Michigan Department of Transportation passing even more cost through to taxpayers.
RightMi.com readers might recall that the MDoT has been spending taxpayer dollars to babysit equipment that other people own. In the last few years, it has amounted to a drop in the bucket when compared to what is a bloated state budget of 52+ billion smackers, right? But buckets eventually fill from all the droplets as we all know, and the spigot in this case is opening more. From the Lansing State Journal:
At the current lease rates, that means MDOT would have to sink about another $4.4 million into lease charges before it is able to put the cars into service.
That line is sufficient to point out that Steudle’s comment earlier in the year was nothing more than lip service.
“These cars are costing us money right now and we’ve got to figure out how are we going to … stop the bleeding,”
As the old joke goes .. “Whats this ‘we’ s##t Kemosabe?”