My favorite socialist neighbor Gerry is sponsoring this one, as are Senator Merchant and four other Dems, but this bipartisan bill has the backing five good Republicans as well, including Rep. Krebs. These are the same folks from the interim highway committee who showed some political leadership last October in voting to advance this plan. These legislators take the seemingly reasonable position that South Dakota can't rely on Uncle Sam for every penny of highway funding.
As we gear up for the anti-tax hyperventilation from various quarters, let's remember what Rep. Vehle said at the October 14 hearing:
Everyone in this committee.. has a feeling that we need to do something... We'd all like to do probably a lot more than we feel in a recession we can do. But we need to take a hard look and be ready to explain to our colleagues the need that our highways have.... [A]ny society that lets its infrastructure fail or start to fail is also going down a wrong road and putting our society in jeopardy [Senator Mike Vehle, 2009.10.14].
Do you want to pay for the road you take to work? Or do prefer to put that money toward new struts as you go bouncing over the potholes?