The biggest con job is being put on the American taxpayers by Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, and Gov. Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska. The proposed Gravina Island-via-Pennock Island boondoggle bridge in Ketchikan is a ridiculous waste of your federal tax dollars.
Last year the proposed bridge was $215 million. This year the proposed bridge would cost $348 million. Today's cost? In Rep. Don Young's transportation bill, the bridge would get $223 million - $125 million for planning, design and construction, $48 million for earthwork and roadway construction and plus $50 million for discretionary set-aside for the bridges. Gravina Island has a small airport and very few actual residents that live there year-round. There are just a few greedy opulent people wanting this bridge to nowhere built for their own personal gain. There are no roads or businesses on Gravina Island and no valid reasons to build a bridge to Gravina Island via Pennock Island.
President George Bush promises to cut the national debt in half this term. The proposed bridge project in Ketchikan needs to be cut. Let's see if President Bush can keep his promises. This year's Congress should cut the "pork-barrel" funding for proposed bridge in Ketchikan. This is my own indigenous opinion.
Don Hoff Jr.
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