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Government Playbook: Rename a Previously Rejected Tax, a ‘Green Fee’, and Try Again

Pit Boss Wrote: Jul 28, 2012 12:31 PM
How about just charging people the actual costs of operating the system? Here in MN the brillant people at Met Council have dropped the fares for the North Star rail because the ridership is nowhere near what they projected. Now a person can ride for something like $7 when the real cost is over $30 and the train is millions in debt. The state also takes a portion of our vehicle registration taxes and uses them for mass transit projects and operations because they don't have enough revenue to operate on their own. The State is currently build 11 miles of light rail for a cost of over 1 billion that will only multiply the traffic problems and the liberals have a gall to say roads are too expensive to build.
Mike1206 Wrote: Jul 28, 2012 1:22 PM
We have the same here in San Diego. If hou see the ridership of our trains and buses it becomes clear we are losing our shorts everyday on this waste!!

When government and its agencies are running deficits they will pull out all the tricks to get their hands on your money. Today’s example comes from New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is considering adding on a 'green fee' on each new MetroCard to encourage riders to recycle their cards.

The proposal for the $1 surcharge was contained in the agency's preliminary budget for next year.

The aim is to reduce the number of cards that are printed and discarded.

The surcharge would produce about $18 million a year for the MTA.