Daniels open to U-turn on toll plans

Daniels open to U-turn on toll plans

There are 111 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Mar 15, 2007, titled Daniels open to U-turn on toll plans. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

Gov. Mitch Daniels on Thursday linked the future of his proposed private toll bypasses to public opinion, saying he's "not interested in proceeding" if Hoosiers don't embrace the projects.

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C-Mitchell

Lexington, KY

#109 Mar 19, 2007
They should bring it further south, into counties like owen, and morgan, where it would actually bring some growth to that area.
Justin Langlais

Coal City, IN

#110 Mar 19, 2007
I am against this commerce connector! Why would this be proposed for the south side of town when most of the congestion and growth is on the north side! Why is Mitch so quick to sell off state assets? Why does this proposed "tollway" have a no compete clause? Could it be that many people will avoid it? This appears to be another one of those deals that is being pushed through before people have time to react.

Governor Daniels, I suggest you drop this right now. We will not tolerate the continued selling off of assets for short term gain.
Questions

United States

#111 Mar 19, 2007
Maybe the Gov. wants us to focus on the issues of loss of land, giving our assests to "private" corporations ( all funded with international money...huge amounts of money) and such when the most important issue with this tollroad bill is the loss of our American way. It gives the Governor the power to act without Legislative approval. That is a very slippery slope!! We are America because we have a balance of power. The three branches of government and this bill nulifies one whole branch. That is very dangerous. Please vote NO if for that reason only!!
A dose of truth

Indianapolis, IN

#112 Mar 19, 2007
Toll Road Junkie wrote:
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We need to hear from "A Dose of Truth"
when after a good bit of his life there they decide to "downsize" and get rid of him "because they can" and of course get rid of him instead of a new hire. And to make things even better he won't be able to get a job by then because he will be to old to be marketable. And of course all of his "investments" will be useless because of some legal wrangling by the owners of the company.
But he can always work a toll booth for yet another company
I'm not worried. I have invested all my life - I have skills that are not pushing a button in a factory. Plus - I am getting ready to start my own business. I won't depend on others for my livelihood. Your skills may mean that if you get downsized - you have to work in a toll booth. Mine are a lot more sophisticated than that.
Vickie

Amsterdam, Netherlands

#113 Mar 25, 2007
HOW MANY TOLL ROADS DO YOU HAVE RUINING YOUR TERRAIN, KENTUCKY?
James

Louisville, KY

#114 Apr 2, 2007
Rosemary Gard wrote:
I see no need to ruin any more of our lovely land. There are too many cement slabs that were once prosperous little towns and are now abandoned or nearly dead because of highways. Don't you people care about the future? Can't you see ahead? I am old enough to have heard many broken or unwise promises made by our politicians so that I will fight this new road project.
Where in the world do you come up with little towns are abandoned because of highways?. Maybe you could name some of these towns? Quite the opposite happened. Because these little town are so un-accessible from commerce is the very reason these towns became abandoned.

Highways have caused prosperity in this Country to bloom beyond imagination. It also shortens distances for all of us to save on fuel and spend more time with our families, rather than take long slow roads to go someplace. We don’t all drive carriages like the Amish or drive tractors everywhere.

If you care about the future of your children, you should welcome progress instead of turning it away. Industries in this day and age build in a way that they are close to a shorter faster route to and from their place of business, especially if the use trucking. Other companies move close to them so they can sell those partners supplies. Have you heard of “Just in time “scheduling?

These little towns are mostly slabs because some people fight change. Many cities feel otherwise and welcome making changes that will bring prosperity back to their communities.

You may not like change and that is well and good, but if you want to see prosperity come to these little towns they better give a little, because they can’t have their cake and eat it too. You can isolate yourself from everybody else, but it is not going to give you’re the satisfaction you seek. And another thing…slabs can be bulldozed and put back into land again, they do it every day.
Mitch fan club member

Louisville, KY

#115 Apr 2, 2007
Driver 1 wrote:
THANK YOU INDIANA VOTERS---That is why voters with vision neutered Mitch! Now, if we can get help from the "crazy eight" counties in your area we can rid the state of him, and the regressive "Mitch Lovers" fan club!
Mitch was neutered? How so, he offered to go to work for us and get something good for Indiana. Mitch didn’t lose anything, it was Hoosiers that lost. Mitch has an easier job now; he doesn’t have to do all of that work he offered. I at no time tried to “force” anybody to do anything, he came up with a plan, presented it and Hoosiers turned their noses up at it. I doubt Mitch will lose any sleep over this whatsoever.

If Mitch chooses not to run for office next time or chooses not to, he will live quite comfortably again in private life. I would imagine with credentials like his, he can earn a lot more money that what a Governor’s job pays in private life. Many companies will seek him out; he won’t even have to look for another job.

The democrats want to put this state back in the bankrupt disarray it was when Mitch took over. If that happens kiss Indiana good-bye, Jobs will go to other states where they will welcome them. Indiana will become one big “parking lot”. When you hear that giant “sucking” sound…it will be jobs leaving Indiana moving up to “higher” ground. Every action has a reaction. Don’t forget that for one moment.
Mitch fan club member

Louisville, KY

#116 Apr 2, 2007
Questions wrote:
Maybe the Gov. wants us to focus on the issues of loss of land, giving our assests to "private" corporations ( all funded with international money...huge amounts of money) and such when the most important issue with this tollroad bill is the loss of our American way. It gives the Governor the power to act without Legislative approval. That is a very slippery slope!! We are America because we have a balance of power. The three branches of government and this bill nulifies one whole branch. That is very dangerous. Please vote NO if for that reason only!!
Get your facts straight, the “Gov” doesn’t want your assets. The toll road is not being sold, have you heard of “leasing”? Better leasing than borrowing billions of dollars then paying humongous interest rates when we can lease and use ALL that money back in our pockets for our roads without raising taxes. But democrats like to do things like that, what was it Indiana was in debt to before Mitch?

If you don’t think the toll road is a good deal, you don’t know what a good deal is. For your information the governor doesn’t want any special power, you don’t know what you are talking about. Many other states besides Indiana lease toll roads to other counties, I guess you didn’t know that? You do now.

If you want to keep all of your land to sit on and starve to death, have at it. It soon won’t be worth much, if the democrats get their way.

Nobody “gives” assets to private companies. That is a figment of your imagination.

After the democrats finish with Indiana, companies will be able to come back here years later and buy this land “dirt” cheap.
Mitch fan club member

Louisville, KY

#117 Apr 2, 2007
Justin Langlais wrote:
I am against this commerce connector! Why would this be proposed for the south side of town when most of the congestion and growth is on the north side! Why is Mitch so quick to sell off state assets? Why does this proposed "tollway" have a no compete clause? Could it be that many people will avoid it? This appears to be another one of those deals that is being pushed through before people have time to react.

Governor Daniels, I suggest you drop this right now. We will not tolerate the continued selling off of assets for short term gain.
Please explain what you mean when your say,“Why is Mitch so quick to sell off state assets”? And what do you mean,“. We will not tolerate the continued selling off of assets for short term gain”

I wasn’t aware Mitch sold one parcel of state assets, maybe you could enlighten me.

Such a serous statement needs a bit more information as to when this ever happened. If this is true it should be on the National News anytime, why don’t you write them and give them a “heads” up?
Mitch fan club member

Louisville, KY

#118 Apr 3, 2007
MaryJo wrote:
The state paid almost $900,000 for a study for the ICC and several other transportation projects. The report stated the ICC tollway would not have the impact originally stated by our govenor, Good Ole' Mitch, and should not proceed. This is a state report funded with state money, and not by some local farmers or interest groups. My sources tell me when the state received the results of the study they tried to bury it because it did not support what they wanted to do. But because the results were released through the Freedom of Information Act and did not support what the govenor's office wanted to see. They said the report wasn't accurate and skewed.

My family lives in Shelby County because we chose to get up an hour early to drive the extra miles to work, because we choose to look out over the fields and see the farmers planting crops, a herd of deer grazing or our children riding bikes. We don't want be look out our window and see the heavy traffic of a toll road. I would like to believe that Mith Daniels is a man of his word and he will listen to the people and not continue with the ICC toll road through Shelby county.
As far as the state paying for studies, it is common practice to do so. It is just a bad thing if a republican does it, right?$900,000 is a lot better than spending billions unnecessarily. In my estimation the study was worth it. It surely has given good information as to what we must do in the future. The study worked. If it had been “O Bannon or another democrat politician, you wouldn’t hear a peep or complaint.

Most families don’t choose to get up an hour early in the morning to go “sight-seeing”. Many use that time to get to work, take the kids, to school, or whatever. With highways, all these things will be done with efficiently, energy saving and less time driving to and fro. Crops will still be planted, deer will still graze, and children will still ride their bikes. Ambulance, fire, and police services will run faster and even could save lives.

When you look out your window and see the heavy traffic, smile to your self and think about how good it is to live in a capitalist country instead of some third-world place in a “village” somewhere out in no-man’s land.
noDuh

Indianapolis, IN

#119 Apr 3, 2007
RST!!! RST!!! RST!!!

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