Mr. Deeds for Governor

The Washington Post has again endorsed Senator Creigh Deeds for Governor of Virginia.  Ironically, it appears that Mr. Deed’s courageous stance  that he would not rule out a dedicated transportation tax  solidified his endorsement.  His opponent, Attorney General Bob McDonnell, has proposed a hodge podge of ways to cannibalize various state services like education, health and public safety. 

The entire Washington Post endorsement may be read:

A LEGACY of sound policies, coupled with the proximity of the federal government, has partially protected Virginia from the harsh retrenchments that the recession has forced on many states. Yet the commonwealth faces a daunting crisis in the form of a drastic shortfall in transportation funding, measured in the tens of billions of dollars, that threatens future prosperity. If the current campaign for governor has clarified anything, it is that state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, the Democratic nominee, has the good sense and political courage to maintain the forward-looking policies of the past while addressing the looming challenge of fixing the state’s dangerously inadequate roads. The Republican candidate, former attorney general Robert F. McDonnell, offers something different: a blizzard of bogus, unworkable, chimerical proposals, repackaged as new ideas, that crumble on contact with reality. They would do little if anything to build a better transportation system.

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Report: Va. infrastructure ‘sliding toward failure’

The American Society of Civil Engineers issued a report card yesterday on the state of Virginia’s infrastructure that is just dismal. 

Virginia’s parks and recreation facilities received a B- minus while roads, dams, and schools received a D- minus.  According to the report, found in the News and Messenger:

“Despite the important role infrastructure plays in our daily lives,“ the report said, “Virginia’s roads, water systems, schools and other critical foundations are underfunded, and in many cases, sliding toward failure.“


“We can keep on ignoring this stuff, but the cost to fix it once it fails is 10 times the cost to maintain it along the way,“ said Thomas L. Fitzgerald, the group’s president. “The big challenge is a sustainable funding source.“

The Virginia engineers did not say how much it would cost to return to acceptable levels of service, though estimates for drinking water systems, dams and roadways alone ran to more than $6.5 billion. The state is receiving more than $1 billion in federal stimulus funds for infrastructure improvements.



Somewhere along the way, politicians are going to have to get over the fear of saying that taxes are going to have to go up. Fixing a dam or a bridge is not wasting money. Right now, the anti tax crew has politicians unwilling to say that things have to change.

It probably won’t happen this election cycle, but soon the brave leaders who will get elected will be the ones who fact the American people and tell them that there is NO free lunch. Our infrastructure must be updated and it has to happen sooner rather than later.

This is where stimulus money should be going.