Tuesday, April 19, 2005

UP DATE: We don't trust the legislature and D.O.T.

Frustrated tax payers in Washington are fed up.
We don't trust the legislature and D.O.T.

We the people the state of washington need to take our government back. There are many thing that can done to put checks and balances to hold the politician in check. The first thing that is needed, would be to elect a real Governor that is willing to take on the issues that pelage the people of the State. A Governor that is willing to change the face of government in Olympia.

The highest priority being highways, "not transportation" i.e. not buses, not rail, not trams, not runways, HOV lanes AND NOT TOLLS.
We don't need any more quick fixes or wasted money for study groups, sales tax on materials or EPA studies that have already have been studied to death.
I don't know who or when it was decided that cities started getting money from the State to subsidize or build transit systems. I am looking in to it, because it is not enumerated in section 40 of the States constitution. I suspect it to be a scam to get Federal money to create a make work bureaucracy.

There is a needed revamping of the D.O.T., starting with and not limited to ELECTING A STATE HIGHWAYS COMMISSIONER to serve for a six year term. With the authority to implement and carry out the duties of that office. Such duties as contracting out, organizational efficiencies, partition the legislature and hire and fire. With a DOT accounting office that is audited at least every two years. The most important is to get a real highway engineer.

This may require a change in the constitution and a lot of arm twisting however the end results would by more accountability and less politics when it comes to one of the States most important infrastructures.

BY Roy Boy
UP DATE - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - !!!

I was partly right there is federal money for public transportation.
I did find in the R.C.W.'s the provision that allows funding for municipal transportation franchise.
If it improves or is shown to be a benefit to the state highway a transportation system is constructed on.
Thats not County or City streets and thats not for its own right of way.
This is for square footage of State highway construction coast associated with a transit system

RCW 47.08.070
Cooperation in public works projects, urban public transportation systems.

When it appears to the department that any state highway will be benefited or improved by the construction of any public works project, including any urban public transportation system, within the state of Washington by any of the departments of the state of Washington, by the federal government, or by any agency, instrumentality, or municipal corporation of either the state of Washington or the United States, the department is authorized to enter into cooperative agreements with any such state department, with the United States, or with any agency, instrumentality, or municipal corporation of either the state of Washington or the United States, wherein the state of Washington, acting through the department, will participate in the cost of the public works project in such amount as may be determined by the department to be the value of the benefits or improvements to the particular state highway derived from the construction of the public works project. Under any such agreement the department may contribute to the cost of the public works project by making direct payment to the particular state department, federal government, or to any agency, instrumentality, or municipal corporation of either the state or the United States, or any combination thereof, which may be involved in the project, from any funds appropriated to the department and available for highway purposes, or by doing a portion of the project either by day labor or by contract, or in any other manner as may be deemed advisable and necessary by the department.

RCW 47.04.082
Urban public transportation systems -- Defined.

As used in this act the term "urban public transportation system" shall mean a system for the public transportation of persons or property by buses, street cars, trains, electric trolley coaches, other public transit vehicles, or any combination thereof operating in or through predominantly urban areas and owned and operated by the state, any city or county or any municipal corporation of the state, including all structures, facilities, vehicles and other property rights and interest forming a part of such a system.

[1967 c 108 ยง 1.]


At 9:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

...and we all know that none of this is going to happen. It's not going to happen because all the good Seattle "progressives" will continues to vote for the McDermotts and the Sims and the Gregoires and WA will continue to drift into the cesspool of a liberal "paradise", where everybody's equally miserable.

Mark, Puyallup

At 8:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is why as a native of Seattle I was finally forced to leave my home state of Washington for a state were there is still a possibility to actually make a living. I doubt I will ever return as the theft of the voters wishes (Taxes and Govorner) proves that Washington has reverted to communism. I frankly will not live in a Soviet State as Washington has become.

Scott, Las Vegas, NV
(formaly from Auburn WA.)


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