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New Jersey Gas Tax Going Up More Than 9 Cents Starting In October
"1st the gas tax in New Jersey is going up 9.3 cents per gallon. That means the tax will be 40.2. Cents for gasoline 44.2 cents for diesel. The announcement coming today from the State Department of Treasury, which blamed the Corona virus pandemic. With so many residents working from home gas consumption declined by nearly 40% between March and May. In a statement, the department said the tax was needed in order to ensure compliance with the 2016 law signed by then Governor Christie That law requires a steady stream of revenue to support The transportation Trust fund.
New York - New Jersey Gas Tax Going Up More Than 9 Cents Starting In October
"Gas tax is going up 9.3 cents a gallon come October. That is roughly 22% increase. It raises to 50.7 cents a gallon from 41.4 cents a gallon for gas in New Jersey. And the treasurer says gas consumption is dropped about 40% from March through May, coinciding, of course with Covad 19 that has led to a drop in receipts for the fuel tanks that the state counts on to support bridge and road and other infrastructure projects. The state has to maintain $2 billion in that program every year and Has to get annually adjusted, Teo. The fuel tax adjustments have to be made every year. I should say if receipts don't meet that level, and so New Jersey has just announced that It will raise the gas tax by 9.3 cents a gallon to just over 50 cents per gallon starting October 1st. Of course, New Jersey used to have one of the cheapest gas rates in the country. Now, if my math is correct, that will make it the fourth highest price for gas in the country.
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
Bloomberg Fueled His Campaign With Millions From His Own Fortune
"Michael Bloomberg spending millions and millions of his own dollars some estimates that he might spend a billion dollars in this election and even if he doesn't win he's gonna have an impact because he's spending a lot of money we know that because he had an impact our own statewide elections this past year right and you see that interests ours you know Senate right now are are actually in our house in Richmond and the bills that they're passing gun control gas taxes going up you know they're talking about one bill and there's talk about you cannot criticize those people that are in office really a you know and they're not read the first amendment the second amendment to the constitution I guess they can't be criticize I don't know if that when a past but we're gonna see
Will County, Illinois board approves new $12M gas tax
"They had trade group in analyzes the state needed to do something about its rose even if funding had to come from a one hundred percent increase in the gas Josh sharp sharp C. C. E. E. O. O. of of the the petroleum petroleum marketers marketers and and convenience convenience stores stores association association says says anybody anybody can can see see the the name name I I think think the the reason reason we we had had it it eventually eventually have have this this giant giant you you know know doubling doubling of the tax on gasoline those duties years of neglect from Springfield so it's true you know the state of Illinois obviously needs the money to do it you just wish that you know perhaps more tension and it paid to these these projects needs before we got to this point course the thirty eight cent gas tax has been in effect since summer Illinois policy institute estimates it'll cost the average family two hundred dollars a year
US teens may be barred from buying vape pens and cigarettes
"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 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 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
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.
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?
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.
Pennsylvania governor seeks natural gas tax to raise $4.5 billion
"Governor Tom Wolfe is proposing a four and a half billion. Dollar infrastructure rebuilding program in Pennsylvania to be paid for by tax on natural gas extraction. Katie KYW radio's Joe dusty over ports. It's the fifth straight year. Wolf is proposed a severance tax on natural gas this time he's tying it to critical infrastructure focusing on things that again explicitly address issues that affect communities all across the state, Republican and democratic conservative liberal rural and urban issues like high speed internet storm preparedness and transportation, so far the Republican controlled legislature has refused to consider
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
Yellow Vest Protests Continue To Stir Unrest In France
"Support for this podcast and the following message. Come from internet essentials from Comcast. Connecting more than six million low income people to low cost high speed internet at home. So students are ready for homework class graduation and more. Now, they're ready for anything now to France where members of the yellow vest movement went into the streets for a fourth day of demonstrations today, major violence was voided, but as NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports the movement poses a serious problem for president Emmanuel Macron. Demonstrators chanted MAC hone Demirchyan or macaroni resign near the art material barely a year and a half ago. People were chanting MAC home, Don as the exciting young candidates sought the presidency, but things have changed. Now L is here with her two young sons and his wearing a hat from the French revolution. She says the anger has actually been building for a long time. She came all the way from Brittany to witness what she says is a historic moment. Bruce. Our don't let. Semisi angered heaven rising for forty years. Now, it is exploding. And we have a president who is arrogant, and who has pushed us to the limit abandoning the poor favoring the rich with happening is an insurrection. It's revolution. Santiago and everyone. I talked to here say they care about the planet, but the burden of saving. It cannot be put only on the backs of the poorest. Tear gas wafted over the streets as police tried to push protesters down the avenue there were clashes in several Peres neighborhoods, and in other French cities and cars were set on fire. But the violence was contained this week riot police rounded up troublemakers before they could so chaos more than thirteen hundred people have been taken into custody nationwide. Father Gregoire, Colin Lou, a Catholic priest came out to the demonstration wearing his clerical robes. You see? His erupted. I'm here to reasons. Justice and peace there profound. Injustices in France, we have a beautiful country, but there's an increasing gap between rich and poor. And between those who live in the cities and those who live in the countryside. This crowd finds president Emmanuel Macron elitist. They say his cancellation of the gas tax was too little too late. Now, they have a list of new demands among them are raising the minimum wage and mackerels resignation Patrick's bear is not a yellow vest protester. But a well off resident of this upscale neighborhood. He too has brought his twelve year old son out to see something. He says is important yet could be interested. I wanted to show him. What's happening right now in France in the deep relation just one to him to sense, the February. That's. Overwhelming right now in France. There says only months ago, many thought Macron would change the country when he defeated the unions to overhaul the notoriously rigid, French labor laws, but he says macro has been unable to manage this crisis. When the days protests were over prime minister Edward Philippe said it was time to end the violence and begin the dialogue president micro who has not been heard from in a week will address the nation Monday. Eleanor Beardsley NPR news Paris.
"gas tax" Discussed on KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO
"To repeal the gas tax increase in California's crying foul and asking for a federal investigation into the other side proposition. Six proponents claimed those who want to keep the state's new gas tax are using public money to shoot the initiative down. They also charge people working in government agencies illegally trying to thwart the Masur spokesman denied the charges. The allegations are based on emails, which appear to show local government workers discussing the repeal effort was reported last week those trying to repeal the gas tax are running low on funds as Republicans push more money into other contested racists. The is expected to brigade five billion dollars a year for road repair if pass prop six would repeal that it'd make it mandatory for the public to vote on any new gas tax increases in vehicle fees. Bob Brill, Canak said seventy NewsRadio. California's voter registration. I sit at all time. High ahead of the November election more than nineteen million people are registered. That's nearly seventy six percent of those who are eligible California hasn't had such a large share of registered voters in seventy seven percent of the eligible population was signed up at the nineteen Ninety-six presidential election. The LA county board of supervisors voted to oppose a plan by the Trump administration that would prevent legal immigrants from gaining permanent. Residency in the us, if they accept government assistance county, health and social services officials say. A rule change could force immigrants to choose between a green card and buying healthy food. Supervisor Sheila Cules says the county should use its power and join with others to stand up to attempts to harass the immigrant community support as the change would create a more merit based system of immigration a woman's been shot and killed by San Bernardino county sheriff's deputies in victorville. The sheriff's department says it happened this afternoon when the deputies responded to a report of an assault. There's no word yet. What specifically led to the shooting coming up? We are going to see what's.
"gas tax" Discussed on KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO
"The gas tax newman who had represented parts of la and san bernardino counties was targeted for recall because he was the deciding vote to increase the gas tax carl demayo chairman of reform california the group that led the recall efforts tells knx the recall is good news for a gas tax repeal across every socioeconomic group one democrats we want independence we republicans and latinos all socioeconomic groups we saw really solid numbers for the recall of josh neumann over the gas tax hike we know that jerry brown and the sacramento mafia one of money and they're going to spend as much money as they can to keep our money with the higher gas tax repeal makes it onto the november ballot early polling shows it has a narrow majority supports from voters for thirty four on knx you freeway check just a minute away i turn out in last night's primary election was low apathy was high except among a voting block that some call the sleeping giant latino voters appear to have bucked the trend and turned in ballots and big numbers so in a d as director of the latino policy and politics initiative at ucla tells connects indepth one area in particular exploded orange county we see surges surges in the number of ballots cast and the most heavily latino precincts and these searches range from ten percent upwards of two hundred and forty five percents over the ballots cast in june two thousand fourteen was he knew voters or a supermajority and some of those precincts including areas where kevin de leon challenging diane weinstein for her long held senate seat outperformed the incumbent rob archer knx ten seventy newsradio for usc vice dean testifies before the.
"gas tax" Discussed on Marketplace All-in-One
"Mariel sagarra for marketplace at some point within the next couple of weeks may be because we've been waiting for this one for a while but the white house says it is going to release its long awaited infrastructure plan soon basic just to remind is that the trump administration is hoping you something like two hundred billion dollars in federal money to get states localities and the private sector to chip in the rest up to a trillion dollars alltold told that is of course a whole lot of money which has people looking for an easier perhaps less painful way to pay for new roads and bridges for instance the us chamber of commerce says congress ought to raise the federal gas tax by twenty five cents a gallon and use that money marketplace's reema khrais slaves odds on that one the last time we saw hike in the gas tax was back in 1993 twenty five years ago the latest gas tax increases old enough to drink has graduated colleagues in his moved on with her life richard oxer is a researcher at the tax policy center and he says the tax has been stuck at about eighteen cents per gallon not enough to pay for our aging road in bridges and on top of that americans are by more fuelefficient vehicles so people are buying less gas and they're paying less in gas tax because that rate has not kept up with inflation under the chambers proposal the tax would increase by five cents every year for five years that would raise about three hundred in seventy five billion dollars over the next decade to fund infrastructure projects that won't be easy to green light the politics on the gas sex are really difficult a detail maher studies infrastructure at the brookings institution because every household gets hit right it's really tough justifying that folks are going to merely feel it relative to let the income taxes that you only tennessee right sometime between februaryapril when you file with the irs still in recent years about twenty five states have raised their own gas tax gin giuliano teaches transportation policy at the university of southern california actually been quite bipartisan and basically on track.
"gas tax" Discussed on SuperTalk WTN 99.7
"Through the airport in a given day you have more than enough money and nobody's going to care but they're the ones who need to be paying it's a use tax we don't need to be going in the general fawn and and redoing laguardia i don't give a rat's trump about how many times i've been through laguardia while i mean i usually go through jfk but i mean what do i care the people who go through laguardia on a regular basis care and they wouldn't mind that their ticket word but more to pay for fixing it back up that's how that should be paid for it should not be coming out of the general front or the new prosperity that we're going to see from the tax cuts because we're going to see a bunch of revenue come in and it's gonna be very tempting not to just spend it all and they're going to say will with this is our opportunity spent on infrastructure let's don't do that let's pay for infrastructure adds it's meant to be paid for and that is through the state and federal gas tax and you need to be spending that wisely argue spending the gas tax on roads and infrastructure exclusively and if you're not then you need to stop doing whatever you're doing and spitting on green ways and bike pads and was safe spaces or whatever the hell you're spending and on and spending an on the roads and bridges that's what it's supposed to be spent on and then if it's not enough the new come to people say look you know we've we've tighten the belt we've gotten rid of the extraneous stuff and we still need some money then you can make your case with the people in your state but this should not be a massive spending trillions of dollars but i fear that's what's going to happen so not to be a wet blanket because that's down the road but in the meantime we're going to see the economy come roaring back and the republicans are gonna try to make hay on this next year and they don't need to screw up by outstripping the prosperity is all i'm saying if we can show the american people that we cut taxes and we have now surpluses instead of deficits there's you're talking point for november of next year we cut taxes we we righted.
"gas tax" Discussed on SuperTalk WTN 99.7
"Through the airport in a given day you have more than enough money and nobody's going to care but they're the ones who need to be paying it's a use tax we don't need to be going in the general fawn and and redoing laguardia i don't give a rat's trump about how many times i've been through laguardia while i mean i usually go through jfk but i mean what do i care the people who go through laguardia on a regular basis care and they wouldn't mind that their ticket word but but more to pay for fixing it back up that's how that should be paid for it should not be coming out of the general front or the new prosperity that we're going to see from the tax cuts because we're going to see a bunch of revenue come in and it's gonna be very tempting not to just spend at all and they're gonna say will with this is our opportunity spin on infrastructure let's don't do that let's pay for infrastructure as it's meant to be paid for and that is through the state and federal gas tax and you need to be spending that wisely argue spending the gas tax on roads and infrastructure exclusively and if you're not then you need to stop doing whatever you're doing and spitting on green ways and bike pads and was safe spaces or whatever the hell you spend it in on and spending on the roads and bridges that's what it's supposed to be spent on and then if it's not enough the new come to people say look we've we've tighten the belt we've got rid of the extraneous stuff and we still need some money then you can make your case where the people in your state but this should not be a massive spending trillions of dollars but i fear that's what's going to happen so not to be a wet blanket because that's down the road but in the meantime we're going to see the economy come roaring back and the republicans are gonna try to make hay on this next year and they don't need to screw up by outstripping the prosperity is all i'm saying if we can show the american people that we cut taxes and we have now surpluses instead of deficits there's you're talking point for november of next year we cut taxes we we why did.
"gas tax" Discussed on KFI AM 640
"New gas tax money from being used for expanding freeways right highway not allowed to add capacity they don't want to add lanes because they actually love congestion uh to them the roads are bad uh congestion is good because it would force you to do what they want you to do which is so your car walk to work bike to work or sit in some sort of smelly boss have you travel but slightly to other states i have and i am stunned how great the highways are in all these other states that have much less of a gas tax baghdad has even better rose no i mean but the reality is we already pay even before the gas tax was implemented uh the secondhighest affects in the nation now we've got the highest gas tax in the nation but we've got the worst roads wind because the politicians heal the money and of a little crumb and i emphasize crumbs of the little trump should get uh put in a road projects to the money's still inefficient spent that uh we really do have a situation where we're paying more and getting lots in california this this gas tax bill i hadn't heard this before really does prohibit the money from being spent on new road construction here in terms of my happy the the the the environmentalist insisted that no money be spent to expand freeways were highways in terms of roads capacity or lane they do not want more lanes because they think that that's going to actually encourage people to use.
"gas tax" Discussed on KFI AM 640
"The me we are we are enough in the fight of our life i mean you think if the democrats but i would say that if the democrats maintain a twothirds majority i mean you're looking at prop thirteen changes oil severance tax but roll i mean okay i hear you here's what i'm worried about a you know at best the republicans can win a few extra seats and they'd have slightly less than a twothirds majority but a few have seven people jumping the fence to vote for the for the cap at trade gas tax what hope to we have what we after all we have to hang together we got to build a colour and bigoted okay let's wrong with the republicans i mean we did the rugged struck at a game seven seats in the next election cycle they could gain seven seats and we'd still have these taxes because so many republicans stabbed the constituents in the back but we saw what are we going what are we going to do about danida oldie to to get out of the on paper to get out of the suit of whom i your right to do this we we have a fighting chance the block but i don't even all right but let me tell you something i don't even i wouldn't know who to recommend a vote for because some of the guys who who stabbed us over the sixty said gas tax increase round the record denouncing the twelve sent gas increase in april and by the summer time they were voting for the bigger gas tax so they warn against taxes they campaigned against taxes and then when they get a good bribe from the democrats they they switch sides sad how do we know which of these guys are going to do that we've got all everybody kind of a win look the people after powell i am right now what do we do when we can't trust either party woolly can't trust what anybody says when they run for office what are we supposed to do next and the public is rightfully upset about that i mean look i i like i'm i'm just i'm a i'm serious of what happened in this and in this session i mean i'm not gonna sit a front row seat to the train wreck and i'm not going to sit back i mean i'm travelling.
"gas tax" Discussed on 790 KABC
"Assembly our views to lead the assembly who provided the votes deployed cap and trade over the top which is going to raise the gas tax by seventy one cents in in a back door stored away and then you've got a republican in the senate i think it was cannella who i voted for this particular gas tax increase whenever the democrats need votes for from the republicans for the stuff they always get them they seem to know i will let me give a cab your your organization howard your overstocked research association is nonpartisan we just count the votes we in fact we just released her report carter would flee report card last week we grade the legislators on their actual vote on tax issues in we ignored their party registration but the bottom line is the reason the democrats and the governor are able to flip a couple republican this is because the margin on that two thirds is so thin if we had more of an old even say republicans well i'd say if we had more fiscal conservatives winning elections they would not be able to lip uh the legislator so easily but because the margin of of uh of the twothirds is so fan they were able to do it and and that's a shame so uh the the bottom line is a giving you woulda were nonpartisan by by a large margin the republicans tend to vote with taxpayers and democrats do not there are some notable exceptions uh we we actually worked with a couple of dirt crash this year of our own bills but the reality is people are generally safe in looking at the republican candidate as someone who will protect taxpayers yeah and john you know we we see these near these taxes go up in either way sell it to us i this is.
"gas tax" Discussed on 790 KABC
"The if you you're here you would know animal little worked up about this gas tax thing too well well first of all i i uh i flew down to elliot limit brubeck this morning in key back 'cause i stepped up a plan to realize 'oh hud it was decided to jump it up when we come right oh no actually i always tell their for meetings but it was very very warm it'll just like you gotta be kidding me this is october but uh it it it i hit i had to suffer through the but not only that all the dodger fields as boston red sox field there were so many dodger fans out there i just had to leave as soon as i could so any way you just lost half of our on thursday for myself i appreciate that i will never be let your show again you're absolutely right the ah oh oh kidding aside old kidding about the weather assad the gas tax is a hot topic aired quite frankly any effort to repeal uh the tax texas due to kick in next week is really implementing the jury brown strategy which is a liberal when he should know tax increases without voter approval and this was jim taylor wrote the lpu legislature new door to will it would never has most her with voters and and yet they put it on no uh just a little bit of clarity here there are two versions and they do it in much different ways of a gas tax repeal there was one well by uh travis i own is he was he was first over the books yes assemblyman down here in orange county we had him on the show to talk about at last week i end in too there's another another effort the official pulled it is a lawyer who we work with others and they were toma siltec but there is a broader there may be a broader coalition backing that one that one is extremely simple it is one paragraph it's simply says it's a constitutional amendment it simply says that uh uh no tax on gas or cars uh can be implemented without voter approval and it makes it retroactive to january 1st oh 2017 so effectively if the california legislature wont to re imposed this if it passes you will have to go to the voters the.
"gas tax" Discussed on AM 590 The Answer
"The citizens 'cause remember we're governed by consent in the founders met for the citizens to be the ones who are hold on the politicians accountable this is why i think we have a generational opportunity in front of us right now to begin to get more people is politics is about two things it's about money and people if you don't have people you need lots of money if you don't have much money you need lots of people and right now in california quite frankly there are a lot of good people that want to run for office but we need lots of people to be able to get off the bench and keep those people in office in elect new people i think the oath that the california democrats the progressive democrats have overstepped their bounds we absolutely with this gas tax it's getting hit the inland empire the hardest so we have an opportunity to repeal the gas tax once these initiatives get released one of them is in appeal right now in some time beginning in the beginning of november the beginning of the middle of november we're going to have an opportunity to go out and gather signatures and i i think that the thing that's important about this is this is an issue that crosses party boundaries this tax affects democrats republicans independence communists conservatives every by effects are popping pocketbook pain at the pump because of the democrats exactly so i think this is an opportunity to get people off the couch onto the playing field politics schrapel on the uniform of fiscal responsibility a go out and whether or not you're you're concerned about the gas tax there's plenty of things the sanctuary state if you parrots and you don't like having to vaccinate your kids the vaccine initiative wasn't successful put your energy into this gas tax pile every transgression that this legislature has done on the back of this gas tax repeal and get out and gather signatures and get people off the couch i think it to generational opportunity might you agree i look at the the the opportunity is there i had a lot of people wanting me to run for congress the republicans are in control of congress i liked being here because i since there something common and i don't want to miss out on the opportunity i don't mind being the.
"gas tax" Discussed on WDRC
"Light of day because the republican budget passed would have created this transportation agency which would have had the power to institute tolls not i'm not saying i'm necessarily opposed to tolls in connecticut i am open to the conversation a saint up four polls are against pull but i'm oprah or tolls but i am open to the conversation when it comes to tolls but by goodness our lawmakers are going to have the power to vote on tools and not pass off this responsibility to some transportation agency so that they don't have to get called on it during a reelection campaign did they vote for or against tolls and that's what this up ed piece in the current was all about yesterday more and more we are witnessing our elected officials in government attempting to pass the baton to these agencies and empower them to make the decis asians which our elected officials should be making simply because they don't want to make the difficult decision and they don't want to be called on having made the difficult decision once a campaign begins because it's all about protecting their reelection you know they tried this in massachusetts i don't know if you aware of this but they tried this in massachusetts where they had automatically tied an increase to the gas tax in massachusetts and don't kid yourself in massachusetts they have tolls and the gas tax but the overwhelmingly at the time democratic assembly in massachusetts combined with a democratic governor actually signed into law a bill that automatically raise the gas tax tied to the rate of inflation and here's the real kicker if an if there was no inflation if in fact if went down a little bit the gastax never went down it could only go up but in massachusetts they have the power of the ballot initiative and this went to the voters and they supremely rejected this plan so that from now on in massachusetts if they want to raise the gas tax then they have to vote on it they have to vote on it and automatically no law in other words it doesn't automatically go up if the rate of inflation goes up these lawmakers have to be on the.
"gas tax" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio
"Package of a n that's not my question my question is whether or not you believe that since 1993 gas tax has been at its current rate do you think it should be increased that's my only question and all you did raise your hand so of do you wish to retract it at this time no i think it has to be part of the part of the is that said we're looking for something sustainable longterm and you know fuel tax will be one of those one of those things that we have to do a ride in so mr uh rocca rook off uh would you please solve this mystery for us why you did not raise your hand or well it's it's it's in part policy in its apart parochial as i pointed out earlier the state of washington has just increased its gas tax on the second increment of it of twelve sunday gas tax increase i worked for a board of 18 seventeen elected officials they do not as i know have a position on raising the gas tax i would say this importantly transit is funded from a mix of trust fund dollars in general fund dollars and in my in my written testimony i i talk about i think the need for transit expansion in america requires that we revisit the mix between pro graham's but i don't believe that all of the problems will be handled by the by a gas tax increase and i think we probably should address the problems on a comprehensive basis perhaps some combination of fuel taxes i've also talked about the fact that washington state is one of.
"gas tax" Discussed on KBNP AM 1410
"Their state gas tax and one of those is to index their state gas tax to inflation and the second one years data in cnet to be the every week economy of those cars registered in georgia and so that as those cars become more efficient it will the gas tax to at least hold it harmless and retain the purchasing power of that tax so if an interesting approach and in a way that i think that they will be able to basically the gatt pact on life support for quite some time do you see pete that other states will follow georgia if that model works so well you know i i think you will i think you'll see every all states do that but again eric in maryland uh my governor would not support any any change to the to the type of taxing that represented more tax 83 extra clear on that but i think there will be state that are going to you look at the georgia model and i think you keep the gas tax viable offer for i think a substantial amount of high are you ask about eu vis what about these electric vehicles and right now electric vehicles are are still very tiny percentage of the auto fleet but but everything that's going on out there is is you know all manufacturers are coming out with electric vehicles and they come up with extended batteries it's probably they're going to become more popular and at that point i don't know if we just end up having to do a you know a flat fee for a before and electric vehicle over a guy that would be the equivalent of what an average car would pay in fuel taxes go probably something in the reigning shipment an annual tax two hundred twenty hundred and fifty dollars would would um a resulting in a after fame contribution that most eight taxes contribute i understood an i i see definitely when you consider that there are so many countries i mean in in france and germany in two thousand and thirty no longer will you see internal combustion engine automobiles all on the new side of the cars until they've already shifted and and china recently the implied that they would follow suit uh in the future so we may be 25 years our conversation may be 25 years ahead of its time but the fact is as you.
"gas tax" Discussed on KBNP AM 1410
"And shorter and so what most recently though there was a fiveyear deal which was very successful but it authorized level of you know act it grew were those five years revenues into the trust fund had not reduced and now just support the authorize levels and congress or had to take earned him transferring them into the crust fund to support the amount that had been authorized by the other committee thank you pete and thanks for joining us on on karklins today i i believe that you support and and i hesitate users or gas tax but considering for me it would be a safety tax when you consider all of them the pot holes in the roots and the damage done to automobiles do you believe in you support the gas tax increase it is that a just a yes or no well you know i i owlry says the previous time i worked that we visited uh i actually work for a governor in mind physician leader famous might governor all right mike it opener does not support taxi grief here's our fee increases but i can tell you that the federal gas tax has not been increased and 1993 and there is a huge gap today a weapon purchasing power here's of those dollars versus now 25 years later i can only imagine significant but what we are also seen a nineteen that the maryland and it's going on all over this country is that is useful niles hallowed on our system as since their recovery of the recession been growing the new implant will get three and a half percent a year which is big for our where we've been seeing as we've been growing about a billion miles per year and additional traffic on our roads so that we are now over eat 2 billion miles traveled on maryland's wrote so normally you.
"gas tax" Discussed on KFI AM 640
"To raising gas prices sixty three cents with this tax sixty three cents a gallon this is a guy that just a few months ago ranted about the gas tax hike that he did not vote for saying it'd be a burden on californians who drive do we have that clip that's dwarfed by a sixty three cents to increase business the finances of crazy this is five times the tax that the lds plenty you have that clip oh from played yesterday i we as because this has got to be hung around his neck how does he go from this clip showed all scrunched up on a couch with his arm around jerry brown on his right i think and wales and lotions and emmys and his head it is unduly old shoulder and and i brown looks like he's sitting practically in his lap so what what's going on here they're going to look at this and say what in the world is going on wire republicans talking about something like cap and trade law tell ya we believe that markets are better than sovietstyle command and and control alitalia listening to the way acting captain james wrong this is the one we played where he voted against the gas tax a few months ago i was trying to explain himself but the northerners railing against the gas tax right that's the april vote given ten sec soak that voyages playing was she's trying to defend his vote on cap and trade this is a sickening photo because you have several republicans in the photo with brown in and and take a deleo and they're all grinning there all happy this is going to cost you six hundred dollars per driver per year in your house at your your money and look at them laughing for this for this colossal scam now we have the ah jed maize audio right this evening talk about rocket out here's the only crocodile tears that we were we were heading listening to shedding crocodile keno that our constituents all over california both republicans.
"gas tax" Discussed on KFI AM 640
"Kori against the partners that didn't get the higher education i mean amanda you signed it you're completely screwed i can't even give you advice to kill him in this case all it does is guaranteeing that you're one left to pay it handle on the law tomorrow morning at six p 640 more stimulating talk johny shouchung belkaid she hoped kfi am 640 norick run our way to of course the voice line and just three hours it's free movie friday and of course hackett a dumpster everything's here on the john and ken show just just wanted review because we just had to konta mile on from reform california it's the recall against state senator josh newman and we know where we talk about this we wanna remind everybody of the sins of state senator josh newman who who just got elected for the first time he took office what in in december january yuck they're winning state senate seat for a squeaker he's already voted to raise your gas tax remember that yes let's play josh cubans saying i as we go through these clay i'd here is this is not officially from that vote but he did raise to vote to raise your gas tax back in april and then of course he voted for the government run health care bill which if fully implemented would result in two hundred billion dollars in necessary texas and of course this week he voted for cap and trade which is going to boost your gas prices by sixty three cents a gallon a short time oh how 'bout sanctuary state status for california oh yeah yeah forgot about that well how much that's gonna cost as except that could all there could be a crime problem had how about the real estate tax it's real estate tax because only let's review this again uh the original twelve said gastax 63 saint gas tax the real estate tax the healthcare tax and a sanctuary state situation yeah what a record you'll politicians are we say that same stupid thing i'm running on my record and i'm proud of my record as there's your record josh new that's five strikes and he did that he did that matters weeks but that's i think that's not.
"gas tax" Discussed on WTMJ 620
"You know theoretically there is a lot of locals that would get caught up in this as well which is widely governor says i want this to be a revenueneutral thing the idea being the money you generate from toll road you offset by the fact that when you fill up your car with gasoline maybe instead of a thirty cent pergallon tax you're paying a twenty five cent gallon tax by i guess i look at it and say if it's revenueneutral it is not going to get anywhere and by the way i don't i don't read these stories is the governor endorsing toll roads i read these stories saying that the governor is no tax increase and if you can to show that you can generate as much money through the toll roads as you can with a by and also correspondingly decrease the gas tax you know he's willing to look at it i just don't see it as a longterm solution in are moving forward even if you could end up getting the federal waivers what what i think well first of all i think we have to look at the road projects around the state and i understand helport this to have quality rose i get that i don't understand i think there's still a lot of waste that goes on i mean i i look at some of these projects that get done in and it seems like three years later the tearing up the thing to redo on because they were done right i think that there's a lot of fat in the bidding process of i think there's a lot of money that could be saved see i'm not convinced there's not a lot of waste and before i go along with any sort of tax increase you're going to have to convince me that you really have that we are doing things.