Isaiah J. Poole
Key Democrats in the Senate on Thursday worked to ratchet up the pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, calling for him in a letter to move forward with a long-term transportation bill before federal authorization for the program expires at the end of the month … Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), has poisoned the effort by adding to the debate a corporate tax giveaway plan that would leave behind crumbs for these desperately needed transportation investments.
Moral Mondays movement to rally in Winston-Salem at 5 PM Monday, urging federal courts to overturn North Carolina’s voter suppression law.
More from OurFuture.org’s Joshua Ferrer:“In addition to implementing the harshest voter ID law in the nation, the bill ends same-day registration, limits early voting, ends Sunday voting, allows any citizen to challenge voter eligibility, eliminates public financing for elections, eliminates pre-registration for 16- and 17 year-olds, and ends single-ticket voting, among other provisions.”
Top Republicans split over how to fund highway bill. The Hill:“An extension of just a few months, [Rep. Paul Ryan and other House Republicans] contend, would allow a bipartisan group of lawmakers to pursue a deal to revamp the U.S.’s international tax system. Their proposal involves using revenue from offshore corporate profits for infrastructure funding … But [Sen. Mitch] McConnell and his allies, facing a difficult 2016 map for the Senate, are focused on finding enough highway funding to get the trust fund past next year’s election … [Sen. Chuck] Schumer also pointedly said that Democrats wouldn’t agree to another short-term extension of highway projects if Republicans like McConnell don’t agree to at least consider the idea of pairing tax reform and highways.”
Leading mayor slams GOP rejection of gas tax hike. The Hill:“[Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph] Becker said … his conservative home state of Utah’s decision to increase its own gas tax earlier this year showed Republicans in Congress should be able to support a national hike. ‘Regardless of how conservative a place we live in, we still deal with the reality that people have to get around and it takes funding to make the improvements,’ said Becker, who is also president of the National League of Cities.”
Even Reagan raised the gas tax, reminds Joshua Schank and Jeff Davis in W. Post oped:“…Reagan raised federal taxes on motor fuels by 125 percent … He gave speeches to interest groups, delivered a national radio address, made dozens of telephone calls and held meetings with members of Congress to raise support for the tax increase and for the public infrastructure spending the proceeds would support.”
Hillary Clinton to deliver economic address Monday. Bloomberg:“[She] will set the tone for more detailed policy announcements this summer and much of her messaging through the rest of her presidential campaign.”
Hillary agenda to be more liberal than Bill’s. NYT:“[She] is proposing muscular federal policies that would require hundreds of billions of dollars in new spending and markedly expand Washington’s influence … her aides say that she will seek to pay for them with higher taxes on wealthy Americans, along with cutbacks and closing loopholes elsewhere; the amounts in play are expected to be substantial … Mrs. Clinton’s proposals reflect a decided return to vibrant liberalism.”
Jeb Bush announces huge fundraising take. NYT:” Jeb Bush and his allies announced on Thursday that they had amassed more than $114 million in campaign cash over the last six months, dwarfing the combined fund-raising of his Republican rivals for the party’s presidential nomination … The full cash position of the campaigns — and the names of who, exactly, is supplying all this money — will not be clear until the end of the month.”
Bernie excoriates Jeb for chasing Big Money. W. Post quotes:“There’s no accident that Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates who take huge amounts of money from the wealthy and the powerful come up with an agenda that represents the wealthy and the powerful.”
Greece offers compromise. AP:“The package met longstanding demands by creditors to impose wide-ranging sales-tax hikes and cuts in state spending for pensions that the left-leaning Greek government had long resisted … key creditors said they were open to discussing how to ease the country’s debt load, a long-time sticking point in their talks … The government said the proposals would be voted on by Greece’s parliament late Friday before an emergency summit Sunday of all 28 European Union leaders.”
Little different from earlier European offer. Bloomberg:“The package almost mirrored that from creditors on June 26, which was rejected by Greek voters in a July 5 referendum.”
Investors optimistic, but not everyone on board yet. NYT:“Investors seemed increasingly optimistic in Friday trading … The Greek government’s latest batch of policy overhauls received a positive welcome from President François Hollande of France, though some officials in Germany, the biggest eurozone creditor, expressed doubts … Greek ministers struck very different tones.”
Senator Curtis King, Co-Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, is promoting a new transportation funding proposal that will set us back
decades. This new budget proposal fails to fund over $900 million worth of projects that are necessary to operate our transit system, provide
street improvements for bikes and pedestrians, and address polluted water runoff associated with roads.
Our bridges are literally crumbling around us. Workers can’t get to jobs because their bus service has been cut. The new road “mega-projects”
being considered in the transportation funding proposal would dramatically increase climate changing pollution and increase sprawl.
The Senate transportation funding proposal is simply unacceptable.
The reason I attached it to my old write up from 2012 is because Washingtonians need to ask … what did our savings of $2 million with the elimination of the “Free Zone” do for our transportation when our bus services are still being cut !!!
I wrote about The “ride free zone” ending way before the September 29th deadline hoping they would rescind the order to end it. Today, the local media showed and interviewed the people who have suffered from the new change and not in a good way. The thing that struck me most aside from the obvious was the comment about “a one time set-aside for bus tickets,” of $250,000 in emergency money for homeless people to ride Metro.
Below is a video and article that is heartbreaking
It was a nice surprise to hear that people are still protesting the elimination of the “Ride Free Zone” giving full exposure to the real reasons why the Seattle King Council voted to eliminate the “Ride Free Zone.” Yes, we all know about that 2million dollar savings but the mission to make the downtown and the transit look and smell beautiful by leaving the homeless, disabled and those needing services out in the cold, which btw are all located on or near the “Ride Free Zone.”
In 2011, king county hit its residents with a two-year vehicle license fee that was supposed to help keep metro alive. Now, Metro Bus Riders find out that a deal done with Republicans will eliminate the “Ride Free Zone,” a Merchant straight away and beautiful feature of the City of Seattle – free for over 35 years.
The facts are; that more than 10 million boarding’s are logged each year inside the Ride Free Area; another 9,000 rides are taken each day without fare. There are reports that without the compromise reductions in Metro would have affected 80% of all bus riders including the poor. Unfortunately, balancing budgets off the backs of the middle and poor has been a Republican mission since 2010. It is with great sadness to think and or believe all that King County Officials seemed to have forgotten or sacrificed for that 2 million “Ride Free Zone” cost savings per year. This includes tourists, people commuting home from across the water, downtown workers accustomed to hopping on the bus to grab a quick bite, or get some dry cleaning, pop into a store all within an hour and low-income folks who, if you ride in the zone now; know they use it to get around daily.
King County Officials say the “Ride Free Zone” will end after Sept. 29; tell them that making deals with Republicans to phase out an urban mainstay for so many, is bad for Seattle.
If, this new mega-projects monstrosity is real yet will create an environment for more pollution and increase sprawl …
We must say NO
challenge who was in charge of spending