A draft transportation alternative to Plan ’13 From Outer Space

So Virginia’s tax-hike cheerleaders want those of us who opposed this fiasco to present a transportation alternative. Ok. Here goes…

1) Privatize all subdivision roads with existing HOAs. Inform subdivision without existing HOAs that their roads will be privatized in one year and they have that long to create an HOA or maintenance covenant among the homeowners.

2) All secondary roads are downloaded to local governments, along with the requisite percentage of as tax revenue needed to maintain them.

3) Repeal the sales tax increases (including the internet tax) and local tax increases

4) With localities in control if their own roads, the Commonwealth Transportation Board can be abolished

5) If 1-4 results in a revenue shortfall, raise the gas tax as needed, matched with a dollar-for-dollar reduction in the state income tax

6) Localities may create regional compacts for transportation maintenance or construction, but not have the state impose them from above. Members of the NVTA and HRTF have two years to affirm their willingness to remain members or they will be removed (re-opt in, rather than opt-out).

7) The Medicaid expansion used to win the Dems over on the tax hike is repealed.

The result? A transportation network that is more flexible, more accountable and closer to the people, with a pro-growth economic policy to boot.

Is this perfect? Probably not, as I just came up with it while picking up breakfast. Can it be improved? Probably.

Is it better than Plan ’13 From Outer Space? Absolutely.

Cross-posted to the right-wing liberal


8 thoughts on “A draft transportation alternative to Plan ’13 From Outer Space

  1. Oh, goody. With this wonderful plan, my homeowners assessment will go up …. dramatically. My local county taxes will go up even more dramatically. And I more than likeley I would have to pay more gasoline taxes than I do now. I would end up with far more to pay out than the current transportation plan will cause me to pay out. My goodness, what did you have for breakfast, because it has given ME heartburn.

    1. It was your choice to move into a subdivision that charges HOA fees, as most do. If the roads are only used by those that reside in the sub-division, why do the state tax payers have to pay for your road maintenance? I at one time lived in a very small development, and we all had to pay a certain amount each year to maintain the road. It was my choice to live there, as it is your choice to live where you do. You are not stuck in a sub-division, you can always move to a non-subdivision area.

      Why would your local county taxes go up if the HOA is responsible for your roads?

      Would you prefer to pay a few cents more for gasoline taxes, which you will unlikely know, because of the constant fluctuations in the price per gallon. If the price of gas goes down, the price of a gallon would go down. If the price per gallon goes up, you would pay more. Isn’t that what is already the case.

      So you prefer to pay higher sales taxes on everything you buy, note everything, rather than paying a few extra cents per gallon?

      How about all those other taxes that you will be paying like higher personal property taxes, hotel taxes, vending machine taxes, and a promised higher wholesale gas tax if the internet tax does not get passed in Washington. Do you want to start paying taxes on everything you buy on the internet now, no matter where it is coming from?

      Do you have to pay higher HOA fees if your roof needs repairs or to be replaced?

  2. The already horrendous plan was made doubly bad by going with the medicaid expansion. I am not so sure that McDonnell wasn’t willing to go with the medicaid expansion anyway. I read that he sent a letter to the committee asking them to stay away from the expansion as he was awaiting a reply from the feds to his letter requesting that he be allowed to have more control on the fed. money if he went with the program. I don’t know if he ever got his reply, but I can’t imagine the feds giving him any special treatment. It is my guess that he may just have decided to do what the Dems demanded (or he just used them as cover to do what he wanted to do anyway) to gain his legacy. Not sure that the legacy he will have earned will be the one he was looking for which will be immortalized as the biggest tax hiker in VA history. BTW, I just read that Scott in Fla. reneged on his opposition to the expansion, and just signed onto it also. I thought we were supposed to rely on the Republican Gov’s to save us from the federal Obama monster.


    1. I couldn’t agree more Matthew. I also live in an area where there is absolutely no “gridlock.” The only time I have ever been stopped, or slowed down in traffic is when there is a vehicle accident.

      If you look at the majority of the state, the traffic problems exist only in or very near the most highly populated, inner city areas, who are filled with statists, who not only require the entire state to pay for their traffic problems, they want every social service, and convenience known to man, which obviously costs money, and in most cases comes from the taxpayers across the state. It’s a case of redistribution of wealth without doubt. I want it, and you are gonna pay for it. They have the option of using public transportation, which already exists, but nope, give me what I demand now.

      The only part of the plan I agree with is that some of those areas will now have the green light to pass local taxes as well. I wouldn’t mind if that rate was 20% or more. As has been pointed out by LL, those areas aren’t getting any new roads, so what are those increased taxes paying for?

      I live about 20 miles north of Charlottesville. The traffic on RT. 29 in that area is god awful. The city was awarded federal money to work on that problem decades ago. The city kept growing in population, but the liberal city council, after all those years refused to come up with any solution to the problem. A few years ago I read that if the monies were not used, for the traffic problem on 29, the funds would have to be returned to the federal government. The last I heard was that a plan was agreed on, and a bypass was to be built. The studies had already been completed. The environmentalist went berserk, kept taking the city to court, and it ke[pt being delayed by court proceedings. The court finally told them to pound sand, and the heavy equipment had been moved in to begin the project. The heavy equipment was damaged through one night. Then the environmentalists laid on the ground and refused to let them proceed. I don’t think the bypass is completed to date, but I’m not sure. So shouldn’t the leftists be fighting the environmentalists who are hampering progress on the roadways?

      Tennesse is looking pretty dang good about now.

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