2017 Fall October 28 Saturday
34 degrees this morning, walk 35:27 minutes
Obviously coolest day of the season this morning. Probably dressed a little too warm (it didn’t seem that cold out there, there as little wind)
Pace was 17 seconds slower than my goal. I don’t know if it is the weather, or the amount of clothing, but my pace is almost always slower in cold weather.
The state tax on hybrids and electrics was declared unconstitutional, which I expected.
Basically the state law provided for a $30 tax on hybrids and a $100 tax on electrics whiteout any regard whatsoever for mileage etc. Fortunately the State Supreme Court declared the law unconstitutional as an illegally passed tax.
If the State Legislature really cared, they would have adopted a schedule of taxes based on weight, mileage or some other criteria instead of doing the bidding of the oil and gas industry to try to deter alternative powered vehicles.
What was really strange was the Executive Director of the state “road contractors association” (who of course wanted more money for construction) was saying he extra cost was justified based on the “weight” of hybrids and electrics, which is simply incorrect.
If he was really worried about the “weight” of hybrids and electrics, he should have been pushing for a tax rate based on weight of all vehicles, including the overloaded trucks of contractors that really tear up the roads.
I find it strange that the state legislatures and national government start off with what taxes should be instead of what projects are needed and then adjust the tax rate accordingly.
It now appears that the lying bully lunatic and his band of criminals are providing huge wasteful government contracts (for private prisons, FEMA construction or whatever) without any bids but strictly “quid quo pro” for bribes disguised as “donations” or lavish parties and conventions at the resorts owners by the lying bully lunatic. The criminals belong in prison instead of wasting billions rewarding their buddies and paybacks for “contributions”.
Meanwhile residents/taxpayers of numerous cities and counties vote new taxes on themselves to provide needed projects by huge margins.
A good reason why local government is the most trusted level of government.
That’s it for now, Saturday, October 28, 2017.