Don’t Cash That Check Until Next Tuesday Edition – New Federal Transportation Bill Passed

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THE CAR COACH REPORTS:

December 04, 2015

Don’t Cash That Check Until Next Tuesday Edition – New Federal Transportation Bill Passed

 

Image courtesy of www.wikipedia.com
Image courtesy of www.wikipedia.com

Congress has agreed to pass a new federal transportation bill: http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/2015/12/after-long-delay-congress-okays-new-transportation-bil/

The money allotted for infrastructure repair is woefully short of what we really need. The cost of repairing all our infrastructure is at least $3.6 trillion. Congress only passed a $305 billion dollar bill. And, of course, not all of that is allotted for infrastructure repair.

The 1300-page federal transportation bill, moreover, promises lots of money to many organizations that were:
A) shorted on their big budget requests—NHTSA is getting $1 billion dollars for safety programs. (they asked for more)
B) organizations that were promised money that our government doesn’t have—we don’t have $305 billion.

So basically, we are supposed to be excited that our government floated a check to repair our roads. We might want to wait to cash it.

I hate to be the naysayer. I could say this is a step in the right direction. I mean hey, it is something, after all. Really it is. I mean it sure is something that our government cooperated in spending money it doesn’t have that isn’t nearly enough to cover this country’s transportation and infrastructure needs.

I’m starting to wonder if this is an “Emperor’s New Clothes” kind of situation. Going into an election year our elected representatives want to keep their jobs so they passed a law to point to. Am I imagining this?

But what do you think? Is this a case of something is better than nothing?

Post your comments at https://www.laurenfix.com/car-coach-report/

 

My Final Thought:

 

Jalopnik has compiled a list of the ten best cities to drive in: http://jalopnik.com/the-ten-best-cities-to-drive-in-1746086632.

What do you think of the top ten? I for one would love to check out the San Diego and Prague driving situations.

Post your comments at https://www.laurenfix.com/car-coach-report/

Love Your Car! See you next week!

–Lauren Fix

 

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