Rate hikes and public infrastructure

One of democracy’s great shortcomings, on display these days especially in California, is that we want the government to provide the stuff that we want, but we’d just as soon not pay for it:

Local officials say they need the money to upgrade outdated water-treatment facilities, sewer lines and water mains. In some cases, improvements are required just to comply with the law.

No matter how justified they say the rate hikes are, however, some elected officials have found it hard to follow through in the face of public protests.



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