Small Victory: DC decides to void 2800 parking tickets written during snow emergency

2 days ago we reported that Washington DC went on a parking ticket writing spree during the recent blizzard. The city took the storm as an opportunity to generate cash, over $1 million in fines. We argued that maybe instead of going nuts on the ticket writing front the District should have instead been more lenient if anything during a time when parking was severely restricted due to the piles and piles of snow.

We apparently weren’t the only ones who thought this and as such the city has voided many of the snow storm parking tickets.

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Red light camera industry fights citizen vote (Video)

Both the city and the red light robot shakedown industry are fighting the citizens of a small town in Florida. According to the law, if enough signatures are gathered for a referendum (there were) there’s supposed to be a referendum come election time in Brookville. But since this referendum would determine whether red light cameras (and the revenue they generate) would remain in the city, big time lawyers have descended on this sleepy backwater to reverse the citizen tide.

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Woman Criticizes Honolulu’s Government, Has Her (Anti-Eminent Domain) Protest Signs Bulldozed

Arthur Dent fighting a similar battle in the 1970s.

 

Local governments love to seize property for projects. Since the Kelo Decision such seizures often are blatant transfers of wealth from the relatively poor and unconnected to the rich and very connected. If your property isn’t generating enough tax revenue for the city fathers (and their underlings) watch out, a bulldozer my be on your doorstep soon.

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The White House endorses an Internet sales tax, So does Amazon.com

It isn’t fair that traditional brick and mortar stores have to charge sales taxes and online merchants don’t. But as usual with these bills there’s more to the “Marketplace Fairness Act” than one might initially think.

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Fiscal Cliff: We Have a Spending Problem, Not a Revenue Problem.

The most frustrating thing about the “fiscal cliff” discussion, is not that Boehner and Obama can’t come together to put together a deal or the endless political posturing, but that the debate itself is focused on the wrong thing.

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