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Virginia, Maryland, DC.
See also the links to the various League of Women Voters guides for the area [NBC4].
If you don't live near the Beltway, check out:
Metro Board backs northern Virginia transportation referendum [WMATA Press Release]
The law authorizing the referendum already identifies $2.8 billion in specific projects to be paid for by the funds generated by the tax increase -- much of it earmarked for Metro-related transit projects. Those projects include $250 million for the Metrorail Infrastructure Replacement Program ... including the procurement of new rail cars and buses to meet growing customer demand as well as improving access to existing Metrorail stations. It also includes $350 million toward funding transit along the Dulles Corridor. Development of a new transit area along the U.S. Route 1 corridor, along Columbia Pike, and along U.S. Route 7 are also included in the legislation....and in the Post voter guide there was a page full of names of big- and little-shots from both parties who are in favor.
So here's my current thinking: I'm in favor of more Metro development. This tax, while badly designed, would at least help.
Shall the perfect be the enemy of the good? Is a lame measure that produces some good now worth discarding for an better measure which may never be proposed, given the number of interests who are likely to turn any proposal into a handout for themselves like this one? Or would the defeat of this measure mean a better proposal would have to come down the line? And how long would we have to wait for it?
The Grand Finale [Washington Post]
There's no tomorrow. It all depends on rallying the base. We're confident of getting our message out. Turnout could be crucial. It's about the future, not the past. People are tired of negative politics, like my opponent's lies. It's about the children. My allegiance is to the people, not the special interests that bankrolled me. We're taking no voter for granted. It's too close to call. Our tracking is showing a late surge. It's not about me, it's about our ideas. The only poll that counts is on Election Day.
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