The right way to fund Virginia roads
Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) has said he is open to better ideas than his plan to sell $2.9 billion of bonds to fund transportation projects [“Billions today, gone tomorrow,” editorial, Jan. 16]. Here’s one: Let’s pay for what we want now, as opposed to saddling the state with more debts and making our children pay them.
Conservatives accuse Democrats of being tax-and-spend liberals. The governor is inviting Virginians to become bond-and-spend conservatives. We used to sacrifice for our children. Now we saddle the nation and state with more debts that will burden them. Man up, governor.
If we have the transportation crisis you say we have, and I agree that we do, propose higher taxes to pay for the projects. Wall Street does not need the millions of dollars it will receive to handle underwriting the bonds. Virginia does.
Ralph Craft, Fairfax