OKC Mayor Mick Cornett was on local TV news last week, pushing adoption of a Maps 3 sales tax to school kids. One of his selling points? He told them he could fix potholes with the extra money.
Our air is clean
We should feel a little sorry for the mayor. The guy must be in a dream world. Just last year:
In June, the Oklahoma City metro area experienced some of its highest levels of air pollution ever recorded for the month. Taylor [executive director of the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments] said the association is concerned the region may slip over the line and violate federal clean air standards.
If that happens, the government’s response starts to cost the public money. Possible outcomes include the mandatory installation of gasoline vapor retention caps on automobile tanks, a shift to designer fuels, and the loss of federal highway funds.
And even worse for Cornett, he is so out of touch with what his constituents want with a new tax.
The most popular idea by far was public transportation improvements such as a light rail system, downtown streetcars or enhanced bus service. Transit ideas were submitted 668 times. The next most popular idea was improving infrastructure — including streets — which was mentioned 188 times.
Cornett said he was overwhelmed by the support for public transit.
Perhaps Mick should stop, count to ten, and take a big breath. Before June, that is.