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The Protection Racket

I found this story on tax exemptions for veterans a nice case study in the local politics centered on the mantra of “protecting seniors”. Board hears from veterans on tax exemption proposal In short, providing an exemption to veterans will raise taxes on everyone else,...

Santa Sports New Look This Christmas

North Pole (December 12,2014) — For kids and parents lucky enough to spot St Nick before he shimmies up the chimney, they just might be surprised at what Santa is wearing this year. Tired of being labeled ‘fat and jolly’, Santa delivered himself P90X, a...

Election 2014 vs 2014

Thought it might be interesting to compare local races from the recent election to the 2012 election (results are county wide, also note that the districts differ for the races) . My quick take is that Ms Tkaczyk was hurt by lower turnout of Democratic...

Free Markets Rule! Free Markets Suck!

A common meme in our city centers on the unfairness of how much some people earn versus what the typical senior earns. Of course, this is typically to bemoan tax rates and to pretend to care of the plight of seniors. You know the meme,...

D'oh! Along the Mohawk

While other cities embrace what we reject: Another old Troy factory sells on River Street The former Kelly Clothes in downtown Troy, New York has been sold to an out-of-state developer who wants to convert the historic clothing factory into 80 artists’ lofts. We meanwhile…...

A Must Read on the City of Amsterdam Finances

A nice piece on the true state of the city’s financials and also how city residents get played as tools by those misrepresenting and misinforming on the city’s financial state. Read it here: The myth of Amsterdam’s “missing million” busted

Getting to the Right Model for Reviving the City

I thought this was a good read from the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank,Redefining Historic Preservation . Here are the main points consistent with what this blog and several others have been advocating and wholly counter to what policy makers are actually pursuing:   As...