OMT One Man's Trash...from Norman Leahy

Monday, February 27, 2006 :::

Why Can't We Be Friends?

The AP's Bob Lewis does a bit of late night studying and finds -- what's this? --common ground among the competing transportation plans?

Well, I never...

But this is very useful. Regrettably for Lewis and others in the Richmond press corps, they were scooped on this idea two weeks ago by Garren Shipley of the NV Daily.

Better late than never, I suppose.

One thought has crossed my mind regarding the land use provisions put forth in the House and by the Governor. If the Legislature passes stronger property rights protections, along the lines of those in HB 94, would it not be possible for developers who find their projects blocked by any new land use restrictions to seek relief from a regulatory taking? I'm not sure.

And here's another thought, too -- and one that may cost me my membership card in the Flat Earth Society...

If a transportation compromise is reached that raises some general taxes, but in return for this, the House demands the Senate adopts (and Governor signs) the tax sunset bill, would all sides be able to claim some sort of victory? Again, I don't know, but it's something to think about.

::: posted by Norman Leahy at 2/27/2006 1 comments


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