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Thursday, August 23, 2007

While Bridges Rotted, Taxpayers League President Phil Krinkie Voted for Transportation Boondoggle

The Taxpayers League has a new page on their website called "Test Your Minnesota Transportation I.Q."

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Question six asks "How much money has been diverted from transportation funding to spend on bike and walking trails?"

The implication of that question is that biking and walking paths are a frivolous waste of the taxpayers' money.

But, the Taxpayers League President Phil Krinkie was a big supporter of throwing taxpayers' dollars at a controversial concept called Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) when he was a legislator.

PRT is described by Dr. Vukan R. Vuchic, an internationally acclaimed transportation professor at the University of Pennsylvania as "imaginary" and "infeasible". PRT is not recognized as a feasible mode by the Federal Government and would therefore not receive funding from the Federal Government.

Krinkie confirmed his support for PRT to Eva and I at the 6th District Convention in 2006.

When Krinkie authored HF 2991, he voted to remove funding for Northstar , but kept Mark Olson's PRT bill in his bill which would have authorized a grant for $4 million dollars for a PRT test track. The bill also authorized a measly $31.118 million for local bridge replacement and rehabilitation.

Phil Krinkie also voted for Rep. Mark Olson's PRT amendments in 2005 and in 2006.

Pam Spaulding featured my video showing an April 19th Hearing of the Transportation Finance Committee on PRT on Americablog and Pam's House Blend. The video features Rep. Mark Olson, Dean Zimmermann, and Rep. Bruce Anderson speaking in favor of Olson's PRT legislation.


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