New mission for FDOT

Published: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at 11:25 p.m.

It appears that Gov. Bush has politely chastised the Florida public for voting to improve our school systems. He and his cabinet have unilaterally targeted cuts in the current budget that look like punishment.

You want smaller class sizes? Well, then, we'll cut funds from the university level, and we'll cut money from public transportation.

But, he says, we can't cut from the road system. Why? Because paving over every square inch of Florida is the core mission of the Florida Department of Transportation. Has anyone thought about altering the core mission of the FDOT?

As its next statewide referendum, perhaps voters should consider a new core mission for FDOT. We did well with lowering class size.

Let's consider making the core mission of FDOT to provide non-polluting, environmentally intelligent public transportation, and spare us from additional roads that bring more traffic, more congestion, more pollution, and more noise and lights to our already overburdened natural system.

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