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by Ben Fried
Got my solar panels up just in time. You had to see this one coming.
“State environmental groups were still seething over Thursday’s announcement by Paterson that he was taking $90 million to help balance the state’s troubled budget from the state’s share of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the nation’s first-ever plan to combat climate change by charging polluters and using the money to encourage alternative energy and conservation.”
Actually the purpose of that fund was to fund early retirement for public employees, pay debts run up by prior generations, pay for member items state legislators hand out to those on their knees as if they were distributing money from their own pockets, pay other senior benefits, etc. Anyone who thinks that are entitled to anything in exchange for the taxes they pay isn’t paying attention.
This sort of thing will go on for at least three years. It may be a decade before taxes stop going up and public services stop being cut.
Post backs the cabby cell phone crackdown.
Re the NYT’s report on Paterson cutting $113 million from the MTA: WNYC reported over the weekend that the cuts will come specifically from the funds raised by the Ravitch plan. I’ve been unable to find other citations to confirm this.
“This would have the biggest improvement to the quality of the public realm and to transportation funding of anything that could be done. We need a bold, visionary elected official who is willing to step up to the plate to push for this.”
In response to "Public Support for NYC Toll Reform Highest in the Suburbs"