Sunday, April 13, 2008

Ted "tax-and-gouge-me" Kulongoski wants to add TOLLS that will VARY in price

the Oregonian

Despite the high cost of fuel, it may cost you more to drive depending on the time of day, location and/or congestion level on the freeway if Ted Kulongoski has his way.

Kulongoski, in his war on global warming says "this is the largest, most strategic, and GREENEST plan in Oregon history."
"We cannot allow ourselves to fall into the trap of thinking transportation and climate change are conflicting policy priorities," says Kulongoski

Kulongoski admits that a new source of funding must be found, that's where tollbooths or congestion pricing comes in or are charging drivers how many miles they drive e.g. installing a GPS system in your vehicle, and charging increased vehicle registration fees.

while Teddy hasn't noticed, with gasoline and diesel prices being as such, people are starting to drive a lot less which has at least according to CNBC, force the price of oil to come down a little bit.

Of course isn't it interesting that when they talk about global warming, green, etc. that it always winds up costing us, the general public, more money in the long run while at the same time putting more money in to the general fund.

Perhaps we have a different idea of a "GREEN".

11 Comments:

Blogger OregonGuy said...

So, unemployment is up to 5.7%.

The press release tries to avoid any comparison to our neighbor, Idaho. Whose rate is unchanged at 3.3 percent.

http://cl.idaho.gov/lmi/uirates.htm
http://www.qualityinfo.org/olmisj/OlmisZine

Sure, they can pat themselves on the back and say "we increased the minimum wage rate." And look what they're doing to the investment climate in this state...(did I say "climate"?)

Who in their right mind would invest a penny in new capital until the outcome of DEQ's proposed rules on carbon are finalized? And the Governor's new transportation plan? Will it help one more truck move more efficiently?

No.

We burn food for oil in Oregon. And nobody seems to find that foolish.

1:15 PM  
Blogger Bobkatt said...

"No more food for fuel"
It has a good ring to it.
How about some bumper stickers?

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have driven on 'toll roads' a lot and I will say one good thing about them - NO POT HOLES!

5:58 AM  
Blogger MAX Redline said...

If it's a freeway, then can they charge you congestion pricing for driving on it?

6:00 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

Let me see if I got this right… They're going to charge a toll or a congestion tax on the freeways because of congestion or to reduce congestion.

However, wouldn't installing a tollbooth actually increase congestion?

Therefore, with increased congestion, would be an increase in the congestion tax.

Logically therefore, by eliminating the tollbooth they would actually be reducing congestion.

Problem solved.

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