i promise not to write about every one of these bits, but this was to good to pass up.
Oregon spent a lot of money on mass transit. most of it was spent in the Portland area. when gas prices started going up, people actually started using the mass transit (MAX).
oregon, and portland in particular, are very green. they were among the first to run city vehicles on NG. they also run the buses on bio diesel...unless it's cold. they didn't know the stuff would sludge up
now they are looking at road repair budgets. guess what??? because people are using the mass transit, there is less money coming in gas tax for road repair. the solution?? raise the gas tax. that's brilliant. they are pushing all kinds of alternative fuels. they might want to think about how they will get money for road repair if they get their wish and no one uses gas? how about this? don't repair the roads. then people won't drive on them and they won't need repairs......
it makes about as much sense as the city back east which, after asking people not to use water in a drought, then raised the tax on water use because people didn't use as much water and revenue was down.!!