There are a lot of engineers, both on stage and in the seats, so it’s not surprising that when I point out that ST’s subarea equity formula isn’t perfect, it spawns a couple of dozen comments trying to find the perfect formula.
Precise formulas are not the answer. In general, arbitrary divisions are obstacles to sensible resource allocation. A flexible policy is one that can better serve regional needs and win votes. And the point of my East Link post is that current policy is flexible.
In fact, a flexible policy within the framework of a subarea rule probably works out best in practice. Voters do seem to show little regional solidarity and resent dollars moving elsewhere. Furthermore, when ST3 rolls around subarea equity may guard against some cynical maneuvers that the ST board could try. It’s best to leave well enough alone.