Thursday, March 04, 2010

Rail Runner stays; at what cost? and, to whom?

The simple answer to the question, at what cost? is,
a year.

That $50M has to come from somewhere;
your pocket or program cuts.

If it's coming out of your pocket, in the form of new taxes,
you should have had some say in that decision.

If it's coming out of program cuts, you should probably have
had some say in that as well.

The simple truth is that you have no idea how the Rail Runner is going to be subsidized.

There in lies the problem. The issue is not, how are we going to pay for the Rail Runner? but rather, why was that decision made in secret from stakeholders?

Why were we kept out of the process?

For the answer to that question, you will have to go to the Democrat leadership in both houses who see no problem with secret meetings and abundantly inadequate webcasting of even those few meetings that happen in public.

Enjoy the ride.

photo Mark Bralley

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