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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 01:25 AM
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Why deal with a transit crisis when Fox News beckons?
04/30/2009

A narrow beam of light seemed to break through the Missouri Legislature's dismal session earlier this month.

House Speaker Ron Richard came to the phone to tell us how he and his fellow Republican representatives understood the pain experienced by thousands of St. Louisans who depend on public transportation. He expressed sympathy about the massive reduction in service as a result of the major budget shortfall at Metro and pledged to do his part to help see St. Louis through the crisis.

He, along with House Budget Committee Chairman Allen Icet, R-Wildwood, had just introduced legislation that would direct $20 million in federal economic stabilization funds to Metro. The funds would be a temporary fix, enabling the agency to restore routes to regional employment centers. It would buy time for St. Louis County voters to reconsider a half-cent sales tax increase to fortify Metro funding.

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Ten days later, Mr. Richard wouldn't come to the phone. He had just stripped the Metro funding out of the bill. According to news reports, he was pursuing a new plan one that his caucus would try to jam through without a public hearing or input that would take the federal aid and use it to reduce the state income tax rate from 6 percent to 5.5 percent.

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We wanted to ask Mr. Richard about these issues, but his communications director said his schedule was full, that the speaker could not free even 10 minutes to explain the political about-face to St. Louisans struggling to get to and from work.

Indeed, the speaker was booked. He was readying himself to appear on Fox News.

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/edito...
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givemebackmycountry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 01:39 AM
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1. Some things never change...
Asshole.
Nice job.
Sorry your schedule was "full"
So, who got the honor?
Some second rate "fair and balanced" clown or one of the heavy hitters like Beck or O'Rielly or Hannity?
Obviously, you ain't never waited on a bus to get your ass to work.
I have.
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Berry Cool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 08:56 AM
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2. OMG, shortsighted AND stupid.
I'm sure all the people in St. Louis who can't make it to their jobs now and will
maybe get fired as a result will appreciate the .5 percent savings on their state income taxes much, much more than they would have appreciated a RELIABLE RIDE TO WORK. :grr:

Typical Fox Noiser: thinks "cutting taxes uber alles" solves everything...
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:09 AM
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3. St Louis has that wonderful light rail
This is really dumb. But the GOPers in MO are a special dumb breed. I think they have a secret competition going with the ones in KS to see who can appear to be more stupid.
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