Dan Walters: state budget full of transportation “boondoggles” – here’s a local example

13 Jul

Here is yesterday’s column from Dan Walters, describing a state transportation agency that has millions in budget but provides NO benefits to taxpayers.

https://calmatters.org/articles/commentary/legislature-may-erase-embarrassing-boondoggle/

A few months ago I wrote a post about the rail agency he mentions, which is working with the local agency, BCAG (Butte County Association of governments) to land grant funding.

https://chicotaxpayers.com/2018/01/23/bcag-proposes-spending-millions-for-bus-lines-that-are-predicted-to-have-a-40-percent-return-on-fares-how-about-fixing-our-streets/

This is an example of what really happens with SB1 funds. Repeal SB1, repeal the gas tax, repeal the misuse of our tax dollars.

YES ON PROP 6.

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11 Responses to “Dan Walters: state budget full of transportation “boondoggles” – here’s a local example”

  1. bob July 14, 2018 at 8:54 am #

    Here’s another article by Walters and sure applies to the Oroville sales tax increase and the bond measure (really a tax increase) old Sorensen wants…

    https://calmatters.org/articles/commentary/coy-about-taxes-and-pension-costs/

    • bob July 14, 2018 at 9:01 am #

      And speaking of Ororville, were the 300 people surveyed smoking crack at the time? Only ten percent have a favorable opinion of the city council but they will overwhelmingly vote to have those corrupt politicians take more of their money. The sleazy consultant has told the Oroville politicians their 1% sales tax increase passage is a slam dunk.

      Well, I hope the voters slam it up their @ssess.

      https://www.chicoer.com/2018/07/13/survey-finds-oroville-residents-likely-to-pass-sales-tax-measure/

      • Juanita Sumner July 14, 2018 at 12:45 pm #

        Oh gawd, I hope so!

      • bob July 14, 2018 at 9:25 pm #

        You can bet that consultant never mentioned the absurd pension situation to the people who were surveyed. And increasing the sales tax to 8.25% is not going to resolve the pension problem. All it will do is encourage the politicians to kick that can down the road some more and then try to raise taxes once again when the pension problem raises its ugly head again.

        And I guarantee you if that sales tax increase passes then CARD, Lando, Ory and all the other politicians and bureaucrats in Chico who want to raise taxes will be very interested in signing a contract with that consultant, and with your tax money!

      • bob July 14, 2018 at 9:29 pm #

        It will be nearly identical to Measure R, except there will be no sunset date and the ballot measure question will be worded differently, with help from the consultant.

        NO sunset date so the idiots who vote for it and even those who don’t are stuck with it forever.

        “…with help from the consultant.”

        Yup, and at the taxpayers expense. It is criminal and the Oroville City Council and that consultant should go to prison.

      • bob July 14, 2018 at 9:38 pm #

        How much did the politicians on the Oroville City Council pay that consultant? How much did the taxpayers of Oroville pay to propagandise themselves into a tax increase?

      • Juanita Sumner July 15, 2018 at 5:11 am #

        Good questions, I wish more people would ask questions. I wish we had a lawyer to tell us where the legal lines are – they can’t spend city money promoting a tax increase, but they can spend city money on a consultant?

  2. bob July 16, 2018 at 3:50 pm #

    How much would you like to bet that slimey consultant never mentioned this to the people who were surveyed for the sales tax increase? And you can bet the criminal politicians on the Oroville city council never mentioned this.

    Nearly 900% increase in CalPERS benefits dwarfs economic growth & taxpayers’ ability to pay
    https://marinpost.org/blog/2018/7/13/nearly-900-increase-in-calpers-benefits-dwarfs-economic-growth-taxpayers-ability-to-pay

    “Some politicians and government unions have claimed that last decade’s market downturn is the cause of California’s pension crisis. As this data makes clear, the real cause is the tremendous growth in the size of the benefits that were promised.”

    • Juanita Sumner July 16, 2018 at 5:06 pm #

      I just had a conversation with city manager Mark Orme that you will find interesting, I’ll post it tomorrow.

      Thanks a ton Bob

      • bob July 16, 2018 at 5:46 pm #

        Something tells me I’d better break out the Pepto Bismol….

      • Juanita Sumner July 16, 2018 at 6:21 pm #

        No, write a letter to the editor instead.

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