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Motorists Paying for Bike Paths, Museums
Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/29/2011 | Russ Harding

Posted on 12/29/2011 9:13:04 AM PST by MichCapCon

Where I live outside of Lansing, there are new bike paths sporting shiny asphalt, but the roads are crumbling. Motorists might be surprised to learn that of the 18.4 cents per gallon of federal gas tax they pay at the pump, only about 11 cents goes to maintain highways and bridges.

According to federal law, about 10 percent of federal highway funds must be used for projects such as highway beautification and transportation museums. According to a new National Center for Policy Analysis report, “Paying for Pet Projects at the Pump,” the Federal Highway Administration also allocates gas tax revenues to projects such as pedestrian and bicycle facilities and mass transit. Gas tax dollars have funded projects as diverse as a driving simulator at the National Corvette Museum, an amphibian crossing in Vermont and a turtle crossing in Florida.

Gov. Rick Snyder has lamented that Michigan is not taking in enough money to maintain highways and bridges. Rather than considering new taxes or changing the funding mechanism for roads and bridges, the governor and legislators should strongly advocate that the feds get out of the transportation business by devolving that function back to the states where it rightly belongs. In addition, Michigan should join 30 other states that mandate state gas taxes must be spent on roads and bridges.

Our elected leaders should ensure that the gas tax dollars Michigan motorists are paying are being used to fix Michigan’s crumbling infrastructure. There is little wonder that Americans increasingly distrust government when tax dollars go to politically favored projects rather than the purpose for which they were intended.


TOPICS: Travel
KEYWORDS: agenda21; bikepaths; bikes; boondoggle; debt; funds; gas; highway; infrustructure; roads; spending; tax; taxes; transit; transportation; waste

1 posted on 12/29/2011 9:13:10 AM PST by MichCapCon
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To: MichCapCon

Same thing here. Roads are falling apart, but they put in a new bike path, Governor takes the Highway fund and puts them in the General fund and then threatens to raise the gas tax to pay for highways. Every rainy day fund stolen by the Governor, every other fund in the state robbed.


2 posted on 12/29/2011 9:18:08 AM PST by Venturer
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To: MichCapCon
There's plenty of money for what we actually need if we stop paying for crap we don't need.

I'm taxed on at "street" hasn't seen a snow plow for at least 5 years yet the county doesn't want to abandon it because I pay the taxes.

Frankly I think Jenny Granholm was actually correct that some roads should be allowed to return to dirt. 20 years ago all the roads around my hometown were paved because of all the truck traffic that came with the building of oil infrastructure. Now, 20 years later the trucks are gone but we still pay to maintain those paved roads that have 2 or three houses per mile.
3 posted on 12/29/2011 9:24:21 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: Venturer

A few years back. Carl Levin was asking for $2 million from transportation money to save a section of Tiger stadium. His justification for asking for transportation money was that a bus stop would be built into the place.


4 posted on 12/29/2011 9:26:59 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: MichCapCon
Bike paths all over our city as well. DO THEY USE THEM????

NO, the bikers still use the roads and clog traffic, it's their right to piss us off, you know.

5 posted on 12/29/2011 9:38:34 AM PST by annieokie
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To: MichCapCon
Good (/sarc) social-engineering gone bad?

Bike path to nowhere?

What is really problematic is the speed/mass/hardness differentials between autos/trucks and people on bikes. I personally would be very apprehensive to use a bike path in vehicular traffic.

Another issue is the weather, deep snow and slush make biking a really practical (/sarc) thing in Michigan during the winter. (Not to mention sheets of icy water and snow thrown up off the tires of passing trucks.)

ps. Isn't Michigan also responsible for the curly light bulbs?

6 posted on 12/29/2011 9:38:48 AM PST by hfr (Liberalism is a moral disorder that leads to mental disorder (actually it's sin))
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To: hfr
ps. Isn't Michigan also responsible for the curly light bulbs?

Fred Upton was the deciding vote but don't blame Michigan for that stupidity. If it hadn't been a Michigan congressman who sold us out, it would have been someone else.
7 posted on 12/29/2011 9:44:45 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: MichCapCon
Same here in Memphis! Huge signs telling motorist to share the two lane road with the bikers.
8 posted on 12/29/2011 9:48:30 AM PST by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: MichCapCon

Lansing gets a lot of snow. Do the bike paths get cleared like the roads or are they unusable for a good portion of the year? What a waste.


9 posted on 12/29/2011 9:50:36 AM PST by formosa (Formosa)
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To: annieokie
Bike paths all over our city as well. DO THEY USE THEM????

Here in Jackson Mi, one of our local reporters did an informal count on a street where a bike lane was put in. Over 48 hours he counted some 4000 cars and 7 bicycles. That was during the summer.
10 posted on 12/29/2011 9:52:26 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: MichCapCon

I’m a Civil Engineer. Around 6 years ago, an architect hired me to design a parking lot, for a renovation of an old rail station into a museum.

My plans were reviewed by the state DOT.

Why? Turns out that a portion of the funding for the project came from TEA (Transportation Equity Act) money...aka ‘the highway bill’.

In additon to being a stupid use of fuel tax money, it was also not very efficient. The DOT delayed the project for months with their review. Also, any communcation with the DOT had to be filtered through a city engineer - who had to fill out a small mountain of paperwork. In the end, the DOT signed off on the plans....their legacy on the project being a long delay and half a file cabinet of paperwork.


11 posted on 12/29/2011 9:57:02 AM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: cripplecreek

Oops. Sorry, I thought he was the sponsor. Michigan is a beautiful state, especially west Michigan along the lakeshore.


12 posted on 12/29/2011 10:07:54 AM PST by hfr (Liberalism is a moral disorder that leads to mental disorder (actually it's sin))
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To: hfr

He might have been a sponsor but I don’t claim him. I’m in the next district over and have a conservative tea party congressman.


13 posted on 12/29/2011 10:10:39 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: Venturer

Hell, along 696 in metro detroit, and the adjoining stretch of I-94, they put up brand new eco friendly streetlights... while my teeth were being rattled out by potholes.... now they are putting all new plants along the sides of 696, and the road surface still sucks.... not to mention all the brand new computerized signs... the ones that have messages like “Don’t drink and drive” they were a cool 500k apiece.... you can’t read them because your car is being launched in the air from the huge pothole ( or the overfilled patch they put on it )..however, when I drive through lansing(the state capital) there are real nice roads there...out of sight, out of mind i guess


14 posted on 12/29/2011 10:15:11 AM PST by joe fonebone (Project Gunwalker, this will make watergate look like the warm up band......)
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To: joe fonebone
now they are putting all new plants along the sides of 696, and the road surface still sucks

Funny you should mention that. I just got home from playing volleyball at the Fraser Senior Center and had a discussion about that very thing with a guy there.......

15 posted on 12/29/2011 10:26:44 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Santa missed my house again....or maybe he's stuck in the chimney. I'll go look.......)
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To: MichCapCon

My kids play a game sometimes when we’re traveling into or out of Michigan. They close their eyes and attempt to tell when we entered / left the state based on road noise. It’s not that fun because the change in quality is stunningly obvious.


16 posted on 12/29/2011 10:31:11 AM PST by FateAmenableToChange
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To: MichCapCon

Exactly. Any time you hear the Dems or press moan about the “nation’s crumbling infrastructure,” remember that they are asking for money for bike paths, more government transportation department workers, and “smart” highway systems like the fancy signs that say “don’t drink and drive” or that provide the same information your GPS provides. To the extent work gets done, its done in politically connected districts by overpriced union workers.


17 posted on 12/29/2011 10:32:48 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Hot Tabasco

Fraser.... back in the late 80’s, early 90’s, i worked for a coupla companies located in fraser... it was like an oasis surrounded by crap (roseville, centerline, warren) is it still that way, or has it finally succombed?


18 posted on 12/29/2011 10:41:19 AM PST by joe fonebone (Project Gunwalker, this will make watergate look like the warm up band......)
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To: joe fonebone

The roads around my home are falling apart, but the roads in Annapolis are just fine.


19 posted on 12/29/2011 10:49:20 AM PST by Venturer
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To: joe fonebone
Fraser.... is it still that way, or has it finally succombed?

It's still a decent community......

Roseville, Centerline and Warren are getting increasingly worse tho.....They've become the landing area for the immigrants leaving Detroit who are bringing their culture with them.

20 posted on 12/29/2011 12:07:04 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Santa missed my house again....or maybe he's stuck in the chimney. I'll go look.......)
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To: MichCapCon

Why do you think the roads are crap. There is plenty of money for roads, but they steal it for transit, bikes, and feel-good PC programs. If it was all used the past 40 years only for roads, they would be in great shape.


21 posted on 12/29/2011 12:53:53 PM PST by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (Repealing Obamacare is the ONLY GOAL.)
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To: MichCapCon

Transportation Empowerment Act
Introduced by U.S. Rep. Tom Graves & U.S. Sen. Mike Lee

http://tomgraves.house.gov/tea/
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/104/hr3840/text
TEA: Learn it, love it, live it.


22 posted on 07/16/2014 3:19:33 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.-JFK)
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To: MichCapCon

Sounds like they want you to get snow tires for your bike this winter.


23 posted on 07/16/2014 3:35:18 PM PDT by Citizen Soldier (I dream of country without liberals.)
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