TBD Colorado recently released its final report of recommendations to the public and Gov. John Hickenlooper. The TBD report is yet another example that shows the urgent need for a statewide solution to fund our transportation system. Government leaders and citizens should take this opportunity to have a serious dialogue about finding additional transportation funding.
We've searched every nook and cranny for cost savings, but that's never going to be enough to prevent our infrastructure from deteriorating. Gov. Hickenlooper's and CDOT's recently announced Responsible Acceleration of Maintenance and Partnerships is a great start, but efficiencies will only get us part of the way to our goals. If we value our mobility, economic well-being and freedom to travel, we'll get serious about new sources of revenue.
The challenges facing transportation are many but they are readily solvable with support for new revenue. The report recognizes that 52 percent of our state highways are in poor condition, up from 40 percent in 2006. It's estimated to cost $8.6 billion to fully reconstruct the state highways that need it. Colorado's growing population and unique physical characteristics are placing greater strain on the system.
To fix the funding shortfall, the report calls for exploring "new transportation funding mechanisms," including a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) fee, indexing the gas tax to inflation and greater regional funding authority. These are just a few of the solutions that can contribute to a healthy system.
We're in this together and the report should be our starting point. Now, let's build on the report with concrete steps to ensure the transportation system meets the needs of future generations.
I would like to share with your readers an Internet radio interview I did on May 14 with Dr. James H. Fetzer, a retired university professor who taught critical thinking, scientific logic, etc. for 35 years, the last 19 at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He is the founder of Scholars for 9/11 Truth and host of "The Real Deal," his Internet radio program. You can listen by going to radiofetzer.blogspot.com, click on May, then scroll down to May 14, Steve Campbell - Activism in Colorado.
I suspect some will listen until they hear something they strongly disagree with and stop listening. To be fair, please listen to the entire interview to get the bigger picture and a balanced understanding of my thinking. We cover a wide range of issues.
On rethinking the interview, which was done extemporaneously by phone, I would revise my statement regarding solar, wind and geothermal energy, to cast it in a more favorable light. Also, regarding my remarks about Vladimir Putin, I've since run across new information that makes me doubt my earlier statement.
In addition, I recently finished reading what I consider to be the best book I've ever read. "The World Conquerors: The Real War Criminals," by Victor Marschalko, translated from Hungarian to English and published in England in 1958, can be found using your favorite search engine and read online in PDF format. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
My email address is callstevec2@ gmail.com if you have comments or questions.
Cheers and Merry Christmas.