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Thu Mar 8, 2018, 10:50 PM

Ted Budd does not want taxpayers to fund projects in blue states

His letter in today's WSJ:

Last week President Trump urged House Speaker Paul Ryan to deny federal funding for the Gateway Program, a proposed rail upgrade between New York City and Newark, N.J. The amendment I wrote to defund Gateway failed to pass the House in September despite bipartisan support, but the president is absolutely right to resume the effort. The project should not receive another dime of federal funding.

Gateway has all the usual trappings of a rail-infrastructure boondoggle. Cost estimates have risen from $13.5 billion in 2011 to $29.5 billion. Implementation will be overseen by Amtrak, which manages to lose millions selling food to its own passengers along with countless other inefficiencies.

The project would also be subject to the enormous upward cost pressures of building infrastructure in New York City, home of the most expensive mile of subway track in the world. Gateway is not primarily a Metropolitan Transportation Authority project, but it would still face the same regulatory and wage factors that make New York’s rail projects cost as much as seven times the price of similar works in comparable cities.

For federal taxpayers, the shifty details of Gateway’s history add insult to the program’s injurious costs. In 2012 New Jersey’s then- Gov. Chris Christie canceled a primarily state-funded version of the rail upgrade because it would have cost residents too much money. Mr. Christie took the estimated $3 billion in fees collected to finance the project and diverted them into the state highway trust fund—a bit of budgetary sleight-of-hand that helped him avoid raising New Jersey’s gasoline tax before his 2013 re-election bid.

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Maybe this is a project of national importance that ought to be funded, but officials in New York and New Jersey don’t act as if it is when their own taxpayers are on the hook for any cost overruns. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo summed up the local mindset when he criticized the lack of federal support in 2015: “Why don’t you pay for it? It’s not my tunnel. It is an Amtrak tunnel that is used by Amtrak and by New Jersey Transit.”

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The hypocrisy of the funding process convinced me to set my sights on the Gateway Program and risk challenging one of the more powerful officials in the House Republican Conference. Gateway’s history is a grim catalog of state irresponsibility being rewarded by federal largess. President Trump is right to make clear: Gateway is not our tunnel.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-northeasts-costly-tunnel-vision-1520466054

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I hope that he will have a Democratic challenger who will teach the voters about takers and givers states.

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Response to question everything (Original post)

Thu Mar 8, 2018, 10:59 PM

1. If he's worried about cost

And that seems to be his only concern, then congress could assign a contract monitor to ensure proper expenditures. He acts as if there is No solution to corruption.

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Thu Mar 8, 2018, 11:15 PM

2. No Democrat will ever be able to explain how giver & taker states work

 

in a way that makes sense in less than two minutes. No Democrat will ever be able to explain how to solve ANY of our problems in less than 2 minutes - most Americans refuse to pay attention to any political candidate that long, short attention span and all that! Meanwhile, the media and the right will be saying, the Dems STILL don't have a message...

In the 2 minutes a Dem is trying to explain how giver and taker states work, the republiCANT will be shouting George Soros and WELFARE and FREE STUFF, Hillary Clinton and Speaker Pelosi, boo-gedy, boo-gedy, boo-gedy!

I just wish the Dems could get together and hire some one like George Lakoff to craft a message that all the Dems could all stick to...

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Thu Mar 8, 2018, 11:26 PM

3. They want the US to turn into a covetous republic where you keep tabs

on anything your foes might get.

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