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  • Is Boston Marathon Fundraising Out of Control?

    12/05/2019 6:09:58 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    s Boston Marathon Fundraising Out of Control? ^ | December 3, 2019 | Sarah Lorge Butler
    Aaron Stevens will run the Boston Marathon for the sixth time in April, and his fifth as part of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute team. For each of the past two years, he has raised $16,000 for the cancer center. The effort is personal. Stevens lost a cousin in her 30s to colon cancer, and his father survived grueling treatment for bladder cancer that included a nine-week stay in intensive care. He’s got his two-pronged fundraising strategy down pat—an email list of 500 people get monthly appeals from him, and he can count on at least 100 of those people to...
  • Can Congestion Pricing Help Fund Infrastructure?

    08/31/2019 2:20:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 45 replies
    For Construction Pros ^ | August 26, 2019 | Jessica Lombardo
    Gridlock on America’s roadways is increasing, according to the 2019 Urban Mobility Report published by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute – in part due to job growth that is “exacerbating” the nation’s traffic woes. As a result, over that 26-year period from 1982 to 2018: The number of hours per commuter lost to traffic delay has nearly tripled, climbing to 54 hours a year. The annual cost of that delay per commuter has nearly doubled to $1,010. The nationwide cost of gridlock has grown more than tenfold to $166 billion a year. The amount of fuel wasted sitting in stalled...
  • AT&T faces lawsuit over bogus ‘administrative fee’ hiding in its service plans

    06/26/2019 1:43:42 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 20 replies
    Android Police ^ | 06/25/2019 | Manuel Vonau
    AT&T recently made the headlines for some misleading business concerning its 5G network — in essence, it added a 5GE indicator on devices that don't actually support 5G. Even a lawsuit from Sprint couldn't stop the company. Now, another complaint is on its way to the carrier, this time from its customers. They are accusing AT&T of charging a monthly $1.99 "bogus Administrative Fee" that it doesn't properly disclose in its rates. According to Ars Technica, the plaintiffs say the company hides the additional fee in customer bills and suggests that it is similar to some tax or other government-related...
  • Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot: 'No question' city will need more tax money from residents

    06/12/2019 9:27:38 PM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 12, 2019 | Gregory Pratt
    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Wednesday said there’s “no question” residents will need to pay more in taxes or fees to plug a looming city budget shortfall estimated at more than $700 million. Lightfoot made the comment, without elaborating on specifics, after her second City Council meeting, when she was asked about a campaign promise to find budget cuts before seeking a property tax increase. ... There’s no question we’re going to have to come to the taxpayers and ask for additional revenue ... Lightfoot took office last month facing a gaping budget hole in the next fiscal year ......
  • 2019 Indiana Gun Law Reform Bill Eliminates Fees, More

    05/08/2019 12:33:19 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 6 May, 2019 | Dean Weingarten
    The Indiana legislature has passed, and Governor Eric Holcomb signed  HB 1284. The bill reforms several areas of Indiana gun law. HB 1284 passed the House, 80-13 on 11 February, 2019. It passed the Senate, 47-7 on 8 April, 2019. HB 1284 was signed by Governor Holcolmb on 26 April, 2019.Voter registration forms will now be available with applications for carry permits, by designating the Indiana State Police, Sheriff's offices, and municipal law enforcement agency offices, as voter registration offices. The legislation creates immunity from civil action when justifiable self defense or defense of others is successfully raised. Those...
  • SunPass is still mailing bills from its online meltdown 8 months ago

    02/06/2019 11:10:27 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    WFTV 9 ^ | February 6, 2019 | Racquel Asa
    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - The toll bills haven't stopped coming for some drivers in Central Florida after SunPass’ software meltdown last summer. In fact, state senators were told more than 4 million outstanding bills are still heading to mailboxes, adding up to an outstanding balance of $100 million. Related Headlines Last June, SunPass took its online payment system offline for a week of scheduled maintenance. At the end of the week, the system wouldn’t come back online. Almost 250 days later, people are still getting bills in the mail for the weeks of tolls that SunPass couldn’t process. Some drivers...
  • Going shopping? N.J. wants to impose fees on bags, but critics say it won't stop littering

    06/21/2018 3:54:51 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 25 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | June 21, 2018 | Michael Sol Warren
    In the battle against litter in the Garden State, plastic bags have been public enemy number one. Several municipalities, mostly along the Shore, have acted on their own to limit plastic bag use either through fees or bans. But for years, efforts for statewide regulation of the bags has failed to gain traction. Now, state lawmakers have decided that it is time to move forward. A new fee on plastic and paper shopping bags is being pushed through the state legislature: The bill cleared budget committees in both the Assembly and Senate on Tuesday and could be passed as early...
  • Maryland rakes in millions of dollars from toll fines, penalties

    06/14/2018 1:12:50 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    SFGate ^ | April 28, 2018 | Luz Lazo, the Washington Post
    Maryland's stepped-up efforts to collect unpaid tolls are raking in millions of dollars for the state - outpacing the growth in toll revenue itself. State lawmakers and consumer protection groups say the crackdown - which includes referring thousands of delinquent accounts to collections - is punitive and predatory and is pushing Marylanders into debt - and in some cases bankruptcy. Transportation officials say they are only enforcing tolls motorists should be paying anyway - a major shift from years past when the state allowed scofflaws to run up hefty amounts in unpaid tolls and fines without consequences. "Certainly, we want...
  • Porn Star Stormy Daniels Admits She’s Not Paying for Her Attorney Fees – Who is?

    05/05/2018 6:17:48 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 100 replies
    GP ^ | 05/05/18 | Jim Hoft
      Liberal media darling and porn star Stormy Daniels admitted in a tweet this past week that she is not paying for her attorney fees. If she’s not, then who is? The porn star who the MSM will not stop talking about due to her statements that she slept with President Trump a dozen years ago admitted this past week that she is not paying for her attorney fees. Daniels reportedly signed a document stating she did not have sex with citizen Donald Trump a dozen years ago.  Then Daniels came out and said that she did have sex...
  • Attorney General Opens Investigation: Obama/Holder/Lynch $6 Bil. Cash-in on Taxpayers

    04/23/2018 6:05:48 AM PDT · by davikkm · 41 replies
    IWB ^ | Thinker
    Elder Patriot – Attorney General Jeff Sessions has finally announced an investigation into the use of federal money to fund radical leftwing advocacy groups. In making the announcement Sessions cited that at least six billion dollars was funneled into what was essentially a slush fund for Obama’s army of street activists. It’s almost a certainty that that amount is going grow significantly. The groups receiving the money included La Raza (now UnidosUS), NeighborWorks America, National Community Reinvestment Coalition, Operation Hope, Black Lives Matter, and a spin-off of Acorn The Mutual Housing Association of New York, among numerous other extremist groups....
  • How Does A $3 Toll Turn Into A $20 Rental Car Charge?

    09/22/2017 7:57:46 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    Consumerist ^ | August 10, 2017 | Ashlee Kieler
    Cashless payment systems like E-ZPass have helped make highway driving a less irksome experience by speeding up lines. Rental car companies even offer this option so you don’t have to worry about an embarrassing last-minute scrounge for change at the tollbooth, but rental car customers are now realizing that this convenience can come at a huge price.We’ve previously told you about some of the steep fees involved in using a rental company’s toll-paying device, but those fees could be small change compared to penalties for drivers who use the car’s device without even realizing it.The Pew’s Stateline recently took a...
  • Interstate 11 opening causes GPS glitch

    09/04/2017 4:15:08 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 61 replies
    FOX 5 Vegas ^ | August 17, 2017 | Faith Tanner
    LAKE MEAD (FOX5) - A section of Interstate 11 opened Wednesday between the 95 and Railroad Pass Casino. But some drivers said they are having a hard time navigating it, thanks to a glitch from GPS technology. When a 2.5 mile stretch of I-11 opened, Apple and Google maps didn't register it. Instead, it caused a major glitch, and instead of routing people down the 95 toward Boulder City and Arizona, drivers were being redirected all the way through Lake Mead National Park. The route takes more time and also comes with a $20 toll. "I pulled over with all...
  • The Cost of Conservatism @ Cornell...Hosting Conservative Speakers Comes With Added Expenses (TR)

    03/03/2017 6:43:15 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 6 replies
    The right to speak on Cornell’s campus is a “paramount value,” one upon which the University has an “essential dependence,” according to the Campus Code of Conduct... But some groups that have hosted conservative speakers on campus are not buying the administration’s rhetoric, citing the thousands of dollars they have been asked to pay the University for security at their events. And they say it is a cost that hosts of conservative speakers disproportionately have to bear. “The University, through its current policy — intentional or not — imposes additional financial and administrative costs on groups wishing to host conservative...
  • $100 million in annual toll fines put citizens on road to ‘toll bankruptcy’

    02/27/2017 5:19:00 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    The Maryland Reporter ^ | February 7, 2017 | Dan Menefee
    Excessive penalties and poor customer service at the E-ZPass electronic toll collection system have put some Marylanders on the path to “toll bankruptcy,” Sen. Roger Manno told the Senate Finance Committee last week.“Folks [are] exasperated because they’ve been caught in a system that is not working,” Manno said.Broad enforcement powers enacted in 2013 to address toll violations have led to wage attachments, financial hardship and non-renewal of vehicle registrations at MVA, witnesses testified. Sen. Roger Manno “The penalty structure that we set several years ago in the General Assembly was not intended to be punitive,” Manno said. “It was not...
  • United Airlines will charge extra fee for use of overhead bins

    12/06/2016 1:14:37 PM PST · by T-Bird45 · 101 replies
    WMAR-TV2 ^ | 12/6/16 | Bretton Keenan
    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - The coveted carry-on bag. Not checking your bag has its perks--avoid waiting around at baggage claim at the end of your flight, or worrying about losing it, and it's cheaper. Or, at least, it used to be. United Airlines just announced a new ticket option called "Basic Economy," banning the use of overhead bins for luggage. So now you're stuck with either paying for a checked bag, or paying for a more expensive ticket to bring it on the flight with you. According to a release from U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer's office, United expects the plan...
  • US Homeownership Rate Crashes To Lowest Since 1965

    07/28/2016 9:00:33 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 27 replies
    ZeroHedge.com ^ | 28 July 2016 | Tyler Durden
    In hopes of promoting the narrative of a US housing recovery, one recurring thesis has been that as Millennials get older and start families, they will eventually leave their parents' basement and buy a house or shift from renting to owning. So far the facts have refused to corroborate this, and according to the latest "Housing Vacancies and Homeownership" report released on Thursday, the dream of owning a home just became even more distant. The reason: after staging a feeble rebound in late 2015, the US homeownership rate just tumbled from 63.5% to 62.9%, tied for the lowest print going...
  • Why Not C-SPAN?

    03/31/2016 10:39:08 AM PDT · by dvan · 18 replies
    dvan | 3/31/2016 | dvan
    Are the rest of you as disgusted as I am with the current political process? This began over a year ago and has cost millions of dollars while no end is in sight. In fact we are no closer to having even a nominee for President. Wouldn't it be possible to host the debates on CSPAN as table discussions that could be run without the attacks and disputes that are fostered on the Media television channels? Wouldn't this be a more sensible way to present the candidates and their opinions? It could also eliminate the millions of dollars of fundraising....
  • Heard something profoundly disturbing today (Vanity)

    05/03/2016 4:23:41 PM PDT · by DuncanWaring · 167 replies
    Self | Today | Self
    Was talking to a recently-retired computer-science professor today; he said in the last few years he's been seeing students showing up in college who have literally Never. Used. A. Screwdriver. He has been teaching a higher-level class in automating control of a train setup. Part of the project is to assemble a train car from a kit. These kids have no idea how to do it.
  • Florida Attorney General investigating rental car companies for fees added to toll charges

    02/21/2016 5:11:34 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    WPTV ^ | February 19, 2016 | Jenn Strathman
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Take a drive on Florida's toll road. It's not how far you go that determines what you pay. We found it may be the car you drive. "I was mad going on vacation with my wife," explained Steve Pasek. For Pasek, the memories of his Florida vacation are as fresh as the snow back in Ohio. He declined the rental car company's toll service. With the rental car company's automated billing services, you are billed weeks after you return the car. A third party company is used to send you the bill. While Pasek declined...
  • Clinton defends Wall Street speaking fees: ‘That’s what they offered’

    02/04/2016 2:14:07 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/03/16 | Jonathan Easley
    Hillary Clinton on Wednesday night defended accepting huge speaking fees from Goldman Sachs, arguing that it won't influence the way she treats the banking industry. Speaking at CNN's Democratic presidential forum, anchor Anderson Cooper pressed Clinton on whether it had been a mistake for her to reel in more than $200,000 per speech for three speeches to the Wall Street giant. "Look, I made speeches to lots of groups. I told them what I thought. I answered questions," Clinton said. "But did you have to be paid $675,000?," Cooper asked. "Well I don't know," Clinton responded. "That's what they offered."...