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It might be interesting to have congress appropriate money into a fund and have an "auction" where the entrants have to commit 20% funding for a project meeting the criteria, and the project(s) with the best value for money (in geometric mean population served per dollar) get money from the pot.

"It's the statue, man, The Statue."
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Mar 24th, 2007 at 06:37:58 PM EST
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Well, the idea here is more an accounts based system, so every Congressmen has a reasonable expectation that sometime in the next decade there is going to be a project or a range of projects in his/her district that can be pointed to.

So the auction is not for the best projects proposed nationwide, but between a range of projects serving the same urbanized area.

So the legislation would define parameters for an HSR project to bid for funding out of the accounts for the municipalities and counties it serves, in project-by-project competition, all on a level playing field with the 80/20 federal local funding for Interstate Highways.


I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Sat Mar 24th, 2007 at 07:31:41 PM EST
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