Today’s Headlines

  • Corzine: Pricing Plan Unfair to Jersey (AP, Star-Ledger, Post, NYT)
  • Russianoff: Dedicated Transit Funds Have Never Been Raided (Post)
  • NYT, News Call on Silver to Get Behind Pricing
  • What Council Members Got for Voting Yes (News)
  • Pricing Will Be Hot-Button Issue in 2009 Elections (Daily Politics)
  • Unions Disagree on Pricing (News)
  • DOT to Tackle City’s Most Hazardous Intersections (AMNY)
  • Supreme Court May Hear Atlantic Yards Appeal (Sun, Gowanus Lounge, Post)
  • Truckers Protest Price of Fuel (CBS/AP)
  • British Columbians Driving Less (Vancouver Sun via Planetizen)
  • Larry Littlefield

    The private sector unions, whose members are losing health care and pension benefits and do not have automatic free parking in the CBD, are in favor.

    The public sector unions, who have guaranteed pensions and retiree health care and get guaranteed parking, are opposed. They also oppose universal health care if it would require people like themselves to pay more, or accept some limit on what they get.

    Both types of unions grabbed riches for former members in the 1960s and 1970s, the way executives have since 1980. The unions keep agreeing to offset more for those cashing in and moving out with lower pay and benefits for future workers. The executive grab ensures lower returns for investors.

    The public sector unions force the young workers they have screwed to pay dues, with the assistance of the incumbent politicians those dues keep in office. The executives and their pals on the boards pass rules that prevent proxy fights, and ensure golden parachutes in takeovers.

    The private sector unions are disappearing.

  • Hilary

    My reaction to Corzine’s tantrum was what a helpful bit of stagecraft! What better way to make Albany feel better about NJ’s fury?

  • Dave

    RE: Corzine

    Explain to him that NJ drivers pay the equivalent of $4 each way at the tolls so the additional $4 is fair to total $8 as paid by NY drivers paying an additional $3 at the $5 MTA crossings.

    Also tell him that if Jersey drivers weren’t the worst in the city maybe we’d be more receptive to them. Is it just me or are a lot of Jersey drivers maniacs…overly aggressive and the first to flip the bird.

  • Hizzoner

    The last sentence in the NYT article is a little disconcerting:

    “But Micah Z. Kellner, a Democratic assemblyman who represents the Upper East Side and supports congestion pricing, said there was a growing sense among Assembly members that the congestion plan is foundering. “The mayor has a long way to go in convincing Assembly Democrats,” he said.”

  • As far as news reporting is concerned, every uncertain effort is “foundering” until it becomes unexpectedly, victoriously buoyant—or sinks just like they said it would. Notice that the literal quote is a lot less gloomy than what-they-say-he-said. It’s not news that there is a way to go in convincing those same old fake environmentalists to vote right. The way might have to go as far as booting them out of office later, but I’m still hopeful that enough Dems will see the light this week.


Today’s Headlines

Record Holiday Travel Expected as Oil Nears $100 a Barrel (NYT) Airport Congestion Stymies All (NYT) US Transpo Contingency Plan: ‘Fend for Yourself’ (NARP)  Straphangers, Officials Skeptical of Spitzer Fare Freeze (NYT, Sun) As Is the Post; But Not Sports Guy Mike Lupica or the Daily News Aging Subways Sag Under Weight of Increased Ridership […]

Today’s Headlines

Congestion Panel to Consider Pricing Alternatives Tomorrow (News)  Weiner Says the Deck Is Stacked (Sun)  Corzine Wants to Raise Tolls to Pay Off NJ Debts (NYT, NYT) Winter Tornadoes, Flooding Shock South and Midwest (AP, Houston Chron) FTC Questions Validity of Carbon Offsets (NYT) Record MTA Ridership in 2007 (News) Parking Fees Drive Commuters to […]

Today’s Headlines

Commission Votes 13-2 for Pricing (NYT, News, Post, Sun, AM, NY1) NYT: It’s a Good Plan Decision on Pier 40 Postponed (Post, Metro) Ratner Still Set to Receive Atlantic Yards Subsidies (Brooklyn Paper) Brooklyn AIA Draws Up a Gowanus-Free Third Avenue (Brooklyn Eagle) Tri-State Transit Agencies Get More Anti-Terror Funds (NYT, AM, News, AP) Former […]

Today’s Headlines

EPA Chief Was Pressured to Block Limits on CA Tailpipe Emissions (AP) Utah Considers Gas Tax Hike, Road Pricing to Fund Highways (Salt Lake Trib) Officials Confident MTA Will Close New Hudson Yards Deal (Sun, NYT, Post) Yet Another Times Story About the Suspension of Parking Rules in Park Slope Assemblyman Dick Gottfried Tries to […]

Today’s Headlines

Brodsky: London Congestion Fee Hikes Will Happen Here Too (Sun) Pricing Opponents Skeptical of Parking Permit Plans (Post) More on London’s Bike Transformation (Guardian) Bike Sharing Coming to Tucson? (Tucson Citizen via Bike Commute Tips) Quinn Debuts Ferry System Proposal in State of the City (Newsday) Spitzer: Moynihan Station Will Proceed Despite Shortfall (Sun, AP) […]

Today’s Headlines

McCain’s Gas Tax Proposal Is a Bad Idea (AP, SGA) Oil Prices Reach New High (NYT) EU Sticks to Biofuel Targets Despite Impact on Food Prices (AFP) Bruno Escapes Blame for Pricing Defeat (Voice) PA Offers to Take on Moynihan Station, May Scale Back Downtown Hub (Crain’s, NYT) Compromise Reached on 125th Street Rezoning (NYT, […]