Obama-Era Government Waste Project Axed
Article from Reason by Christian Britschgi.
It’s rare for a president to pull funding from a sweetheart transportation project. But on the final Friday of 2017, the Trump administration announced that it was backing away from an Obama-era plan to lavish billions in federal aid on the Hudson Tunnel project.
Billed as “the nation’s most urgent major infrastructure project” by its proponents, the venture envisions a new rail tunnel beneath the Hudson River along with repairs to an existing rail tunnel damaged by Hurricane Sandy. All of this would mostly serve to increase rail transit service within the New York City metro area.
And on Friday, Federal Transit Administration Deputy Director K. Jane Williams renounced Obama’s 2015 funding pledge entirely in a letter to New York Budget Director Robert Mujica.
The even split between federal and local funding, Williams said in her letter, “would be considerably higher than much existing precedent for past ‘mega projects.'” Such a commitment, she pointed out, would completely exhaust the federal government’s Capital Infrastructure Grant program on a single project.
Read the entire article at Reason.
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I heard a simple train from Dallas to Mesquite, Texas is a critical need. I’m wondering why a few million for a Texas train is less important than a few billion for a tunnel under a river that is already adorned with several tunnels and bridges. Perhaps neither are necessary.
LET THE IDIOT YOU HAVE FOR MAYOR RAISE TAXES THERE TO BUILD WHAT HE WANTS, OH, THE GOVERNER CAN HELP. THEY MUST LEARN HOW TO LIVE WITH A BUDGET, IF THEY KNOW HOW TO MAKE ONE. MOST COMPANIES DO AND DO NOT DEPEND ON FREE MONEY FROM OTHER PEOPLE.
Great decision!! Federal tax money should be reserved exclusively to fund NATIONAL projects and programs, not local ones. If the local priority for this project is high enough to justify its funding by the state or local governments, they should bear the cost; otherwise it shouldn’t be funded at all. The Federal government shouldn’t fund such projects just because it has money to buy votes. The Federal government is
So happy to see stoping obama give always , this is a burden on tax payers and a way to start saving money and pay down our national debt!