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InsiderOnline Blog: September 2004

The Last Train to Taxville

The Independence Institute reports that even the Colorado newspapers are beginning to agree with the Institute's evaluation of the taxpayer-sapping rail plan-- like all urban light rail plans, FasTracks would take a WHOLE LOT of money to NOT solve the traffic problem. Plus, it's inexcuseably spelled, with the big "T" in the middle (sorry FreedomWorks!). From the Independence e-mail newsletter:

The Rocky Mountain News has joined well-respected folks like Republican Colorado State Treasurer Mike Coffman and Democratic Boulder County Commissioner Paul Danish, as well as municipalities like Glendale in opposing RTD's 67 percent tax increase called FasTracks.

Other cities have beaten back massive tax proposals for rail expansion. A great example is Kansas City where Councilwoman Saundra McFadden-Weaver successfully led the fight against it. Her battle cry was simple: This hurts working people and minorities most of all.

Independence is also hosting an event featuring McFadden-Weaver September 20th, at 5:30 pm at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library in Denver. The Goldwater Institute also has choice words on the rail issue.

In other, unrelated news, Independence has posted pictures of its Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms fundraiser online. Grover Norquist with a shotgun, stogie, and snifter? The Left will capitualte at the mere sight!

Posted on 09/15/04 03:59 PM by Mary Katherine Ham

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