The state and the tunnel drilling machine Bertha have two things in common: Both are broken and suck taxpayers dry like a bottomless pit. Remember the computer system the state spent millions on that didn’t work so they scrapped it? How about the new building the state built to house its computer network of servers that was five times larger than what they needed.
The state spent millions of dollars patching up the electric class ferries before realizing they were worthless. How about the 520 floating bridge? They built numerous pontoons that were defective before they tested them to discover there was a design problem and tax payers had to pay to fix that mess.
Now we have a multimillion-dollar drilling machine (Bertha) that is a broken heap. The tunnel is two years behind schedule and the state has depleted all the money it set aside for cost overruns with no end in sight. Taxpayers provided the state with an additional 10 cent gas tax a decade ago so the state could build and complete a project and pay it off. The state built a new Tacoma Narrows Bridge that has had numerous toll increases and is still not paid off. What do law makers think tax payers voted to tax themselves an additional 10 cents for?
The Legislature should build one major project at a time and pay it off with the money voters provided them with, not look for more money.