Today’s Headlines

  • Autobesity: We Have a Driving Problem (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)
  • Bay Area Drivers Would Support 25 Cent Global Warming Gas Tax (SF Examiner)
  • NY Assembly Minority Leader Says Cut State Gas Taxes Now (Cap Confidential
  • Poll Finds Citizens More Prepared for "Green Sacrifice" Than Governments (BBC)
  • Portland Unveils Carbon Tax and Breaks for Developers (Oregonian via CTC)
  • Big Oil CEOs Say Supply Will Not Meet Growing Demand (Oil Drum)
  • Last of Seized Park Land Fenced for Yankees Parking (News)
  • Store & 200-300 Parking Spaces Planned for Historic Brooklyn Site (Brownstoner)
  • Corcoran Urges Home Owners to Pave Their Lawns (Forgotten NY, Queens Crap)
  • Times Editorial: Don’t Rush to a Fare Hike (NYT)
  • Three Pretty Moronic Letters to the Editor Re: Last Week’s Grrdlock Article (NYT)
  • Jonathan

    Why should New York City seek to penalize children who have a legitimate need to breathe in Manhattan?

    Thank you, Times letter-writer Bob Petit, for the classic example of Appeal to Authority.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Sure, Republicans, cut the gas tax, and propose repealing some environmental regulations too. And Democrats, while you’re at it, why not investigate oil companies for gouging. We have our rights to cheap fuel.

    Is this generation of Americans as bad as the politicos act like it is? Or is that just the people involved in politics?

  • Niccolo Machiavelli

    Take a look at that Capital Confidential piece, the debate amongst the inside baseball Albany political bloggers is absolutely astounding. Stick a fork in Albany.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Stick a fork in Albany.”

    Albany is holding the handle, not us.

  • Niccolo Macchiaveli

    I stand corrected Larry But I was looking for more from you in terms of playing out the history of drama and skullduggery that capped our existing gas tax where it is so available revenues do not rise with petroleum inflation (while demand for transit services do). It must be a truly proud moment in the great Albany political history.

  • Larry Littlefield

    (I was looking for more from you in terms of playing out the history of drama and skullduggery that capped our existing gas tax where it is so available revenues do not rise with petroleum inflation (while demand for transit services do).

    As I wrote over on Room 8, inflation protection has often been used to separate the political winners from the losers. The former get more every year, the latter beg to be left behind slightly less each year.

    Note that public employee pensions have an automatic inflation adjustment, and the amount paid to the health care industry on their behalf goes up automatically as well. Public employee wages do not.

    Social security has an automatic inflation adjustment, the minimum wage does not.

    Etc.