What's going on, Albuquerque?
Maybe, since NM has some of the lowest gasoline prices (and lowest taxes) in the country, the state tax ( I think around 18 cents per gallon) could be boosted an additional 5 cents so the roads can be better maintained. Many of our cities roads are just covered in cracks from lack of maintenance - money is always diverted from the roads whenever the general fund is raided for other purposes (such as the $50M for Paseo..)
RLAD - a little grumpy today? I thought everyone could see the unfilled cracks in the roads around here.. which makes us look rundown. Filling potholes and cracks shows the city government is working for the people.
You do know that Mayor Berry decided to raid the general fund instead of campaigning for a road bond for Paseo? (His previous attempt at combining a sports complex and the Paseo project into one bond failed.... for good reason.) The general fund usually covers day to day things - so maintenance gets put off to build infrastructure. I don't have a problem with Paseo (especially the Jefferson/Paseo interchange), but a road bond should've been proposed and put to a vote (yes, taxes would go up), so we have money for worker bee raises and city services.
Actually, if the gas tax was raised, then the state could've paid for the improvements, since it is a STATE highway.....
Agree 100%, Shotsie. Berry would rather spend money on new projects than raise taxes or pay for our existing infrastructure and city services. He's been cutting corners for years now and the cracks (figurative and literal) are definitely showing. Is this why the graffiti problem's gotten so bad too?
RLAD, that's what you think has New Mexico "locked in place"? LOL. I guess I would have imagined the unpaid part-time legislature that has 30 days a year to resolve the state's problems had something to do with it. Or the governor that has left the entire state bureaucracy understaffed and underpaid but still finds time to push go-nowhere symbolic legislation like the whole licenses-for-undocumented thing. How many days will our elected officials waste on that, again, for the fourth year running?
RLAD, Susana is the one who needs to move on from pointless legislation, as Phil_0 pointed out. Also, I dunno, the state seemed to be doing pretty well with Dem leaders. It really seems to be swirling down the toilet bowl with old Susie at the helm. But she sure can take good pictures with kids in elementary schools--those kids just better not hope she might use the state's permanent fund to help them.
Also, neither Phil_0 or Shotsie were advocating NOT funding the Paseo project--their beef seems to be with how Berry opted to pay for it--which is by ripping the funding that would go for routine infrastructure maintenance to divert it to a new project. Taxes=good things. No taxes=why we can't have nice things.
RLAD - maybe you should read the report first before commenting - it stated that NM needs $2B for transportation maintenance, repair and infrastructure. In my first comment, I merely said that maybe we should raise the gas tax to pay for improvements, and not do what RJ is doing - paying for a pet project out of the general fund (ie, robbing Peter to pay Paul). Responsible governments raise taxes to pay for permanent infrastructure - its like any business.
BTW, the only reason this $50M was approved by the voters was because Debbie O'Malley threw the gauntlet down and forced the (majority Republican) city council to reconsider its previous passage (without a public vote) of this project. Otherwise, RJ could move money from the general fund to any of his pet projects (like Winrock - the tax-free mall - okay, the developer gets 70% of the sales tax collected to pay for infrastructure for the next 25 years. Do the math).
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