The states of our Union recently received a compliment we think is probably well deserved in many capitals - except Montpelier.

To quote an excerpt from a March 20th editorial, The Wall Street Journal opined: "The Feds should continue to set standards for safe highways, but ideally Congress should devolve both the responsibility for building and maintaining roads along with the revenue base to state officials. They are far more likely to experiment with modern road financing methods - One thing is certain: Washington has conclusively proven it can't get the highway job done."

We have often criticized the federal government's legendary lack of any sense of cost-efficiency. But unfortunately, the only "experiment" in road financing we see in Montpelier is the Vermont Legislature's raiding of the state Transportation Fund.

Indeed, we have previously criticized a bill (11.489) that would consolidate the Transportation Fund into the General Fund. The sponsors of this measure want to plow the Transportation Fund into other funds without the public even knowing it.

Despite the bad shape of too many roads in the Green Mountain State, the Statehouse liberals continually use the fund to help pay for their pet welfare-state giveaway programs.

This situation won't get any better until we get more lawmakers committed to using the Transportation Fund only for the purpose for which it was intended.

Copyright 1997

The Caledonian-Record

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