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Published: Wednesday, April 24 2013 11:38 a.m. MDT

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Makid
Kearns, UT

Stop the boondoggles. Roads never pay for themselves and the gas tax only covers 45% of the cost anyway. If it can't be covered by the gas tax, it isn't needed or else UDOT needs to charge tolls for these until they are paid for.

Stop taking money from education for boondoggles. $450 Million was taken from the general fund to pay for these upgrades. That money could have gone to tax cuts, education or something that actually makes money.

The state needs to stop subsidizing drivers and let them pay the true cost.

Grundle
West Jordan, UT

I disagree with Makid.

Roads are one of the few expenditures that actually do pay for themselves. Much of our economy depends on our ability to transport resources (human, material, and transactional) to business.

That is not to say that education is not essential. The balancing of our financial resources is a tricky activity that has many demands by those who see need in one area but not another. Education advocates have a great interest at heart but many times are myopic in their zeal.

What Makid is advocating is a tax increase. Tax increases are a difficult sale. Education advocates have been pushing for a tax increase for a long time.

There is a reason we continue to spent our resources on our transportation system. A lack of transportation infrastructure would cripple every aspect of economic activity in this state.

Makid
Kearns, UT

Grundle,

My post was purely sarcastic. I agree that all transit is good and even though it doesn't directly recover costs either from fares nor gas tax, the other benefits more than fill the revenue gaps, be them in time, safety, pollution reduction, etc.

I wasn't nor have I advocated for a tax increase. I am just advocating that people start viewing given subjects from alternative view points. There are many people that are against subsidizing Transit (TRAX) yet they have no problems subsidizing roads, when both recover roughly the same amount from user fees.

If we can start to have people think outside of what they feel are their convictions, we may start to see the world coming together to actually better mankind instead of being isolationists and demonizing those that see something from a different point of view.

I chose this topic to make this point as many people agree that roads are needed but never want to think that anything else might be needed, such as Transit, Education, Police, Fire Protection, Health Care, Welfare and so forth.

Only through looking at other view points with honest intent will the world resolve differences amicably.

MiddleRight
Orem, UT

shutdown our roadways and see how long you have anything to eat. Public transportation serve only a small percentage, and NO goods moved.

If people can't get to work, the economy fails. If no one can get to a store, the economy fails... Roads are one of the very few things we can not go without. I don't see any of these projects that are fluff.

Grundle
West Jordan, UT

Makid - Nice response. Thanks.

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