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I believe that the clean-up would create jobs. How many, is impossible to say with much accuracy, but who would pay for it?
We are. Taxpayers. Customers.
We'll pay more in taxes as local and state gov't's ramp up taxes to pay for infrastructure improvements and clean-ups.
We'll pay more for the cost of goods as farmers and other industries pass on the greater costs of being clean to their customers.
So the question is, do you want the Bay to be clean? Are you willing to pay for it, or are you satisfied with 1' of visibility, vibrio bacteria and millions of gallons of sewage and chicken crap in the water?
State and local governments are broke and don't have the funds to properly maintain roads, let alone clean up their act. Businesses are not about to take a hit on their profit margin out of altrusim and "good stewardship", have no doubt, they'll pass it on to you.
I'm willing to pay more in fuel taxes for better roads, and I'm willing to pay more in other taxes to clean up the Bay...as long as those costs yield tangible results.
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