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BigBite
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Daily Subscription Msg 51 Posted: 10:36 AM 03/17/08 (CST)
Well, I really did not want to get into the mass-transit/light rail thing, but since you ask, why not? Over the past 10 years, transportation spending has increased by 109% — from $2.6 billion to $5.4 billion. That's a lot of bucks. Yet this dramatic increase in spending has not translated into more road construction. Traffic volume has increased by 33% since 1992, road capacity only increased a miniscule 2%. So, what the heck is the deal with that?

The reason is because the Metropolitan Council has decided that they want to dictate what we choose for our transportation. And once they got this notion in their craw, they will do anything to thwart the regular up-keep of roads. This is why there is such a disparity on how the transportation money is spent. If they want light rail, they are going to get it, whether we like it or not.

The Metropolitan Council and Mn/DOT are currently spending $675 million to move 24,000 people on the light rail line in Minneapolis. Only 1% of all passenger miles traveled in the Twin Cities is currently carried by mass transit —almost entirely using buses. They could have spent $848 million to enhance traffic flow and capacity onroads which carry 500,000 people every day, but no... they don't want that. More car trips will be added each year to these highways than light rail will ever carry and yet they, in their infinite wisdom, can't see the forest because those darn trees are getting in the way.

Furthermore Minnesota spends only 11.9% of its transportation money on road construction, ranking it 49th in the nation. Huh? You heard it, we are almost dead last.

While automobiles cost taxpayers 5 cents per passenger mile traveled,light rail costs taxpayers $1.37 per passenger mile. The gas tax and user fees paid by drivers actually more than pay for the building and upkeep of the road system. BUT, fares paid by riders account for a small fraction of the operating cost of the transit system.

Okay, with all this said, now some politician comes and asks for money. "...we need money to fix our bridges and roads which are falling apart." What they really need to fix is how the money they already take in is spent.

You say that lumping together light rail into transportaion is okay, yet I say, this is the problem exactly.




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Daily Subscription Msg 52 Posted: 12:10 AM 03/18/08 (CST)
Try to go a month without a state provided art and then try to go a month without clean water... Those things can't be put to a single up or down vote. Their is no choice in that.
The same goes for light rail and the well being of our roads. It is very clear which is a need and which is a desire. It is also clear that they don't belong in the same bill.

It's fine to have several spending projects in a single bill but that doesn't mean that they need to be in the same bill. Some times it makes sense and sometimes it doesn't.
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Daily Subscription Msg 53 Posted: 08:05 AM 09/08/08 (CST)
The latest on the dedicated funding... The vote for getting dedicated funding toward state conservation is weeks away, and those who support it are working to educate voters.

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Daily Subscription Msg 54 Posted: 08:30 AM 09/08/08 (CST)
You need to also check out Sportsmen for Change...





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Daily Subscription Msg 55 Posted: 09:32 AM 09/08/08 (CST)
Okay people,

I started a Poll. It is located towards the top of every page on the right. If you want, please take the time to vote up or down on this. As soon as we start getting some results, I will post them to see where we are at.





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Daily Subscription Msg 56 Posted: 11:28 AM 09/08/08 (CST)
Great idea, WebDude! I voted and I encourage everyone else to. Of course the results are going to be a bit skewed, wouldn't you think?




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Daily Subscription Msg 57 Posted: 12:23 PM 09/08/08 (CST)
I'm not so sure they would be skewed. I have heard alot of fisherman/outdoorsmen that won't vote for it becuase they do not want the arts to get any money.

I personally look at it as a quality of life bill. All aspects of this bill are designed to improve the quality of life for minnesotans. In some way or another this bill will interest most Minnesotans whether you are an outdoorsmen looking to protect habitat or if you are an art lover looking to support the arts and humanities.

I will vote for it and hopefully others will as well. Although i do know alot of people who won't vote for it simply to prevent the arts from being funded. It doesn't make sense to me but its their vote and they can do whatever they want with it.


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Daily Subscription Msg 58 Posted: 06:01 PM 09/08/08 (CST)
It's not just the Arts as a matter of fact the Outdoors-people who will not be voting for this Bill are more concerned with what they feel is PAST incompetence both on the DNR and our Governments part as to how and where this money and past monies have been and will be spent.
Also there is great concern about raising our taxes to cover this, most feel it should be done with current funds and spending cuts should be made elsewhere to balance things.

Personally after weighing everything I will be voting for it but I have my doubts whether it will pass.


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Daily Subscription Msg 59 Posted: 07:42 AM 09/11/08 (CST)
While I hope the dedicated funding ammendment passes anglers need to ask themselves how much will go to fishing. As a past member of the Game and Fish Citizens Oversight committee I can tell you very little lottery money has found it's way to fishing, compared to other outdoor interests. Right now the committee that oversees the lottery funds has one of the leaders of the anti-fishing movement on it. The dedicated funding ammendment will create a much larger pool of money and it's assured those people will want a say in controlling it as well. As a matter of fact the anti-fishing individual is a strong supporter of the dedicated funding ammendment. Anglers might be better served financially by pushing the legislature for a fishing license fee increase (which is long over due).
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Daily Subscription Msg 60 Posted: 01:24 PM 09/11/08 (CST)
The Poll is still open for all you users that have yet to vote.

The results so far are pretty much what I expected. I thought that about a third of the fishing type folks would think hard about passing this (at least think hard enough to not pass it). Anyway, it's easy to do, just a couple of clicks and the vote is done. You can only vote once, though...



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