McCain aims to de-fund the Metrorail extension

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Streetsblog has the skinny on the highway projects that Senator McCain would like to kill the earmarks for, and among them is the fed money for extending the Metrorail out to Dulles Airport.

Interestingly, this is money that should probably come out of the FHA’s Highway Trust Fund‘s mass transit cash, but the HTF is having financial trouble – it’s needed cash infusions recently and last year. It’s filled by a federal tax on gasoline that’s set at a fixed rate, not a percentage of current prices. The rate hasn’t changed since 1993 (when gasoline was about $1.05) and this is the tax McCain suggested a temporary holiday from during the campaign last year.

Well I used to say something in my profile about not quite being a “tinker, tailor, soldier, or spy” but Tom stole that for our about us page, so I guess I’ll have to find another way to express that I am a man of many interests.

Hmm, guess I just did.

My tastes run the gamut from sophomoric to Shakespeare and in my “professional” life I’ve sold things, served beer, written software, and carried heavy objects… sometimes at the same place. It’s that range of loves and activities that makes it so easy for me to love DC – we’ve got it all.


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