Our Views: A no-brainer passes us by


The Advocate of New Orleans brings us this article on a missed opportunity in Louisiana.  Because of Hurricane Katrina, Baton Rouge and New Orleans have been brought a lot closer together.  As an army of planners have been working on how to rebuild the area, one of the most common and important ideas has been a rail connection between the two cities.  Most people are supportive of the idea, they just want to use someone else’s money to finance it.  Fortunately, the economic stimulus package was made just for these sort of projects.  Unfortunately, Bobby Jindal, the state’s governor, is a Republican, and opposed to the stimulus.  The plans that were drawn up by the state Department of Transportation and Development were abandoned.  Now no one is willing to pay the $18 million to subsidize the system, even though this is smaller than the sum that DOTD simply lost more than that amount last year.  History has shown us that this sort of project is a sound investment.  Louisiana had a great opportunity to invest in two of it’s largest cities.  That opportunity may be gone.

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