Nearly Three-Fourths of Motorists Agree on Need for Improvements
Have we finally reached a tipping point where a sizeable majority of the public believe increased funding for transportation is needed? According to a new AAA survey released today, over 70 percent of the public agree that more money is needed to maintain and improve our transportation system because we are not keeping pace with demands on the system. (link)
What's confusing about this is that I don't know of anyone who is arguing that VDOT has at its disposal the necessary funds to make the improvements to our highway system that are required to alleviate the growing number of problems the citizens of Virginia are experiencing.
What many of us are suggesting, though, is that the state is currently awash in cash and simply needs to redistribute its burgeoning surplus (an estimated $1.6 billion) so that transportation needs are met, rather than resort to the default method of government problem-solving - raising taxes.
The government has the money. It just needs to spend it wisely.