Monday, July 20, 2009

40 Years Today

It's been 40 years since we first walked on the moon today. CNN has coverage, and it made me wonder why the stimulus doesn't have any money set aside to speed up getting America back in space after the shuttles are retired. A few billion more this year and next I'd hope could help get things moving.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Transportation Funding in Congress

Just saw an interesting article from Yahoo about funding for the Essential Air Service program. Apparently it's getting a lot more funding, including for some reason routes like Buffalo NY to Jamestown NY, which isn't more than a 90 minute drive.

There's definitely a need for these services for many areas, but it sounds like there's a bit of waste involved as well.

Also in the article is a mention of another $4 billion of federal funding for high speed rail, in addition to the $8 billion set aside in the stimulus package. Hopefully Washington and Oregon can get enough of that to significantly speed up the Cascades route. I know Washington's mostly ready to go, but Oregon probably has dragged our feet too long to get much.