The federal government has cut back its road funding for Tennessee. But Tennessee did a great deal to hurt itself when it comes to road projects and the quality of life issues they can represent for average, working Tennesseans.The Governor and the Legislators owe it to us to reimburse the state road fund the $280 million that was robbed from it to pay for other projects.
Put simply, the state’s road fund has been plundered to the tune of $280 million by the last two administrations in order to afford other things the state budget would not otherwise permit.
The result has been a slowing of road projects in Tennessee for some time.
After they've done that, they need to heed these facts about toll roads (via the Denver Post):
86 percent of new toll roads in eight states failed to meet expectations in their first full year.Any future racketolling scheme in Tennessee would amount to robbing taxpayers to pay for projects for which taxpayers already paid, and it would be double-dipping for projects destined to fail because private toll companies take their toll on taxpayers. Double-dipping is impolite; you take one dip and then end it.
By year three, 75 percent - 15 of the 20 that have been open that long - remained poor performers.