Deborah Boyd commented on Virginia: The story behind the score 2012-03-19 13:19:25 -0500
The obligation is different than actually educating people to understand they can use FOI. It is likely also true that the person making the request pay something to compensate for the administrative costs. What we are looking at is more a matter of spirit. When the Interstate Highway came to Virginia we got 95, 66, 64, and 81. There was rapid development and economic growth along 95, east 64, & 66. These areas are a mixture of politics with strong influence from military bases and a great deal of Federally based jobs. 81 was another story. The people along 81 fought off development in an effort to keep cheap labor and it took almost 15 years for those areas to get any economic growth. 95 stops at RFK stadium in Washington, DC because the system called for each state to pay 10% of the cost of the system. DC could not afford it. Ever since that I have said that it would have been cheaper for Va & Md to pay for that section to be built. As a result we are now paying for it with much more expensive road development. And as drivers we pay for it every time we sit in traffic. The planning for the metro rail and bus system has always been bad when compared to New York. Someone from NYC asked me why and I said it was that 80% of NYC uses public transportation and in DC it is only about 15-20% which means it is highly subsidized.