The State of Minnesota continues to have a major budget crunch.
Transportation doesn't stand a chance when it has to compete with
education, welfare and healthcare in this state. The transportation
budget crunch should cause homeowners and future homeowners to give
thought to where you live.
If you follow this story out from MinnPost
to its logical conclusion, is it that far fetched to think that at some
point, every major highway and interstate freeway in the Twin Cities
metro will eventually have a toll? If you don't want to pay the toll,
take city streets for public transportation.
If the State of Minnesota engaged this policy, they would be able to
have tremendous control and influence over where people live. For
example, there could be a digital toll installed at the entrance ramps
in Monticello, MN on I-94 and it would calculate what you owe when you
get off the freeway in Plymouth, or Minnetonka, or Minneapolis. You
could charge an escalated rate for those who live further out. As that
rate could be increased every year like property taxes, eventually you
could force people to move in closer and abandon towns such as
Monticello, Albertville, St. Michael etc. You could easily fill up all
the vacant housing in the center city and first and second ring
suburbs. What happens to those towns abandoned would be open to
Just to clear up any confusion, I would be against this plan. But
what do you think of my idea of installing toll roads on every highway
in the metro? I'd love to see your comments.