Thursday, May 31, 2012

Tax money that was supposed to be for #publictransit was "redirected."

In New York State, Transit Cuts Hit Seniors, Low-Income Residents Hardest – Next American City: "The study also found that while ridership increased, transit system operators have been squeezed by both decreased state and local funding and higher operating costs. Albany has repeatedly redirected funds earmarked for transit, and the only dedicated state funding source for non-MTA systems, the petroleum business tax, has not been raised since 2004. Because the tax does not rise or fall with the price of gas, revenues have stayed relatively flat over the years."

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Occupy Wall Street Supports Quebec Anti-austerity protests

Occupy Wall Street | NYC Protest for World Revolution: "Last week, the government of Quebec passed an emergency law (Loi 78) criminalizing the massive demonstrations and assemblies in an effort to stamp out the strike. The new law restricts demonstrations and orders the closing of some universities. Among other things, organizers must inform police of the route of any demonstration that includes 50 or more people 8 hours before the demonstration. Unions and student federations are threatened with fines of up to $125,000 if someone is prevented from entering an educational institution."

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Stop the oil wars

We Can Have A Better Life
We need a new system that keeps money and jobs in our communities, a system that focuses on local needs. Investment in local businesses brings local jobs. Community banks bring local investment. Local farming brings healthy food. Local energy generation will keep us out of foreign wars for oil and stop global warming. And a strong local community keeps our children and elders safe."