"Get that bleeder, will ya?"
"Now...let's go after that wallet...."
Yes, Porkland City Council is floating the idea of a "carbon tax" which would add another 5 or 6 cents per gallon of gas - and another tax on utilities - because No Money For Roads. It's occurred to the brain-trust that a recent audit showed that well over half of the city's streets are in substandard to poor condition, but they've got no money to do maintenance and repaving. Although, interestingly, they've managed to scrape together a few million to re-stripe some of the major arterials on the east side from four vehicle lanes down to two (with a center turn lane and new bike paths). Never mind that a block over, there are "bicycle boulevards"; it's imperative that bicyclists ride on arterials as well. This is known as "traffic calming", and it's the Next Big Thing in Porkland.
Over here in southwest Porkland, around El Rancho Indebto, we have our own version of "traffic calming" - a lot of the roads are gravel, and full of pot-holes. Heck, at certain times of the year, as the larger holes fill with rainwater, it's not uncommon to encounter mallards paddling around in there, staking claim to their ponds.
But gosh, with the extra $20+ million a year, the city will be able to finally tackle some of those issues, rather than pouring money into bioswales and bike paths. Right. And if you buy that, I have a $4 million bike bridge over S.E. McLoughlin Blvd. that I'll let you have for a song.