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COVID-19 Relief Package Includes Billions For Transportation Sector
"All right how often did you fly. Or maybe the trainer buster in the pandemic. Yeah the transportation sector has been hit hard but anyone who rides in trains planes or automobile should benefit from the one point nine trillion dollar cove relief package. Npr's david schaper reports. It was a year ago this week. The us what unlocked down highways and airports were suddenly almost deserted. People travelling overseas scrambled to get flights home at mass transit. Trains ran nearly empty in the virginia. Suburbs of washington. Dc forty six year old. Sandra vigil had been driving buses packed. with sixty. to seventy people are more. We ended up taking towards the end of march. He was like one two people per ride. If you had any people at all last march twenty ninth vigil says she about ninety five percent of her loudon county. Transit co workers were furloughed. Her's lasted four and a half months and unemployment wasn't enough to make ends meet. A lot of fail behind are not rental car payments. Because he was either eating or paint a car or paying the rent and thing they lakeville transit systems across the country so ridership plummet ninety percent or more in revenue fell with it yet. Mass transit is essential especially for many low wage workers. Again bus driver. Sandra vigil in order to keep the buses running and to keep us working. We needed this money. The relief bill includes thirty billion dollars for transit. It also includes one point seven billion dollars for amtrak enough to bring twelve hundred furloughed employees back to work and restore daily service on long distance routes and there's funding to help states continue fixing crumbling roads and bridges offsetting. They're lost gas tax revenue as for airlines. I have fantastic news year. That's american airline ceo. Doug parker in a video message to employees about the plan which includes another fourteen billion dollars payroll support. That's good news for the thirteen thousand american employees who were facing furloughs april. First so if you have one of those worn out notices we sit out in february. Tear it up. There aren't going to be any furloughs at american airlines in april and with vaccinations on the rise. Hopefully never again. Ceo parker says the last three weeks have been the airlines best. Since the pandemic hit with bookings and passenger volumes up that's happening at other airlines too so much so that after months of hemorrhaging tens of millions of dollars a day the ceo's of delta and united now expect to reduce their daily cash. Burn two zero this month or next while southwest is on track to break even by june. Of course that's relatively easy to do. When tax payers are essentially covering much of your payroll airlines have now received more than fifty billion dollars in federal payroll grants since the start of the pandemic. This was hugely important. And as a pilot for american airlines at spokesman for the pilot's union. The last thing i wanted to be is on our heels when everybody was ready to get back. Flying tiger says if pilots had been furloughed. They need weeks. If not months of training before being able to fly passengers again. You do not want to be staring at the recovery and turning around and seeing the flight deck empty. Because you weren't able to train. The pilots quickly. Enough joe sweet. Herman transportation professor at chicago's depaul university. Says this government aid is crucial is pretty clear that the airlines were such a desire straight federal assistance and a big way we would have lost an airliner to sweden and says the federal aid helps airlines amtrak transit agencies and highway departments continue critical operations while adapting to a post covid world a world that will likely lead to more operational changes in the near.
Biden’s Commerce Pick Vows to Combat Climate Change
"We mentioned a little bit earlier that Gina Real Mondo, I think it's your production R A I m O N D 00 Gina is the The very, very special assistant on the climate change, too well the Commerce secretary nominee, actually, but also very interested in the climate change issue, and Gina. Says that we need to increase taxes to pay for Joe Biden's climate change agenda. We still don't know how how much or how that's going to be addressed. But the quote is we do need to meet the climate change challenge and we need funds for improved infrastructure, better roads, safer roads, safer bridges, which also creates jobs. That's what she told the senator Rick Scott, when he asked about transportation secretary nominee Pete Buddha judges proposal of a gas tax to raise money. For some of these spending initiatives, So that's what you're looking at. Right now. We're looking at several taxes already that will be implemented, including an increase in the gas tax nationally. Tol pay for the so called climate change agenda, and it won't do a thing to change the climate of our country or our world. Just that's
Congress Didn’t Include State And Local Aid In Stimulus package
"That stripped down relief. Bill we thought was going to pass left out aid for state and local. Governments states are now fighting each other over. Which should be able to collect income taxes for the hundreds of thousands of remote workers who used to commute across state lines from the workplace culture desk. Marketplace's megan mccarthy carino has that one before the pandemic dave hausky commuted everyday between his new jersey home into work at an architecture. Firm in manhattan. I ride my folding bike to the ferry. And then i take a theory across. He also has to file taxes in both places. New york is one of seven states which tax workers based on their physical office is located new jersey normally refunds the more than one billion dollars paid by residents like miron hausky who have to pay taxes to new york but this year is different than it was march fifteenth when my office close to new jersey and about a dozen states are bringing the legal question to the supreme court to try to stop states from taxing workers who never step foot in the office. This becomes a serious problem. If remote work becomes a long term phenomenon as it probably will jared wall sack with tax foundation says while states have had agreements to avoid double taxing workers. That could change if your home state decides that you truly are both living and working in their state than they might still tax you especially as state struggle to make a drop in other tax revenues due to the pandemic says lewis shiner with the brookings institution. Clearly there's some hain things like parking tolls and gas taxes and drops in tourism and sales taxes. All that's pushed state revenues down an average of five percent so every last tax dollar counts. I megan mccurdy carino for marketplace.
Chicago's Mayor Lightfoot budget plan includes $94M property tax hike
"Lightfoot delivering her budget proposal earlier today. It includes a $94 million property tax hike, a gas tax hike from 5 to 8 cents per gallon 350 layoffs and five mandatory furlough days for non union workers. A city is facing a $1.2 billion budget deficit in 2021, the largest in Chicago's history. Nearly two thirds of it was created by revenue lost during the pandemic. The mayor joints and a devil on test Thursday afternoon at 3 15 on 7 20 w G. N
Chicago Mayor Lightfoot Unveils "Pandemic Budget"
"Lightfoot the budget proposal includes a ninety four, million dollar property tax hike gas tax hike and layoffs as well as eliminating unfilled positions carol it seems like there are not that many maybe just a few good choices to turn to when you've got a one point two, billion dollar deficit. Brandis I think you don't even want to say good choices. Because, there are none. And you could route around for crop corporate head tax for transaction tax neither of which is going to pass muster of for most of the city council, a a number of other remedies that would need state legislative approval. There are no good choices, and then you say, do we go deeper into the rainy day fund immediately in the answer probably is no not right now because the pandemic is going to bring us maybe third wave of emergencies. So there's nothing cheerful about this only bad options. The mayor also stressed quote. Congress do your job to urge funding for cities towns. People are going to be receiving layoff notices on March first heather city employees. I would imagine between now and then a pretty anxious wondering whether or not they're going to be on the chopping block when that happens. That's right. It's a really a between a rock and a hard place and I think the mayor said, well, at least we can. We can. We have enough money in the bank to sort of put off this pain in the hopes that it something does pass the Senate and get signed either by a press, a president trump or future president biden and potentially But that's that's really hard on families and we heard mayor like talk. About that saying she knew she grew up in a family that lived paycheck to paycheck and that had to rely on food thinks giveaways when her father lost her job and I think that wears on her but it will not blunt criticism from progressive groups and others who say that this budget will really land hardest on the poorest chicagoans because of course, if you're living paycheck to paycheck and you might not have a job come. March. Second. That's very difficult place to be especially at a time were really high unemployment and the mayor also emphasized that there would be no reduction of service despite requiring furlough days for Non Union employees. Here's what she said sees and layoffs. We are also seeking five furlough days from all non union workers and I will lead by example and take those five furlough days myself. And we have worked with every city department to make sure that these personnel reductions will not result an immaterial decrease in the delivery of services to our residents. Amanda isn't going to be hard for residents and taxpayers to believe that services will remain the same under these difficult circumstances if you if you don't have some influence on the job some days. Well. There are rules around what can and can't be done in somebody is on furlough I'm going to guess that Mayor Lori lightfoot leading by example will still be working as mayor. There is no time off. So many of these are high level positions I don't think that you're going to see a dramatic cut or of the many things that we're going to worry about in the in the budget that that is going to be, and I will add that it's sort of difficult to measure these. Days, anyways, some departments presumably have a little bit less going on because of COVID nineteen end less demand for those services. Others are needed more than ever because residents are dependent on that but you're also giving services to residents in different ways again, because many people are staying at home. So it's all just going to be difficult to measure, but I think a choice that the mayor had to make particularly issues looking to these other choices of layoffs and raising property taxes she had to do some furloughed. Parents the mayor also says that she does not support so-called defunding the police, but she does support. Changing which first responders answer calls? How big is changing the first responder model while she's talking about a pilot program, which we don't know the specifics of yet. But this is something that is united people on both sides of this quote unquote defunding police battle. I've had so many police, officers and first responders tell me over the years that they don't want to be responding to. These certain types of calls, domestic issues, mental health people having a breakdown equipped to do it. They want to do police work, and they believe that work should be left up to mental health providers. So there is a program in Los, Angeles they've been doing this in Los Angeles where those calls go to there's a psychiatric mobile unit that runs around the city and offers services. And I've had first responders here. Tell me we need to do what L. A. is doing. So maybe this is what the mayor's talking about and it's it's so strange that you know defunding police engender so many emotions on both sides and yet this is actually something that police officers and activists actually agree on something. Yeah. Community agrees on this as well. Heather what's next? We're going to see a very tough battle in city. Council. I think we are So I think the biggest sticking point is going to be not only the ninety four, million dollar total property tax side but the mayor also wants to change the way the city levies property tax every year by changing it to an automatic increase, which is tied to the increase, the cost of living which is set by the federal government every year, and she says that that will avoid big property tax hike sort of on it every so often basis but I think that there are going to be some older minute we're GONNA have to. Sort of take a deep breath before they decide whether to vote for that because, of course, the municipal elections are just around the river bend at in two thousand and twenty three, and that could make winning reelection and more difficult. I. WanNa follow up here because I'm confused, we've got the one point two billion dollar budget gap, but there's also hundred million dollar budget gap this year because a revenues came in so much lower than what intimidated obviously because of covid how is that? Does that money just get sweeped into the next year I don't understand how that works. For the stint as might what I do right now. Is being filled by refinancing city data. So essentially, they're taking debt that it is at a higher interest rate. They're sort of refinancing it hoping to get a lower interest rate and they're taking those savings and then using that to cover the
"gas tax" Discussed on AM 970 The Answer
"Is right there on Route 22 West in Hillside, New Jersey, All right route 22 Toyota dot com. It's happening in New York, New Jersey or Long Island about it with Joe Piscopo mornings 6 to 10 on a 9 70. Be at state Senator Tom Kane Jr is it does a great job for the great state of New Jersey. He's the Republican minority leader in the New Jersey State Senate, and that is not an easy thing to do. Tom. Welcome back to the show a senator. Great to have you with us, sir. It's good to be back with you, Joe. How are you? Good. You know what? I'm OK. I was with the I was in Bedminster just last night at the president's event, Tom and you know, social distance. Don't everybody was gonna do all tested and we were for and the president was far away. You know, right there at the at the doorway. He did a great speech. He looks strong. His voice was strong. You know, he went on. He went on the answer questions so So then, of course, we heard that he and the first lady contracted this virus, and it's just Ah, it's scary, but I think he's going to be okay. Everybody OK and healthy in your home town. Everybody's healthy. My home. Thankfully, our thoughts and prayers have to the president for slated and everybody used it. In that situation across the country yet now they were careful, Senator Kane. They were careful, but when you go campaign and you're campaigning all over and and you're looking great, man, and you know, we had a nice chat the other day, and we support you, sir. But when you're campaigning, and I'm a hypochondriac, Tom, I'd be wearing the mask. I've been wearing gloves. Could you campaign with gloves on That really doesn't. I mean, that's tough to do? But you have to. Really be careful when you're out there. Yes, you really have to. You have to be socially distance. But the words were the mask. You take this very, very seriously. Um, but you can still interact with people. You stay in the atrium. Away. You can have a conversation. You could make eye contact. You know, we are human beings, people who want to soon People in three days. Yeah, And that's who we are human beings and show us your having conversation. It has to be. It was a throwaway. Talking to people in those. We've gotta be very sick. You're campaigning and that's the responsibility of of everybody. Yeah, Yeah. You know, Senator Kane? We're close friends and he has a show. Right here on the radio station is well leader John Brad Nick in the assembly doing a great job. Robert Off is a friend and You know, I don't know how you deal with all the Democrats. If you're listening from outside the area, New Jersey just overrun by Democrats, which you know what? By the way, we like our Democrat friends. We don't hate anybody. But oh, my cards with the taxes during a pandemic. Tom Kane. What's happening? How could you? How could you raise the gas tanks? 10 cents a gallon in the middle of a panda. I don't care that you need the money because you know what, Senator? We need the money, too. It's unconscionable government stop that 10 Cent tax, increase income gas tax and did and that's uncomfortable. He also increased income taxes he make maintained. We're now the highest corporate tax rate in the country now borrowed for 4.5 thing. But the original report $4 billion of barn We negotiate with the Democratic Legislature increased to $4.5 billion of borrowing for and you should. You should have rather focus on responsible ways. To contain spending, you know to have a realistic economic growth forecasts to create an economic policy that creates new jobs and stayed in New Jersey. Instead, he's borrowing taxing spending. And that's not the right direction. People generations of people in New Jersey And you know what? I heard somebody told me yesterday at the event, they said, like 100, almost 150 people. What did he say? Per per week per day. There was a bond. I'm not going even though I shouldn't say the numbers because I don't have it. Exact But so many people thousands of people every year are leaving New Jersey, New York as well. This is a problem and when you try to build in this and help me out of among your senator Kate, But if you don't if you drive away and you're going to write raises corporate tax people and then I was with his friend Tom, with a body weight uses a mutual friend. And he gives him he goes, I go. You know so more people moving to Florida. He goes like this, he goes, look takes out. His wallet shows me his Florida driver's license. This guy's like a gazillionaire, and he's left New Jersey to go to Florida because of the because of the over taxation. I mean, how does Trenton not see this, sir? I unfortunately, think they're my off. They don't understand that. It's people at every income bracket who moving the number one out, so state is due out Move state. Not afforded. It's Pennsylvania. Use every New York with number two and then and then it's so it's people of every end of the economic spectrum. People can't afford the tension. Increasing gas tax people can't increase afford increasing income tax. People can't afford the Majin increases in other taxes over the years, and that that type of unpredictability in the tax code. These people are moving to Massachusetts. We think about this Massachusetts brother to Republican and Democratic government doesn't changing contact's code. We don't know where you don't know where. Cambridge N. No University endowment business begins. You know you get sustainable track coach, But when you and I were growing up, Massachusetts was Taxachusetts and and they and they ve changed what they've done and unfortunately, New Jersey Now, if they've got $4.5 billion for the borrowing this year, we could do another billion yoke up during the next year of borrowing. And you're underestimating our economic growth rate about a billion dollars so people had great uncertainty and people want state people fighting. In the greatest state in the union. They want to send you to the parents, then your their kids. They were thinking their grandkids policies were coming out of trend right now are simply making to unaffordable. Too many people. Yeah, Senator Tom Kane Jr. He's a guy that's going to keep a watch on. The tax is running in the seventh Congressional district. Which is my That's my district. That beautiful out dirty county. How Thomas, you know, and I know it is a gorgeous accountant is absolute gorgeous and I blocked billions of dollars. Hispanic and in in Trenton, and when I go down to Washington, D. C. I'm successful with voters seven Congressional district We need to make sure e at a growing growing safely. Out of the covert crisis, but we that we make sure you have been restored this old deduction. We need to make sure our jobs and economic growth program it's promotes businesses and manufacturing states like New Jersey. We need to make sure those six broken health care system to fix that gate and complete the Gateway project. You've gotta have a leader who's got a history of getting things done down in Washington. My opponent Boats against along in the pan contractors to keep their jobs.
"gas tax" Discussed on WLS-AM 890
"And the Clash of nations. So what would it Joe Biden presidency Mean for gas prices, for example, I think one of the going theories of the left is that we need a massive carbon tax. This, of course, will be passed on to consumers of gasoline. It's a regressive tax because the people who most need to use the gas or the people need to drive to work. Not the Richie riches. You get to sit home and do their jobs remotely. Basically all the people who've been hurt by the cove in 19 pandemic still need to commute to work in natural physical places will be hurt by increased gas tax is, for example, what would shutting down fracking due to gas prices? Shut shutting down gas prices, You know, but that type of gases of the best people they would go up and I think that's uh World oil market with Titan. We'd be importing a lot more oil and you know, so it's going to be interesting if Joe Biden is president that he's a pragmatic politician, you know, how's he going to do the trade offs between you know the people who, you know? Want to stop all this activity and people who worry about the economy and worry about, you know, getting re elected? So, but I think the reason gasoline prices air down big reason big benefit to American consumers is because of the shell revolution. Otherwise, we'd have a much tighter oil market would have higher prices would be back to where we were in 2012 when we're looking at $5 Gallon prices. The book is really worthwhile. It's called the new map, energy climate and the Classroom Nations. Daniel again really appreciate the time and all of your work by the despicable Daniel Jurgens work. He's a Pulitzer Prize winner back when the Pulitzer Prize actually meant you wrote good things, not bullcrap for The New York Times and Appreciate it, and it's a pleasure to talk to you. Thank you very much, All right. We're taking your calls coming up in 855236 30 to 28 that is 855. 236 30 to 28. This is the bench of Hero show Trump set to hold a rally tonight in Wisconsin. News.
"gas tax" Discussed on NewsRadio KFBK
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How Torontos transit system made its riders the enemy
"And now five days later here. We are wondering where the relationship between the Transit Commission and its writers started to go off the rails and if at this point it's even possible to repair George Rawlings and this is the big story. Then spur is the transportation reporter at the Toronto Star. He has the unenviable task explaining to his city. I mean no worries. Why don't you start For the people outside Toronto weren't familiar with the TC just explain what Presto is and it came to be like the only fair system here Presto is a little card a little fare card that used to be green now they're mostly black basically the TD for a long time longer than many other. Major transit agencies was running on tickets and tokens and cash Which is a fairly inefficient way to run the system. They started to switch to a card model about a decade ago. and the Ontario Liberal government of the day had their own card called presto which basically forced on the TVs that you have to take this Otherwise we're going to cut off gas tax funding to the city. Which would be a big problem for the Until the TD accepted and since then it's been the slowly phased in on the T. as well as other. Gta Toronto Area Transit Agencies And now it's the primary way that people pay for transit but because of some issues with the rollout and some difficulties the TDC's still is accepting Tokens and tickets. They haven't actually faced out the whole thing so we're actually sort of operating in a bit of a hybrid system at moment. How has that rollout gone in general so there were some high profile problems especially at the start of the rollout on a lot of faulty card readers? People going to tap their cards on Machines buses and streetcars and them not working. Well to be fair. Those have been addressed some extent. The reliability of the most common machines is has gone up but some Machines related to Pressel on. Streetcars for instance. They had to rip out because they weren't working properly so There is kind of mistakes that can undermine the reputation of Presto and I should be clear that one of the interesting things about this is It's still owned by the province the TDC's a system owned and operated by the city and yet it's very strange thing where it doesn't have actually complete control over its primary source of revenue. It's it's that's controlled by the province and by the provincial transit agency metrolink so they have to work together to Kinda sort things out when there are problems and they don't always work so well together give me an example of the kind of friction. That's cost it's so whenever there are overlapping jurisdictions right between There's questions about who's responsible for things so basically anything that when when a presto reader goes down. There's a confusion sometimes. There has been in the past about whether it's the drivers responsible to responsibility to report that broken machine or whether the presto system should detect that broken machine and that it should get fixed. The kind of mid Issue that I think kind of made people's heads explode was that there is this There's machines on. Streetcars that take coins. And you pay your fare that way but They these machines according to audit were Basically filling up with coins couldn't accept any more coins and no one neither CDC or the vendor of the machine or metrolink's was actually Emptying them so they would go for days and days and days riding on these. Streetcars fill full of coins of Rogers couldn't pay And just that's the kind of thing that Rogers look at and say you know you really need to get your act together. The reason we're talking to you now is because this is all kind of come to a head over the past week Why don't you first start by explaining? I guess what the TC would say is the biggest problem that faces so the the big from the TDC's facing is is very unsexy and answer but their problem is A lack of money to to keep the system in a state of good repair They have a huge backlog of unfunded repairs something like thirty five billion a needed work over the system or the next fifteen years and only about maybe a third of that is funded. But that's kind of a separate issue from all of this fair money doesn't go to fix t transit infrastructure. That's a that's a separate thing but what has emerged as a problem is For years the TDC kind of said that we don't have a fair evasion problem. It's about in line with other transit agencies as maybe two percent. It's cost us. Maybe ten twenty million dollars not that sounds like a lot of money but for an agency with the budget of two billion dollars. It's not that big but back in February of last year the city Auditor General Predator report. That said you do have a big fair vision. Problem cost sixty million dollars the TD put out another. Its own report just recently. That founders even higher than that maybe seventy million dollars and all kinds of kind of rampant abuse people use in child Presto cards which Alleger ride system for free adults can easily get a hold on them. So there's that's going on a lot. Just hopping over Fare Gates for instance and just simply not paying on vehicles So they've started to pay attention to that right that they Are Hiring more fair vision officers and kind of ramping up efforts to to urge their riders to pay. Tell me about the posters. That are everywhere. City right yeah. So riders have started to see As part of this kind of increased efforts The launched this ad campaign. Just telling people to pay. It's kind of Trying to attack some of the I guess rationale that that riders don't pay their signs. That say you know having quotations like it's no big deal and then the TDC's messages well. It is a big deal and there's no excuse to not pay your fair. And they warn of the fine is up to four hundred. Twenty five dollars ended the CDC AD campaign even warns of facing criminal charges for for fare evasion. Which is an extremely rare thing. I I've never really heard of that happening. But they're sending the message that there are serious consequences for not paying your fair. And where does the enforcement come into this? So they've started to hire more transit officers. I can't remember the exact number but I think they're ramping up to close to two hundred and you're starting to see them much more frequently on On transit vehicles People are asking. Check your fair. And that of course has some concerns People are always concerned. Of course that whenever law enforcement sources or quasi law enforcement officers have discretion over who? They're going to confront that they're going to confront. Certain groups of people started a series of stories last year. That showed that there's some evidence that black writers are stopped more frequently than Or disproportionately frequently compared to other groups And we've seen actually cases of The CDC settled Allegations of racial profiling against it by a young writer who was Violently tackled? Think it's fair to say by three officers. So there's been a lot of concerns over those kind of Activities so to put this in. I guess a little bit of context for listeners. Outside the city no person in any city really loves their public transit. At least everybody has complaints about How's the relationship between the TC and it's writers right now. Particularly this week I try not to write a lot of stories that just kind of focus on people being upset at the TC. And the reason I do that is just because they're always people's upset at the TDC and sometimes they rightfully upset at the DC. Sometimes they're not really upset at the. Td People get really upset or a subway delay when someone jumped on the tracks in in front of the the subway train. I mean that's not the TDC doesn't want that People Complain About Public Transit. Like that's not the conversation we're having. There's something bigger going and I just should preface it by and just add that in some ways. Tdc's actually very good system is extensive bus network that goes across the whole city that That you can ride across the whole city single fair. That kind of thing is sort of not common in other North American cities necessarily. But you are seeing yeah. There's kind of a baseline level of frustration. But why I wanted to write a story over the last couple of days about the relationship between the T. C. N. N.'s writers is. It does seem that this kind of social contract. I guess between riders and this Public Transit Agency are starting to get a little frayed. And I think it's centers on this Fare evasion campaigns to some extent because the message
"gas tax" Discussed on WBZ NewsRadio 1030
"More and a gas tax to subsidize public transit in the in the Austin metro area I will tell you that does not support at the state house Mike Macklin WBC Boston's newsradio the former rowing coach at Holy Cross is cited in connection with the Florida crash that killed team member grace read of Oxbridge and injured several others vero beach police released a report obtained by WBZ TV identifying Patrick Dickens as failing to yield while making a left turn on a green light that action determined to be the cause of the deadly crash begins recently announced his retirement after thirty four years at the school coming up we'll check sports this is a Bloomberg money minute stocks tumbled to nearly twelve week low it's clear investors expect the corona virus outbreak topping global supply chains the Dow fell eight hundred seventy nine points or three point one percent it was a two point seven percent drop for the nasdaq two hundred fifty five points in the S. and P. five hundred fell ninety seven points or three percent each major indexes down more than six percent over the past two days and there's a growing list of companies warning profits will suffer as a condom is around the world suffer the rush to the safety of bonds dragged yields on ten year treasury notes to a record low Marriott shares fell eight percent today it's a thirteen percent drop for the week the world's largest hotel operator seen its stock price plunged because of the disruption in travel caused by the virus outbreak Marriott reports its latest earnings tomorrow after launching Disney into the streaming world Bob Eiger is stepping down as CEO Bob che pack will take the role Martin to Carrow Bloomberg radio my name is Tom Jordan and my name is Cindy Thorton we've been married thirty eight years we're retired and this is how we live United play golf then.
"gas tax" Discussed on KTAR 92.3FM
"Ten thousand miles a year which most people drive more than that sixty two Bucks a year more in a gas tax yeah okay well there's some people that would like that at all no I don't like it I could pay it I don't really want to but I understand that we need to get money to pay for the roads and do the things that we do that I do understand we haven't raced at the while in saying that I don't trust anything when it comes to this is where I'm putting the money and don't you worry it's gonna go for the things that are supposed to go for only to find out it never goes for the things it's supposed to go for yeah I think a lot of people look at this in there saying I already pay too much for gas anyway because I mean our gas prices really good right now I don't think they are not great no that's great I drive every other week in the California and let me tell you something I was out there I fill up in Yuma and then I try to make it all the way back to you my voice to a gas in the car because I would pay anywhere between seventy five to a dollar fifty more right California has the highest gas prices right is usually California Hawaii is not yeah yeah just the way it is I don't know exactly where Arizona is but our gas prices are not great now now so if you're going to take more out of people's you know wallets what I would say is save me something somewhere down the line give me a potentially lower tax somewhere else so California's gas taxes sixty one cents mmhm you've got to why it forty eight right you got Illinois at fifty four so you've got some other states out there was some high gas prices as far as taxes so we're on the the the lower end of it you know Alaska is only fourteen you know so but I just I don't trust and that's my big thing I just don't trust it's gonna go where it's supposed to go and that is why I always say no to taxes because I don't feel like it's going to ever end up in the place that is supposed to end up all right we'll all keep our eye on the gas tax will each be jacked up here in Arizona it's what eighteen cents right now a gallon it would double that by twenty twenty three all right coming up next is president trump trolling the Democrats by holding a massive rally in Vegas just one day before the democratic caucus where to head out to Vegas coming up in a second Gatos and chat show roommate is coming KKR's Arizona in Somalia I think that means is KTA are covers all of the big issues I want to be synonymous with that as well with people and they know that I am plugged into Arizona the news Monday at eight AM ET a R. news ninety two three FM liberty GMC eighty Seventh Avenue west bell road Peoria Chris got is the man you go out there and see him and he's going to get you what you.
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"Things about your family by hosting a YFU international exchange student visit YFU USA dot org or call eight hundred teenage to learn more and get started on your greatest journey yet with common news one thousand seven ninety seven seven online a couple news dot com this is Kayla most Seattle kaylyn all FM Oakville go more more news news arts arts Sanders Sanders dire dire top top stories stories from from the the commode commode twenty twenty four four seven seven news news center center the the idea idea of of charging charging drivers drivers in in Washington Washington by by the the mile mile moves moves ahead ahead with with the the passing passing votes votes by by the state transportation commission they prove more than a dozen recommendations on developing a road usage charge to replace the gas tax due to declining revenues consultant Jeff Doyle said any plan would
Washington state considers taxing drivers by the mile
"Drivers in Washington could be charged by the mile to make up for lost future revenue from gas taxes that's what the Washington state transportation commission's considering consultant Jeff Doyle says a yearlong pilot study showed that eighty six percent of test drivers preferred a road used to charge over a gas tax but equity is still an issue on communities of color schools the commission expects to have a final recommendation December but it would be up to the state legislature to implement one
"gas tax" Discussed on WLS-AM 890
"The gas tax increase I just want to remind you of something in nineteen ninety was last time there's a gas tax increase in the state it was not indexed to inflation if it had been indexed to inflation the gas tax today would be exactly what we put in that so did that help camera and other less a made IT news other violent weekend here in Chicago city wide gun violence left at least four people dead fifty two others hurt and I'll bursts of shootings killed one person and wounded twenty others in the first twelve hours on the weekend it's a second time this year that at least fifty people were hurt in gun violence incidents within city limits during the weekend but police say that the shootings in the first half of twenty nineteen are at a four year low meanwhile a twenty year old man was wounded in a shooting near camp Solomon in unincorporated oak forest this morning it happened around three thirty AM the band taking advocate Christ hospital his condition later stabilized an investigation into the shooting on going so far nobody in custody president trump the north Korean leader Kim Jong own meeting over the weekend in North Korea more from correspondent John Lawrence in Washington president trump says his meeting with north Korean leader Kim Jong il and was an emotional experience many people I noticed from career were early in tears crying crying cases big thing it's a big thing supporters say could be a step toward denuclearization critics like democratic presidential candidate Amy club shark have a wait and see attitude we've seen a history here especially in this case for Donald Trump announces the summons and nothing really comes out of it I'm John Lawrence reporting Iran acknowledging today it has broken the limits set on its stockpile of low enriched uranium that that was sent by the twenty fifteen deal this marks its first major departure from the unraveling agreement a year after the U. us withdrew from the Cordy run had been expected for days took knowledge it broke the limit after earlier warning it would do so in sports the Reds held off the cubs yesterday eight six white socks over the twins four three Blackhawks requiring forward Andrew Shaw in a deal with the Montreal Canadiens Blackhawks traded a second and seventh round pick in next year's draft in a third rounder in twenty twenty one WLS news time.
Gas Taxes Jump in These States in July
"Motorists in three states are quickly running out of time to fill their tanks before gasoline tax increases on July first John Clemens reports the state's claim they need the additional revenue repair Rosen for mass transit programs motors are filling their tanks now before the increase is going to a fact July first after to Hana gasbuddy dot com tells us there's going to be pain at the pump Illinois is raising its state tax nineteen cents per gallon gas prices there will jump Ohio is raising their tax ten point five cents per gallon in California is raising its gasoline tax five point six cents on July first all three of those states are going to see have to jump in gas prices I'm John Clemens
"gas tax" Discussed on KTLK 1130 AM
"After a twenty cent gas tax increase. When I read the proposal. I took it even worse. I took it as well. We're going to eliminate four cents of spending. But we still want the twenty cents revenue on the books. And so maybe maybe that's just too bad. But I'm reading the fine print trying to figure out what what branch they threw in. Right. It's like they never actually said they're going to reduce the gas tax four cents. They just said they're going to reduce their spending target the equivalent of four cents. Now that might be that might be a little conspiracy Democrats counter attacks off their plan to that. Just sounds like a classic capital negotiated tack negotiating tactic or it's like, well, we were just going to reduce this. But we still want the tax on the books that we can have that money in for years. And then we can automate I mean, that's the that's the reason they wanna put this gas tax on autopilot and adjusted to inflation every single year. So it every single year they get more money that they can spend. So they never have to go through this whole. Well, let's ask the voters. What they think that was going to be the point. I brought up. Anyway, is your four cent decrease means nothing to me when you have it auto auto increasing with inflation because you don't ever have it auto decrease. When if inflation decreases that never happens, right? So yeah. No, you're four cents means nothing. Absolutely nothing. In addition. Here's here's my big problem with the entire budget debate from the house in governor's perspective. We already have a surplus we've projected overcharge of the tax payers. However, we've had that debate in here before, but you already have money on the bottom line. You've already put a ton of money into reserves. You just had a month of tax collections that went far beyond what we expected. Now. There's there's not necessary. Early. That's going to continue. There's some economic headwinds were still facing. Right. But you go with we already have enough money just on the bottom line. If we do nothing if we go current law government spending is going to increase by over three billion dollars. Three billion. More dollars are going to be collected in this budget window and spent without raising any of this additional revenue right that the Democrats want were already going government faster than the economy faster than family. Incomes are going faster than waging wages are increasing. That's not sustainable in the long run. And you've got the governor always wants to talk about or try to be fiscally responsible. It is not fiscally responsible to cake more money from people just to set up in fund a wishlist, the entire perspective of how they go about governing is wrong. There's a limit to what the Konami to family. As to what small businesses can sustain tax increases. And we are far beyond that already. We cannot go opinion farther. I have a question. Class. How do we fix it? Short answer quit thinking that government has to be the answer every single problem and quick thinking that government funding has to be the answer to every solution. Because that's what's gotten us into this mess. We saw it at the federal level. We've seen it at the state level. Now, when you want government to be everything to everybody that costs a lot of money, and you saw with the governor's tax proposal in its Star Tribune article about his tax proposal where there's no question. Mathematically that the governor's taxes hit poor people the most and in the Star Tribune article that covered this they said that clearly in the headline, and I'll give him credit for that their next subheading was, but he gives the most back to them in the form of government program. Right. So basically our government is just wondering people's lease is laundering people's money for them. It's like we're going to take all of this is all ours. And we're going to take it and here you can have this back in the form of an inefficient poorly run government program, that's really hard to access. Yeah. That might not even work that might not work for you that doesn't achieve desert results in shore or men, LARs, you know, chances are it's probably not going to work for a few years. It's going to cost at least one hundred million more than we expected roundup. It'll be two fifty even after all that we may still end up having a couple of hundred million dollars worth of fraud that we won't bother to investigate or follow up on because of poorly run control. So, you know, but it's good. It's good because we took your money. So that's the the other side of this problem. Not only are we spending more than his long-term sustainable, even if we were spending it, well, even if government was doing the best job that government could possibly do which is still more inefficient than. The real world. Right. Right. But even if they were doing the job, they can do that's not the case we have hundreds of millions of dollars of documented fraud. Not by some crazy far-right, right? Think tank. Not by some Gotcha politician from the legislative auditor and other trusted bear -able, independent third party. Sources we have all this waste fraud and abuse we have licensing systems that don't license we have healthcare websites that don't provide health care. We have money cash being literally the system is being gamed every single day, and you've seen nothing and the Senate caucus press releases have hinted at this, and some individuals senators are talking about it, but we cannot agree to tax Minnesotans more. If you're not even going to address or take a first stab at addressing the waste fraud and abuse if you're not even going to take a hard look at reform raising taxes is the easy thing to do because you can always get somebody else to pay more. But when you're in charge the way, the governor is the way the speaker is the way the majority leader in the house. And the way that Senator gazelle key. Is you have to do the hard work. You have to set priorities you have to make sure that you're funding and spending your money efficiently. And if you're not doing that, you aren't getting more I know that Senator leader Pol gazelle Kaz listening because he's one wants to know what it needs to do next because we shall we shall overrun everything. I have I have an idea they need to suggest the DFL just moves to go fund me, then all the bleeding heart liberals out there that want to all this stuff can donate all their own money to go and do it. So there and the rest of us don't have to bother with this thing that is not a core function of government right core function of government. You're talking, you know, infrastructure and public safety co-funding that is not a core function of all funding should be voluntary in an ideal world in a in a drew run country. You know, we would have the means in the technology to put programs out there and say, hey, this is the thing we can do I'll have to not a core function. If you would like to be a part of this if you'd like to contribute you this. If you think this has value in the government doing here's where you donate it. And you know, what we already have that is just not government book at all the social entrepreneurs all the community groups all the startups out there that are meeting needs that we've we've never thought even on a on a those things that some would say our government's job on a poverty alleviation on addressing addiction. I'm dealing with some of those kinds of issues. There are community groups that are set up that are doing this job. That are dressing the core issues underlying poverty as an example, they're doing that right here in Minnesota better than Minnesota's behemoth state government, can let's allow people to keep their money. And if they choose and they want to invest in these groups that are doing good work. They can do that. And that's part of what we're trying to do is connect people with those social entrepreneurs who are doing that next generation of programmes and coming up with the next solutions that are out there. And let them do their job. And let's invest in that as a community rather than just kicking over to Saint Paul and say, well, why can't you guys take care of? This are talking with Jason floors Americans for prosperity quick question. Then we're going to go to the to the phones six five one nine eight nine five eight five five. But if if the if the Senate GOP holds firm were going to shut down, right? I mean, I just I don't see I to me I feel like that's the at the moment. I feel like that's the DFL endgame is that you know, what if they don't cave on what we want. We're going to force them into into a shutdown the unfortunate because there is no reason to take to that we have more than enough revenue coming in to fun all of our current priorities. All of our current programs. You you take a look even this healthcare access fund and funded by that two percent provider tax which is set to expire at the end of the year and should continue to expire at the end of the year. It doesn't fund the Minnesota care that it was originally started to fund right? It goes into the healthcare access fund, which has been this slush fund of what will move some of this year, and that they're so we'll open up spend money here. It's a shell game. Played by the administration similar to what they're doing with the gas tax where they're going to raise your gas tax by twenty cents. But they're only going to give you ten cents of actual construction. Value out of it. Right. I'm with you, John though this. I think we I think we experience a shutdown. Yeah. I don't I don't see this ending and walls might might concede on the gas tax because it is it's not just Republicans that are opposed to it. I mean, you know, every poll that's sixty five percent of Minnesotans, just got a vast majority that is opposed to it. And especially in out state. Greater minnesota. So he might end up caving on the gas tax, but the provider tax. I don't see them caving. Well, no, I see I see it going. I see right. I see walls caving on the on the gas tax. And I see the GOP, unfortunately, caving on the provider tax. That's if if we're if we're caving on things that's LIC after a shutdown occurs. Six five one nine nine five. Eight five five is the phone number J in white bear lake. Good morning. Good morning. I live about fifteen twenty minute drive from Wisconsin. At this gas pag instituted is going to be more financially feasible. Dr Wisconsin for each fellow up in order to avoid the extra cost to my family. I'm not a genius. So I'm not going to be the only person who realize it and over the course of four years. I can't do math either. But that's going to be a significant amount of money were Sunday sales all over again. These people are going to be transporting in gallons of gasoline. You got a you got a big gasoline tank in the back of your back of your truck. You're gonna fill it up in Wisconsin. And then just broke into your driveway. And so it's your neighbors make the money where do you? So we with with with shutdown in and wear concessions are made where do you think that based on what we were saying where do you think that ends up? I mean would no question. I think at this point in Senator Zell colluded to it. We're going to a special session of some form of that's going to drag through get past Memorial Day. And you're going to start really talking about things again after that as people consolidate or go to their corners, or whatever analogy you want to use. I think we're going to get very close to a shutdown. I don't know if anybody wants it. I don't think the governor wants it in his first term because that's something that's going to haunt him for the for the rest of his administration to is back came in. And after a whole talk of Koumba on one Minnesota, and everything you you force things to a government shutdown. Offer. Yeah. But this is all for additional money that again, we don't need this additional revenues coming in. They want this to present provider tax. That's going to go to create the Medicare for all the next pathway toward that Bernie Sanders system that even the search Abune says woo that might not work to good. That's going to. Yeah. That's complicated. Who be on governor, Tim walls is responsible for the for the idea of the gas tax could heath who I think because if it wasn't for that. I don't think we'd be here right now if it wasn't for the vir- for pushing this. I mean, it didn't it didn't have to happen. But once they once they once they put forward, you know, that they weren't gonna pull it back. So who do you who do you point out beyond him? I think there's no question that the house majority wants that tax increases. Well, that wasn't just the governor's idea. They were talking about that as as well. I mean, even governor Dayton wanted it open till the point where we had this billion dollar surplus at the time..
"gas tax" Discussed on Newsradio 700 WLW
"Thousand eight hundred pound seventy two eighteen we've got to blow the system up because it's detrimental, we are succeeding. We are we, you know, we're we're succeeding in spite of our leadership seven hundred seven hundred wwl w yeah, what couple actually it's going to clear up next hour and a half but pretty damn wet right now. Full details forecast out the way as well. As the ten o'clock news Teno six today on the Scott Sloan show lances here, you can blame it on bad weather. But when major league baseball attendance is down twelve percent year to year. You got a problem plus Nixon's ELS going to get called up tonight. Lance beyond talked about that at ten six today on seven hundred w w what has happened in the game. What's happened to our game? So in talking about infrastructure improvements, the two trillion dollar plan from Republicans and Democrats to make America drive again, and that is built rebuild our infrastructure here. And it's fair to say, not just the roads. But I would say bridges harbors all that stuff. All of that stuff. Tough guy is infrastructure, which means great jobs that we don't have people to do which is the biggest part of the problem in my opinion. It's never deal how to pay for it. Well, how are we gonna pay for this really has Washington ever any problems spending money? They don't have. No, the real problem is we don't have enough labor. Here's also part of the problem. Dole out this money in attracts clowns. We got some road related gas tax high comedy out of California so two years ago. I think he was Lieutenant governor I believe I don't really follow politics that much that would be your Willie at twelve six does not years ago. Then I think Lieutenant governor Gavin Newsom of California said we need to renew racist states gas tax, we need to raise them because roads are busy. We gotta do some of the winning Mark aspects mine he was running. Last year for governor same thing, you said there's a ballot initiative that wanted to repeal the gas tax. He said, no not on my watch. We need to we need this gas tax pretty consistent. Right go. Why you ripping them slowly? Well, here's what. So now today it's twenty nine thousand nine the same Gavin Newsom who said we need to increase states gas tax. The same Gavin Newsom said we don't need to repeal that gas tax increases now saying why our gas prices so high. California's gases abysmally. Hi there above four dollars a gallon right now, you think we got it better before I didn't close a four and a half if I'm not mistaken, but that's the highest in the country. So here's how their taxes break down there, by the way, the second highest gas tax in the country. They have an excise tax ads forty two cents a gallon, which is going to go up another nickel July on top of that they add a two and a quarter percent gas sales tax, and then on top of that we've got a low carbon fuel cap and trade thing going on anyway that that adds another twenty four cents a gallon. And so the governor's going wire gas prices so high. Well, it's a lot of that is taxes. The other thing too is let's not forget when the spring and whether you live in California, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky or New York, you have increasing demand. And you have what's called springtime maintenance right there. Switching over to the from the winner blend of the summer, blah. But I'll that's when they do maintenance on their facilities pipelines and refineries and everything else. And so this time of year. Traditionally we see a spike in gas prices. And but, but of course, there's the play of well something's going on the big oil companies are trying to skirts here. There may be some underhanded industry practices going on here. I don't know. It might be all the gas taxes you passed and then use the money to do other things with. But that's what scares me about it. And that's of California of which we sit back here in the mid west and laugh at them going. Yeah. Four dollars a gallon half of that's taxes. And then you're complaining gases too hot. Well, I if it were free it's still be pretty expensive. If you just paid a straight tax. So I look at this and go, okay, that's California. Not Ohio elommal responsible less knee-jerk over here in a little more consistent. Hopefully in what we do. But the real issue is that's what we gotta look out for is. If we pass all this infrastructure how much poor much nonsense is going to get thrown in there. Kind of like, you know, the Democrats want a climate change issues in there, and they want internet free internet for everybody. Okay. It's important. But let's let's fix about the roads. I and then when we start making money off that because you know, the economy gets a little bit better. It's laser bring products to market streamlines. More efficiency means more money in the markets, and we can kind of dress those things as we go or God forbid, you know, we put all these people to work were complaining about only making fifteen dollars an hour, and they can't afford to feed their family of four on what they make it a fast food place. Well, now get one of these eighty ninety thousand dollars year jobs, building stuff, and all of a sudden you can afford to have internet. Now, you start paying for that stuff because you have money to spend. That's what we need. But of course, is there really political capital and all that stuff when you can continue to make people poor and say your porch, you're not your fault because you're only getting fifteen dollars an hour working fast food place instead of going, hey, instead of working the fifteen dollars an hour job. Go work. The one's going to pay seventy eighty grand a year where they essentially pay you to learn on the job. And then what's going to happen to the fast food places? They're going to have to raise their wages higher because there's not enough people to work the jobs or go a and robotic. But anyway, what do I know? I'm just a dummy five one three seven four nine seven thousand eight hundred big one in pound seven hundred AT and T, Bob, the bricklayer how you been brother. Thank loni. How's it going? I'm doing fine. What's happening in the world of masonry? Hey, nobody knew coming into the trade. That's the problem. I rebuild Kimmy mostly because what the h-have and nobody else is doing it. I'm doing pretty good just rebuilding Jimmy's. There's nobody wants to work that hard anymore. Yeah. You got to climb up ladders and have bricks. That. Air. That's railway. That's relabel right there. Scaffolding? I'm not saying all the trades are easy. But I mean year round the other trades. Bob, masonry is you know, there's only so much you can do a technological wise when it comes to, you know, put veneer brick up and stuff in stone. It's hard work. It's it's hard labor. There's no doubt about but other trades jabs. You look and go man, it's more like a technician. That's why they call HVAC guys technicians because their technicians now, it's not super physical labor. It is. But it's it's not really part of the money you guys, and you can't find anybody who wants to do the work. The thing. I mean, you can't. Well, those guys are, you know, technically, they get retrained technology changes so fast, something and all that right? Right deal. My much the same for thousands of years. I mean, it's pretty pretty basic. You know, you stack the bricks on top of each other. You put the stone up making nobody wants to work that hard anymore and dying. I I don't know if you're ever going to see a day where like robotics takeover. I know they're building houses now like pouring houses three houses and stuff or you're going to have three D house printer. Basically what goes on? Do you see that happening in your tray? Well, yeah, I'm in commercial, again, those panels that go up scale and everything like that. But I do a lot of residential work. And you know, a lot of people want still want masonry. They just pretty self. But there's no one to do it. So my phone just never stops ringing. I'm sure you're you're a busy, man. Now is that the case of there's people that want to do it or they just don't wanna work with you. Take care, brother. Appreciate it. Take care. He's out there is working in an NSA. You know, if you like working outside with your hands, and that's masonry, it's tough work. But it's rewarding right. There's other jobs and other trades where? Yeah, you're on your feet a little bit too, but every job has its pitfalls. But if you're talking about making good money, would you rather stand in front of a fryer for ten hours a day making fifteen dollars an hour or out on a nice day or inside a building, you know, kind of casually talking amongst your coworkers have a little bit of fun and pulling wire or, you know, putting putting a brick veneer wall up or working on an HVAC system or plumbing or something like that and make an eighty thousand dollars a year making like thirty bucks an hour. To me. It's no brainer. But we got a lot of brainless people to talk a good game. That don't really know what they're talking about. And that would be out of DC. We've got news and then ten six today. Nixon's L is he the savior of the Cincinnati Reds. And if you look at the big picture as Nixon's SNL going to help get asses in the seats at great American ballpark. And that is a problem facing all the major league baseball the crisis. Is it a dying game? Our beloved game of baseball. Lance is here to explain on seven hundred.
Gas prices above $4 in California for first time in five years
"Oil prices are generally the culprit when gas prices rise, the price increases hardly have been even across the United States where the west taking the brunt right now, California, the price of gas is four dollars thirty. Gallon. I used to have to pay that when I lived there quit. Why do I why didn't drive very much? No wonder I'd get a tesla that sucks. Yeah. As the calendar moves toward Memorial Day. The current price will continue to go up Nate the causes are seasonal changes which have to do with how often people drive as the weather warms and changes in refinery capacity. Spring is traditionally the period where refineries do repairs and maintenance state gas taxes are also a
Oil holds above $71 as supply risks back in focus
"The surging price at the pump may have as much to do with prophets as with supply prices are sitting in a nearly four year high California, unfortunately has been an ATM for the oil industry oil refiners, consumer watchdog. President Jamie court says the price increases reach beyond the gas tax summer blend switchovers and supply problems created by refinery issues, that's not related to a tax related to environmental formulation. That's related to gouging, pure and simple because oil companies can do it their costs. Don't go up. But they charge us more. That's gouging. Of course, as the price increases in California. I'll pay increases
"gas tax" Discussed on Newsradio 700 WLW
"Cincinnati Increasing Reds baseball. about three and a half percent year. So it It's is time fun. to bite the bullet and make sure that Exciting. our basic infrastructure is well maintained What unfortunately are very and good. this one along And there's we a debate. Obviously can't stream the Senate only today's wants to go six cents. You so guys instead want eleven we present the governor this wants big eleven one cents encore on this performance one. if you'd I like to guess hear the fear the ballgame. would be Please politically tune into speaking seven if you put this hundred out wwl there and you short w and don't the raise home enough of money. the Cincinnati You've now you've Reds. now got any stigma you've raised taxes. But if people don't see results when it comes to spending on infrastructure because you didn't raise it enough. That's an interesting position to be with you agree. Anything we're doing right. So your your finger right on it. We need to make sure that the amount we raise sufficient. The job got as hard as I don't really care to be back again in two years or four years. The bodies making progress. Is that the Senate now up to nine and fifteen cents on we are? On twenty cents on diesel. We're down to fighting over the Revlon three cents a day. Where mouse divers who driving average number of miles. And I I read that we will eventually. I happy. I certainly hope we do what can you say of your colleagues who you want stood with on the other side in the other chamber in that in the Ohio Santa why why are they want only roughly half initially half of what was proposed here. What's the hang up on their side? Well, Melania them. Many of them ran on a platform that they would never raise taxes unless there was an offset back the decrease. We'll help them by reason of having made that pledge many of them. I don't think we need that much money. I'm the difference. They want to find the basic maintenance. Also, put some money in for new construction for many of the projects that need to be constructed in anybody's ever been to Columbus. And seeing the I seventy one I seventy interchange for nineteen years. That's been a bottle that that'd be. Yes. We're trying to make sure we have an adequate amount for both construction. Maintenance. And I think our Senate brands are a little bit more parsimonious. And one. You know, the better necessities. About that. Perhaps having to revisit this question in a couple of years or four years, right? I don't I don't wanna do that my bell. It's it's really weird. Again, majority leader Bill sites on the show this morning is he's driving up to Columbus. More hearings today in the state transportation budget. I'm sure you're wear that the governor wants to raise the gas tax in Ohio up to eleven cents San it's pushing back. It was six and now at the very latest credibility nine cents a gallon. They wanna give allow tax do. But you gotta fantastically fun. I in the interesting part about this Bill politically speaking, if you go back to Republicans, generally anti-tax, remember, the heyday of Grover Norquist's were literally you couldn't get elected elected or supporters of Republican if you even hinted about increased gas tax increase or any tax increase for that matter. We we are now living in the responsibility of that. Because the roads are falling apart. The infrastructure is falling apart it's crumbling as we speak. When you have truck drivers truck, driving representatives and lobby interests that are supporting a raising of the gas tax. Like trucking association's, you know, things are banned. Plenty increase. Voted for. Over three years to soften the blow. But. That you know, one of the problems we don't have enough areas for these guys to stop and take their mandated rap test out parking on interstate ramp. We we gotta do some. I don't really think. Jack. An increase of the gas tax on the order of nine eleven cents. December. I guess was under two dollars in December last week to sixty seven nine there's been increasing the gas tax and those three months. I haven't seen that anybody's driving. The grand scheme it bang, very badly of gas prices. I think people would not notice increase if it was used to maintain and improve and problems. Like, I doubt it. One gigantic. Yeah. Yeah. And I think that's the thing is we see that and go hell up gladly pay that because at least it's over the course of of miles driven rather than one big payment. You have to make somebody the only guy getting rich off this by the way is Dale Donovan Donovan's tire and auto. That's why expanded the business because he repairs bent, rims and puts new tires and suspensions on cars. He's loving the fact that the road suck the guys who sell tires love the fact that they're making a lot of money off your bent, Rendell sites. But for the vast majority and overwhelms all of us. We don't like to have to pay a thousand dollars a clip every time we hit a pothole. So I'd much rather pay as I go with an increasing the gas tax rather than a lump sum all at once. Right now. One of the things we're we're agreed on that we disagree on the amount is finally going to make electric cars and C N G L g powered vehicles pay an equivalent amount to the gap back to us as these new vehicles are becoming somewhat more problem. We believe it's important for everybody to pay their using the ribs. Do those are vehicles four. So we have settled on two hundred dollar a year. George payable at registration on electric vehicles. One hundred dollars on the hybrid. And you know, the Senate is one seventy five and seventy five so back resolved before the gas vehicles today that they will have company that all of the vehicles to maintain that once we get this thing put the bat the other things there's a lot of other issues in here. Sliding right. Dear to your heart. Which is I was successful in putting into the budget in out version two point zero which has. You can have as many red light and speed cameras as you want. But every dollar you raise in your state aid dollar for dollar. And Furthermore, you're going to process all of these Jason municipal. You're not gonna be able to have some employees sitting there looking at the Sunday. Pick not your recourse, by way of a deal. Wow. In the house version, you keep it in the Senate version, and I'm very optimistic that we'll be able to give you our effort to curb red light speed camera appears in the state. It's funny Bill we fought this battle you more than me for for years now in that. It's a give and take. It's funny. How those who supported speed and red light cameras worked around the law in now. You know, you're going to push back in this amendment to the Bill, and I'm just wondering what clever trick they're going to have next to circumvent process. We thought for. So it's like an ongoing battle, isn't it? It's an ongoing battle. But you know, I'm taking the city's at face value when they say, well, this is not about the money. This is about safety. That's about. Not gonna get any money out of it. I love that there's another element in there too. And and I know that this is part of it. And that is the debate over front license plates. How much is that crept into the debate over highway funding? One. We've been fighting for ten or more years carbon dealers would like us to get rid of the argument is that new vehicles have so much technology in the front end in the front bumper it's becoming increasingly desperate to find a place. Place to put the front plate on long. That we were used for legitimate law enforcement purposes. We have. Skip accidents. Plate readers to verify that people alibis are when they say they were in Florida, and we got a picture of them driving their car. I guess what the front plate was useful. And and figuring that out master the states around Ohio do not require a plate. Saving million and a half dollars a year by getting translate. If contention the house has voted to get rid of it. The Senate put it back on we've seen this play out for ten years. And I'm not sure where that land. To tell you the truth. I would say this Bill sites as a common sense guy to is. I get it. You know, law enforcement wants nice flat surface in which to reflect a various radar devices and the like off that and yeah, I suppose to you could say, you know, I I'll front plate fell off an accident. We got the pair. Okay. But how is it that every state around the seemingly has no problem arresting bad guys without a front license plate. And also, I will point out the disparity in the enforcement is that, you know, if you go to for example. In the shooting death of Sam Dubose that was all because of well, registration also licensed plate front plate stops are pretty common to pull people don't have a front plate displayed yet if you drove to Kenwood country club. We're all of the I don't know all the the bigwigs of Cincinnati not you because you're a regular guy. But the Bill Cunningham, so the world's and the like you look at every coronet lot luxury car not met front license plates. Those guys don't get pulled over. So I look at that. And go here something that people with wealth who have expensive cars at don't want an ugly front played on it. And then just a regular old working people who have a hoop Dee and their playing may have fallen off because Ross 'cause they can't afford a new car. They have something in common, and that is the battle against the stupidity of front license plate. It's good for regular hardworking normal. People like me, but it's also good for the wealthy elite privileged people. Like, Bill Cunningham. Arguments. You just came down on voting. Yes. To eliminate the front plate. I agree with you. I'm just saying valid arguments. It is true that most states around Ohio do not require front plate. The absolute majority of states do require a front late. I believe something on the order of three states do require a plate now. Idea that gave me just yesterday. Why don't we get rid of a play on condition that they wanna get rid of after? Say forty bucks. A sticker in their front window that would be at least some us to the police and identifying vehicles from the front have to be as large as a friend or some sort of a sticker. The sticker that's on the back of your back plate. That would at least give the police some identifying mechanism and that way the rich people at the country club who don't want the front players concert aboard. The Yup would still putting a sticker in their window. And and at least go off what about a sticker Bill sites. Here you go. Here's one for this is bills law. We we have a sticker that would mount on the front of your car accepted, the point where your rear view mirror is that way. You wouldn't see it wouldn't interfere with your line of sight because you can't see around it. Put it up there up top, it's visible. It can be easily picked up by a camera or a chirp along those lines. And now you've got identification. What about the and it doesn't fall off either? Well, that's exactly what I was. Variation of that. I think that would be a hacker compromise. And. We'll see where it. The make it a secondary offense, which means you could not be solely for lacking. But if you were doing something wrong, you know, speeding reckless driving, whatever then you could be pulled over and given a ticket for no front plate, at least solving the problem. Who is you played out was pulled over allegedly solely for lacking. Affront, play solves the problem. You got a lot of stuff to debate..
"gas tax" Discussed on Newsradio 700 WLW
"All right. The gas tax is official now ten and a half cents a gallon increase for passenger car drivers like drunk drivers. If you're under the big rigs, truck and Bodo it's nineteen cents a gallon on diesel governor Mike dewine desk is where it sits right now as part of a two year transportation budget, passing seventy twenty-seven in the house twenty two to ten I believe in the Senate and yesterday spoke to majority leader Bill sites, and and we both agree to sing is long overdue because the road suck. But I also want to listen to arguments. Maybe I didn't consider and she was one of the minority who voted against us, and that's Representative Bridget Kelly out of Hyde Park and Norwood in Silverton Saint Bernard. I believe anyway district thirty one if all of these things Bridget my favorite Irish legislature. How are you? Good morning. Thanks for having me. Good to have you back. So your angel on this one you drive the roads all the time. You're a public servant. You're also. Also, the head of a union, you you so you put a lot of screen time in windshield time in and you see how bad the roads are why would you vote against it not not that certainly personal factors in this too as well. But you're representing the people of that district to what gives now certainly I mean, I definitely agree that our roads could use some improvement for public safety and things of that nature and has spent a lot of time over the last decade driving, but seventy one and seventy five all over the state. But for me, it's more about how do we get? How do we get to an agreement and how we get a place where we can one improve roads. But also improve the lives of the people who live in our state. And so, you know, I had been hoping since the beginning of this that we would take a more holistic look at tax policy and say, hey, you know, we got a lot. The people in our state making minimum wage, we got a lot of people in our state. They can't make ends meet in an increase to the gas tax. Just exacerbates the challenges that those people face every single day. Yeah. I mean, I get that. There's always going to be people who are facing that that crunch in Goma gosh on one thousand nine cents ten cents a gallon sound like the big deal. But you know, if you're living if you're running on fumes as it is. Yes. Certainly I get that whole component of that. But when you look at the people living in minimum wage, though, it's a relatively small number when she would start real another numbers. It's relatively small number of people who have four kids. Trying to float a mortgage and do the things that adults do typically it's people who are single and younger in also, of course, retirees or near retirees right now not actually 'perfect to make minimum wage. I would be happy to come back on and talk to you more about that subject. Specifically, as you know. But I mean, you have watch a parents and heads household that are making minimum wage and a lot of the people need to drive where they work both because of the nature of the geography and southwest, Ohio. And also because you know, some of the challenges with schedules, a public transportation in addition to that, you also have people that are trying to manage working Nino, maybe two or three jobs, and so I think that they just create more difficulty. Whereas if we were taking a bigger look at this and said, hey, okay. How does this fit into a bigger picture because one of the things that we're talking about? A lot of gas tax roads and bridges. You know, this isn't a broader conversation. But I think it could it could be a broader conversation and should be a broader conversation fair enough. I would also come at this from a different angle. I mean, if you're okay, a head of household presuming Yuna dealt you kind of been around. There's a tremendous number of jobs, as you know, Bridget in the trades, and I'm talking union shops which represent merit shops, which I tend to lean towards, but there's plenty of jobs out there for everybody in these jobs after on the job training, no cost out of your pocket whatsoever. And you'll start making the same money you wouldn't fast food except after two years or three or four years. You're not making the upwards of thirty or more dollars an hour because you're trades person. Isn't that the solution to what you're talking about? Instead of just pay minimum wage, Israel, alone, raise minimum wage. Why don't we get these people on these jobs and then when you're fixing the roadways? You've now created thousands more jobs for these people what's wrong with that. I certainly thank you know, that a lot of people do get a lot of people do get good jobs careers, actually, I shouldn't say jobs or careers. Certainly, you know, whether it's a union job in a grocery store that provides you health care benefits, which is something that doesn't happen. In a lot of retail establishments or the job doing heavy highway construction. Herb career doing heavy highway construction and making sure that folks are safe throughout the state. I mean, I certainly appreciate that. But it doesn't change the reality that there are millions of Ohio, and that are working on minimum wage, and this is just sort of an added piece to the challenges that they face every single day. And you know, we have this conversation when we talk about things like exempting feminine hygiene products from sales tax agree. That's fine. I'm fine with that is this is this is a small amount of money is this going to make a difference. But if you really have your budget towns you where you're pinching pennies and trying to figure out can I give my kid's lunch money or am I gonna leave my lights on or can I pay this Bill or fill up my gas tank? You know, those are really impossible choices. Okay. And that's fair. Bridget. Kelly representing bridge Kelly's on the acute hearing centers dot com hotline this morning talking about. Why she voted against raising the gas tax as a very pro union person. And I'll be honest with you kind of surprised me for the reasons I pointed out is your first of all. As I mentioned, this is a a gateway to a lot of good jobs for people that you represented in people are working the working poor. But the same people Dr these roadways in cars, and let's face it. If you're making minimum wage and trying to support a family, you're probably not driving a twenty eighteen Tahoe, right? You're probably driving a ten or twenty year old cowhide rabbi said we have a twelve year old truck, but I like it. But yeah. On that note to so your car is more likely to to wind up getting more damage because of the nature of it to it's kind of either pay me now or pay me later. Right. Would you rather these folks pay ten and a half cents per gallon? Every time they fill up or get hit with a two thousand dollar repair Bill because they hit a pothole they didn't see either paid for it. Yeah. Neither neither of those. Choices are good choices. I mean, I will tell you the amount of money that was put in public transit was also more robust in the house version than it was in the final version, they came out because I think, you know, having a good public transportation system is good for people. Whether you make minimum wage or you make more than minimum wage because I think it can help one can help our community move better to it's better on the environment. And I mean three I think you're seeing where people want to move to walkable cities in places with you know, robust public transportation system. And so I think that that's also something that should be top of mind for us. We talk about the jobs that are created by doing construction on heavy highway and things like that. But the reality is that most of the jobs that are being created in Ohio, our service sector jobs, they do not pay as much as as those types of occupations. And so I think that's. Thing that we really have to be mindful, again, a puff pivot back to saying that their kids construction jobs are lagging you cannot find enough people right now for those those folks who represent they're saying, listen, I can't make ends meet. We ought to be pushing these folks into the trades. And we ought to be pushing it more at school level in my opinion to and I also separate show, and you know, my feelings about how college is largely a scam for about two thirds of people. You don't need to go get a tray job do something like that. But I ask you this. Then you don't want your against the gas tax at ten and a half cents or everybody in that's to me fair because everybody who drives these gas. They got pay their way at the same time. You recognize the fact Bridget Kelly that the roads our infrastructure is in horrible shape. It needs to be fixed. So what would be your plan then to not increase the gas tax, but still pay for this? So I think that there are other things that are happening in other states that we could explore whether it's, you know, miles driven a variable gas tax, I think there's a variety of solutions that other. Days have employed. I mean, certainly they would need to vet that thoroughly in the state of Ohio to see how that would fit here. Because certainly something that works in one state doesn't necessarily work in another. But I think that those are both things that are that are worth exploring as alternatives. Let's say variable Gastech, I'm not familiar with that, I can send you a great article about it eighteen change based on inflation population, different states. Do it different ways. It's really interesting, and I actually didn't not much about it until we got into these conversations about the gas tax and save Ohio. How would that affect though like the working folks though? I mean, your your point seems to me is that well these people can't afford the ten and a half cents a gallon. But how would that that wouldn't exempt them though with it? No, it wouldn't it wouldn't. And like I said, it's something that would need to be fully that it just see what the impact would be in the state of Ohio. But for me, it was it was always about. Let's think bigger about finding away that well one make roads safe to travel on and to take a bigger step into creating a thriving economy that works for everyone. Yeah. People have money in their pockets. They can take care of their families, and they can get to work. Yeah. I think the variable Gasic lake like, we need the agony the gas prices change rapidly enough now now you're going to be changing. You know, who's got a really good job as the guy with the old school signs Bridget with the long poll sticks. The letters the numbers up there that you're gonna have a job forever doing. They're just gonna stand out there and just keep changing it all day long. Well, hopefully, that's not something that gets automated. There's some other legislation here in the house when it comes to, you know, greater transparency about the gas tax, and it goes to the feds, and what goes to the states..
Explainer 158: Ukraines presidential elections: out with the old in with the new?
"In two thousand fourteen in a fragile done. Ukraine Petrie Persian came to power in a landslide victory is not only of the president. Future. Monday chief opinion, not forces tried to do my best to defend Ukraine and people to bring security and to bring this five alita once tipped as a pro e u reformist came in. He would end the conflict in east, Ukraine. A matter of weeks is interrupted sizable spot of bother in the first round of the presidential elections. This Sunday Porsche isn't even guaranteed a place in the final run-off for the first time in Ukraine's history. The top two candidates are not clear cut to head of time poll. So far have been volatile results have consistently shown that house of more than thirty candidates? It is neither portion ker know, the fiber and former PM Hewlett Michenko who is stealing the top spot in that place polling with around twenty percent of the votes is actor and comedian Alinsky. Linski zero political experience and know organized party behind him. In fact, the closest come to preparation for the job is playing the role of fictitious president of the people in a popular Ukrainian sitcom yet despite this Porsche anchor and Timoshenko still trail significantly behind. So what's gone wrong? Why has the tide turned against Persian koso- further? And is there any chance it will be reversed in time? After the Ukrainian revolution of two thousand fourteen politically economically and socially, the people showed. It was time for Ukraine to be on par with the rest of Europe. And the hope was pinned on partial. While partial has an outright failed Gwendolyn, SaaS director of the center for east European and international studies in Berlin explains. The trouble of not living up to great expectations. The incumbent Puerto Shangqiu is really tied to the hopes that were societas with the euro my Donald two thousand thirteen and fourteen and he did initiate an important reform process. And also a pro western coasts for the whole of Ukraine, but he also symbolizes all the disappointments. So they hopes were extremely high and the reform process is extremely complex and slow. It has to be slow to certain extent and the electorate now associates also the failures or the slowness of this reform process with him. Aside from sluggish reforms another important sticking point is the ongoing water Ukraine's, east grunted, Putin's idea of Nevada and new pro Russian region in the east and south Ukraine hasn't materialized, but the have been some thirteen thousand deaths since the conflict began and the ceasefire remains fragile further. Still the wall has also fan the flames of militant Ukrainian nationalism formed as a breakaway from volunteer. Military group started in the early days of the war the far right national call have wreaked havoc on partially because recent campaign trail violently protesting presidential rallies with corruption. Acusations this added to the poor living conditions across the country. Makes it clear why Porsche is on shaky ground in Bateson. The freelance journalist in Kiev tells us more about the burdens portion Bess in Ukraine, it's especially difficult not only because the country with active finding a war going on. But also because it's twenty eight year history. They've only reelected and then come to the president once life is very hard for the average Ukrainian salaries are quite low the average monthly wages less than three hundred dollars a month utilities have been going up. So there's a lot of frustration in the country. And of course, gets directed at the president because there's still a belief that the president defines the entire system and that the right person could change that one of partial key reforms which brought him to pal in two thousand fourteen was his commitment to ending the corruption that had plagued the country ever since it became independent from Russia almost thirty years ago, though, he's made substantial anti corruption reforms in important sectors such as gas tax and banking a recent scandal within the defense ministry has tainted his presidency and only reinforced his image as a politician committed to enriching his pals. But it's partially co all that bad his not the only candor under five claims of this ilk, Timoshenko one-stop, the gas Princess has been in and out of water fillings to shady oligarchs politicians for years, and there are even suspicion surrounding newcomers landscape, the TV channel which runs his show is owned by a controversial billionaire and few believed that it's a business connection of no political significance. Gwendolyn SaaS believes the other patches of grass aren't necessarily greener. But if portion could get sin will Ukraine be better off, it is very hard to say one knows what one gets so it will be a continued slow reform process. Whereas with the other two candidates one we really don't know what policies they would focus on one end. Ski has absolutely no an actual program to speak off. So we would see something new with him. That's what he's running on on. Julia Timoshenko claims she roping something new that is highly doubtful. She is not a new petition on the Ukrainian context. So in the west many seaport o'shane cluelessly the easy option to prepare for. But it will also not mean a quick reform process in Ukraine and inexperienced leader like Solent scheme could make Ukraine susceptible to foreign influence, notably that of the Russians who to his credit portion has largely kept it Bain. While Timoshenko's presidential hopes failed to spell out, even one succinct agenda and of time gone by Porsche is not popular. But Ukraine must decide if the unknown will really be any better. Monocle in London patriots.
"gas tax" Discussed on NewsRadio KFBK
"The way. Quick mention here. Happy birthday to our listener, Kurt Kurt happy birthday. Thank you so much for being a part of our show now primary election, we'll start with this. This our primary election to fill California's vacant district. One Senate seat is being held today. Voters Joe Michaels in studio Joe's, you know, voters and eleven northern California counties choosing between four Republicans and a democrat to fill the seat vacated when dead gains won election to the board of equalization. And in joining us right now is former Senator Ted gains, Mr. gains. Thank you for joining us. You bet. How are you Pat? I'm doing great. Thank you. Hope you are as well. And as I mentioned Joe Michaels in studio as well. And I have to ask a question. And this is as good of a time as any I'm so used to calling you Senator what do I call you, right? Well, they say what's a Senator always a Senator. But call me, whatever you want you. Call me, Ted. That's fine. All right. Well, today, we move a step closer to finding out who will take your place as the next district one Senator. And I guess the obvious question for me is what do you see as the top priorities for whoever is voted as the next Representative of that district. I would say it's taxes. I at the battle that occur share in the state of California versus the other forty nine states is amazing and there's a huge burden on California in terms of the cost of living. So we take a look at gas taxes. For instance, I was just in Boise, Idaho. Vacationing there gases like seventy to eighty cents less a gallon? Yeah. I just came back from Arizona. Same thing. Same thing there. Ted. Absolutely. And we take a look at vehicle registration fees. How expensive they are take a look at the tax rates that we pay here in the state of California, some of the highest in the Dacia, and our one saving graces prop thirteen. So we've got to do everything we can protect prop thirteen there's a proposal for split role that would tax all commercial property in the state, which ultimately would mean, we'd all pay more for whatever we're buying or whatever service that we're getting in California. One of the things that as I was talking to the candidates for Senate one Senate, Kevin Kiley, Brian. Dolly also, Rex hyme even Theodore Juba, they all mentioned the situation about fire the wildfire situation that's going on in the state of California. What do you see is the best way to to deal with this continuing wildfire season that keeps getting longer and longer? I would work with the logging industry, and I would exhilarated the permitting process. So that we could get loggers out there sending our for us as soon as possible, it's ridiculous. If we take a look at what has happened over the last several decades and basically shutting down logging in the state of California. And now we've created these masses of debris, and and overly forested areas of California. I I'll never forget up in Lake Tahoe. We had a fire up there at burn two hundred forty homes about a decade ago, and they were saying the number of trees per acre. And this is ten years ago was anywhere from four to five hundred acre a healthy forest should have about seventy to one hundred trees per acre. And so we need to allow. The private sector to get in there and cut trees down that would help lower lumber prices for housing and California. And let the private sector work under a regulatory environment. We want to be careful in how we go in there. But it's ridiculous that it takes three years for Cal fire to get a permit in order for them to do defensible space and pre thinning that that's a bureaucracy within the state that's trying to prevent fire. Cal fire takes three years for them to get their permit. Outrageous. And clearly a big issue here in the district, and the one thing that I wanted to mention here was even the democrat in this race in a highly conservative district, silky Pflueger mentioned the fire situation and talking about thinning down that forest. So it seems like that's an issue that touches both Republicans and Democrats and really wildfire affects all of us here in northern California. We're visiting with former district one Senator Ted Gaines now with the board of equalization on the Pat Walsh radio show. As tonight, the state Senate district one is going to be at least cut down to two people. No results. In yet. I'm keeping an eye on that. And we'll keep you posted on that throughout the evening, Pat, but former Senator gains with us right now, and perhaps the question. Well, you wanted a couple of things here before and you will learn to that question thoughts. Ted one of the things I think Joe just touched on it Jesus. You know, we don't find too many things for whatever reason they Democrats and Republicans seem to agree on an estate anymore. But what are your thoughts on? Our new governor Gavin Newsom waving these environmental regulations expediting. These nearly three dozen local forest management projects to protect these communities from these wildfires, and that we know of decimated regions up and down the state and now with the with all the rain and everything. Now, there's this new growth it's coming up everywhere. It's going to be I mean, we're looking at if if they don't manage this the right way, we're looking at we think last year and the year before that was bad were that I don't think. That's anything compared to what we could see in the future. Oh, I I I salute the governor for anything that he can do to help speed up the process of sending our forest, especially around population areas in the state and so regulatory relief working with the private sector. I mean this in my view is something like the Marshall plan. I mean, we need to marshal our resources statewide, and we need to engage the private sector because the challenge ahead of us is so daunting. I don't know how you do it without the logging industry. A gauge every step of the way. Also, you had mentioned about prop thirteen and the taxes that were completely overtaxed mistakenly, some of us would would say, you know, I it's it's amazing. And that's why when I see business in California, they cannot only sustain, but and survive to grow and expand in the state of California, despite all these taxes all everything that's really kind of working against them. Is there any hope for businesses because we know that we're losing a lot of businesses going elsewhere. We are losing businesses to other states, Idaho, Texas, Nevada, and the story is the same. I can't handle the taxes in the state of California. I need relief. A lot of these folks are retiring and looking for that. That tax relief. As far as businesses are concerned that continues to be a challenging in California. And that we ought to be doing everything we can to fight and deliver. That message businesses provide a lot of tax revenue to the state of California. And if it gets to the point where businesses are having to relocate and baby boomers are moving out of the state. We're we're taking our tax base as our obligations for the poor folks in our state are increasing to the state of California. It's not a good pitcher in terms of the future in the state of California. If we cannot figure out how to create jobs and provide affordable housing at again, I think you could look at that issue through regulatory release allow allow builders to get out and provide housing was a a hot issue in my Senate district. And when we talk about getting. Some of these things done at the state capital? It's very democratically dominated in fact, I think they had a supermajority there for a while in terms of trying to get things through and I've been there watching from the side of the Senate floor as votes were going or as consideration was being given to a number of the bills. And there are some times that you as a Republican could just go up there and give your position and have a really strong position. And simply be outnumbered. I I guess my thought is having been in that position any tips for the new Senator on working as a member of the minority party. I would try to work on those issues that the new Senator that are important to center that he could work across party lines. And I I was able to do that on issues related to keeping the Sacramento Kings in town working on mental health issues. Those are our key issues that crossed party lines other than that. You gotta stick by your principles, and you gotta fight the fight. And you got to figure out how you're going to pick up additional seats because I think balanced government is good government and doesn't matter. Whether it's a Republican party a democrat party when they have so much power. I I don't think we get as good governments its former district one Senator Ted Gaines, we're gonna ask handle to keep him on the line. So I can talk to him off air in just a few moments as we hold the primary election to fill California's vacant district. One senate. Seat today and just popping up on my screen during the last couple of sentences from former Senator games we have the early results coming in. Now, we have six percent of the precincts partially reporting. It's twenty nine out of four hundred and eighty six and at the moment, the leader is Republican Kevin Kiley who has thirty seven point nine percent of the vote in seconds at this point is silky Pflueger the democratic Representative with twenty five point eight percent. And then Brian Dolly assemblyman Republican at nineteen point five percent with Rex heimat ten percent. And then we have Theodore Juba at one point five percent at this point. And of course, Steve Baird who was actually on the ballot today. But has said he is not running. He's not in the race. He has still managed to get more than one thousand nine hundred votes, which is worth five point two percent at this point. But for the moment, Kevin Kiley, the clear leader with. Silky Pflueger in second. And what that means Pat is it would come down to the top two on the district on district one for the June fourth final election and putting a Republican against the democrat in district one bodes very well for the Republican candidates. Joe michaels. Great job, Ted Gaines, Senator gains. Ted, the thank you very much. So yeah, we really do. Appreciate your joining us. And again, Joe will keep you updated on everything that's happening at regards. Joe great job. Like, I said, we do appreciate you, man. Silky Pflueger sukey flew her. All right, Joe. Keep us updated. Spanking? That child. Got a story about dead. Talking about it straight ahead. Nah. Extremist live at camp E, K dot com and on your iheartradio app. Follow us on our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter at KABC extends beyond plaster counter. Latest breaking news as you have a traffic..
"gas tax" Discussed on KLBJ 590AM
"A call or send us a text here on KOA BJ. Gas tax. Don, what do you think are we ready for a federal gas tax increase here in the United States? It's been since nineteen Ninety-three that the gas tax was raised a piece in the Wall Street Journal says the US chamber of commerce is fully behind this. And in fact, advocating raising the federal tax on a gallon of gas. It's currently eighteen point four cents. And they're saying, you know, what we could really use the funds to fix our transportation network and infrastructure et cetera. And they claim and this piece that there's bipartisan support those Republicans and not everybody, but some on both sides who were saying, yeah, it's been a long time. This would really help us. I I haven't heard anything from the White House, but they came into this new term. House and Senate the president after the midterm election saying, you know, infrastructure may be the only thing we're going to be able to get together on. And this one of the ways that they can do that. Well, it certainly would help fund it no doubt about it. And it's people that would benefit from that infrastructure improvement, which is in great need all over this country, roads and bridges and whatnot. Obviously by people buying gas. Depend on that. And just as long as it wouldn't be something that was just completely absurd. That brings our gas prices back up to three or four dollars. People are going to continue to pay it. They're going to continue to buy gas, and they're not gonna change their lifestyle much to appoint a lot of people. I mean, we had a caller earlier suggesting the the mileage tact. Do it that way that you would pay it at the time of registering your car, whatever when they have to record the mileage of the year the mileage for the year. I don't particularly like that one as much because I think I would be concerned about the amount of I I'd be thinking more about the miles. I'm driving. Although it's works the same way with gas. I don't know does it really matter if they're gonna do it mileage tax Bergische gas tax. It's pretty much the same either way. That's you know, the tough thing is as. Always as this is kicked around. It really is punitive for those on the lower income scale because I mean, it's widely been discussed that as the gas prices at the pump have been relatively low over the last few years compared to wasn't that long ago. It was up in the three and four dollar range. If you remember those days, absolutely. And of course, since then it's it's been much lower pickup sales SUV sales have been cranking big time. But the point is it's almost like a a tax increase for those on the lower income scale when they gotta pay more at the pump because everybody's still needs to get to work got to get the kids to school. You gotta go, the grocery store, etc. Surveys got to do it. And so that's discretionary dollars. Obviously that those that don't have many discretionary dollars have to pay more just to make a day to day. You got your plutocrats? That's running around West Lake hills. If the price of gas goes up, no big deal. I mean, so that's one of the reasons they stayed away from it because it really is punitive the to the least fortunate among us, and it's a tax increase a lot of Democrats have been okay with that over the years. But certainly there's been many in congress who say just don't want to raise taxes. Now. The question is is now the time the chamber of commerce is behind it gas prices have been lower price of a barrel of oil around sixty dollars. And that's the highest it's been in four months. And so they're just saying, you know, now, maybe the time, and and kickstart this infrastructure Bill, and and some money to put into the roads and bridges and all that you're talking about how might affect lower income people. I mean, a lot of it has to do with setting your priorities. Maybe that means that you're not gonna have an unlimited data plan on your on your phone things like that. But. Unwillingly? Oh, yeah. We Americans sometimes aren't the best at setting our priorities. Five one eight three six zero five nine hundred Jay. And of course, somebody earlier when we talked about this this morning said some about well, you got more electric cars now. And so you know, that could be a factor to that. Obviously. In fact, that's creating yes the need for that. Exactly. I mean that takes away a little bit not them. It's not like electric cars of or taken over the world yet. In fact, that's point Tom Watson Tom in east Austin on the Don show. Hi, how are you? That's the thing about it is, you know, you get all these cars their credit. Put more electric cars. Talking about the poor people so forth can't afford it. You're rich people or people who have the the money, and so forth are going to be buying electric cars and hybrid cars. They're not using electric done using a gas at all. Hybrids. Are getting a lot more miles normal card. So they pay a lot lesson in taxes. Well, rich people are still buying range Rovers and Ferraris to you know, rack, but they always look around and right now how many cars they have how many stations they have set up and everything else, and this is just the start. Now, there is a court that China's trying to get a million electric cars at. We're not, you know, arts Cargill is going to do the same thing if they can if it if it goes over with the consumer you're seeing Lon Tesla's out there and Tesla's our electric cars that are not being bought by those are being bought by wealthier people, Mike and Georgetown on Kilby BJ. Hello, mike. Hi. Hey, I was gonna tell you the the gap and everything how about, you know, the rest of us in the real world, you have to live within your budget. You have X dollars. You can't get a pay raise because you just want to do something. And you know, why don't we quit with congress pay raises and all that stuff and look at some of that instead of hitting people that are you know, because all over sixty dollars. I guarantee you, you know, and summer driving see that's going to go up, and, you know, so that's it's going to have people who don't have the money to do it. Well, that's that's been one of the big big concerns about doing something like this. You're right. That must be why I went to Mark Caesar when I went to him and ask for a raise. And he said why I said because we want to take more vacations. It didn't go over that must be a heck. Yeah. I need to change my strategy. I think so maybe something that I need tires. Maybe that'll work. Don, you're on the Todd and Don show on kale BJ. Good morning. Good morning. Enjoyed the show guys. I just wanted to say that as far as gas tax goes, I might not be so much against it other than the fact that I know they take from that kitty, so to speak, and they spend it on so many other things that eighteen cents that they've been drawn for the last twenty five years where is that money being going? Well, you're right, obviously, when you take a look at our big entitlement programs, and the way they they of the shift and move money around here. And there that's a legitimate concerned on just because they say that's where it's gonna go doesn't mean it always ends up there. Right. And last day for it in some sort of safety feature that says money can only go to that. But congress would never do that to their cell. They safety features those. Yeah, they could write that language into the Bill, and it still doesn't matter CEOs phony weasels, if they decide to do something else with it, then they just pass another law and do it. And that'd be the GM announced. They're going to invest up to three hundred million dollars in a plant in Michigan. The president was has been hidden on GM for the last week or so Don about what's openness this plant backup and Lordstown Ohio. He was railing on the CEO, Mary Barra open it up. I don't care. How you do? It sell it to somebody whatever get those jobs going again. Right. Well, and GM was pushing back, and they don't have any plans to do anything. They were making the old crews cars at that plant. Nobody wants anymore. Exactly. So I still remains to be seen what's going to happen there. But you just wonder as GM throwing the president of bone to get them. Off their backs there. Three hundred million dollars in the Orion assembly plant in Michigan. The company hasn't previously publicized this. It's not known. If these plans are in the works all along no specifics on how much of this money represent a new commitments how many jobs it's going to be in that that's all still out there. But the story of the Washington Post, and he just wonder if they said doc on it do something to get the president off our back here. Showing that were doing something. So we can so they okay. Three hundred million dollars. We're going to do that. Anyway, just make it seem like we're responding to him. Once again, it's it's it's one of those things were the Trump effect. And and you wonder. Like, he's he's he's doing one thing here. And you think that's really really not gonna help a thing. But turns out indirectly it is. He was President Trump was interviewed on FOX business channel with Maria barter Romo earlier today, she touched on many things among those. He's been critical not only GM, and so many others have been critical of the Federal Reserve. This goes back to last year. Even earlier this year, blaming the Federal Reserve for raising interest rates. You said you got to stop doing that you're killing us. Well, now the projections are we touched on this just a couple of days ago. The feds are saying we think the growth rate for the US. This year is going to be two point one percent. Not two point three percent. There's kind of a global slowdown and everything else. And now the president as he was asked about this by Maria Archer Romo is saying, hey, I was right. They shouldn't have been raising interest rates. And all the rest of the world is slowing, but we're not slowing, and frankly, if we can have somebody that would raise interest rates and do quantitative tightening we would have been over four instead of a three point one. I don't know. I mean, look, I hope by didn't influence, frankly..
"gas tax" Discussed on KFI AM 640
"They have all that extra tax money. And we're hearing from the story that he's already meeting democratic resistance in Sacramento to this. Remember, they have a super super majority. They started to get two thirds for attacks. Then his his his goofy idea. He's gonna take away gas tax funding from any city that doesn't build enough affordable housing and fifty three percent of posed at fifty three thirty two. And then finally high speed rail he wants to do that Bakersfield two percent nonsense. Fifty four percent oppose at fifty four thirty one. So he strikes out on all these stupid ideas, resounding defeat. Poland the questions we have them in front of us. They're pretty straightforward because we never trust polls until we can read what they asked the respondent. Sometimes the questions are so complicated, and they're slanting, right? They wanted to go in in certain directions on the ask the question a certain way or their mealy mouth. Do you lean heavily you lean lightly? Do you lean it all? Are you? Are you standing on your head? Good times policy usually that way. Standing on your people like six choices. Right. I know. Trying to figure out how strongly do you agree? Disagree somewhat disagrees. Yes, or no and move on. I've seriously. But I can't believe there's thirty one percent of the public that wants a high speed rail line for Bakersfield two said, why would you want that? According to the digging deeper into these numbers for the water tax. Even a sixty seven percent super majority of Democrats oppose the water tax overall. It was seventy eight percent. But even sixty seven percent, don't like the idea. So these are four of his first initiatives again, why did you vote for him? It's one bad dumb idea after another. He's going to be taking money. He's going to be given a huge break to the most vicious vile prisoners. We have he's holding back the gas tax money of all things and he's going to build the stupidest high speed rail project that the world has ever seen Bakersfield Zimmer said. Yeah. Good job electing him. And he makes no sense when he talks he makes no sense. And I don't think people can relate to this guy. Although I, you know, Jerry Brown being standoffish and weird too. So it is not a big difference here, except Jerry Brown was as much of a media hog is this guy he thinks he can dance and he can really. Media Mikey's, Jerry Brown. Looks like Albert Einstein in intelligence compared to this empty box. No, he's nothing, but hair joy line. There's nothing going on inside there. Oh, she reminds me of to go inside his brain one. Yeah. We got we got to do that. We we've we have received special access, and I told you that death penalty thing that was calculated. He remembers when he was mayor San Francisco, and he was the first to move forward with gay marriage and then later on when the whole country. Did I led the way he wants to do the same thing again with the death penalty other states had already removed the death penalty? But he wants it to be to be a wave over the country to finish the death penalty once and for all in all fifty states and includes Texas, which isn't very likely, I'm sure Texas will still be killing people for many many. But that's his plan, which we could take all our death row prisoners to Texas. Can we do that the Texas? Yeah. It must be a way that we can do that. All right when we come back, by the way, I want to ask you a question like completely irrelevant all this. But how come like three weeks before everyone else? Plays already one game in the major league baseball season regular seasons begun. Didn't that little weird of there in Japan? Did they have to play in the middle of March couldn't they played this like a week or two from now? Into Japan's a little far away. But it's not like they travel to. No it does. It's like it's like. The major league baseball season's begun. I said, wait a minute. It's mid-march. What do you mean begun one game Oakland Seattle? It is because each row is gonna play one final series in Japan, and then retire again other are more games to come between these two teams in Japan. I think it's at least two games. Okay. Thank oh. That's. They've gotta could've done it another week away. But they they have to have time then to reactivate to the time zone difference. Otherwise, it's not like two weeks to real jetlag traveling around the wind. They'll lose their first week of games in the seasonably shot. Athletes such babies are we got more coming up. Why do you keep looking at me? You told me you asked me attention a little while ago. So I'm staring at you to let you know that I'm your fluttering your eyelashes. He says that when he's about to introduce you you're like jumping forward towards some bike. Do you all like crazy nation? Start bouncing up and down. Maybe that's why. He says it's funny to see I can't see it. But he says it's funny to see you. I sometimes I give a false start because I just want to see you're jumping you're saying it's a bad habit. Okay. I'm going to be stoic now. Okay. Debra Mark has news. The.
"gas tax" Discussed on KTLK 1130 AM
"I- I- acquaint that with so many movies Star Wars to me nothing like exclusively Star Wars about that at all to me 'cause that's been in front of a million shirts, sir. But it's only matters in front of Star Wars because those are the only films that matter. He's made me feel better about my analogy. Starts reviewed governor Tim walls traveled to a hazardous. Hazardous railroad crossing it in okay yesterday to push for transportation package, which includes. So why don't you just fix the railroad crossing? My my my taxes that I would hope ozone you're like this freight trade coming down the tracks. You're just gonna have to know I'm going to be you standing in the way. Am not saying he's doing this. But the image. It certainly invokes is that he's holding this. Hazardous railroad crossing hostage unless he gets his twenty cents. If you gotta hazardous railroad crossing fix it. You're the governor Fisher right now have enough money. Why don't you just bring a crew with you at the time? The issue for noca- is this one. But the issue for noca- is this one, but every single community has one and we're in it together. Oh shut up. We are not give me a break. I just I I hate that lip service. We're gonna together. Now, you're just because you're forcing because you want to take more money. Surrounded by the tenant, governor Peggy planning in local government officials. Other individuals were there the commission of the department of transportation, the department of transportation has identified five hundred road and bridge projects for development around the state if lawmakers approve new revenue while seeking eleven billion over the next decade from gas tax and other revenue sources. Okay. So this raises a couple of questions just this. This sort of statement alone. The department of transportation has identified five hundred road and bridge projects for development around the state of the state if they approve the new road measure so the question then comes down to okay one. Do you have to have the new revenue approved in order to get those five hundred wrote in projects done. Did you just make a list of things that could be spruced up that aren't necessarily needing an upgrade? Just because you think you're going to have money to spend. So the question is what happens to those five hundred ridden ridden ridden broach road projects if they don't secure. The gas tax. But of course, nobody asks that question, that's the one that needs to be answered right? Maybe like fifty of those actually need to get done. Yeah. Yeah. Prioritize them tell me, which ones are actually dangerous, you know, which ones are the highest priority, and how much you need for those and how much can maybe wait a year, right or a couple of years or never or never, you know, tell me what you're going to do with this money and tell me why you need it. And why the current revenue streams are insufficient? Because I don't believe that they are Senator Roger Chamberlain said we have a big pot of money that goes to transportation, we are not short of money for transportation. He's right. He's the chairman of the taxes committee told the Star Tribune recently, we don't need to raise the gas tax twenty cents. He said it doesn't make people's lives easier. He's absolutely right. The gas tax is now twenty eight point six per gallon. The walls plan would increase it five cents per gallon. Every six months for two years how generous of him. And here's the kicker after which it would increase with inflation. Oh, great. So it's gonna keep going up. Right. If if if the walls plan goes into effect, it's not gonna stop at twenty cents. If it's so important just put it all in there. And again, we talk about that with the fifty dollar minimum wage, and what the eighty five years, the Saint Paul city council is gonna take to implement the fifteen dollar minimum wage in Saint Paul. But if it really is again, if it really is that urgent if we'd so desperately need the money. Then why are you doing it incrementally? You know, just rip the band aid off, and let us let us all have the wound exposed so we can feel and just charge us all at one point in time, this ridiculous nonsense of increasing incrementally. And it's like the gas tax. You're only going to feel that pain at the pump. You're gonna feel that pain across the entire economy because everything relies on gas at some point in the process, and if it becomes exponentially. More expensive to transport you your produce to the grocery store, for example, or whatever whatever you wanna buy whatever store it needs to go to that increased. I guess tax increase is going to be embedded in the cost you pay for everything. It's not just gonna hit you at the pump. It's gonna hit you all across the board walls said his visit to a Noko was no coincidence. The city is represented in the upper chamber, the by state Senator Jim Abe or Republican out of okay. Who voted for the last gas tax increase in two thousand eight when he was in the Minnesota house now on Twitter. Abloy offered support for the railroad crossing project, but not thankfully for the tax increase. I appreciate governor. Tim waltzes visit to my neighborhood and Inoka at the most dangerous railroad crossing into state the funds to solve the problem. Do not require raising the gas tax the sales, tax or car tab fees. I will work with the walls administration to get it done. Seriously. If that is the most dangerous crossing in this day, why is it not being worked on right now? For your road crew. But a great uptick right here. Let's look this is what we can do. We're gonna fix this right now, of course, because that would just set the example that he could actually go and get it done without having to increase the gas taxes. But did he stop by gas stations? That's what you should do. You should go on a tour. Go to gas stations and ask people to just give him money. You're filling up there a couple of bucks. Seriously. Right. Mcgovern. The governor. Some money legit. Look over there. The bottle. Yeah. Give me a book. Why? Well, I'm gonna fill up with my dollar. So ridiculous. He also went on tour to the. To a rural Minnesota he hit the road to make a personal pitch on his budget touting his rural benefits. So you went to visit the rocks and cows. That's good. I thought they didn't matter that apparently now that he's governor. They do. Oh, yeah. Walls, the.
The Occupy French Starbucks Edition
"It's about not wanting competition to come in. I mean, it's all of that. Depending on who you talk to this is the thing about to your question Felix. I mean, there is it's not really clear. What what you? In fact, I'm interviewed as she lays young guy who lives in Paris, who's one of their propaganda. She does all like the Facebook, you know, videos and things like that when they occupied a Starbucks, for instance. And and they all look really jolly there a lot of them were ordering, you know, they're there for euro per to and then the, but so you ask him he doesn't care about the gas tax. He just thinks we need to get rid of this this sort of the rich and the elite macro represents that. I mean Macron is he is a product of that, you know, the the the the elite schooling in France, which you know, it's not like Harvard. I mean, they're like sixty people year that go to these universities these schools. I'm they're extraordinarily. And they're they're very often from privileged backgrounds. I think it's like eighty percent or seventy percent of the mar-. So so it's there's a there's a sort of rise up against and this is what kind of actually links it with what we've seen in the United the populism of the United States or in the U K or an Italy. In fact, in many respects, what's happened with in Italy with the the league and the five star movement is that government in Italy right now, basically looks like the leg zone in power. It's not it. It's it's on the one hand it wants to kick out immigrants in the other hand, it's very liberal and the basic income basic income. I mean, it's really it's kind of. Really interesting if the gymnasium insofar as they have kind of vision of what they want. It's not dissimilar to the Italian government. So let's ask you that. Like, how's the Italian government doing? Well, you know, there, you know, there's a spat between the French and the Italians quite interesting the French pulled their Basser. I mean, so Salvini and Demeo who the to the co guys running. It'll even though it's contests. The is the prime minister under the deputy prime ministers have both insulted the French on numerous occasions. They for instance. Okay. I love him already. Well, yeah. I think I mean, maybe you guys talked about this where they went after the French franc, the African Frank, right? And said this is you know, keeping Africans poor all any number. So they they are really they are representing this sort of anti elite. I mean, so domestically is it working out for them know, the economy's is actually not doing very well. And and and I. Had the opportunity to interview content. The prime minister when he was in Davos a place. I know you you guys have on tablets. But he, and we said his argument was look you can't right now all this is the previous government previous government. These are you have to wait to see our universal. They don't call universal. But it's like the demon. So the radio whatever it is this idea of basic income all that kicks in in the spring. He saying just wait until the spring. Everything's gonna be great. And he's gonna do universal basic income starting this. How much is it going to any? They don't have. Yes. It's like less than thousand euros a month. I think maybe it's eight hundred and I think they're like four million Italians that may qualify for. Universalism. Yeah. It's not universe universal. It's basically a basic income. That's not quite universal. And and they say once this kicks in everything's gonna be hunky Dory. Of course, by them. We may have it's Italy. So they'll be another government, right?
"gas tax" Discussed on Newsradio 700 WLW
"Seven thousand or pound seven hundred eighteen just got a text here from a trustee friends of mine who said absolutely absolutely let's continue now with your calls. We have Jeff and Nick and Nathan and Jennifer and many others. Jeff, welcome to the Bill Cunningham show. Jeff, go ahead. Richard cunningham. Yes. The city of Cincinnati. Think of Pete Rose Johnny bench or Boomer Esiason. I think of only one name and that name is Bill Cunningham. Well, thank you, Jeff. I'm in good company there. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much for all the joy that you bring to your listeners. It will be a sad day when you retire. I'm so glad you're doing better. But my call was in reference to Mr.. Up giving the taxes for the road, right? I was waiting on hold. I got thinking about that. You know, what good road and and Ohio driven up seventy five. I came up seventy five last night about one AM out of the airport. And I thought I was running an obstacle course. I'll know what you're saying. You wish it could be taken from other areas that you pay for gas. God these roads. This is a good thing. Why you know, Jeff of of all the taxes? I pay believe me, I pay a lot the best taxes. I pay are local taxes to individuals that are close to me, and I cannot agree to increase of any taxes. However, I know casick dead to the St John casick raped the state of Ohio write that down. He economically raped the state of Ohio by getting rid of the intergovernmental fund, which is starving, local governments. And Secondly by bonding out, the future money how turnpike and returning it immediately the state we got pay that bond for thirty years. And I don't know how you do it. But other than increase a gas tax. I think in some untenable position that casing, and I hate tax increases more than segment Denison hates tax increases. But the best taxes we pay our taxes that are done locally for our direct benefit and those who don't drive in many millions of Americans don't drive. They pay no gas tax. Right. Cutting ham gray American and keep on keeping on. God bless America. Thank you. Jeff. Let's move to Nick and cove, Dale, Nick, welcome to the Bill Cunningham show Nikko head. There's an interesting question that happened. I graduated a little while a long time ago I had to take some business account. And I happen to be in Columbus. And I happened to talk to a guy whose retired from the state house, and he was down here in Cincinnati. And he laughed at me when I asked him about it is a thing called the blue books books are where the state budgets are blue books are not published according to generally accepted, accounting principles all I was trying to do fifteen years ago. We're looking say, where's all the money going in the government because the budgets keeps shifting they keep talking about the numbers? But they don't say like is it onto the state highway patrol the roads. Where was it? You cannot find out where the real you the inside story of the liberal. Understand what John casick did to the state economically. No, I fully agree with you. My point was I was trying to find it long before casick. Did it? They said they have casick turn around. And he also said the state employee count. What I was trying to figure out where does the money go. You know, who got what? Stuff, you know, individually, and you can't find out because they're not the L prioritize was inning elected the next president. That's prioritize. And if that happens, I'm moving in Madagascar, and I'm going to start breeding Komodo dragons if six the next president, I'm moving out. I totally agree with your point on case. If we're I'm trying to say is when you got a more structural problem. We can't even tell where they're putting our money. With your permission. I'll call Mike dewine at three oh five and ask him ask him that question. Why can't we just turn around and get them published under generally accepted accounting principles instead of in the magic Ohio blue book? So that we can all tell in the public. Hey could say look you get more money into that department. And you did to the department of corrections. Then we can find out why Nick with your permission. I'm gonna talk for some reason I start off with these guys having great relationships. And by the time, they leave office. I have lousy relationships. I started off as governor Bob Taft master of ceremonies and in the state house when he was elected governor by the time he was in office at years. Bob Taft was I thought the worst governor will however had I started off John casick. He was wining and dining me and pocket lining. Me playing golf with me. Great friends. Call me at night, we talk by the time he left office to one. And I hated each other. I'm starting off and Mike dewine and a good way. I'm starting off with wine in a positive way. I pray to God that the wind doesn't do anything that screws average Americans like you and your husband and your wife and your family, Ohio is the greatest state in the union. Cincinnati's the best part of Ohio. I love it. This is where I wanna be. It's where all my yesterdays are. It's all my memories are here. I love the tristate. But if this governor, John, I if John k six demonstration of lousy governorship is washed upon Mike dewine, I would be surprised in shot because unlike those other governors do is not going anywhere else. Mike dewine is seventy two years old. He wants to surf rate years, and that's it. And this guy gets up at five thirty AM every morning from green from Greene county, cedar villa? He's out his desk at seven AM every day. And he's there to five or six o'clock in the evening. This guy works and he's not running for anything else. And if this guy cannot fix the problems and the state of Ohio, we're screwed blue tattooed and barbecued. I will be your advocate as long as I have this microphone must continue. Fifty two minutes after the hour. This is the acute hearing center dot com hotline when someone calls. On News Radio seven hundred wwl w..
How your political emotions are monetized
"The yellow vest. Protests are real. Those are real people with real politics. Putting on that clothing and countries around the world and taking to the streets yell of protesters were out for the twelfth weekend of demonstrations, yellow vespers, March to denounce release violence as well as the government and the protests after yellow vest demonstrators hit the streets of France over taxes and the high cost of living similar movements of popped up around the world, including in Berta were bitter resentment about economic uncertainty are about to hit the road headed east. This movement is giving everyone inoperability to come out and say what they're unhappy with when those protests are over those people go home and log onto Facebook and Twitter and other platforms. They jump right in to the muddy as hell waters that make up any political debate online in those waters. There are extremists. And there are moderates, and there are curious bystanders. And there are people with worse intentions people who are either trying to make a buck or make you angry. Or both the world of politics is consumed with conversation about Botts spam and fake news as they should be the conversation is when he joined project between the Toronto Star. And BuzzFeed news began examining the online presence of Canada's yellow vest movement. There was one Facebook group that stood out to them as strange who was behind it. What was its purpose? And how could they pull that one page and particular out of the murk and focus on Wyatt existed? The story of the trail they followed leads us into the ugly underbelly of the internet where monitoring outrages lucrative, and where the citizens of become so mistrustful that even well-meaning real people might as well be robots that is sadly a big place, and it's eating up more digital real estate every day and this year Canada is one of its main targets. Jordan heath rulings. And this is the big story. Craig Silverman is the media editor at BuzzFeed news. And Craig before we get to what's fake about all of this can you please lay out. What exactly are the real yellow vest? Protests yellow vests is a popular movement originated in France, lers Lee started as a result of protests against a proposed new kind of gas tax that was going to be there. And then really morphed and became the kind of popular uprisings in France. It's not just kind of left and right. It's a whole smorgasbord of people who are in the streets in Paris and other parts of France, and they've been protesting there and it spread to some other places in here in Canada. We've now got kind of a burgeoning little yellow vest movement. It's not as big as what you saw in France. We you know, when the protests happened at the most the biggest have had like a couple or few hundred people a lot of times. It's people standing on the side of a highway with some signs, and it's very much rooted in opposition to the carbon tax and opposition to a lot of Trudeau's policies in. General right? And so what is yellow vest group dot com? And how does it tie into the movement in general one of the things that we've seen over the last? I don't know four to six months or so as the Elvis movement started to spread up and candidates that Facebook has been a big place where they've been organizing. So the main sorta yellow vest group has over one hundred thousand members on Facebook going back to the fall. We've just been kind of monitoring groups on Facebook pages on Facebook, not just yellow Vespa groups on the left groups on the right that we expect to be really active around you do. Well. So I have this weird beat and we have a small little team here in Toronto that does this particularly for for the whole world actually for BuzzFeed news, where we're very much focused on online misinformation, you know, trolling as well as all attempts to kind of manipulate or deceive using our new media world. So that could be social media websites. Botts trolls, all these kinds of things we have a sort of specialty in all the ways. People are faking stuff manipulating stuff online. Which kind of brings us right back to yellow vest group. Yeah. So explain what started happening or what you started to see when you're keeping your eye on it. So we're watching a lot of the right and left stuff in Canada online. We're also watching some of the Elvis groups because they're kind of political. It's interesting to see what's being shared there. And I saw this. This website pop up yellow vest group dotcom. I'd never seen a yellow vest website before. So that was the thing that piqued my interest. So now somebody's driving people to website is this like an official yellow vest website for Canada. Or is it something else? And so in looking at it, it only had two articles on it. And the thing that really stood out to me was it had ads on it. And I'm like, okay. So now, we have a scenario where perhaps there are people trying to make some money off of this movement. And this is a really common thing. I mean, we did a lot of reporting leading up to an after the twenty sixteen election in the US where we saw this huge explosion in what people came to call hypertension news. Very very pro right? Pro left. Not just disagree. With the other side. But the other side is terrible and whipping up sentiment whipping motion primarily on Facebook and people made huge amounts of money. Facebook is a great place to get people's attention. And if you can get their attention with a really outrageous or sometimes false headline. They're going to click, and they go to your website, and you make money for each visitor that comes to your website, and this this was a big thing in the US. And as we've been sort of thinking about what might happen in Canada this year, we sort of expect there to be some players who are profit driven rather than ideologically driven. So there's only two articles. But one of them stands out to you. Tell me what was in the article the one that had misinformation it so the article was built on three actual real new stories. But the key thing was the headline. And so the article was reporting how the town council in the sort of fort McMurray area had decided to put moratoriums on new job cans being built. So these were job camps from big oil companies where people would fly in they'd work their away from their family and then fly out and the. Town wants people to be more focused in the town itself, and they put a moratorium on these. And so that's real and the second thing that's real is that since about twenty fifteen there's been construction taking place on a new very large Islam center there. So for the Muslim community in the fort McMurray area. They've got a project that they're doing and the article connected. Those two things to basically say that there's no more job camps being billed in the oil sands because they're building a huge Slavic center. And a lot of the material that was being shared on the Facebook pages groups associated with this website was very anti Muslim a lot about sharia law and all these kinds of conspiracies a lot about and so that article got about fifteen thousand shares reactions and comments on Facebook, which is a pretty good amount of engagement for an article about you know, Canada and for an article in Canada in general from Canadian news media. So clearly, it was that misleading headline making people think, oh, there's no more job camps in jobs in the oil sands. Because of the biggest lung center. And what happened when you started this website picture interest? You started looking behind. Yeah. So the first thing that was clear is that nobody was actually claiming this. There is nobody saying, hi, I'm Jerry, and this is my website. And I love the elevators, and you know, I've been involved for a long time. And so one of the things that we looked at one. Of course, you know, there's ads on it. So is somebody making money? And then we also looked at how this website was being shared online. And we saw that there were accounts sharing. It very frequently basically spamming it all over Facebook into different yellow vest groups, and to me that again is behavior that says, okay? This is somebody who knows how to get traffic from Facebook and make money off of it. And so we just kind of went down the rabbit hole. Can we figure out who is actually behind this? Because it turned out that the two main Facebook accounts that have been sharing a lot of it were not really attached to real people. So we had kind of sock puppet or fake accounts. That were spreading this content. Driving people to the site making some money on it. And it certain point even started trying to get people to buy t shirts that had yellow vest slogans on. It how do you determine who's behind it? And who is behind it. Did you find out? Yeah. So we managed to figure out who is behind it. And one of the big kind of tip-offs was that the website where they were selling the t shirts is a site where anybody can sign up, you uploaded design, and you can start, you know, selling t shirts or mugs, and there was a username on that. And that username was different than the names of the Facebook accounts that have been sharing it, and it went to a guy named Craig Collins who lives in Albert who has worked in the oil sands, and who actually used to have a kind of side hustle, where he would create a jobs website jobs, like oil patch jobs dot com, where he posted job links and again the ads on the site, and he was flipping these sites. He earned over fifty thousand dollars the last three years creating and then selling to other people these jobs website. So we have somebody who understands how to kind of build a site monetize it, and then sell it, and who was actually actively concealing their identity as they were putting this yellow vest one out there did you find him. Found him send a bunch of emails. Tried calling didn't get a response. And then what we do a lot in journalism tickly within investigation is when you're about to publish something. And somebody is being cited in it. You send them what we call a no surprises. So I sent an Email with point by point by point saying, we're gonna report that the site is yours we're gonna report that you have a history flipping websites. We're gonna report that this. You know, indicates that this was a profit driven enterprise. And I also explained him that we were going to report that one of the articles that he created which went pretty viral on Facebook was also very misleading, and so just a few hours really before we were planning to publish got a phone call that was Craig Collins on the on the line how the conversation go. Well, I mean, his first words to me were total invasion of privacy, man. And so his feeling was that he had every right to conceal his identity into not have anyone know who was behind this website who is behind the Facebook accounts who is selling t-shirts and earning money from that. And that was his feeling and I explained. To him that, you know, this was a public website public issue. There was misinformation coming from his site. And that that doesn't give him the right to kind of hide who he is. And I also want to say like the person they don't necessarily understand the dynamics of libel and privacy law and things like that. So the fact that he was upset isn't surprising to me. But we ended up actually staying on the phone for like close to an hour. Talking a lot about it. We had quotes from him in the story. And he really wanted to emphasize that this was not him trying to explain the Elvis movement. He does agree with a lot of the stuff. But yes, he understands how to kind of you know, run a site and make money online. Where is the line? Is there align even between pages like this that are associated with real protests that you know, exist to coordinate the yellow vest movement and pages like this one perhaps that are dedicated to helping somebody profit off of it? How do you determine which is which looking at the website? The first thing was it has ads on it. A lot of advocacy sites. Don't have ads and also is this person going to great lengths to really promote the site and push it out there and the answer is yes, he was. And he was using to misleading impersonation Facebook accounts to spam. The stuff out there to drive that traffic. And so these are classic internet marketing techniques that we see. So with us having these hearings looking at this stuff that really fits that profile. But I think he believes the stuff, but I think he also saw an opportunity to capitalize on it. And so both things are kind of true. What are you guys do when you find things like this, which must be all the time? Do you take an active role in trying to get them removed or get them regulated or you simply reporting on them? And then kind of standing back, you know, there's a little bit of both, you know, one this is activity that's taking place on Facebook. And so if you're going to write about, it there is I think duty to go to Facebook and say, hey, you know, we found in this case we found to Facebook pages together close to about ten thousand likes. We found a Facebook group that he was running a private group that had about two thousand members. And then we found those two accounts that was spamming the content. And so we set all of that to Facebook and. We said, you know, we're gonna report on this. And I sent them the evidence that these accounts are probably not linked to real people, and we're probably violating their terms, and they did respond by removing the groups the two pages and the two accounts. Have you been seeing this kind of stuff not necessarily just associated with the Elvis, but this kind of hyper partisan political misinformation ramp up as we head into an election year absolutely us having spent the last roughly four years or so very focused a lot on US. But also, we done coverage about Germany, France, Brazil, even Japan other countries, we know that of course, this stuff kicks up a lot more when there's an election. So as baseline, you know, that's going to happen. But also Justin Trudeau has become a bit of a global icon of liberalism global icon of oke nece in some ways right of which some people love and some people hate, and so he is inspiring a lot of very strong emotions. And the second thing is that Canada has been pretty strong in measures against. Russia. And in fact, our foreign minister Christopher Lind is banned from Russia. And so all of those things, you know, as our team has been looking at it, we expect this to be really high water Mark for, you know, online campaigns and online manipulation and digital deception we expect a lot of those things to happen for this campaign in Canada. And the the increase in hypertension, news will absolutely be a part of that. I might be asking you to take me kind of down the rabbit hole here. But obviously there's a ton of partisan issues in Canada right now that people real people feel incredibly strongly about when you're looking at sites like this or or looking at the general spread of information Candida, how do you determine what is kind of good faith, angry partisanship, and what is an attempt to manipulate discord? So one piece of it is that there's nothing wrong with partisanship. And that's really really important because the danger in going too far with this stuff is that you start to squelch free speech or you start to get Facebook to have a really strong arm tactic. And that's not what we want. So you have to look at you know, one figuring out who's behind the stuff. That's really. Important who are these people are they genuine passionate person for politics or do they not care in? They're simply somebody trying to make money, and we found this in the US where literally there were companies whose job is just to run kind of niche websites would say oh politics is doing really, well, let's spend a Republican Silat spin up democratic site. So that was one indication was you had people playing both sides that clearly is not genuine partisanship. The Ellen of also the monetization piece are people actively making money from this, and you can have partisans for making money from it. But as people I've spoken to over the years, you know, they may start as a partisan, but eventually becomes a business for them. So that peace is aligned walk, but you really just have to investigate and figure out who's there and the patterns of the content that they're putting out in other cases, you know, the stuff that is completely false is it deeply misleading in terms of the headline creating false impression. So that kind of thing that doesn't help public debate that doesn't help disagreement and that kind of stuff, you know, needs to be looked at and needs to be flagged. And I think that's. Is important. And then there's also the element of attribution is this people actually in Canada who are actively involved in these sites, or can you actually trace it back to people outside of the country who are not Canadian to state entities to other people who want to influence the process, and that obviously is very problematic has it been weaponized in the other way now because one thing that I've seen a fair bit of is people accusing anyone who has a different opinion of them specifically when it comes to heated political stuff of being bought or being drills. And it's almost like now the disagreement itself has become a suspect. Yeah. We've we've gone over to somewhat into the other extreme of anytime. There's someone on Twitter who disagrees with them. Suddenly there bought their troll. And in our -bility to actually have a reason and fact face disagreement is a core part of democracy. It is a terrible thing of getting to the point where people will just write off anyone who disagrees with them as part of some kind of campaign. This is where I think journalists have to be really diligent about this work and actually figure out where is this coming from and not do lazy work where we just argue that anything that's anti Trudeau is, you know, part of some kind of disinformation campaign. Everybody has responsibility for this. And I think journalists again like us in the Toronto Star trying to look at this and trying to be diligent about it and show our work. So that people can make up their minds for themselves. What can ordinary digital citizens do not just necessarily to sort of diagnose the stuff and be wary about what they're reading and consuming, but also to sort of prevent the spread of it. Do you report it, do you reply to it and say, I know, you know, this is coming from somewhere else with the citizens arrest here. I think there's a few things that the average person can do the first piece is is just having awareness that in this median virement the stuff that you see that maybe has a lot of re tweaks or maybe has a lot of likes. It's easy to buy those. It's easy to manipulate those. So don't just go buy popularity alone. The second piece is to. About having a kind of pause. So in a lot of cases, especially with political stuff. They wanna get emotional rise to you that makes you share it. And I really encourage people before you take that action of liking or sharing a retreat or retweeting to actually pause and think about, you know, why do I wanna share this? Why do I wanna pass along is a possible that they are trying to get me to do something manipulating me? So the awareness and the pause or two really important things. And then the last thing is that you absolutely can report posts that you know, that are misleading that you think are part of some kind of larger operation or that you think are suspicious. It's absolutely something you can do. And of course, you could also, you know, send it to journalists local journalists national journalists to me, just tag you. And Jane, basically, and everything we we are absolutely happy to have that happen. And so, you know, those are those are things people can do. And I think overall I hope folks come away with it feeling like there is something for you to do you shouldn't feel overwhelmed by this. There are basic things that you can think about and do that are going to. You in the bigger picture? What is the long-term plan for this BuzzFeed Toronto Star project? The the overarching thing is we wanna look at the different players that are trying to influence public opinion and kind of play in the public debate. And so that's actually a pretty broad umbrella about it. It doesn't mean that everybody that we write about is going to be nefarious. You know, we're very interested in operations like on terra proud, and how started as an anti Kathleen Wynne thing. It's now expanding to be more national what role are they going to play in this election? And you know, this isn't a registered organization, it's somebody who's clearly a right of center partisan who's running it. They can exist in this space. But that kind of entity is a newer in terms of what we've seen in Canada. So we're looking at that. We are of course, interested can we find stuff that is originally from outside of Canada trying to influence the public debate. And also, I think we need to pay attention to any potential overreach by the social networks and also the government of Canada. You know, they're talking a lot about this elections can. Is looking at it. We don't wanna have hand government response either. And so we're certainly not just looking at you know, calling out stuff and exposing stuff. We're also trying to think is there any overreach by the platform. So the government as well to hate the term fake news. I do. I am tired of it. It must great on you after a while. It does. I mean, this is a term. I started using in twenty fourteen when I was doing a research project into the spread of rumors and misinformation online, and I didn't put a lot of thought into using it. And then, you know, used it again as we were publishing research, we're doing in two thousand sixteen you know, there was a certain amount of rigor that I used for it. It was completely false content. That was created to Steve and that had an economic motive that those are the three things that I use to identify fake news. There's no resemblance to what it's used to describe. You know, now, it's a catch all term mostly it's used by Donald Trump to condemn reporting that he doesn't agree with other politicians have kind of picked that up as well. I think Donald Trump has actually been very effective taking it and make. What he wanted to be? And so have unfortunately lot of autocratic leaders around the world, passing so-called fake news laws that are actually restraining press freedom in those places. So it's become a very loaded dangerous term in some ways. Did you coin you didn't coined the phrase? I mean, no, I didn't want it. It's a phrase that's been around for a long time. I think the most I would say is certainly helped popularize it in late twenty sixteen with some of the research and reporting that we put out there and graduations. Yeah. It's a great honor. And I will never escape it. I suppose do you think the government's need to regulate social media? I'm really big fan of governments threatening to regulate social media. I'm a big fan of them using it as a threat and getting the companies to actually take some responsibility for what is on their networks for a long time. The Facebook's and Twitter's and YouTube at the world have said, you know, we're just a platform. Yes. We have some rules. But you know, we're open and we're we're not like a new site moderate moderating content. Now, they have finally realized that they absolutely do have a responsibility. They finally realized that the outcomes of not taking you know, basic responsibility can really put people's lives in danger. I mean, the big sample of this is me, and mar where ethnic cleansing has happened. And you know, Facebook was the platform where a lot of this hate speech, and we're a lot of the organizing for this was taking place. So I like governments really putting the pressure on them to come up with better solutions putting pressure on them to be more transparent. But there's a very you could see a lot of bad laws potentially being drafted that could end up siphoning, free speech. So I am a bit wary of. Of seeing a lot of legislation come into play. My last question. Do you have a personal Facebook account, the us to talk with your great, enter, whomever? I do how do you feel about that? I. So I recently deleted in the Instagram off my phone for variety of reasons. One of which is just a mandated that they collect. I keep the Facebook app on my phone mostly because use Facebook so much for work. There's only so much research you can do of things happening on Facebook without being signed in. So I'm very conflicted about it. I don't post a lot. I don't share a lot. I don't engage a lot because I look at Facebook, and I see all of the data collection. And you know, it's sort of like seeing through the matrix. I can't look at it. And just enjoy my friends photo of their kid. I see all the other stuff around.
"gas tax" Discussed on WTVN
"Thanks for the update, we appreciate that. And what a fascinating yet. Another fascinating case with this type thing, the Wisconsin teenager, Jamie Clawson, and her being kidnapped by Jake Patterson. And I it's fascinating because you know, all of the the the way that it's playing out and you're finding out that during the whole time he he didn't have her like he didn't have our secluded somewhere. Why did have her secluded, but people were coming in and out of the house, and such and, you know, his family his relatives were in and out of the house, and she was unable to somehow signal to somebody and obviously thankful that that she is. Okay. And you know, I can't help but really feel for Jamie's family in this situation because I have a daughter who's that age. So I I can't begin to imagine can't begin to imagine. It's it's shocking. There is something that I believe Josh brought this to my attention last week. I think we kind of looked at a story with this. But I I've got to say I let me start with saying that I love governor, Mike dewine. I think he's going to be a fantastic governor for us. But I think with regard to the study options for fixing a shortfall in money for road construction and maintenance has come to a consensus that the state gasoline tax tax needs to increase. I think this would be his first hiccup in my opinion, because I can't imagine. There are very many people that are in line with this or that or going to be happy about this. And we're trying to get some people that are connected to this story. So we can get statements from them, or at least get some answers that would be, you know, a little deeper than what the story that was printed. Is you know, right now, it's twenty eight cents per gallon the gas tax, and it was last raised in two thousand five according to this. The thing is. A committee member and executive director of the county engineers association said that the gas tax is it's the most consistent option of providing a good portion of the funds needed. And it's probably not going to take care of everybody. It goes on to say, and the other thing that I actually there's shortfalls here. I'm trying to figure out the budget is expected to contain less money for state and local road, paving and maintenance work. Well, why is it that there's a shortage here why isn't more of this being allocated for the shortage that they're talking about? And they're saying there's no additional money for major interstate projects as well without additional revenue. So if if there's a shortage shouldn't they allocate more money of what's there? And if they where did the money like what was allocated for this to begin with. That's the question that I have. And you know, why is it not covering this? This didn't just happen. Overnight. It had to have happened over a period of time. And I just don't understand. I just have some questions. I there there are no answers for this. But they're talking about raising the per gallon gas tax now to cover this. And the last time they raised it was two thousand five. So you're telling me for the last eighteen and a half years almost nineteen years. They haven't raised it, and then this has been building. And now there's a shortage. It didn't just happen. I'm confused as to exactly. Exactly how they're going to figure this out. Why is there a shortage? And if they're allocating ah, there's not enough money. Why don't they allocate more of the money that is there for this? I it just just doesn't make sense to me, traffic.
"gas tax" Discussed on KTAR 92.3FM
"How they got to the point there at now granted, this is a crisis of their own making they being government which mandated things like minimum fuel economy standards. I mean, you don't have to go back that far when we had cars that got fifteen to twenty miles per gallon. We thought we were it. And now you've got we've had some of these hybrids thirty forty fifty miles to the gallon. Well, they're using the same. If not more road, they're just not buying gas, which means less tax. Right. So if you are getting, you know, fifty miles to the gallon because you've got an electric vehicle they gotta go plug in. And so, you know, you're only using so many gallons of gas because it's dual fuel well, yet, you're not paying the taxes on all of the miles that you're using which could be bad for the state good for the environment. You know, you see kind of like the catch twenty two with this. So what we've got? State Representative Noel Campbell Republican out of Prescott proposing is this. He says it's paid for the road ahead that we have these electric vehicles alternative fuels. They're not contributing to the roads that they use. So we need to change things up. The proposal that he is making Bruce would increase our gas tax, which is currently sitting at eighteen cents. Which is what it hasn't changed. Nineteen ninety-one. There's a sticker gas pump. I always read it and go. Well, okay. Well, what would you say? Then when these proposed increases would kick in because for him he's saying that the per gallon for diesel fuel diesel fuel would be twenty eight cents in two thousand nineteen so this year or a dime, thirty eight cents in two thousand twenty and forty three cents in twenty twenty one ball that's for gas. Excuse me. Let me gas and diesel gas and like these you got like a heavy heavy. Oh, yeah. No. I have a diesel truck. Okay. So so it'd be different. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Thirty six cents this year, forty six cents in two thousand twenty and fifty one cents by twenty twenty one. So for the most part, though, we're talking to folks using like regular gas like myself so paying an additional dime this year and going up to forty three gallon a gallon in twenty twenty one. Yeah. Again, what is the fair solution for this? Now, I understand. And I guess I could make the argument that if you have a Prius or are fully a tesla. The tesla owner Dr Simpson as a tesla. Let me drive it, by the way. He uses the same road we use. He drives down Camelback. He rolls around the loop one a one zero. In gas taxes? So therefore, he's not paying for the upkeep of the roads. He uses is that fair in and of itself. Well, no, I don't think it is. But how do you make it fair? I don't think I agree. I don't think you make it fair by increasing the tax on the people already paying the tax because because think about this this is maybe what what no Campbell. Who is the one proposing a catchy name the paid for the road ahead. If you keep raising the gas tax and making gasoline more expensive, you'll you'll incentivize more and more people to use less gap. Which means you get less revenue, which means you have to raise the tax on gas, which means fewer people use. Do you see how this ends? It ends with the gas tax in twenty eight dollars a gallon and four people driving. Well, the gas tax is not the only thing that this Bill would do it says it would also increase motor vehicle use fees incrementally over the next several years. I think they're talking about registration there. Right. When they talk about. I wanna see that's what I think motor vehicle use fee registration. So that would that would ding everybody not just people at your your tags renewables, like it's not just those that use gas, right? So the tesla would be thing there, the Prius would be dinged there as well. But we also got to keep in mind that this year, you're already paying more in vehicle registration fees. Yeah. You're already paying a thirty two dollar fee. Now, that's going to be tacked on to registering your vehicles these were public safety fees. Remember to raise enough to fund DPS highway patrol operations. So you're already getting this fi. You've got state Representative Noah Campbell who is. Is proposing additional fees and increase gas taxes. But here's here's the thing that I take the most exception with. This this package where these gas taxes have gone into the state government has been swept you think? There's a bucket, Bruce, right? Where all the gas tax goes into that bucket. Big bucket. Well, not just, you know, governor Ducey, but even past administrations have gone in and taking money out of that bucket, which is supposed to go for repairing roads. And they've used it for other projects on road projects and to backfill budgets. So whose fault is that that there isn't money to repair the roads, it's our government officials. They're blaming it on us. So what makes me fault for not not buying enough gasoline that if we were to increase the taxes on gas put even more money in that bucket that it wouldn't also be used for something other than what it was intended for. Agreed. My bigger issue. Who is it is a law of diminishing returns when you look at fuel-efficient vehicles electric vehicles. Who knows what the next thing's going to be the next Ilan mustard event, someway bird, scooters Uber and lift. An entire generation of people that don't need or want a driver's license and don't own a car. Right. You you you start looking at where the trend is. I haven't seen any trend. That's yeah. Everybody's gonna go back to having two cars. It's going the other direction. So basically piling on the people that are still driving gasoline vehicles seems to me to be a very short term solution. What is the solution? I'm not listen. I wish I had the the the answer. Because I don't know what it is. I will acknowledge it in some way, shape or form we need to pay for the roads. I get again we have to. I liked driving infrastructure is important. I prefer it when they don't have huge holes in the middle of I give that and put more lanes on the ten we'll let me like twelve in both direction. There should never be traffic. Your gas tax is going to be huge, man. The look at somebody trucks. Yeah. Somebody trucks pay for the road. So us. The scales? The way stations if they way more they pay more because they are putting a bigger strain on the road is that where we're headed. Are we headed to something like where everything's a toll road? And when and when you drive by the little electric thing, they have these in California and have them in Virginia. When you drive down the road. You have this little electric thing on your windshield easy pass, and it charges you basically for using the part of the road used is that where we're headed man that fair. I mean, like, I would pay so much more tax than you would because I live in Gilbert, and you I could spit on your house from here you live so close to the I would never do that. I appreciate okay. So maybe now is the person that drives some Gilbert. I'm like that would suck. But I'm not using the road. I I get the point. Should I pay for the sixty freeway that I don't drive? It's interesting. Okay. So that that's potential. Do. You guys have a solution. Do you have any ideas on this and the gas tax? This is paying for the road ahead. Your thoughts on it love to hear from you. See what you're thinking out there in the valley? Give us a call on our open mic line six zero two two hundred two seven three three six zero two two hundred two seven three three what what would be a fair solution. Knowing that you have to pay for the road somehow who pays and how much am I going to have to start looking at houses and. But you can see where the more you pile on with the gas fewer people are buying. We're buying less gas today than we're buying ten years ago. And that's we'll. Now, we'll be buying gasoline. And that's not a bad thing for the environment. It's a horrible thing covered. For gas companies, by the way, they are. You're opposed to the state of Zona would love to have a when you want to call it a miles per gallon rule nothing over three miles to the gallon. That would be that would they'd love that they want nothing but lines at gas stations because that's how they make their money off of it. The lead brought to you by Berge Ford off the US sixty Mesa drive online at bergeford dot com. So does vaping the e cigarettes? Do they help smokers quit? The kind of the the original way, they were invented the way. It was always pitched me. This was a smoking cessation device. 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Paris arrests: ‘Yellow vest’ protests stretch into ninth week
"Ninth consecutive Saturday is NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports the government there has been unable to stop the weekly demonstrations against president Emmanuel Macron with the day. Still young were already scuffles between police and protesters around the arc. Netflix off and on the shelves of the protesters say the government's concessions to drop the gas tax and raise the minimum wage are not enough. They say they want macaroni to resign analyst Kristoff Barbier says the movement is continuing and even radicalizing as some protesters see it as a second French revolution French finger that the duty of the people is to cut off the head of the kingdom. A novocain is named macro. Bobby says the protesters don't only want Matt crawls head. They also want the heads of everyone with positions of power and wealth in society.
Emmanuel Macron, France And Bureau Chief discussed on The World
"Macron went live on national television at eight pm local time. Civil. Signal. My only concern is you said Macron, our only battle is for France. The French president was responding to four weeks of unrest across France by lazily. John the yellow vests what began as a protest over a gas tax has clearly turned into something much larger. Sophie Pedder is Paris bureau chief for the economist what was macaroni trying to accomplish with the speech, and how well did he do what I think he had two objectives. One of them was to announce a series of measures that we're going to help those struggling on low incomes with some tax credits cancelled payroll charges and general sort of income support measures for those both on low incomes and the retired on on small pensions. But I think, you know, there was a much bigger and more important message this evening, and that was that he. That some of the things he said have winded people that some of the comments he's made has made giving people the impression he doesn't care. And that he said, you know, I I do and I'm sorry, and this I think must have taken a lot of courage them to do, but it was incredibly important because one of the things behind this protests over the last few weeks has been a a feeling a very common feeling on the ground in France at that they have a president who doesn't care who's completely indifferent to their needs. And that needed to be corrected. I think with that message. He's he's he would have gone some way to to correcting that impression. I mean, he's faced a lot of criticism. There these memes like a let them drive electric cars instead of eat cake. How did he look what was his tone? He was looking very serious. Very solemn. You know, it was it was the right sort of tone. I think he's he's not a politician who does the folksy thing. He even during the campaign last year. He didn't eat doesn't naturally tell anecdote on the campaign trail, he doesn't speak from the heart. He's really a rationalist. He's an intellectual. He's a philosophy graduate. You know, this is the sort of person he is. So it doesn't do it easily starting to trying to kind of speak from the heart. I wouldn't say he really managed that. But important thing was found the words, he found the words to say, you know, I I'm sorry. If I if I wounded people and the matters hugely because one of the things I found when I've been talking to people who've been protesting they them on across France. But the people I've spoken to myself have said, you know, what we really upset sauces that we have the feeling that he doesn't respect us that he's looks down on us from his palace. And in Republican France. And the that's that's that people found that just intolerable. So I think those words were really important Soviet this anger over diminishing economic prospects for many French families. Do you see a correlation with the kind of anger we've seen here in the US? I think so I think it's part of a phenomenon that isn't really not unique to France by any means, I think you see it in the US you see it in the UK with Brexit. It's part of the explanation behind the Brexit vote. I think it's parts of you know, all sorts of post industrial societies it changing in changing nature of of the workplace changing forces economic forces to globalization, and technological change all of those things are hitting all of our countries of our economies, and it's the squeezed middle. That is finding it the hardest to adapt wage stagnation, and a sense that things are not, you know, the the prospects are just not what they were certainly for many of those people that. Also for the children. So it is it is a very common form of anger and in some respects. I think you know, we what we shouldn't be surprised to see it in France. Because if you remember last year, Emmanuel Macron was elected president, but he came out he was facing in the runoff at the presidential election. Ring the pen of the far-right National Front. The fact that she got to the second round run-off a tool reflects that same anger. So I think we all looking at something was there's a specific form of of disappointment or frustration with with with Emmanuel Macron, but there's also a much more generalized sense of, you know, trying to find a place at a difficult economic time in the west so fi Pedder Paris bureau chief for the economists also the author of a new book revolucion Francaise, Emmanuel Macron and the Cuesta reinvented nation. Thanks, very, much pleasure. Macron wasn't the only world leader who's had to backtrack on a key issue lately. Take a listen to this. British Prime Minister Theresa may today. Addressing
Macron set to address France after massive yellow vest protests
"I'm Rachel Martin. French president Emmanuel Macron is facing one of the biggest challenges of his presidency. Thousands of protesters flooded the streets of Paris again this weekend police fired tear-gas grenades and used water cannons against them the yellow vest. Protesters get their name from the fluorescent safety vests. They wear and their demonstrations were initially sparked by Macron's controversial gas tax hike. These protests have been going on for weeks. Now putting pressure on the to step up his response as he prepares to give a
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"Broke out across France for a fourth weekend yesterday and impure Sasha Inger reports that President Trump UC unrest as an opportunity to criticize the Paris climate agreement in a tweet President Trump implies that demonstrations in France proof that the twenty fifteen global climate pact, quote isn't working out. So well, the protests started in November as a response to French president Emmanuel Macron's proposed gas tax hike a move that was meant to reduce the country's reliance on fossil fuels and the effects of climate change mccrone withdrew that plan this week and protesters tell NPR they support the climate pact. But they don't think the poor should bear the costs Sasha NPR news,