Tom01 
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Re: “Danehy

When will you people wake up and smell the bull-shit?!? The trolley folly will cost the taxpayers & ratepayers over $400M over the next 20 years. Things like interest on the debt, relocation of utilities, operations and maintenance, legal claims, UofA subsidies, lost business revenues and taxes, etc., were never told to voters. In total, subsidies will amount to about $50 per passenger, per trip over the next 20 years; a taxi cab from UMC to Maloney's would run about $9 with the tip.
Rio Nuevo has already pissed away hundreds of millions of dollars on downtown redevelopment which the RTA/COT are also claiming as streetcar success. Last year, the RTA said they would subsidize the streetcar to the tune of $1M per year ($13M total through 2026). They now say $3M per year ($39M total?). Jim Glock, former COT DOT, briefed the mayor and council last year that the streetcar would cost the COT $8,000 per day ($2.9M per year). Whose lies do you believe?
And since we have no experience with streetcars, we get to pay millions to engineers and consultants to do it for us.
Did you know that Sun Tran ridership is down by 2M per year since 2008? That the RTA added over 100,000 hours to the system last year, and plans to expand public transportation (PT) in Pima County by $500M ($41M per year in subsidies)? That the county's 5-year transportation plan wants $73M per year in PT subsidies? These were based on a 2006 population projection of 1M in the county and expected to grow by 14,000 per year.
So, we lost over 125,000 people, yet the plan is to expand inefficient and ineffective government programs even further. The liberals call this progressive; I call it mal/misfeasance!!!

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Posted by Tom01 on 05/02/2012 at 3:13 PM

Re: “The Skinny

There's a big difference between being on the government payroll (working for a living and providing a service), than being on government payroll for things like foodstamps, AHCCCS, education, etc., because you couldn't keep your legs closed and keep making bastard babies that you want the taxpayers to foot the bill for.

Posted by Tom01 on 06/03/2011 at 3:57 PM

Re: “The Skinny

I mispoke about the costs of Prop 100 to individauls and families--which should be somewhere around $200-$400 per year for a family of four.
The major point I tried to make was that not one of the "public servants" who spoke, said anything about the impact on the many families who live paycheck to paycheck, nor the impact on small businesses who will lose millions of dollars in sales because the money will be going to the state if the Prop 100 passes. These same servants act like federal money doesn't have to be paid back (see related Mailbag letter this issue).
Even if Prop 100 passes, taxpayers can still expect further increases in taxes and fees, budget overrides, bonds, etc., on top of the increased costs from businesses.
We need to stop feeding the pigs; they are destroying this country!
Tom Sander

Posted by Tom01 on 04/29/2010 at 12:26 PM

Re: “Mailbag

Please see the following doc and article for an explanation of how AZ got to this point. Continued taxes on the middle class is not the answer. Source: http://www.azleg.gov/jlbc/09taxbook/09taxb… (pages 14-19) http://azstarnet.com/news/opinion/article_… There are other solutions.
The sun will shine if Prop 100 fails and the jobs will get done with less breaucrats.
P.S. The counties and cities will follow-up with increased taxes and fees, school boards will ask for budget overrides, and then there's the bond overrides that they like. These bills eventually have to be paid back with interest by our kids and grandkids who will receive little or no benefit from all of the spending.
Tom Sander

Posted by Tom01 on 04/29/2010 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Vote Yes On Prop 100

It is obvious why the spending lobbies are working so hard to win on Prop 100. If they win, they will get to spend an extra one billion dollars a year of YOUR money. Your state sales taxes will go up by 18 percent. For the average family, that would mean paying an extra $400 a year for the next three years. If you are not clear on the 18 percent increase, read this blog post:

http://www.americansforprosperity.org/0223…

Prop 100 is also fraudulent: what is on the ballot is not what is actually going to happen. If you are not clear on that point, read this blog post:

http://www.americansforprosperity.org/0416…

We must work hard to counter the sky-is-falling rhetoric from the pro-100 side. For example, it is crucial to understand that Arizona’s K-12 system has plenty of money. The problem with our schools is that the available money is not getting into our classrooms:

http://www.americansforprosperity.org/0407…

Corporations and other special interests have received numerous tax breaks over the years amounting to $11 billion per year (see: http://www.azleg.gov/jlbc/09taxbook/09taxb… pages 14-19).
Vote NO on Prop 100.

Posted by Tom01 on 04/22/2010 at 12:44 PM

Re: “The Skinny

I wish Jim would have interviewed the Pima County folks on this one. They estimate another $91 million in costs to the county annually. Cops arrest people who get locked up in county jails, and are prosecuted and defended by county folks using county funds. I suspect the fire fighters will also transport more folks to county hospitals, etc., for county provided/funded services. County folks outside of the Tucson city limits will not get to vote, but will have to pay dearly if this passes.
Mayor Walkup and Councilwoman Scott have both stated on AZ Illustrated that they support Prop 200, but neither one of them have stated how they plan to pay for it if passed. Isn't this malfeasance/misfeasance in office? They'll come in after the fact and claim the voters made them do it, instead of being open and up front about it before the fact.
Another major point which keeps getting overlooked are the Opportunity Costs--we can be spending this $140 million per year supporting the local economy as we choose (bars, restaurants, shopping malls, etc.), instead of giving it to the government.

Posted by Tom01 on 09/24/2009 at 5:29 PM

Re: “Police Action

I wish Jim would have interviewed the Pima County folks on this one. They estimate another $91 million in costs to the county annually. Cops arrest people who get locked up in county jails, and are prosecuted and defended by county folks using county funds. I suspect the fire fighters will also transport more folks to county hospitals, etc., for county provided/funded services. County folks outside of the Tucson city limits will not get to vote, but will have to pay dearly if this passes.
Mayor Walkup and Councilwoman Scott have both stated on AZ Illustrated that they support Prop 200, but neither one of them have stated how they plan to pay for it if passed. Isn't this malfeasance/misfeasance in office? They'll come in after the fact and claim the voters made them do it, instead of being open and up front about it before the fact.
Another major point which keeps getting overlooked are the Opportunity Costs--we can be spending this $140 million per year supporting the local economy as we choose (bars, restaurants, shopping malls, etc.), instead of giving it to the government.

Posted by Tom01 on 09/24/2009 at 5:09 PM

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