From KARE 11 (April 19):"Mn/DOT to test driver's 'mileage tax'." (Note: yet another way to part you from your money. Get more efficient at preserving .10 cents for your family and the government will get more efficient at snatching it.]
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is looking for 500 people to test technology that could someday be used to collect a mileage-based user fee. Mn/DOT anticipates a fee on road usage might someday be necessary as more fuel efficient and hybrid cars are on the road, decreasing revenue from the gas tax.
From Oregon Live (April 14): "Jury awards $82,000 after woman is arrested when asking police for a business card." (Note: although I sympathize with the verdict and hope it reins in the arrogant brutality of the police, it is the taxpayers who will pay the settlement and they are innocent of wrongdoing. Make police individually responsible for their acts.)
A Multnomah County jury awarded a 33-year-old woman $82,000 Thursday, saying they wanted to send Portland police a message: Hand over a business card the next time a citizen asks for one. Several jurors who spoke to The Oregonian after the verdict in Multnomah County Circuit Court said police weren’t dealing with an urgent or dangerous situation...when Shei’Meka Newmann questioned what she thought was an unnecessarily rough arrest of a fellow MAX rider. It would have taken only a few seconds for an officer to hand Newmann a card, jurors said.
From CNN (April 18): "For schoolchildren, where's the water?" (Note: mild dehydration said to affect children's ability to learn. Is this the new food police crusade? If they want to improve children's ability to learn, how about improving the teachers?]
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