March Madness

Our friend Norm over at Bearing Drift has some good news for you transportation tax hike fans…you’re going to get your money’s worth:

“Arlington has unveiled what could be the most expensive bus stop in the Commonwealth. It’s sleek. It’s modern. It’s graffiti-free (so far). But what does a $1 million bus stop do that other, far cheaper, bus stops can’t? According to the local spokespeople, everything the average bus rider could possibly imagine: ‘The Walter Reed stop features shelter for some 15 passengers, lighting, an electronic display that shows when the next buses are coming, and a number of unbranded newspaper boxes.’”

The best news?  For $1 million, it still won’t protect people from the elements, which I think used to be the purpose of a bus stop shelter.

Oh, and lucky for us taxpayers, VDOT (that would be you and me) picked up 80 percent of the $1 million price tag.

Nope, no waste at VDOT.  Got that fixed by all those audits.  Need more revenue.  Repeat until you start to believe it.

But news surrounding the kinda-sorta largest tax hike in Virginia history gets even better.  Defenders of the plan get very angry when anyone makes the audacious claim that all the shiny new revenue might not actually go to transportation.  Why they even wrote guarantees into the law to make sure.

Yet, according to today’s Washington Times, some are already pushing for those “guarantees” to go away:

“…the transportation plan has also been hit by the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, an unelected body that wrote in a letter last week that it wants the governor to remove language that would dissolve the regional taxes if their revenues are used improperly by local governments.”

Let’s face it, I have a better chance of getting every prediction on my NCAA bracket correct than Virginians do of seeing the “guarantees” in this bill fulfilled.

I guess the good news is, if after the tax hike you don't have enough money to buy a car, you can always take the bus.  Just remember to bring a rain coat.