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Posted at 1:00 PM ET, 04/26/2010

Who gets the power?

By Washington Post editors

The former mayor of Seattle thinks states should be abolished, because in just about all of them the economic engine urban areas are hamstrung by legislatures controlled mainly by rural interests.

It's not just the money, it's also the regulations and project selections, so that even when cities do get their share of funding it often doesn't go to urban priorities. From transportation to gun laws, cities are getting screwed left and right.

Northern Virginia suffers famously from this problem, but it's a national issue. In Virginia it may be the Bank of Fairfax, but in Washington state it's the Bank of Seattle, in Colorado it's the Bank of Denver, and in Missouri it's the Bank of Saint Louis and Kansas City.

While abolishing the states may be unlikely (more like unconstitutional), this is a problem that can be fixed with less drastic reform, at least as it relates to transportation.

[Visit Dan Mallouff's blog, Beyond DC, to read more.]

Dan Malouff blogs at . The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local .

By Washington Post editors  | April 26, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Virginia, transportation  
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