The state has the money to pave less than 500 miles of highway this year, according to a recent report. At that rate, it will take more than 70 years to repave every mile of road in the state system.
Imagine how much asphalt $10 billion could buy.
Then there are proposed laws.
Every year, about 2,000 bills are proposed. Thank goodness, 90 percent of them go nowhere.
But some do, and usually the bills that become laws are not the ones I would have selected.
Requiring prescriptions to buy Sudafed? No thanks.
A bill that deserves attention is the Christmas cookie law, sponsored by Delegate Ralph Rodighiero, D-Logan, which seemed aimed at overriding the state Department of Education's policy on snacks.
The policy bans kids from passing out cookies and other edibles from home at school on any occasion for any reason.
Rodighiero is a sensible man who when he is not legislating, drives a truck for UPS.
His solution is to pass a law that allows students to eat Christmas cookies and other treats if they have permission slips from a parent or guardian.
It is a testament to society today that you need a state law to allow kids to pass out homemade cookies at school.
How about tackling the real problem - bureaucratic strangulation - and letting teachers and principals make judgment calls?
An overregulating state ensnares a girl giving another a Midol, a hunter forgetting about the rifle he locked up in a pickup, and any number of other idiotic zero-tolerance dramas that have surfaced in news stories.
I have no problem with the state regulating school snacks. We would simply replace zero tolerance with common sense.
Less is more when it comes to legislating - and to running a school system.