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Streetsblog Throws Temper Tantrum After Transit Experts Recommend not Building Rail in Wake County, NCNovember 25, 2013, 3:35pm
Recently, Streetsblog threw a temper tantrum because a panel of transit experts recommended against pursuing a rail project in North Carolina.
The infographic that the Charlotte Area Transportation System (CATS) created to help sell the public on plans to extend its light-rail line has so much spin, most folks will feel dizzy after reading it. The agency exaggerates its ridership, its trains' capacity, the importance of a train line and transit's effect on VMT. Taxpayers should do thier homework before supporting any of the agency's plans.
Does California Really Need Major Land Use and Transportation Changes to Meet Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets?July 3, 2013
California’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 requires the California Air Resources Board “to adopt a statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit equivalent to the statewide greenhouse gas emissions levels in 1990 to be achieved by 2020.” Subsequent legislation has emphasized the role that policymakers expect transportation and land use policies to play in reducing GHG emissions. But how significantly do GHG emissions need to be cut to meet the targets set in the Global Warming Solutions Act? And what role might transportation and land use policies really play in reducing emissions?
The Hartgen Group and the Reason Foundation have released Transportation Priorities for North Carolina, a report recommending several significant changes to North Carolina’s transportation management process. The report for Governor Patrick McCrory and the North Carolina General Assembly recommend several changes to North Carolina's management process. North Carolina has a great opportunity to make major positive changes to its transportation system.
The DuPont Circle neighborhood of DC offers subsidized street parking. When a local politician suggested charging rates closet to market prices, his constituents rebelled. Yet charging market prices would be an effective solution for this neighborhood.
Who Benefits and By How Much?December 12, 2012
The federal income tax code is riddled with loopholes, deductions and credits designed to promote various social goals and benefit assorted groups of Americans. One of the largest of these is the mortgage interest deduction (MID), which allowed taxpayers to claim benefits of $82.7 billion in 2010, the latest data available. Given the number of recent proposals to change the MID in some way, it is helpful to review which households are claiming the mortgage interest deduction.
In a new policy summary, Reason Foundation offers a update to the 2011 study "Unmasking the Mortgage Interest Deducton" and takes a look at who is currently benefiting from the MID.
Joint Committee on Taxation data shows households making $100,000 or more a year constitute 55 percent of those claiming the MID, and they receive 78 percent of the deduction’s total benefits. The last two columns of our table of the JCT data show the average tax savings that households in each income group receive from the MID, and what those savings represent in monthly savings. For example, the MID saves middle-class households making between $40,000 and $75,000 a year around $80 a month. The MID is not the middle-class savior it is made out to be.
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October 31st, 2013
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October 31st, 2013
- NYC's Crony-Capitalist Affordable Housing Industry: Jim Epstein in the New York Daily News
October 21st, 2013
- NY Times Horrified That Rent Control Leases Might Be Treated Like the Assets They So Obviously Are
October 21st, 2013
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October 15th, 2013
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October 12th, 2013
- Bloomberg Off-Handedly Suggests Fingerprinting New York Public Housing Residents
August 16th, 2013
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August 1st, 2013
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July 30th, 2013
- Nearly One Quarter of Federal Foreclosure Prevention Participants Re-Defaulting on Mortgages
July 24th, 2013
- NYC Council Supporting Bloomberg's Push for Legal Hostels
June 26th, 2013
- Why New Urbanism Doesn't Work
June 7th, 2013
- Zoning Kills Affordable Housing
May 7th, 2013
- Vernon Smith and Steve Gjerstad on Housing and the Never-Ending Recession
April 7th, 2013
- The Most Important State-Federal Dispute You're Not Paying Attention To
April 4th, 2013
- New Obama Housing Loan Policy: The Definition of Insanity?
April 3rd, 2013
- Reinflating the Housing Bubble: Department of Agriculture Edition
March 24th, 2013
- How Government Handouts Foster Dependency
January 9th, 2013
- Banks Settle More Robo-Signing Claims, Regulators Get Political Win
January 8th, 2013
- Study Says Community Reinvestment Act Induced Banks To Take Bad Risks
December 21st, 2012
- Who Benefits from the Mortgage Interest Deduction?
December 12th, 2012
- Guns Don’t Kill People; Unlicensed Boarding Homes Kill People
December 11th, 2012
- Streetsblog Throws Temper Tantrum After Transit Experts Recommend not Building Rail in Wake County, NC (11/25)
- Charlotte Transit Agency Uses Infographic to Mislead on Transit's Effectiveness (9/12)
- Does California Really Need Major Land Use and Transportation Changes to Meet Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets? (7/3)
- New Study Suggests Transportation Priorities for North Carolina (4/3)
- Solving the Parking Problem in DuPont Circle (3/29)
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