This morning, Colorado state Treasurer Walker Stapleton appeared on Fox News Channel’s Cavuto armed with a tongue twister to fight for the average worker in Colorado as a gas tax is considered.
…We’re literally picking pockets to plug potholes. And, whose pockets are we picking? We’re picking the pockets of the everyday worker that’s trying to get to work, to feed a family. This is absolutely ridiculous. You and I both know this is not just about potholes…. This is a result of states not being able to pay their bills. It’s a result of out-of-control Medicaid costs. The Pew Center says Medicaid costs are going up by 80% over the next eight years alone. It’s a result of the out of control retirement costs. And, it’s a manifestation of the fact that states are going to have to start charging the little guy for basic infrastructure needs like potholes. And, this is a sorry state of affairs to be in.