By Not Harry F. Byrd:
Today's Washington Post reports that VDOT has been forced to cut back on mowing due to budget constraints. Because of this and some early spring rains, many medians and sidewalk grass strips in Fairfax County now resemble hayfields with grass as much as four feet tall.
However, the Washington Post failed to point out that this is where the rubber meets the road in life under Republican rule - the budget shortfall is due to shrinking gas tax revenues and increasing road maintenance and construction costs which are rapidly starving the Transportation Trust Fund. Vote Republican, the grass doesn't get mowed!
Given that our current Republican leadership refuses to raise gas taxes or place a sales tax on gasoline sales, I would like to propose that the next General Assembly explore requiring VDOT to fund transportation improvements by simply allowing the grass to grow until it is four feet tall when it can be harvested, baled and sold downstate as cattle feed. The grass does seem to grow pretty well in those medians. Perhaps this measure could help to solve our $108 billion transportation crunch?
Does anyone know who needs $108 billion worth of grass over the next 20 years?