As Rhode Island Crumbles
See, this sort of thing ought to be a state government’s first priority:
After reexamining the condition of Rhode Island’s bridges, the state Department of Transportation has identified the need for “approximately $600 million in bridge repair and replacement projects” over the next five years, Governor Carcieri told a press conference today.
But the money may not be there. Rhode Island is in danger of losing $60 million to $70 million in federal transportation aid each year. The state’s 30-cent gasoline tax cannot make up the difference. And even if the state’s must-fix list is pared to high-priority projects, he said, the state faces a potential $210 million shortfall in available funding.
All of the other areas of state spending may or may not be desirable, but roads are fundamental, and raising taxes and tolls to pay for them is not the solution.