July 15, 2009 Sign of the times or sign of stupidity? As State Rep. Kevin Daley points out in his column last week, Michigan is among a number of states spending thousands of stimulus fund dollars on signs proclaiming that the various road projects we'll all have to wheel our way around are being paid for with stimulus funds.
Michigan is forking out $300,000, according to Daley, because apparently some lawmakers feel this is important information.
At a time when the state's roads are in deplorable condition—we'll skip the part about the economy being in the tank—it seems ridiculous to spend $300,000 of our money (that's right, taxpayer dollars) on signs reminding us that this is so.
We agree with Daley—use the $300,000 to fix the roads. We already know that we're paying for the projects—we've paid for them for years. Why the need to advertise this?
Some states are wisely opting out of the signs, including Texas, Florida and Virginia. We hope lawmakers in Lansing will take a hint and use the $300,000 where it counts the most—filling potholes and fixing our deplorable roads.