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Is it time for the RTA to start fixing bad roads?

While riders in one part of Tucson can ride a modern street car and animals crossing north Oracle Road have their own overpass, 80 percent of Tucson's residential streets are rated poor to very poor. About 60 percent of Pima County's roads are said to be fair to poor. Momentum is growing, though, for a solution centered on the Regional Transportation Authority.... Read more»

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Sep 7, 2016, 4:16 pm
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This piece begins stating that we need roughly a billion dollars to fix our roads. Here’s my plan…

-First step is vote out every politician who thought the choo choo train was a good idea. It shows a gross inability to adequately prioritize this region’s needs.

-Second step is to vote out every politician who perpetuates the lie that “no criminal wrongdoing” occurred when $230 million of Rio Nuevo funds turned up missing. Anyone who believes this is either in on the cover-up themselves, or so stupid that there should be a competency hearing to determine their ability to care for themselves. In either case, such a person has no business in public office.

Between the choo choo train and the stolen Rio Nuevo money, that’s almost half a billion dollars. We’d already be half way there were it not for those two things. Stop voting in the same people who broke things and then expect them to fix the problem!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-Step 3, tine for Huckleberry to finally go. He’s been in that spot forever, all the county roads mentioned have went to shit on his watch. Even it if weren’t for the roads, it is long past time to have new blood in that seat. Give someone else a shot at the job (not a Huckleberry “hand picked successor”), and let’s see what he or she can do.

I personally would be in favor of a tax increase, but only if it is a completely new set of people administering the money. The jerks in office now have abundantly demonstrated that they can’t be trusted. They’re either too stupid or too corrupt, or in many cased, they’re both.

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13 comments
Sep 7, 2016, 5:27 pm
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Please plow up the asphalt on my residential street, dirt would be better than I have now!
Tucson turning into a south of the border city!

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Sep 8, 2016, 11:54 am
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while I don’t like increasing the amount I pay in taxes many of the roads are in terrible shape and inflation alone has decreased what we get by 44% so I’m willing to pay more to get more.

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Sep 8, 2016, 3:21 pm
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@Bret Linden,

Your claim that “$230 million of Rio Nuevo funds turned up missing” is false.

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