Thursday, August 24, 2017

A million here, a million there...

From a SF Chronicle story yesterday:

...Take the $1.6 billion Central Subway project. Its budget includes $942 million in federal grants, $140.5 million from the county Transportation Authority and $61.3 million from a state high-speed rail bond measure approved by voters in 2008. That money is restricted and must be spent on construction (emphasis added).

The San Francisco Transportation Authority (SFCTA) manages the city's Proposition K tax income.

For the latest numbers, see page 3 of this SFCTA document that the SFCTA provided in response to my inquiry.

Last time I looked (graphic above), the city's share for the central subway was $123,975,000, a figure that agency is still using in its documents: here and here.

Apparently the city's contribution is now $140.5 million. Maybe that's because the feds are providing less than the graphic above assumes.

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Lennart Gabel

Kevin Drum on Trump's Phoenix speech:

His 15-minute rant about Charlottesville—which he had prepared notes for—was just a flat-out lie about what he said, when he said it, and what he was criticized for. After that he lied about CNN turning off their cameras. He lied about the size of the protest outside. He lied about job creation. He lied about his tweeting. He lied (yet again) about the New York Times apologizing for its campaign coverage of him. He lied about the media ignoring big stories. He lied about auto companies bringing jobs back to America. He lied about how much illegal immigration has declined. He lied about extreme vetting. He lied about Obamacare. He lied about how close he was to repealing it. He lied about defense spending. He lied about clean coal. He lied about economic growth. He lied about corporate tax rates.