Friday, July 10, 2009

Taken for a ride

Mayor Sam's current newsletter proudly informs us that the City Council has just approved $20 million in state lottery bond money for six street cars.

Do the math. That's more than $3.3 million per car. And they aren't even gold-plated.

Face it, those are boon-doggling numbers. What is this, Pentagon West?

Perhaps we are supposed to think this is all OK because the money is coming from the pockets of gamblers, not taxpayers.

It seems consistent that a governmental culture that raises money by exploiting those addicted to the fast buck finds it OK to pluck down $3.3 million for a trolley car.

Meanwhile, elsewhere they are doing things right — and frugally.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Miami has a bus rapid transit system too. It's pretty good.

3:06 PM  

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