Thursday, May 29, 2008

May 29: Get off the bus, Mr. Barreiro and Ms. Jordan

By Sylvia Gurinsky

Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Bruno Barreiro once had a reputation for not saying much. No longer.

Barreiro, unfortuantely, has spoken volumes in recent weeks with some of his ideas. Now it's a half-penny sales tax increase for transportation for the November ballot. It wouldn't be so bad if it didn't include a proposal to eliminate fares for Dade's public transportation. Fellow Commissioner Barbara Jordan also supports it:

It seems, at least so far, most of their colleagues don't agree, and it should stay that way. This is nothing but a gimmick, pure and simple.

Dade needs funds for a good transportation system. This is not the way to get them.

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