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  • Gov’t Spends $27 Billion Annually On Global Warming — How Much Will Trump Cut?

    12/03/2016 9:52:21 AM PST · by PROCON · 54 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | Dec. 2, 2016 | Andrew Follett
    President-elect Donald Trump said he’s looking to cut back federal global warming programs, which he claims are hurting U.S. competitiveness. He’s got a lot of work ahead of him: Federal agencies plan to spend $27 billion on global warming-related programs next year. The White House reported to House Republicans that 18 federal agencies combined spent about $22 billion on global warming activities in 2013, but defined global warming much more narrowly than the agencies themselves. Federal agencies want to spend $12 billion on global warming programs in 2017, according to Salon, but the left-wing news site only factored in six...
  • How much did Trump spend?

    12/03/2016 6:44:25 AM PST · by Former MSM Viewer · 21 replies
    Clinton spent multiple times what President-Elect Trump spent. Any figures out there? How about Jeb?
  • Republicans Should Say ‘No’ to Trump’s Infrastructure Boondoggle

    11/30/2016 8:38:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/30/2016 | Michael Tanner
    Stephen Moore, a Trump economic advisor and a man I know and respect, recently told congressional Republicans that, since Donald Trump won the election, it is their duty to deliver on his agenda — even if his policies are bad ideas. Umm, no. Bad ideas are bad ideas, even when voters choose them. Otherwise, we all should have gone along with every bad idea that President Obama proposed over the last eight years. Moore was talking, in particular, about Trump’s plan to spend $1 trillion or more on infrastructure projects. But, like many of Trump’s ideas, the infrastructure proposal is...
  • Larson’s tunnels: Big plan, even bigger challenge

    11/27/2016 8:28:10 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies
    The Connecticut Mirror ^ | November 15, 2016 | Tom Condon
    Not everyone is thrilled with U.S. Rep. John Larson’s proposal to build massive highway tunnels under Hartford, but Daniel Burnham might be, were he still with us. It was Burnham, the great Chicago architect and planner, who said, “Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably will not themselves be realized.”Larson’s is anything but a little plan; it is breathtaking in scope. It has stirred the blood of some public officials and business leaders. But the concept is so vast, complex and potentially expensive – it would be longer than Boston’s “Big Dig” tunnels...
  • Note To Trump: Cut Useless, Unauthorized Spending And Here's The Place To Start

    11/25/2016 10:41:20 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 40 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 25, 2016 | George Leef
    Let’s take Donald Trump at his word that he means to “drain the swamp” in Washington, D.C. One aspect of that swamp is the way federal agencies spend money on public relations and outright propaganda. The erosion of budgetary constraints over time has led to a situation wherein federal agencies (many of which have scant constitutional authorization in the first place) get piles of money to spend as the officials choose. No one should be surprised to find that they like to hire public relations specialists or contract with outside firms for material that makes them look good and their...
  • Can You Spot a Trend in New Jersey’s 10 Credit Rating Downgrades Under Christie?

    11/22/2016 7:45:36 AM PST · by ChessExpert · 6 replies
    Reason ^ | November 22nd, 2016 | Eric Boehm
    Christie says he doesn't pay attention to credit ratings, but maybe he should have. They've been trying to tell him (and other states) something. Since Gov. Chris Christie took office in 2010, New Jersey has seen its credit downgraded 10 times by the "big three" credit rating agencies. Seriously, though, the state's pension systems are a total mess. When Christie came into office in 2010, New Jersey was facing a $54 billion funding shortfall to pay for current and future retirees. He immediately set about tackling the problem—to his credit—and in 2011 the state passed a pension fund rescue plan...
  • Donald Trump's infrastructure plan wouldn't actually fix America's infrastructure problems

    11/21/2016 9:00:54 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    Vox ^ | November 18, 2016 | Brad Plumer
    Donald Trump loves the idea of infrastructure. He brings it up all the time. He wants to make an infrastructure bill a priority in his first 100 days as president. And Democrats like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have said they’d love to work with him on this."We are going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals," Trump promised cheering supporters on election night. "We're going to rebuild our infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to none. And we will put millions of our people to work as we rebuild it."The...
  • Shrinking the Budget May Not Be As Easy As Trump Thinks

    11/21/2016 5:06:08 AM PST · by expat_panama · 89 replies
    Real Clear Markets ^ | November 21, 2016 | Jeffrey Dorfman
    For believers in small government, there is a ray of hope on the horizon. We have a (nominally) Republican president-elect who loves to point out how he is not beholden to the usual special interests and Republican majorities in both the House and Senate. If federal spending is ever going to be reined in, now would appear to be the time. Federal spending for the 2016 fiscal year ran about $3.95 trillion, a record high. Without any spending cuts, federal spending is projected at $4.15 trillion for the current fiscal year which started on October 1 and runs through September...
  • What China’s ‘Highway Robbery’-Style Toll Roads Say About its Economy

    11/20/2016 11:02:14 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | October 30, 2016 | Cai Shenkun
    Why is China’s huge toll road system running massive losses despite billions of income from toll fees? It’s another strategy devised by the communist regime to siphon wealth from the public, says Cai Shenkun, a well-known Chinese economist and blogger.The Chinese state operates the largest toll road system in the world. Toll roads across the country collect more than 400 billion yuan (US$60 billion) each year. But strangely, this profitable monopoly industry reports huge losses year after year. According to recently released data by China’s Ministry of Transportation, revenue from toll roads was 409.78 billion yuan in 2015 while operating...
  • Who’s Going to Pay for Trump’s Huge Infrastructure Plans?

    11/20/2016 10:02:22 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 71 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | November 14, 2016 | Mark Joffe
    A rare point of agreement between President-Elect Trump and Congressional Democrats is that America has an infrastructure deficit: The nation’s transportation, power, water and sewerage facilities are too often outdated and unable to reliably serve a growing population. But while the diagnosis crosses party lines, solutions are more controversial. Democrats may not be too worried about the recent increase in federal deficits, but Republicans who have made an issue of the national debt will be reluctant to produce more red ink. Likewise, tax increases to pay for new federal construction spending are off the table under Trump and a Republican-controlled...
  • Trump promises big on highway funding, could open door to more tolls and privatization

    11/19/2016 11:54:49 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    Overdrive ^ | November 14, 2016 | James Jaillet
    President-elect Donald Trump said throughout his campaign for the White House that he wants major investments in U.S. infrastructure, calling for $1 trillion on infrastructure projects during his presidency.He reiterated the point in his victory speech last Wednesday. “We’re going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals,” Mr. Trump said. “We’re going to rebuild our infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to none.”However, major infrastructure bills are challenging pieces of legislation to pass, especially since Congress changed little in the election, says Todd Spencer, executive vice president of the Owner-Operator Independent...
  • Liberal Math: Millions More Equals a 'Billion Dollar Cut'

    11/18/2016 8:46:12 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/15/2016 | Tom Gantert
    The far left nonprofit Progress Michigan is on the road with a “MI Big Rig Tour” of seven Michigan cities. Progress Michigan states, “The tour is an effort to educate voters about how Michigan Republicans have rigged the economy in favor of their corporate donors and against working families, seniors and students.” During its Grand Rapids stop, the group posted this on Twitter: “GOP cut higher ed by $1B to cut taxes on corporations. Funding has never been fully restored.” ForTheRecord says: Progress Michigan’s claim to “educate voters” on education funding gets an "F." According to the Michigan Senate Fiscal...
  • Three Ways Trump, GOP May Cut Social Security, Medicare

    11/17/2016 8:34:20 AM PST · by MadIsh32 · 50 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 16th | John Wasik
    “We’re not going to hurt the people who have been paying into Social Security their whole life,” Trump declared, calling the payment of promised benefits “honoring a deal.” But the man heading the Trump transition team’s Social Security effort? Michael Korbey, a former lobbyist who has spent much of his career advocating for cutting and privatizing the program, according to Yahoo News. “It’s a failed system, broken and bankrupt,” Korbey said as a lobbyist in the mid 1990s. Korbey acknowledged that some of the reforms his group backed would hurt retirees, but “our constituents aren’t just senior citizens,” he told...
  • Federal Spending Reduction Ideas for Pres. Trump

    11/16/2016 3:51:59 AM PST · by expat_panama · 65 replies
    Cato ^ | November 10, 2016 3:18PM | Chris Edwards
    President-elect Donald Trump said on the campaign trail that he will balance the federal budget and cut wasteful spending. Here are some of Trump’s views on budget reforms: “We are going to ask every department head in government to provide a list of wasteful spending projects that we can eliminate in my first 100 days.” Source.“We can also stop funding programs that are not authorized in law. Congress spent $320 billion last year on 256 expired laws … Removing just 5 percent of that will reduce spending by almost $200 billion over a ten-year period.” Source.“I may cut Department of...
  • You'd Be In Big Trouble If You Spent Like Uncle Sam

    11/15/2016 7:26:09 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/10/2016 | Tom Gantert
    It’s hard for taxpayers to fathom that our federal government will spend $3,318,636,000,000 in the current fiscal year, or as it is often expressed, $3.3 trillion. So some analysts found a way to put the level of deficit spending in perspective by converting current budget numbers provided by the federal Office of Management and Budget into the same scale as a household budget. The income and spending were scaled down to something middle class Americans could better grasp. And the overspending was “put on the credit card.” Income, revenue and overspending were all in the same proportion to each other...
  • Most Americans Don’t Know About President Obama’s UniParty Slush Fund…

    11/12/2016 4:15:15 PM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 35 replies
    The Conservative Tree House ^ | Nov 12, 2016 | Sundance
    New Word: “Trumpenstroke“. – The act of eliminating dictatorial fiat with the counter stroke of a President Trump pen. It is actually easier to write about the simplicity of eliminating almost all of President Obama’s accomplishments specifically because of the way Team Obama went about constructing them, dictatorial fiat.
  • President-elect promises new jobs and infrastructure spending

    11/11/2016 8:06:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    KIRO-TV ^ | November 11, 2016 | Graham Johnson
    Soon after becoming president-elect, Donald Trump talked about fixing our highways and bridges. "We are going to rebuild our infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to none, and we will put millions of people to work as we rebuild it," Mr. Trump said Wednesday morning. The transition website says the Trump administration will invest $550 billion for roads, tunnels, airports and railways but offers no detail. A recent paper by Trump campaign advisers suggests private companies would spend a trillion dollars on public infrastructure in exchange for federal tax credits. At an event marking the passage of the...
  • Toll Lanes Could Get Driverless Trucks On Highways Faster

    11/06/2016 10:56:10 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 18, 2016 | Jason Kuehn and Bill Rennicke
    Prematurely accelerating the implementation of fully autonomous trucking (no driver in the cab) seems like an idea that could be fraught with risk. While driverless long-haul trucks have the potential to increase economic productivity by enabling more cost-effective transport of goods, the technology is not yet ready for prime time. There is growing pressure, however, to make it a reality sooner rather than later – particularly as long-distance trucking faces a worsening driver shortage. At the same time, highway infrastructure in many parts of the country is clearly inadequate even for today’s traffic, let alone a mixed bag of driven...
  • Where do Trump and Clinton stand on making your commute better?

    11/04/2016 1:09:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The Chicago Daily Herald ^ | October 25, 2016 | Marni Pyke
    They may not ride in crammed trains or carry angst over potholes but feuding presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton both want to fix America's infrastructure. The focus on improving public transit and highways couldn't come soon enough for local commuters, say two experts. "There is a desperate need to invest more into mass transit in Chicagoland," Regional Transportation Authority Chairman and former state senator Kirk Dillard said. "Most states significantly assist in the mass transit arena, but that is not the case today in Illinois," Dillard added, noting New York City budgets about $196 per capita on mass...
  • IL Tollway announces $951M infrastructure program for 2017

    11/04/2016 6:43:53 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    Construction DIVE ^ | October 31, 2016 | Kim Slowey
    Dive Brief: The Illinois Tollway announced Thursday that it had set a preliminary budget for 2017 that includes $951 million for Move Illinois projects, as well as $336 million for a maintenance and operation program, according to Equipment World.Major Move Illinois capital initiatives planned for next year include the Illinois Route 390 Tollway ($374.5 million), SmartRoad upgrades to I-90 ($163.5 million), reconstruction of I-294 ($56.5 million) and expansion and maintenance of the I-PASS system. The remaining funds will go toward development, repair and maintenance.Move Illinois is a 15-year, $12-billion capital project program financed by bonds and tolls. The Illinois Tollway,...
  • Hillary Clinton Adds $300,000 To Milwaukee TV Commercial Spending

    11/01/2016 9:15:38 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 28 replies
    bizjournals.com ^ | Nov 1, 2016
    The sudden splurge on Milwaukee’s four major-network affiliates and cable seems to indicate the Hillary Clinton campaign is concerned about winning Wisconsin.
  • Why are contractors individually spray-painting blocks on the Pa. Turnpike? - PennLive letters

    10/30/2016 4:10:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    Penn Live ^ | October 30, 2016 | Laura Martin
    Did you notice the labor that went into painting each and every block of the new sound barrier? On the Pennsylvania Turnpike between Route 83 and the Interstate 283/Harrisburg East exits, recently I have observed contractors on lifts individually spray-painting each and every block on the sound barrier/retaining wall. I was hoping what I was seeing was not what I thought, so wasteful. But the main question is why was this level and type of expense happening at all? Is natural concrete not acceptable for cars on the turnpike traveling 70 miles per hour to see? The concrete barriers in...
  • Trump Attacks Hillary’s Wild Spending Binge of Taxpayer Dollars

    10/28/2016 9:18:24 AM PDT · by monkapotamus · 6 replies
    Donald J. Trump ^ | October 27, 2016 | Donald J. Trump
    Excerpts As Prepared For Delivery Now, in another new report, we are learning that Hillary Clinton’s State Department wasted hundreds of millions of your hard-earned taxpayer dollars on a wild spending binge. Here are some of the shocking revelations about Hillary’s spending habits. These are all State Department expenditures during her tenure:--$5.4 million on a no-bid contract for Crystal Stemware--$167.5 million on cost overruns at the Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan--Over $200 million on mostly unused police training facilities in Iraq--$79,000 to buy copies of President Obama’s books--$53,000 to polish marble at the Brazilian Embassy--$630,000 to try to make State Department...
  • State Spending Up and Up, But Spending Interests Cry Poverty

    10/24/2016 5:52:30 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/20/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Total spending by the state of Michigan has increased for five consecutive years. The first state budget Gov. Rick Snyder signed, for 2011-12, authorized spending $47.6 billion from state, federal and local sources. Spending increased in each of the next five fiscal years. For the 2016-17 state budget that began Oct. 1, the Michigan Legislature authorized $54.0 billion in government spending. The current state budget spends more from all sources than ever. State spending from state sources was $25.2 billion in 2009-10 and $31.0 billion in the current 2016-17 budget. Yet tax and spending advocates said there is a need...
  • Obama administration: Budget deficit increases to $587B

    10/14/2016 3:03:18 PM PDT · by bushwon · 18 replies
    McClatchy ^ | October 14, 2016 | Andrew Taylor
    WASHINGTON The government ran a $587 billion budget deficit for the just-completed fiscal year, a 34 percent spike over last year after significant improvement from the record deficits of President Barack Obama's first years in office. Friday's deficit news, while sobering, does not appear bad enough to jolt a gridlocked Washington into action to stem the flow of red ink. It came in an annual report by the Treasury Department and the White House budget office. In the presidential campaign, intractable budget deficits and growing debt have been mostly neglected by Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. The latest...
  • Will next governor pave the way for more public-private partnerships?

    10/11/2016 7:05:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Indiana Lawyer ^ | October 11, 2016 | Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
    The controversial 2006 lease of the Indiana Toll Road paved the way for highway projects funded by public-private partnerships in Indiana — including the relatively smooth and nearly finished building of a bridge over the Ohio River at Louisville and the beleaguered construction of a 21-mile stretch of Interstate 69 from Bloomington to Martinsville. Indiana’s next governor — whose road-funding agenda will likely shape discussions at next year’s budget session of the Indiana General Assembly — will have a major role in crafting future deals to fund projects and maintain the state’s infrastructure. The question is whether the state will...
  • SCDOT Still Pimping Interstate 73

    10/06/2016 11:13:57 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    FITSNEWS ^ | July 21, 2016 | FITS
    AGENCY LOBBYING HARD FOR MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR BOONDOGGLE South Carolina’s corrupt transportation “leaders” still desperately want to foist Interstate 73 on dirt poor Palmetto State taxpayers … even as government’s embarrassing inability to do basic maintenance continues to be on display all over the state.How desperate are our powerful “roads czars” to get this Interstate built? Let’s recap …First, they’ve spent more than $100 million on an interchange for the highway (even though it’s not clear if it will ever be built).Next they’ve proposed spending millions more on wetlands mitigation related to the road (again, even though it’s not clear if...
  • In Round Numbers (to keep it simple)

    09/28/2016 2:43:56 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/28/16 | Bob Christie
    Listen up now. You paying attention here? During Obama’s tenure in the White House the federal government collected $20 trillion in taxes. Oughta be enough to pay for all our stuff, you say! Unh Unh! Not so fast pilgrim! Over the same period the government spent $29 trillion. Where did it find the extra $9 trillion? We weren’t taxed to fund that additional expenditure because the proletariat would have stormed the barricades surrounding the White House if taxes went up that much, roughly 44%. How would you behave if every regular purchase . . . milk, bread, etc. . ....
  • Budget Gimmicks, Debt and Deficit Smokescreens Preceded Flint Lead Crisis

    09/27/2016 9:53:41 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/22/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Years before the city had a crisis with lead in its water, the Flint City Council and mayor ran unbalanced budgets by making "fund raids" on budget funds dedicated to specific functions. Among the targets was a fund dedicated to providing uncontaminated drinking water to residents. But there were other budget gimmicks city leaders used to avoid making needed reforms. In addition to the fund raids, Flint officials also relied on state-backed loans, but these came with a requirement that the city develop a plan to climb out of its deepening financial hole. Its 2007 deficit- reduction plan projected a...
  • In New Spending Bill, McConnell Sides With Liberals, Ignores Conservative Priorities

    09/24/2016 5:16:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | September 22, 2016 | Rachel Bovard
    After voting to proceed to a bill that didn’t exist earlier this week, the Senate has finally produced text of the continuing resolution, a short-term government spending bill. The bill, written behind closed doors by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, was brought to the floor late Thursday afternoon, and for the majority of Senate Republicans, represented their first opportunity to see the text. According to McConnell, senators will have four days (two of them on a weekend) to review the bill before having to cast their votes next week. As far as conservative priorities go, the bill is a failure....
  • Clinton Air War Fails To Sink Trump

    09/21/2016 6:24:51 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 70 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 09/21/16
    Hillary Clinton’s campaign and its allies are outspending their Republican counterparts by a factor of about five to one, according to a new analysis released Tuesday. But the former secretary of State has failed to put away Donald Trump, and many anxious Democrats are baffled as to why the race remains so close.
  • KDOT sweeps: Kansas is going backward with more projects stalled

    09/16/2016 1:11:52 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Garden City Telegram ^ | September 15, 2016 | Dena Sattler / Topeka Capital-Journal
    Kansas has more than 140,000 miles of public roads — the fourth most in the U.S. Such a massive network requires substantial public investment in maintenance and new projects, and some transportation advocates are worried that the state’s revenue crisis will prevent much of this necessary work from getting done. For example, the Brownback administration has transferred more than $1 billion from the Kansas Department of Transportation to the state general fund over the past few years. … Earlier this year, $185 million was removed from the highway fund to counteract meager state revenue collections. This sweep was announced alongside...
  • Critics Decry Gov. Walker Plan to Delay Zoo Interchange and Other Highway Projects

    09/16/2016 7:11:28 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio ^ | September 16, 2016 | Ann-Elise Henzl
    Gov. Scott Walker is drawing sharp criticism for his plan to delay highway projects, including the Zoo Interchange in Milwaukee. In the past, the governor has hailed the interchange as key to state businesses that transport products throughout the region. Walker mentioned MillerCoors in his 2013 State of the State address. "MillerCoors is in a hyper-competitive industry. They're looking to find a competitive advantage: who can get a cold beer on a bar in Madison or Green Bay or even Chicago, the fastest. Beer trucks are tied up in the Zoo Interchange? The MillerCoors brewery here in Wisconsin is at...
  • Almost Entire County Commission Overthrown After Spending Splurge

    09/07/2016 9:39:57 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/2/2016 | Anne Schieber
    While primary elections for local offices rarely garner much attention, the results of the August election were dramatic for one county in northern lower Michigan. Of seven members of the current county commission, only one will be on the fall ballot. “I did not anticipate such a dramatic and historic turnover on the Emmet County board,” said Commissioner Charlie MacInnis, who ran unopposed in the primary. “The community clearly didn’t support the massive spending projects that were undertaken without adequate planning or voter approval.” Four of the seven incumbents lost primary contests while another two did not seek re-election. Last...
  • How Republicans in Congress Would Respond to Big-Spending Infrastructure Push

    08/29/2016 8:55:10 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | August 26, 2016 | Josh Siegel
    Fresh after Congress and the White House scored the largest transportation spending package in a decade, both presidential candidates this year are proposing billions in funding to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure. While both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump—and the parties they represent—agree the nation’s roads, bridges, airports, rail system, and ports are in need of repair, the new proposals invite familiar questions over how the spending would be paid for, and whether the federal government is the best provider to pay for it. Those questions, and the lack of a must-pass infrastructure initiative requiring Congress’ attention in 2017, mean that...
  • Adequacy Study Shows the State Already Spends Plenty on Education

    08/26/2016 6:56:50 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/22/2016 | Ben DeGrow
    In late June 2016, the state released the long-awaited Michigan Education Finance Study, better known as an “adequacy study.” Twice delayed from its original March 31, 2016, deadline due to errors by different parties, the report purchased by December 2014 state legislation has been greeted with an underwhelming reaction. Colorado-based Augenblick, Palaich, and Associates (APA) secured a $399,000 taxpayer-funded contract to produce the report. Every one of the company’s 13 earlier studies of different states’ school finance systems concluded with the same call: Spend more money. As even the adequacy study shows, a massive increase in spending absent any changes...
  • State Board of Education Not Immune To School Funding Myths

    08/24/2016 8:20:15 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/23/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Perhaps the most persistent myth about public school funding in Michigan is that low-income communities have low-revenue school districts. According to a report in The Detroit News, even elected members of the State Board of Education sometimes repeat the myth. Board member Kathleen Straus was quoted in the school funding story as saying, “The wealthy get better education, have more funding, when it should be the opposite.” Except, data from the state Department of Education, over which the state board presides, refutes this claim. The neighboring Berrien County cities of St. Joseph and Benton Harbor are often cited by the...
  • Honest Education Discussion Requires Counting All the Dollars

    08/23/2016 10:21:05 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/23/2016 | Ben DeGrow
    Though the evidence for Michigan spending its way to educational success continues to disappoint, its champions have turned to misdirection and misinformation to keep pressing their cause forward. The release of the $400,000 Michigan Education Finance Study (better known as the adequacy study) was far more of an early summer flop than a box office hit. As Detroit Free Press editorial page editor Stephen Henderson laments, the study “landed with the force of a feather on desks in Lansing.” His call for the adequacy study to start “a bigger conversation” about school funding was echoed a few days later in...
  • Pa. Turnpike wedded to toll hikes, mired in debt

    08/20/2016 8:06:18 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Lehigh Valley Express-Times ^ | July 31, 2016 | Express-Times Letter to the Editor
    Is it possible that a toll road could price itself right out of its market? That's essentially what the Pennsylvania Turnpike is prescribing for itself. Last week the Turnpike Commission informed us that tolls will go up a ninth consecutive year in 2017 — and stay on a steadily upward trajectory until 2044. And of course, there's no guarantee after that. By then, we can only hope, the turnpike will have morphed into a giant solar-powered car-train — for self-driving cars, of course. "Unsustainable" is an overused word these days, but it applies to the toll road's future. The turnpike...
  • Proposed legislation would crack down on Pennsylvania Turnpike toll cheats

    08/20/2016 4:10:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | August 1, 2016 | Brad Bumsted
    HARRISBURG — Motorists blow past Pennsylvania Turnpike toll booths every year, resulting in millions of dollars of losses. The agency that manages more than 500 miles of highway is supporting legislation to punish those scofflaws. A bill pending in the state Senate would “give us the hammer we need to go after habitual toll cheats,” Turnpike Commission Chairman Sean Logan said. “This measure would ensure that everyone pays their fair share. There are no free rides.” The bill by Senate Transportation Chairman John Rafferty, R-Montgomery County, and Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Forest Hills, would allow PennDOT to suspend the...
  • Ludicrous legislation takes toll on Pennsylvania Turnpike

    08/20/2016 7:49:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | August 7, 2016 | Eric Heyl
    Slam on the brakes. That's what state lawmakers want to do to increasingly frequent instances of motorists skirting payment of Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls. The problem wouldn't be nearly as prevalent had many of those same legislators years ago taken a detour around the lame-brain idea that directly resulted in turnpike travel becoming significantly more costly. How costly? Pretty soon only Saudi Arabian sheiks will be able to afford the outrageous tolls, though those guys probably prefer to fly their personal planes from Pittsburgh to Breezewood. Those lacking private jet transportation sidestep the tolls in renegade fashion. They fly through toll...
  • Insanity Once More: The Hillary Clinton Economic Plan

    08/13/2016 2:24:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 13, 2016 | Larry Kudlow
    Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, when in fact the results never change, is one definition of insanity. That definition works for economic insanity, too. Over the past seven-and-a-half years, President Obama has maintained a steady course of burdensome new regulations, significant tax increases, and massive federal spending on so-called infrastructure. He has unconstitutionally ordered executive actions, favored labor over business, attacked banks, insulted successful corporate leaders, and backed federal-government mandates on business. And with all this, strong economic recovery from a deep recession -- which has been an American tradition -- never came...
  • Trump Just Promised To Double Down On Obama's Failed Stimulus

    08/04/2016 5:16:07 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 95 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | August 03, 2016 | Editorial
    2016 Elections: Largely overlooked because of the dust over his attacks on Khizr Khan, Donald Trump made an eye-opening promise on Tuesday, saying that he'd spend twice as much as Hillary Clinton on fixing roads and bridges. It's an outlandish proposal for any politician to make. But it's almost inconceivable that the Republican nominee for president would be trudging down this dreary big-government path. "We need much more money than (Clinton's plan) to rebuild our infrastructure," Trump told Fox... The numbers we're talking about here are massive. Clinton says that if elected she would boost federal spending... Trump says he'll...
  • Hillary's solution for our struggling economy

    07/29/2016 1:25:34 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 34 replies
    Hillary's solution for our struggling economy: Massive government spending. Massive tax increases and new taxes on individuals and corporations. Massive increase of regulations. Step up the war against coal, gas and oil. Bankrupt all traditional producers of energy. Massive new government spending on "green" technologies and "green" jobs. Bankrupt as many capitalist industries as possible. Implement universal government provided "free" healthcare. Double the minimum wage. Guarantee a minimum income to all "working" families (and non-working families). Free college education, free healthcare and free lunches for all. Open our borders, grant amnesty, citizenship, welfare and voting rights to all comers including...
  • Medicaid - Georgia

    07/23/2016 1:27:35 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 3 replies
    Georgia Public Policy Foundation ^ | 7-22-2016 | Benita Dodd
    Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent annually in Georgia on uncompensated care for the uninsured. The uninsured may not have coverage but they do get sick; one way or another, we all pay for their care in a way that is terribly inefficient. • Money should follow people. It is important to support the institutions and providers that make up Georgia’s safety net, but solutions should be people-centered, not institutioncentered. • Innovation requires flexibility and choices. Micromanaging every last detail is a recipe for the status quo. The accompanying table shows the most recent data on the average enrollment...
  • Dems block Senate defense bill, fear domestic spending cuts

    07/07/2016 11:10:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 8, 2016 12:41 AM EDT | Alan Fram
    Senate Democrats sidetracked a $575 billion defense bill for next year late Thursday and threatened to shut down Congress’ work on spending legislation, accusing Republicans of shortchanging domestic programs. The move prompted the leaders of each party to testily accuse the other side of dysfunction. Both parties support the defense measure itself. But Democrats fear that if it is completed and sent to President Barack Obama, they would lose leverage with the GOP for future spending measures financing health, public works, law enforcement and other domestic programs. The Senate voted 50-44 to head off a Democratic filibuster of the bill...
  • More School Spending is Still Unlikely to Boost Achievement

    07/01/2016 5:40:52 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/29/2016 | Ben DeGrow
    In a critique of our recently published study on the relationship between school spending and academic achievement, Bruce Baker, a professor at Rutgers University, raises technical concerns that lead him to question our empirical methodology and qualitative conclusions. The nature of his comments suggests that a select group of previous research, which stand in contrast to our research in both empirical approach and qualitative findings, are methodologically superior and show a positive relationship between spending per pupil and student achievement. We address both the general and technical concerns Baker raises and describe why our research improves over the earlier papers...
  • Fewer School Districts Borrowing to Cover Expenses, But Pension Debt Rising

    07/01/2016 8:50:04 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/29/2016 | Tom Gantert
    A recent state report indicates that by the end of June, as many as 18 school districts are projected to emerge out of red ink, leaving just 22 districts in a deficit situation. Although some media reports have cast this as a story of underfunded schools, they do so by ignoring the fact that just three years ago 55 districts had a deficit, a state record. Michigan school districts are required by state law to balance their budget each year and not spend more than they take in. Nevertheless, every year some do have expenses exceed revenues, which is labeled...
  • How They Spin 'Underfunded Schools': Ignore the Federal Money

    07/01/2016 6:20:38 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/29/2016 | Tom Gantert
    One of the most inaccurate narratives promoted in the Detroit school bailout debate is that poor urban districts like Detroit are underfunded compared to schools in more affluent suburbs. What this storyline fails to acknowledge is the role of federal money in hiking funding for poorer urban school districts. All school districts get some federal money, but poor districts get a lot more, and the difference is significant. Click to enlarge To illustrate, the average amount of federal money received by all Michigan school districts was $513 per pupil during 2014-15, but poor districts like Detroit ($3,494 per pupil), Benton...
  • Highway project delays rack up $700 million cost overruns

    06/24/2016 9:54:35 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | June 13, 2016 | Catie Edmondson
    Madison— Faced with delays and inflation over the past five years, four major state highway projects — including a Madison artery — have accumulated overruns in excess of $700 million. While some of these increases come from faulty cost estimates or unavoidable inflation, the new figures underline the obvious: Delays can be costly for Wisconsin taxpayers. When projects are paused because of financial challenges in the state's road fund, the price of materials, labor and real estate can rise. The numbers compiled by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel underline the urgency of a divisive issue for Wisconsin's Republican leaders: finding a...