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  • Non-defense agencies spend $1.5 billion of your tax dollars on military-style guns and ammo

    11/17/2017 8:34:37 AM PST · by sloop3 · 11 replies
    An IRS Special Agent gets to carry an AR15 in certain circumstances. Another agency, Health & Human Services, trains special agents on heavy military-style weapon platforms by the same vendors that train our Special Forces warriors.
  • FOX 11 Investigates uncovers roadblock to Brown Co. traffic relief plan

    11/17/2017 4:12:34 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    FOX 11 News ^ | November 16, 2017 | Mark Leland, FOX 11 Investigates
    BROWN COUNTY (WLUK) -- If you experience stop-and-go traffic heading to work or backups on your way home, you’re not the only one frustrated. Every community experiences traffic delays. Transportation planners design new roads to ease the congestion. But FOX 11 Investigates found that in Brown County, those planning the roads are frustrated too. Ads by ZINC Highway 172 in Brown County carries a heavy load of cars and trucks. During peak traffic hours, motorists are trying to cross the Fox River. A little over two miles to the south, the Claude Allouez Bridge in De Pere can be even...
  • Money for Arkansas River Bridge Is Fort Smith's Missing Link

    11/16/2017 4:54:55 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    Arkansas Business ^ | November 13, 2017 | Marty Cook
    One of Arkansas’ top priorities is finishing Interstate 49 in the western part of the state. A key component of that massive project, which is also massively expensive, is a 13.7-mile stretch near Fort Smith that includes a bridge over the Arkansas River to connect Interstate 40 with Interstate 49, which would then run from south Fort Smith to northwest Arkansas and up through the midsection of the nation. The project’s completion would connect with a 6.5-mile stretch of Interstate 549 that opened in 2015 and hooks up U.S. 71 with Highway 22 in south Fort Smith. The proposed 13.7-mile...
  • Hogan’s idea to widen Washington-area highways to add toll lanes has hit barriers before

    11/15/2017 10:34:02 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 21, 2017 | Katherine Shaver
    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s proposal to add toll lanes to three of the most congested highways in the Washington suburbs reaches beyond similar proposals that stalled over the years after being deemed too expensive or disruptive to adjacent communities. Hogan’s $9 billion plan would add four toll lanes each to Maryland’s portion of the Capital Beltway (I-495) and to I-270 from the Beltway to Frederick. It would also widen the Baltimore-Washington Parkway by four toll lanes. The project would be built using a public-private partnership in what Hogan (R) has said would be the largest such deal for highways in...
  • Transportation secretary wants to keep politics out of Virginia road funding

    11/15/2017 10:09:33 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | October 18, 2017 | Michael Martz
    Virginia elected officials thought they had taken politics out of highway funding when they adopted a new way of scoring and ranking transportation projects three years ago. But maybe not in this election year. With three statewide offices and the House of Delegates up for grabs in three weeks, a regional spat over highway funding caught fire Monday, as Secretary of Transportation Aubrey L. Layne Jr. took aim at Republican political leaders in Southwest Virginia who have accused Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, of doing too little to fund critical road projects in their region. Layne told the House Appropriations...
  • Tax Cuts Can't 'Pay For Themselves'? No Place To Cut Government? This Man Says 'Hogwash!'

    11/14/2017 8:54:08 AM PST · by sloop3 · 16 replies
    Politicians on all sides insist that we can’t have those big “beautiful” tax cuts originally promised by Donald Trump because the cuts have to “pay for themselves.” What they’re really saying is that tax cuts can't be large enough to curtail the government spending. Tax cut opponents like to create the impression that Big Government’s current spending is so critical to our national welfare, it’s simply not feasible for cuts to be made—anywhere. Really? Free Market Central spoke to Adam Andrzejewski, Founder and CEO of OpenTheBooks.com, the non-profit, non-partisan organization whose mission for the last six years has been to...
  • U.S. budget deficit up sharply in October

    11/13/2017 1:55:55 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 13, 2017
    WASHINGTON - The federal government began its new budget year with an October deficit of $63.2 billion, up sharply from a year ago. The Treasury Department reported Monday that the October deficit was 37.9 percent higher than the $45.8 billion deficit recorded in October 2016. Both government receipts and spending were up for the month, with receipts climbing 14.3 percent to $235.3 billion, a record for the month of October. The larger spending figure was up a sizable 11.6 percent to $298.6 billion. The deficit for the 2017 budget year, which ended on Sept. 30, totaled $666 billion, up 13.7...
  • Is the political war on rural Md. dead?

    11/10/2017 11:09:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    The Hagerstown Herald-Mail ^ | June 4, 2017 | J.F. MEILS Capital News Service
    ANNAPOLIS — In 2009, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley closed the visitor center at the Sideling Hill cut, the symbolic gateway to Western Maryland, as a cost-saving effort. Some saw the move as personal, or at least confirmation of how the former governor felt about the state’s rural counties. “We had only two visitor centers that were closed in the entire state under O’Malley,” said William Valentine, an Allegany County commissioner. “It wasn’t too hard to figure out what happened.” Current Gov. Larry Hogan reopened the Sideling Hill Visitor Center in 2015. Earlier this year when Hogan took the stage...
  • Interstate 73 is a shovel-ready project. But who will pay $2.4 billion to move the dirt?

    11/04/2017 11:07:40 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    Myrtle Beach Onlin ^ | October 13, 2017 | Audrey Hudson
    Construction of Interstate 73 to Myrtle Beach has widespread support among key players in Washington, D.C., and is favored for financing when President Trump introduces an infrastructure package to Congress, according to U.S. Rep. Tom Rice. “The president has said he wants an infrastructure package, and we want to make sure that we are on the radar at the front of the line,” Rice told The Sun News in an interview this week. Rice says he’s held numerous meetings to help secure the $2.4 billion needed with top Trump administration officials, including D.J. Gribbin, special assistant to the president for...
  • Report: NYC Foreign Terror Suspect Entered U.S. with ‘Diversity Visa’ Trump Wants to End

    10/31/2017 8:13:09 PM PDT · by Lera · 72 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/31/17 | John Binder
    The suspected foreign national terrorist behind the New York City attack that has left at least eight individuals dead came to the United States years ago through the Diversity Visa Lottery, a program that President Trump and pro-American immigration reformers have demanded an end to. According to ABC New York, 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov — the man who allegedly mowed down pedestrians in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City — entered the U.S. in 2010 from Uzbekistan under the Diversity Visa Lottery before obtaining a Green Card. The Diversity Visa Lottery gives out 50,000 visas every year to foreign nationals...
  • Officials consider bond for quicker I-87

    10/28/2017 5:09:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Elizabeth City Daily Advance ^ | October 1, 2017 | Jon Hawley
    North Carolinians agreed to borrow $2 billion last year to support higher education and infrastructure. Should they borrow a similar amount to more quickly build Interstate 87 and other important roads? Some local officials say yes. For more than a year, Interstate 87 has been a burning issue for elected officials in Pasquotank and surrounding counties. Creating that road from Raleigh to the Virginia state line would cost more than $1.3 billion, based on early estimates, and it could take decades to develop. Just widening U.S. Highway 17 to interstate standards from northern Pasquotank through Camden may cost almost $187...
  • Beacon Hill Democrats Looking to Add More Tolls to Boston-Area Highways

    10/28/2017 1:07:17 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The New Boston Post ^ | October 27, 2017 | Evan Lips
    BOSTON — One year after the lights went permanently dark inside the Bay State’s remaining human-staffed tollbooths, giving way to the era of all-electronic tolling, a bill on Beacon Hill touted by a powerful Democrat from Lynn would expand tolling throughout Greater Boston, with high-traveled freeways like Route 128, Interstate 93, Interstate 95, and Route 2 transitioning into tollways. State Senator Thomas McGee, the chairman of the Joint Transportation Committee, filed the bill, “An Act Establishing the Metropolitan Transportation Network,” last January. His bill was heard by the committee on Tuesday. Testifying at the hearing against the bill was Citizens...
  • Virginians don’t want this award

    10/27/2017 11:12:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 27, 2017 | Heidi Pittman
    All I could do was sigh when I saw a recent article discussing a new study that named the Interstate 95 corridor between Exit 133 and the Fairfax County Parkway as the worst traffic “hot spot” in the nation. The article was circulated around the Prince William County school where I teach. Every minute added onto my 34-mile round trip to work creates huge consequences for me. The trip used to take an ideal 45 minutes, but it has grown to a jaw-dropping 2½ hours — creating significant consequences for me and my children. I am not prone to “road...
  • Centre approves 83,000-km highway projects worth Rs 7-lakh crore ($108 billion)

    10/26/2017 5:17:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Hindustan Times ^ | October 24, 2017 | Moushumi Das Gupta
    In a fillip to India’s highway development programme, the Union cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday approved a plan to build thousands of kilometres of roads and highways over the next five years at a cost of about Rs 7 lakh crore, a spending push that could help generate jobs and lift the economy. Announcing the Cabinet decision, Union finance minister Arun Jaitley called this public expenditure on infrastructure projects as “unprecedented” and “something which has not happened in the country till date.” The plan involves constructing 83,677 km of roads, highways, green-field expressways and bridges in...
  • New endangered species: the GOP deficit hawk

    10/26/2017 7:10:02 AM PDT · by Jagermonster · 35 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 25, 2017 | Mark Trumbull - Staff Writer
    A SHIFT IN THOUGHT   Desperate for a legislative win, Republicans are preparing to push through a tax-cut package that analysts say could add considerably to the deficit. Voices on the right expressing concern about red ink have been few and far between. WASHINGTON—Republicans have a storied tradition of minding the nation’s fiscal store. Calvin Coolidge pushed for tax cuts, but also for spend-less-than-you-earn budgets. After World War II, the party contributed to fiscal plans that rapidly unwound a war-related surge in debt. In ​the 1990s, ​members of the GOP supported spending restraints that helped usher in a brief era...
  • After a historic default, Argentina is a far cry from its past

    10/24/2017 2:54:17 PM PDT · by Jagermonster · 8 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 24, 2017 | The Monitor's Editorial Board
    SHIFT IN THOUGHT   In a world awash in red ink, Argentina’s reforms since 2015 show how attitudes can shift toward excessive debt. The world’s largest economies are awash in red ink, the International Monetary Fund reported in October. And they are hard-pressed to service their debts, which on average amount to more than twice their domestic output. China accounts for much of this global rise in debt. After a leadership reshuffle this week, Beijing may start to finally tackle the problem. But one country in particular, Argentina, has shown how to change attitudes and turn around an unhealthy dependence...
  • MI to use P3 to cut $1B highway project schedule by 10 years

    10/22/2017 10:07:49 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    ConstructionDIVE ^ | October 2, 2017 | Kim Slowey
    Dive Brief: The Michigan Department of Transportation announced it will take on private-sector partners to finish a $1 billion state highway modernization project in Oakland County, MI. Using the public-private partnership (P3) model to design, build, finance and maintain the remainder of the project, rather than waiting on public funds to become available, could shorten the construction schedule by up to a decade, The Detroit News reported. MDOT will issue requests for qualifications from potential private partners before the end of the year, and it anticipates the selection process will wrap up in the summer and fall of 2018. The...
  • The Black Budget: Republicans Love Tax Cuts, But Love Spending Even More.

    10/16/2017 9:40:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/16/2017 | Kevin Williamson
    Diane Black’s political problem — conservatives’ political problem — is America’s political problem: Tax cuts are popular, and spending cuts are not. Representative Black (R., Tenn.) has been chairman of the House Budget Committee for about a year, and she’s enjoyed the experience so much that she’s . . . trying to get the hell out of Washington, hoping to head to Nashville as Tennessee’s next governor. (She declined to comment on the gubernatorial race.) It is difficult to blame her for not wanting to cling to that gavel: Running the House Budget Committee is kind of a stupid job....
  • Tolls would be required for Larson’s ‘big dig’

    10/16/2017 12:11:34 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Manchester Journal Inquirer ^ | September 21, 2017 | Kym Soper
    Connecticut abolished tollbooths more than 30 years ago, and every attempt to reinstate them since has been blown out of the water. But that would have to change, says U.S. Rep. John B. Larson, D-1st District, should his proposed underground highway system in Hartford become reality. For the last eight months Larson has talked to nearly every civic group, news editorial board, local business, municipal government, state agency, and federal office, trying to drum up support for his proposed $10 billion “big dig” project. So far, support has been hit or miss for the plan that would sink interstates 84...
  • How to Make Private Investment in Infrastructure Really Work

    10/15/2017 10:58:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    Citylab ^ | October 9, 2017 | William Murray
    During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump—like his opponent Hillary Clinton—spoke glowingly about infrastructure spending, alluding to Franklin Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration and Dwight Eisenhower’s Interstate Highway System as examples of how spending on roads, bridges and airports helped unite the country. For 2017, the American Society of Civil Engineers has given America’s infrastructure an overall grade of D+, estimating it would cost more than $4 trillion to upgrade properly. But President Trump’s $1 trillion dollar, 10-year infrastructure plan has so far moved along at a halting pace. This tortoise-like process may offer an opportunity to think more strategically about...