by Kimb Seelye
on October 4, 2010
in The Question Is...
In this space SMART poses a timely and relevant question to ponder. Weigh in with your thoughts and opinions.
The current question is:
The biggest policy barrier to successfully integrating and optimizing sustainable transportation solutions is:
The taxpayer just bailed GM and Chrysler (effectively a subsidy) to save jobs. With car prices remaining low they are the more cost effective option. Transit will never be able to compete with cars as long as automobiles are priced below free market rates.
What do countries with good transit pay for of a car (tax on the car and fuel included) as % of average family income in relation to % here in America? Or New York City? Chicago?
Should free markets decide who stays in business so poorly operated companies shut themselves down? With less competition the price of cars should go up making transit a better option.
the entrenched notion that change from the status quo will cost jobs. The K Street jobs are really what is at stake, not jobs in manufacturing, mining, and others that support the transportation industry. People are allowing themselves to be held captive by broadcast screens of all sizes and their carefully crafted images. It’s up to us as a voting public to yield to common sense when we choose the policy makers who are integral to making the difference in integrating and optimizing sustainable transportation in to policy.
So Michigan, tax breaks for companies that are slow to change or teaming with those not afraid of transformation now?
I believe that Tax Policy must be neutral in relation to behavior of citizens.
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