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Pink, North Central Wisconsin, and Roads

It is winter time. Winter means snow, ice, slush, and bad driving conditions.  I have spent considerable amounts of time traveling this winter. While traveling, I have spent time trying to avoid Pink’s music on the radio, and staring at the sometimes snow covered road, I had an unremarkable thought.

The roads reminded me of the omnipresence of government–be it federal, state, or local. The roads were built and maintained with government funds. Government vehicles drive on them. Government funds come from tax dollars, which in turn, come from the people.  With the current tax revenue crunches at the state level. Tough choices will need to be made.

However, it bears remembering that tax revenues fund a wide variety desirable and essential services, such as education, police departments, fire departments, business incentives, affordable housing, funding for social services, and on and on. These services often solve market gaps. Not everyone can be wealthy enough to afford market housing and housing subsidy is far more desirable than having more homeless families. The debates is not about doing away with services, but the conflict lies in the level of funding.

Judging by the snow covered roads, it appears that the state of Wisconsin and local governments have already stopped plowing.  Avoiding Pink on the radio, I had my own tough choice to make……Sean Hannity or Country Music? Sometimes there is no “win-win” choice.

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