Topic: Libertarian Party Position on HB1008 � Major Moves
Contacts: Dan Drexler, LPIN executive director, 3179201994 or email@example.com
�Quick Fix� Mitch Leases Out Indiana�s Future
Libertarian Party cites more affordable options
So why is Quick Fix Mitch in such a hurry to shove his 200+ page Major Moves through the legislature?
Could it be that he doesn�t want anyone to read the fine print?
These 200 pages aren�t quickly digested, pageturner prose, but bogged down in legalese. Citizens need time to scrutinize the proposal for highpriced gifts to cronies. If there are no such boobytraps, then why not offer people time to see it for themselves?
Let�s not absolve Indiana Democrats. Their counterproposal involves floating $1.6 billion in bonds �mortgaging our future � just so they can say they did something. If this is such a great idea to get us out of this mess, why didn�t they propose this during their 16 years in the governor�s mansion and when they had a majority in the Indiana House?
Perhaps it�s because bonding is not a great idea, but Democrats had to offer something, ANYTHING, to appear relevant. Don�t they recall the canal funding scams that left Indiana�s financial situation so dire that the state rewrote its constitution?
Libertarians make the following proposals:
- 1. Indiana doesn�t need a newterrain I69. We can save $600 million in potential spending if we opt for the upgrade route. Even worse, the project is wildly unpopular in the region it supposedly would serve.
- 2. It�s grotesquely unfair to force one part of the state to subsidize roads for the rest. Toll roads can be fair. A much better solution would be to put optional toll lanes � whether for trucks or for throughtraffic � on highways throughout the state.
- 3. The 75year lease is way too long. The governor and legislators will be long dead when it expires. Gee, that�s convenient � for them. Libertarians like user fees and privatization when it�s done fairly. Let�s look at a 20year lease or shorter. The twenty years is still worth $3 billion.
- 4. Instead of turning to foreignowned companies to run our roads and take the profits, Indiana could create a citizenowned company, similar to Citizens Gas & Coke Utility in Indianapolis. It would keep profits in state and give Hoosiers a stake.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
PR060119 Toll Road.wpd
January 19, 2006
Libertarians Oppose Toll Road Plan
The Libertarian Party of LaPorte County (LPLP) has announced its opposition to Governor Mitch Daniels' plan to sell or lease the Indiana Toll Road. Chairman Doug Barnes said �Libertarians fully support the concept of user-fee based toll roads. Libertarians also support well-thought privatization of government services. While Governor Daniels deserves credit for his outside-the-box thinking, LaPorte County Libertarians do not support the Major Screws plan he is advocating. Just like his handling of the Time Zone issue, the plan is severely flawed. It clearly will hurt LaPorte County and the other Northern Indiana counties that the Indiana Toll Road passes through. People need to wake up and make sure this gets stopped before the damage is done."
Barnes questioned where the money from the Toll Road sale will go. "The Indiana Toll Road is already a �Toll Road' and is paying for itself as well as generating excess revenue to fund projects in Northern Indiana. To us, it looks like the money will flow South to fund road construction projects around Indianapolis and in Southern Indiana. Making Northern Indiana Toll Road users pay for the Governor's pet projects is simply wrong. The governor should look at turning I-465, I-70, and I-74 into privatized toll roads before selling out Northern Indiana. Northern Indiana has to deal with the pollution and noise issues of the Indiana Toll Road every day. Therefore any revenue generated by the toll road should stay in Northern Indiana, not go to Indianapolis or some foreign country."
Vice Chairman Andrew Wolf also questioned why most interest in the Toll Road was coming from foreign companies. " It appears that most of the bidders interested in the Toll Road are foreign-based companies. While Libertarians support global free trade, one must question why Indiana small businesses and individual Hoosier Taxpayers probably cannot participate. The Libertarian Party has some innovative ideas on how they could privatize the Toll Road so that Northern Indiana Taxpayers could benefit by Toll Road privatization instead of getting screwed by it. The excess revenue that the Indiana Toll Road is generating could better be used to reduce Indiana's budget problems or should be applied toward underfunded pension obligations with which will need to be dealt. While Major Screws would generate some short term benefits for companies in Central Indiana, it clearly is not in the best long term interest of Indiana Taxpayers. From the Mayor, to the Governor, to the White House, the Republicans just do not get it. They simply do not understand the difference between free market Capitalism and Cronyism. Over the past five years, they have been as excessive with their wasteful spending as the Democrats were ever."
The Libertarian Party of LaPorte County meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 PM at 510 Lincolnway in LaPorte. Clear thinking potential candidates are always welcome.
For additional information contact:
The Libertarian Party of LaPorte County �
PO Box 564 � LaPorte, IN 46352-0564 �