Thursday, June 26, 2008

Return of the Traffic Cameras

It looks like no good money grab is coming off the table. Just a day after expanded lottery winnings are going to fund more buildings for our Universities (while doing nothing about tuition), it looks like traffic cameras may return to the equation.

Yet another brainchild of Gov. Janet Napolitano who, if you recall, ran as a fiscal conservative in her bid for reelection in 2006. It looks like she saved most of the big spending for her second term. What is most interesting to note is this statement spelled out in the Republic article: "Neither plan calls for a tax increase."

Our 2009 budget is going to have borrowing, financing gimmicks, increased gambling, and maybe speeding tickets, but it sure doesn't have a tax increase in it. Where do they think all of this extra money is coming from - especially these $165 tickets with no points placed on the license? Its a way to squeeze more money without the problem of being called a "tax."

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