Mass Transit vs. Tax Cuts?
Occasionally I read the blog site “Talking Points Memo” which is an overwhelming website featuring news and blogs and clips of all the ins and outs of a day’s work in the nation’s capital and elsewhere on the political frontier. It is a blog site perhaps best known for the investigative reporting on the firing of the eight US Attorneys under then-A.G. Alberto Gonzales. Last week, reporter Elana Schor posted a piece about the near-elimination of funding for mass transit projects out of the $825 Billion economic stimulus package being proposed by the new administration. Its very short, and worth a read. Everyone expects trade-offs in negotiating a package like this, but this is particularly disappointing.
From House Rep. Jim Oberstarr:
“The reason for the reduction in overall funding — we took money out of Amtrak and out of aviation; we took money out of the Corps of Engineers, reduced the water infrastructure program, the drinking water and the wastewater treatment facilities and sewer lines, reduced that from $14 billion to roughly $9 billion — was the tax cut initiative that had to be paid for in some way by keeping the entire package in the range of $850 billion.”