Originally Posted by s.p.hansen
This honestly means nothing.
Your sample size is way too short in duration of time and not specific enough to convey useful information.
1. Let's include Federal and State funding of state freeway and highway projects spanning from the Post War era to today (adjusting for inflation and differing labor costs; right to work states, differing seismic needs).
2. Let's take into account the booms of California and Texas and the infrastructure projects that came to respond to those booms (adjusting for inflation and differing labor costs; right to work states; differing seismic needs).
3. Let's take into consideration the percentage of how much of each state is urbanized.
4. Let's compare the state budgets of other states taken into consideration against Utah.
Nothing, eh? Maybe to you it doesn`t, but to a lot of us it is pretty meaningful how much UDOT is investing in our infrastructure in these meager times. Once you sort out what you wanted it to mean and what I intended it to mean, then we`ll continue this conversation. It means exactly what I intended it to mean. It means that Utah (UDOT specifically) will invest a record amount of money into state transportation infrastructure in 2012 - substantially more than the two largest states in the nation.
1. Sounds like a great research project! If I am just talking about 2012, why would I go back and detail a report every year over the past 8 decades? I did not say that Utah invests more per capita than the two most populous states in general, simply that it will in 2012. If it does or doesn`t in general is irrelevant to my point. Since I said UDOT would be doing the investing, that would be state money. The figures from the other states I compared where from TxDOT and Caltrans (the TX and CA state departments of transportation.) I apologize if that was left unclear in my post.
2. Once again, that would be great information to get an overall feel of the general composition of transportation infrastructure investment. I did not say anything about why UDOT will invest more than TxDOT or Caltrans in 2012, simply that it will.
3. Great idea. I don`t quite have the time (nor the patience) to develop my own algorithms to compare and contrast various states based on their urbanization. If you would like, go right ahead.
4. So the number I said was the states` transportation budget, unless you mean the entire budget. In that case, it is quite easy to infer that a state with 10 or 13 times the population of Utah must have a MUCH larger overall budget. If Utah is spending a third or half the amount of that state in transportation, that would indicate the Utah`s number represents a much greater percentage of its budget than that of CA or TX – which makes the figure all the more significant.
I honestly don`t think you understood the point I was trying to make, so go ahead and re-read my post to understand it. If you would like to bring additional data to the table to make another point, feel free.