Because the state will not assure us the one percent increase in the sales tax will go directly to road repair, this is another bait and switch by our elected leaders. Much like the lottery years ago. We were sold on the “fact” that the money from the lottery would be used to help fund schools.
Instead, what we got was our state leadership moving money that had been previously earmarked for education back to the general fund to be used in other ways. So in essence, the lottery has not added supplemental funds for schools.
So by giving the state more money that isn’t guaranteed to fix the problem they claim, we have just another shell game. Why were the roads allowed to get to this state? What will happen to money already allocated to roads? Will it be shuffled back to the general fund like the school funding was?
If the state wants our support, then give us definite answers as to how the money will be used. How much do we currently allocate to the roads and how much more will the tax raise for road repair? What is the plan to fix the roads? It seems we consistently ask for more money without a solid plan in place.
Vote no on Prop 1.
Everett Livingston Jr.
A letter to the editor of the Livingston Daily