Problem solvers address infrastructure

riponOur mission is to find bipartisan solutions to our nation’s most pressing issues, which include making drastic improvements to our infrastructure. –Rep. Tom Reed.

LaHood and Rendell stressed the need for solid infrastructure funding.

He (LaHood) added, “We can’t rebuild America unless we have funding and that starts with raising the gas tax.”

Does Tom Reed now agree raising the gas tax is necessary, one wonders?

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7 Responses to Problem solvers address infrastructure

  1. Rynstone says:

    The problem is that the consumers (taxpayers) continually fund road and bridge replacement everytime we pay gasoline taxes, road tolls, tire tax etc. and then that money is never specifically earmarked, allocated and spent on infrastructure.

    Regarding waste tire tax at $ 2.50 per tire;
    When originally passed this tax was set with a sunset clause. This NY State tax law was passed and the dollar dollar amount was calculated to be used for cleaning up waste tire dumps and then the tax would end on a specific date. Unfortunately, NY State used half of the money collected for other purposes other than cleaning up waste tire dumps and have yet failed to clean up all of the waste tire dumps. The State Legislature has extended the waste tire tax legislation at least two times that I am aware of. Big government sucks!

    In NY City a person can purchase a 30-day unlimited metro card for subway and buses for 121.00 ! this cost of travel is heavily subsidized by all NY State taxpayers who are also paying their own transportation costs for vehicle lease or purchase, fuel, maintenance and insurance. This is one hell of a lot more than 121.00 bucks a month !! ! !

    “30-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCard
    Cost: $121.00, reduced fare $60.50
    Good for unlimited subway and local bus rides until midnight, 30 days from day of first use. This card is protected against loss or theft when purchased at a vending machine with a credit or debit/ATM card.”;_ylu=X3oDMTByNXM5bzY5BGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMzBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzcg–/RV=2/RE=1512528659/RO=10/


  2. whungerford says:

    The argument that earmarked funds are used for another purpose is a tired one. There is no way to know if this is true or not. Is gas tax not used for roads, are lottery funds not used for schools? How would we know; why should we care? At most one could complain that more is collected than is spent for a specific purpose.


  3. Rynstone says:

    Of course more is collected for purposes other than intended for. Both the state and federal (and many local) governments play a big shell game. When will we teh taxpayers demand that it end. We expected President Trump to run the government like a business. Not the current smoke and mirrors (Kabuki Theater) Ponzi scheme that both the democrats and republican career politicians have been playing for decades. It is time to drain the swamp.

    On another note will former Congresswoman Brown continue to collect a federal pension???

    Big Government sucks….
    Time to end cronyism, conflict of interest and corporate welfare. Big Government Sucks.

    Congressman John Conyers has resigned and wants his son to fill out his term. This is the John Conyers who has been a sitting Congressman since 1965 and is reportedly worth
    $ 62,000,000.00 (sixty two million) all on a Congressman’s salary. How is this possible?!?!??! Common Core Math ???? Legal Insider trading influencing legislation for special interest. His wife (who was born the year before Conyers was elected to Congress!!!!) also went to federal prison. And people are having a problem with Judge Roy Moore’s dating ?!?!?!?!?!

    The American people are begging ….. Drain the Swamp President Trump and any decent Congressional members should be helping, not hindering this effort !!!!


  4. Carol says:

    Drain the Swamp Trump has managed to fill the swamp with even more corrupt people.


  5. Rynstone says:

    Carol, Who specifically has President Trump added to the swamp that is corrupt?

    I was thinking more along the lines of the career politicians in both Houses of the Congress.
    I would like to see Jared and Ivanaka Kushner not there in the White House.

    I also did not want Van Jones, Valari Jarret, Lorette Lynch and Rahm Emanuel (to name a few) there with President Obama.
    And President Obama’s relationship with Jamie Dimon was too cozy. No Wall Street Bankers or Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Executives went to jail for their parts in the fiscal fleecing of the taxpayers.

    Michelle Obama’s (or any other First ladies) large personal staff is a terrible message to send to working Americans;

    Here is a list of Michelle Obama’s staff and their salaries in 2010. To see the annual salaries of other top U.S. government officials go here.

    Natalie F. Bookey Baker, executive assistant to the chief of staff to the first lady, $45,000;

    Alan O. Fitts, deputy director of advance and trip director for the first lady, $61,200;

    Jocelyn C. Frey, deputy assistant to the president and director of policy and projects for the first lady, $140,000;

    Jennifer Goodman, deputy director of scheduling and events coordinator for the first lady, $63,240;

    Deilia A.L. Jackson, deputy associate director of correspondence for the first lady, $42,000;

    Kristen E. Jarvis, special assistant for scheduling and traveling aide to the first lady, $51,000;

    Camille Y. Johnston, special assistant to the president and director of communications for the first lady, $102,000;

    Tyler A. Lechtenberg, director of correspondence for the first lady, $50,000;

    Catherine M. Lelyveld, director and press secretary to the first lady, $85,680;

    Dana M. Lewis, special assistant and personal aide to the first lady, $66,000;

    Trooper Sanders, deputy director of policy and projects for the first lady, $85,000;

    Susan S. Sher, assistant to the president and chief of staff and counsel to the first lady, $172,200;

    Frances M. Starkey, director of scheduling and advance for the first lady, $80,000;

    Semonti M. Stevens, associate director and deputy press secretary to the first lady, $53,550;

    and Melissa Winter, special assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff to the first lady, $102,000.


  6. whungerford says:

    The main swamp creature is Trump himself who profits big time and likely unconstitutionally from his office.


  7. Rynstone says:

    Candidate Trump did win the Election. Has anyone been able to make the legal case that Trump is violating the US Constitution? I don’t know. I am asking.

    Did former Presidents Obama and Bill Clinton and candidate Hillary Clinton profit big time from their time in office? Absolutely.


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