasing transportation funding can fix things with the current state of VDOT.

Paul notes continuing problems within VDOT, including the lack of a permanent Commissioner for almost a year, continued opposition to greater accountability and transparency, and continued underperformance. As we’re already pointed out, hundreds of millions of dollars in savings can be realized through already identified common-sense reforms.

Paul gets to the real question of whether some leaders would have us put the cart before the horse, asking

“Shouldn’t VDOT be fixed before we pour more money into that broken system?”

When the root of many of the problems continues to be inefficiencies and lack of accountability, can we really justify giving VDOT a 25% increase in their budget?

Why is raising taxes always the “better way"?

Let’s fix VDOT first.

~whitney

3 Comments:

  • Haven't we been fixing VDOT for the last 4 years? Didn't we fix it, at least partially?

    Seems like the only fix it needed was firing all of the Gilmore/Allen hacks who were just making up numbers...

    By Blogger Virginia Centrist, at 3/22/2006 9:03 PM  

  • VC-

    Yes, there has been some imporvement to the way VDOT operates. They are still however only about 75-80% on time/budget with projects.

    The point is simple. Would you invest your money into a company that failed to do the job properly 80% of the time? Probably not. That would be an unprofitable company and you'd be flushing money down the drain.

    So, if we think that way with private investment why should we not think that way with public invest?

    By Blogger AFPVA, at 3/23/2006 9:54 AM  

  • good post.

    By Blogger too conservative, at 3/23/2006 9:35 PM  

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