The right way to fund Vir­ginia roads

The Washington Post Sunday - - OPINION -

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

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