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Comment: I concur on the gas tax per mile will decline, as vehicles use of petroleum declines. Perhaps a vehicle license road tax based upon vehicle weight and mileage.
Comment: LRT is a waste. Buses, including Bus Rapid Transit, is a much better option. 76% of the population and 70% of the jobs are in the suburbs. There needs to be transitin the suburbs with interconnectivity to the central cities. There needs to be business and transit management working together on business location, efficient use of land, partnering on use of parking spaces, ride sharing, working at home and any other alternatives that relieve impact upon roads.
Comment: There shouldnít be any public funding for private schools. We already have too many problems with charter schools and open enrolment. Rapid transfer of studentsnegates planning for instruction, class management, facilities and taxation on the gainingdistricts. There needs to much less emphasis on extracurricular activities. We need to increase the hours of instruction. There needs to be more parenting classes and appropriate consequences for disruptive students and their parents.
Comment: I donít want public finance for private schools
Comment: The health insurance business is interested only in filling their suitcases with $. Politicianís, the FDA have been bought and paid for by the health care industry. We have a corrupt healthcare industry that does not provide care in the best interest of the customer. Individuals are making very poor decisions on consuming items that are detrimental to their health and cost society. Insurance puts the burden on the risk pool and not enough on those carrying out the risky behavior. Increased alcohol and tobacco taxes and increased costs placed on the consuming detrimental items seem to be appropriate, but then we have illegal substances and the effects upon others where there isnít $ collected.
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