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Moran criticizes McDonnell transportation plan

Virginia Democratic Party chairman Brian Moran talked about Governor Bob McDonnell's "spend future generations' money" transportation plan on the WAMU Politics Hour yesterday:

Moran argued that borrowing against future federal transportation money, which is part of McDonnell's plan, is particularly risky since there's no guarantee federal transportation aid will continue at the same pace given Republican plans to cut spending in many areas.

Moran also noted that he now takes Metro because he finds traffic frustrating.

David Alpert is the founder of Greater Greater Washington and its board president. He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He now lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. 


It is annoying that this debate is degenerating into partisan politics, tax-and-spend vs. borrow-and-spend. Both sides want the same thing, more roads, they just disagree on how to get there.

BTW, I think it would make sense to spell out "Brian" Moran in the title. If you live in VA, your first reaction when you hear "Moran" is the long-time Congressman Jim, not his brother. My eyes were rolling in the back of my head when I read the title until I realized it was the more sensible and pragmatic Brian who was the speaker.

by movement on Jan 22, 2011 11:08 pm • linkreport

David, I appreciate the increased VA coverage. Do not be fooled by the lack of debate. I guess there's less to disagree with in the urban vs rural debate that a lot of VA politics is about.

by Jasper on Jan 23, 2011 12:18 pm • linkreport

I agree that this shouldn't be a partisan issue, but, to the detriment of all of us Citizens, it is.

Somehow, I doubt that Brian Moran-D would even consider taking a position against Alexandria's Vice Mayor Kerry Donley-D who is pushing new taxes with the sole purpose of financing new debt for transportation projects the City can't afford.

If the exact same proposal was made by a Republican, Moran would stoutly protest it. However, as it is being proposed by a powerful Democrat, I'm sure it's the best thing since sliced bread in Moran's mind.

How Sad.

by Bud Miller on Jan 26, 2011 10:04 pm • linkreport

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