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    Donkey Hotey

    Some places public, private in others.  But the landfills themselves, where all that collected trash is taken, are generally public.  And without laws on the subject, people would dump their trash any old damn place.  A lot of those state laws on such matters must comply with federal laws and EPA standards (because most of the impacts of pollution cross state lines.)

    Tolls are NOT standard in most places.  They can be found on a few of the Interstates, here and there.  It is anything BUT standard.  And "bonded for construction" still gets paid for by taxes (generally a mix of sources) and contracted and overseen by government.

    Grab all the joy you can. (exmearden, 8/30/09)

    by Land of Enchantment on Sat Nov 07, 2009 at 08:53:08 PM PST

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      new freeways are built in the way i mentioned. clearly, in the past, there was a great deal of federal funding to build new roads. that money isn't available anymore, so DOT's have to look to other means to get stuff built.

      bonds on toll roads pay off the bonds from toll revenues, not taxes. that's the whole point of doing it that way. zero cost to the taxpayer.

      not all landfills are publicly-run, though they are subject to EPA regulation. i wasn't suggesting we do away with laws concerning waste disposal. properly written and enforced, those do benefit all of us.

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