The road to common sense

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 3:25pm

I remember when I was a kid the Texas roadways use to be like magic carpets.

We'd travel out of town and we'd make remarks that the neighboring roadways felt like driving on washboards.

That oil money we used to have made for some pretty good things.

This brings me to this:

Do we have the best road system in the country right now?

Not as good as we used to, but, I'm getting sick of the carping I'm hearing and we're treating road legislation like everything else.

We're trying to just come up with an idea and ram it through.

Let's slow down and look at things.

Let's not make the "Obamacare" or immigration mistake.

One local Senator wants a temporary tax to go to roads.

There is no temporary tax.

Once you vote it in, it's there forever.

Tax money is like heroin to lawmakers, especially those on the left.

But today, this study was released:

In overall highway performance and efficiency in the latest Annual Highway Report by Reason Foundation (I've never heard of it), but it says Texas ranked 13th and 17th in the previous two reports. With 80,000 miles under state highway control, it is the second-largest system in the country, just slightly behind North Carolina.

I did notice the states. which pass taxes with the blink of an eye and are not fearless when it comes to taking money out of constituents pockets, have the worst roads.

I'm talking about:

43. Massachusetts

44. Connecticut

45. New York

46. New Jersey

47. California

48. Hawaii

49. Rhode Island

50. Alaska

I'll give alaska a break because of their weather.

Tax, tax, tax.

We only want to help you.

That's my point of view, what's yours?

You can e-mail me at or Facebook me at KETK Neal Barton.


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