Luckily, I grew up.
Can't say the same about our legislators, though:
$60 million for Northstar; its up to HouseAnd in an emotional appeal reminiscent of an teenage girl saying she has to have money for new Calvin Kleins:
by T.W. Budig
ECM capitol reporter
Northstar Commuter Rail supporters told the House Transportation Finance Committee last week that the proposed line needed $60 million in bonding.
"..Ya haff ta give me 60 minutes, captain!! I haffta replace the dilithium crystals, and I'm not done drinkin' me Scotch Viskey!!!!"
The money is absolutely necessary, said Bob McFarland, public affairs director for the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
It has to be $60 (million), he said.
And in some famous last words:
Last session, the controversial rail project gained some $38 million in bonding.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty includes the final $60 million sought in capital cost by the project in his bonding proposal.
The Senate has also included the $60 million in its bonding bill.
That statement has all the cred of a meth addict saying that this will be his last fix. Honest.
I will not be back here next year after any additional money, said Rep. Kathy Tingelstad, R-Andover, whos carrying the commuters line bonding request in the House. (emphases added)
This has all the hallmarks of a money pit in the making.
But if I as a taxpayer am going to be footing the bill whether I like it or not, I want a chance to play with the locomotive.
(Filed under pass the pork)