RTA’s Stupid Budgeting

Here’s the headline from Capitol Fax, which explains it all:

RTA put temporary federal bailout money into its base spending, and now it faces a huge fiscal cliff

One does not build one-time money into the base of a governmental budget, says me, a former Budget Examiner with the United States Bureau of the Budget.

Here’s what the tax eaters at the Regional Transportation Authority propose:

  • higher taxes on sales,
  • motor fuels or
  • both;
  • extending the existing RTA sales tax to cover more services;
  • a 5% boost in tolls on the Illinois Tollway; and, more long term,
  • a congestion tax or
  • tax on miles driven.

If you want a longer discription, you can find it here.

For more background, read these articles:


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