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Congressman McGovern to GOP: Let's be 'fair and balanced' in media funding

Congressman Jim McGovern(MA-3) says on the floor that defunding NPR because the content isn't agreeable is a 'lousy' way to make ...

Texas, other states look to boost fees on EV’s to fund highway maintenance

Texas is considering whether to impose additional registration fees on electric and hybrid vehicles, following nearly half the states that already impose higher fees on battery powered vehicles to compensate for lost gasoline taxes used to maintain roads and highways.

The bills in Texas are unlikely to get through the legislative session, which ends Monday, but the issue is almost certain to resurface as Texas and other states wrestle with depleted highway funds as cars become more fuel efficient and federal gas taxes remain unchanged from their levels 26 years ago. With electric vehicles representing 2 percent of U.S. vehicle sales last year, lawmakers look to revamp the way the nation pays for its transportation network.

States, recognizing that they are losing revenue from gasoline sales, are weighing how to generate funds to fix potholes, repave roadways and build new roads and bridges to support population growth. Lately, focus has shifted from unpopular measures such as higher gas taxes and more toll roads toward a new source of funds: electric vehicle owners who use the roads but don’t pay for the privilege at the pump.

LAUSD has a lot of nerve asking taxpayers for bailout: Letters

Re “ LAUSD seeks a lifeline in parcel tax” (May 19):

Is a parcel tax the best way to help pay for the new Los Angeles Unified School District teachers’ contract? It is not.

First, it’s not fair. Property owners are not the only people whose children attend school. The only fair way to fund this is to assess every resident of Los Angeles. This would reduce the per-person tax required instead of having only a small group (property owners) pay.

How do we do this? The two main ways to ensure every L.A. resident participates in this new funding are to raise the sales tax, or impose a city income tax.

Don’t get me wrong — I am not in favor of a city income tax. But if LAUSD has the nerve to approve a teachers’ contract with no funding sources in place, they should have the guts to try and put a tax on everyone.

LAUSD agreed to the demands of the teachers union knowing the cupboard was bare. Now they want property owners to rescue them. We’ve seen this before. It’s not right. We must vote no on ballot Measure EE.

In what way do you think the Fed is being fair / unfair re:AIG 'emergency funding'?

Fair, not unfair
Had they not stepped in to prop up AIG there would have been devastating negative consequences in the international capital markets. AIG insured many mortgages which are in default.

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