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.
Who would have thought? New Jersey cops issuing questionable citations just to increase revenue.
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.
We have points of disagreement with Mr. Stockman, but generally his analysis is excellent.
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.
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.
At least one member of the Senate is raising a red flag over the “fiscal cliff” negotiations.