Today’s Headlines

  • Chris Christie Sabotaged NJ Gas Tax Hike Negotiations (Politico)
  • Driver Runs Down and Kills Cyclist on Grand Street, Flees Scene (WPIX, News)
  • …Cops Respond By Handing Out “Operation Safe Cycle” Flyers (Gothamist)
  • Road Raging Off-Duty Cop Shoots and Kills Man on Atlantic Ave (NYTNews, Post)
  • Select Bus Service Arrives for Passengers on the B46, Brooklyn’s Busiest Bus (WSJ)
  • Christine Berthet: Port Authority Rushing Design of Next Midtown Bus Terminal (AMNY)
  • City Council Approves Project to Replace Flushing Parking Lot With Housing… and Parking (TL)
  • MTA Heads to Bushwick Thursday to Talk L and M Shutdowns (DNA)
  • Driver Plows Into Williamsbridge Home and Dies (Post); Motorcyclist Killed After Spinning Out (Post)
  • 50,000 Traffic Injuries and Nearly 500 Deaths Projected for Independence Day Weekend (MTR)

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  • So I take it after a gun murder in NYC, the NYPD go out and chastise citizens for not wearing bulletproof vests and explaining how to properly dodge and avoid bullets?

    No, only road violence victims are at fault for being killed.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “The Senate’s inaction ignored the benefits the package would bring to the overburdened taxpayers of New Jersey, who would benefit daily from the sales tax cut it would provide and the retirement income tax elimination for 81 percent of senior citizens,” Christie said.

    So the plan is for today’s senior citizens to not have to pay state income taxes, despite having the same income (or even more income) than working serfs who do have to pay. While leaving massive debts behind to those serfs.

    Meanwhile, would the gas tax increase by enough to fund transportation needs on an ongoing basis? Or would it be borrowed against, with 30 years of revenues spent in just five years?

    Why is no one asking these questions? Why is no one questioning the generational equity of this? People may not like the phrase “Generation Greed,” but what other words can one use to describe such a proposal in a state with one of the most sold out futures in the country?

    Christie’s generation and those before plan to leave that state in ruins, and just wants to suck more and more out and put less and less in.

  • Larry Littlefield

    And by the way, it isn’t just New Jersey and it isn’t just Republicans.

    Rhode Island, facing soaring property taxes and collapsing services as a result of past pension increases and underfunding just passed a tax break for retirement income, under a Democratic administration.

    http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20150528/NEWS/150529237

    Let’s keep the retirees? How about making them sell their homes and move out now, at a price less well off younger workers can afford?

    In Illinois public services are being gutted and property taxes are soaring as a result of debts and pensions, but retirement income is exempt from state income taxes. And, while raising property taxes overall, massively, they added exemptions for the retired.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-emanuel-property-tax-plan-met-20150915-story.html

    This stuff keeps happening and there is no reaction. No outrage that these are older generation’s debts, pension increases, pension underfunding, infrastructure deterioration and they keep exempting themselves from the consequences — and its bi-partisan.

  • Joe R.

    I’m honestly tired of hearing the “fixed income” line as justification for giving the elderly tax breaks nobody else can get. Last I checked most people who work are on a fixed income also. It’s not like you can ask you boss to work more hours if you need more money. If we’re going to have these types of tax breaks, they should be income-based and across the board. No reason a retiree who might have fairly decent income should get a tax break while a minimum wage worker can’t.

  • Larry Littlefield

    The “fixed income” line dates from the time before the automatic increase in Social Security benefits was legislated in the 1970s. Many public employee pensions also have automatic annual increases, often increasing faster than the now slower rate of inflation.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Here is the mentality, arithmetic be damned. In a year when the inflation rate was zero and so the Social Security increase was going to be zero, but was proposed to be increased anyway.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/house/58479-dems-push-for-increase-to-social-security-payments

    “It would simply be unacceptable for seniors on fixed incomes to not receive additional income in the coming year, something that hasn’t happened in over three decades,” Sanders said in a statement.

    The candidate of the young, who have a 25 percent cut in their Social Security (or is it 40 percent?) already baked into the cake for them.

    https://larrylittlefield.wordpress.com/2016/05/30/generational-equity-and-the-25-percent/

  • Joe R.

    What’s really galling here is they’re complaining that this would be the first time in three decades where they didn’t have an increase. Meanwhile, people who haven’t had a raise since Clinton was President comprise a significant number of Trump supporters. Why should people who work not get raises so people who don’t work can?

  • Larry Littlefield

    Well, “children are resilient.” Which only means that the consequences of Generation Greed are really going to hurt when those following grow old themselves.

    As with the rising death rate for those age 45 to 54 right now.

    https://larrylittlefield.wordpress.com/2015/11/08/death-is-the-ultimate-statistic-ii-the-most-important-news-in-ten-years/

    And when those younger try to adjust to the fact that they are poorer — and reverse the negative health trend — by bicycling rather than driving, some driver runs them over on their way home from work.

    I don’t want this to be my legacy to my children’s generation, but it’s hard to fight the social tsunami.

  • Joe R.

    None of this surprises me. I just have to look at the situation of myself and my siblings. My brother and sister will be lucky to retire in their 70s, if at all. I’m stuck caring for my mother, who is in the early stages of dementia. Doubtless this is and will continue to take a toll on my long term health. Unfortunately, if/when I need help myself, nobody will be around for me. I’m in a little better shape financially now than a few years ago thanks to a good consulting gig, but I’m not out of the woods by any stretch. I may well still wind up living out my “golden years” in a cardboard box.

    I’m not even factoring Social Security into my future planning. I’m going on the assumption if I get it, I’ll think of it as a bonus I didn’t expect rather than something I’m supposedly entitled to. I have a good feeling the full retirement age will be something like 80 long before I get near that age.

  • JamesR

    They vote. Young folks don’t.

  • Larry Littlefield

    They are incumbents, and young people don’t run against them. With the lack of choice available for most offices, would votes matter? People only pay attention to the campaign for President and, ugh.

    https://larrylittlefield.wordpress.com/2016/07/04/hey-woodstock-generation-these-are-your-presidential-candidates/

  • Kevin Love

    What I find most amusing about the NJ gas tax issue is that, once again, the Democrats are the fiscal conservatives. At the federal level, the last fiscal surplus was in the last Clinton administration.

    Grown-up adult human beings generally realize that if we want stuff, we have to pay for it. The Republican plan appears to be, “run a massive deficit because I’ll be gone to Florida when the bills come due.” This is the 21st century translation of Louis XIV’s saying, “Apres moi, le deluge.” And it is equally irresponsible.

    And if I am sounding like Larry Littlefield… it is because he is right.

  • Larry Littlefield

    I don’t vote for Democrats at the local level, and I don’t vote for Republicans at the national level. In the latter case, consider this.

    https://larrylittlefield.files.wordpress.com/2016/07/total-debt-by-administration.jpg

  • Vooch

    Query – how Much of a dick move Is it If I Board a broadway Line uptown with Bike and Big Backpack at 0700 traveling from say 79th to Van Cortland ?

    Alternative Is take the Lex Express from 86th to Woodlawn also at 0700

    Is this a extreme discourteous move or ?

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