Remember when I first said that transportation funding will become an issue. See “Issues to know and watch” April 18th at the bottom and also see “Remember when I said” May 8th? Well, here we are.
The fairly new Transportation Secretary has talked about this issue publicly for months. The national news and trade journals have covered it, some in the back pages and others on the front page.
This one has a good summary of the problem – http://www.wallstreetdaily.com/2014/07/07/highway-trust-fund/
Also see this one just for fun – http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jul/8/nearly-40-of-dc-funded-roads-labelled-poor-or-wors/
This issue is no surprise or it shouldn’t be. Before I retired two years ago, agencies in the Department of Transportation were researching this and proposed to Congress alternatives to add money to the highway trust fund. Actually, this issue has existed for several years.
My problem and I hope its yours also is why do our leaders wait until the last minute to even consider addressing the problem. Not resolve the problem; wait until the last minute to consider addressing the problem. Then they go before national news and blame each other.
Now states are cutting back on transportation projects including repairs and maintenance of existing portions of their transportation system.
Congress’ work is really piling up now. “Decisions. Decisions.”
Don’t they know that if they handle problems prior to crisis mode then these problems won’t pile up on them? Sounds like a time management issue. In the old days federal employees received time management and decisionmaking/leadership training.
Do our leaders now need time management and decisionmaking/leadership training? Whose going to tell them to go back to school?