Feds halt payments to state DOT

Feds halt payments to state DOT

There are 146 comments on the The Santa Fe New Mexican story from Apr 15, 2009, titled Feds halt payments to state DOT. In it, The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that:

The Federal Highway Administration has suspended all reimbursements to the New Mexico Department of Transportation amid a dispute over the way the state submits bills.

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Albuquerque, NM

#146 May 8, 2009
The donkey who switched the DOT to the SHARE systems is our wonderful gov Bill Richardson.
Master Debater wrote:
Who's the donkey that decided to switch the DOT to the SHARE system after they were told it did not comply with federal requirements?

Albuquerque, NM

#147 May 8, 2009
What a joke this Gov is.He needs his fat A S S thrown in jail.

Albuquerque, NM

#148 May 8, 2009
Yea Gary Barres And little girl Leroy all a bunch of losers.The all are licking A SS with the gov and lt gov so they can save thier little high paying jobs.Where are you leroy heard your running for senetor i hope you get your **** kicked,cuz you are nothing but a greedy little B I T CH!!!!!!!!!!

Albuquerque, NM

#149 May 8, 2009
I heard last night on Channel 4 news, that Mayor Chavez didnt want to waste 1.3 million in "FREE" Tarp money to Albuquerque, so wants for rapid transit. Then a city counselor who opposed more speed rail said he didnt want to waste the free money either but put it into more buses etc.

In essence, whether DOT, city or county, when the elected officials all see Federal Tax dollars as "free" money, we are in big trouble. What they fail to consider is that NM has been 49th and now 48th in nation in wages, for over 40 years. State and Federal Taxes hit our low and middle income cits much harder than other States, proportionately. Anyone elected to office, such as Richardson and those at the local level, who think or manage like this is free money, or who do not spend toward that which helps the majority of the people rather than one area of town, or one area of the State (rail runner), are dooming us to a future of deficits and outrageous interest rates and taxes, when inflation and payback comes.
Has any politico suggested rejecting any of the money from TArp and budget, due to future costs and matching local funds that will be required?

WE occasionally change our Governor to a conservative, but seldom the Mayor. For over 40 years we havent changed the majority party in the Legislature and some city councils. Its time for a total majority party change in NM, with fiscal conservative and qualification as the catch phrases. Liberals should stop fearing what they wont get if they break with party loyalty, and start fearing what opportunities wont be available to thier children, or even themselves in old age, if
they keep electing patronizing,ego maniac's who see everything through the prizm of their own resume.

If it seems to good to be true it probably is pushed down the average citizens throat, means if the politicains believe their own propaganda, the Tarp money is not FREE to anyone and more rapid tranit or environmental programs like rail runner, are just too good to be true or wise. Like Cap and Trade, follow the money!

Albuquerque, NM

#150 Dec 21, 2010
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What is more scary about the Railrunner cost is not just the cost of acquisition and construction but the continued cost of operating it. The ticket prices do not even begin to cover the operating costs. There would be an uproar from taxpayers if they knew how much it was subsidized each time a passenger stepped on board.
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And how much do the users pay for roadways, especially rural ones? Do those facilities pay their way?

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Las Cruces, New Mexico

#151 Dec 21, 2010
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And how much do the users pay for roadways, especially rural ones? Do those facilities pay their way?
Absolutely. You cant haul beef, grain or milk over the Rail Runner and you CAN do that on a rural road. So the comparison is apples to oranges. And rural roads are the ONLY lifeline in most of New Mexico. To get from Alb. to Santa Fe there are many options for commuting, all of which cost the state very little (Rail Runner not included).

No public transportation is a profit maker, and roads are expensive. But not nearly as expensive as a railway. And that railway was built when the price of steel and diesel was at the highest point in history. Adn you could operate and maintain several dozen busses going to MANY New Mexico locations for the cost of one locomotive.

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