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Comment on: Wheels of change in motion on waterfront
Posted 01/22/2015 09:34:58 EST
Nooooooo kidding. I still have not been able to find a clear answer on how this particularly stupid design came to be.
Comment on: A massive $750 million dollar shortfall, larger than previously estimated, will confront Governor-elect Charlie Baker when he takes office next month, potentially forcing him to make unpopular cuts as he begins his term, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
Posted 01/21/2015 01:10:35 EST
I suppose you would support a tax increase to pay for that, then? Or maybe you'd like to specify the exact programs you'd like to see cut in order to cover those costs?
Posted 01/21/2015 12:45:32 EST
I seem to remember that Romney closed his "shortfall" by nearly eliminating the University of Massachusetts.
Posted 01/21/2015 12:44:31 EST
Wasn't that property tax relief supposed to come from taxes on gambling revenues from casinos that haven't even been built yet? How is it Patrick's fault if that money hasn't started coming in yet?
Comment on: Baker cites $765 million budget shortfall
Posted 01/21/2015 12:25:41 EST
Yes.A humming economy does not translate into a balanced budget if we are unwilling to tax its beneficiaries.
Posted 01/21/2015 12:24:39 EST
If the rate of real dollar growth is less than the rate of inflation, which is usually about 2%, that is, for all intents and purposes a cut. Virtually all costs go up by about 2% per year. If the gov more »
Posted 01/21/2015 12:19:10 EST
The trouble, of course, is that such a tax would mainly be on people who are already poor, which kind of defeats the purpose when so many of these taxes go right back to helping other poor people. more »
Posted 01/21/2015 12:17:38 EST
beachbum27, the rise in the average amount of student loan debt is mostly attributable to the rising cost of in-state tuition and cuts to the budgets of state schools. Senator Warren is definitely on more »
Posted 01/21/2015 12:12:52 EST
Legally speaking the state did not have a choice. And even if they had, that would have been grotesquely unfair as those people would have ended up paying a penalty for not having health insurance. Al more »
Posted 01/21/2015 12:09:08 EST
I thought that encouraging states to take more responsibility was supposed to be a *good* thing. I assure you that if he proposed to make community college free to all without requiring the states to more »
Posted 01/20/2015 11:54:55 EST
Right. Because we'll save so much money by letting that infrastructure continue to deteriorate. more »
Comment on: Despite exhaustive preparations, transit delays persisted
Posted 01/09/2015 09:54:16 EST
ZERO DEGREE DAYS IN THE MIDDLE OF WINTER ARE NOT "CURVE BALLS!" This happens every year! We need to buy the equipment to deal with it! more »
Comment on: Anatomy of a winter cyclist How does a cyclist manage in subzero temperatures? A Commuterâs Cold CALculus
Posted 01/09/2015 09:49:49 EST
I biked my commute from JP to Fort Point yesterday and I came across at least six other people on bikes. One difference I'd definitely have to cite with Ms. Ziegler's outfit is what she wears on her h more »
Comment on: Carbon tax could be tough sell on Beacon Hill
Posted 01/05/2015 10:18:16 EST
So you're saying that every single driver out there that opted to buy a sport utility vehicle instead of a compact economy car literally could not live with a smaller car? What about all of those Humm more »
Posted 01/05/2015 10:08:14 EST
Markets don't work that way. If oil is cheap it is impossible for efficient alternatives to compete and they will never even come to market. It's *extremely* hard to compete on the open market with a more »
Posted 01/05/2015 09:59:59 EST
beachbum27, you're just wrong about that. Replacing a 60 watt incandescent bulb with its 10 watt LED equivalent results in an 83% reduction in the cost of running that light bulb. That would offset th more »
Posted 01/05/2015 09:55:38 EST
I also might add that you can use this newly created rebate to pay for said appliances. Right now you're kind of on your own. more »
Posted 01/05/2015 09:52:51 EST
Many of the most influential decisions rest in the hands of consumers. Prohibitively high heating oil costs motivate renters to seek apartments with more efficient heat, which motivates landlords to i more »
Comment on: Growth along Route 128, I-495 brings more jobs â and traffic Growth along Route 128, I-495 brings jobs, traffic
Posted 12/28/2014 02:35:02 EST
@iubica if you hold out for "radical" improvements in efficiency before you are willing to build infrastructure, you will get no infrastructure. Also I'd like to point out that it was the private part more »
Comment on: Want to rent in Boston? Get a $50-an-hour job
Posted 12/25/2014 07:35:15 EST
There are very well developed cities in the world (Tokyo, Paris, London, Hong Kong) with population densities many times that of Boston. The problem is not overpopulation. The problem is neighborhood more »
Posted 12/25/2014 07:19:23 EST
Those people don't ride the orange line because they can't afford to live in Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill, or Medford. They ride the bus. more »
Posted 12/25/2014 07:17:37 EST
Without actually building more housing, I'm pretty sure the only thing we'd achieve with a giant taxpayer subsidy for all middle class home buyers is even higher rents. more »
Posted 12/25/2014 07:15:17 EST
Nominally it keeps rents down, of course, because they are literally limited by statute, however it does not actually increase the supply of available units of course, so instead of prices being high, more »
Comment on: Study recommends state âcarbon taxâ to fight climate change
Posted 12/20/2014 07:53:05 EST
The poorest people take the bus. A tax like this could be used to make bus service cheaper and more frequent. This would be mostly a tax on everyone else. more »
Posted 12/20/2014 07:51:28 EST
"People have no access" because they chose to live in places not served by the train. Building rapid transit to every distant suburb would be both incredibly expensive and largely wasteful. The idea o more »
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