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  • Feds cap Obamacare fines at $2,448 per person (new rules)

    07/25/2014 9:27:31 PM PDT · by Libloather · 59 replies
    IBA Mag ^ | 7/25/14 | Caitlin Bronson
    **SNIP** The figures, released late Thursday, cap the fine for not buying insurance at $2,448 per person and $12,240 for a family of five. The standard rule of thumb is 2% of household income, with a minimum of $325 per person. The caps are equal to the national average premium for a bronze-level health plan. Those who choose to go uninsured will owe one-twelfth of the annual payment for each month they or their dependents don’t have either coverage or an exemption, the IRS said. All fines will be due during tax return season, which can be deducted from tax...
  • California Approves Fines for Wasting Water During Drought

    07/15/2014 7:03:55 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 28 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 16, 2014 01:12 GMT | Bettina Boxall
    Cities throughout California will have to impose mandatory restrictions on outdoor watering under an emergency state rule approved Tuesday. Saying that it was time to increase conservation in the midst of one of the worst droughts in decades, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted drought regulations that give local agencies the authority to fine those who waste water up to $500 a day. Many Southern California cities, including Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Long Beach, already have mandatory restrictions in place. But most communities across the state are still relying on voluntary conservation, and Californians in general have fallen...
  • Wisconsin School District Hit With $2 Million in Obamacare Fines

    03/04/2014 3:21:08 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 3/04/14
    **SNIP** Obamacare stipulates that employees are eligible for healthcare benefits if they work 30 hours a week. As a result, the district would not be able to pro-rate the coverage cost, leaving part-time employees who want health insurance to enroll through the exchanges. The district reports that the cost of insuring part-time employees is uncertain right now, but by not offering insurance, the district could have to pay nearly $2 million in fines.
  • Biz honcho fined for ice cream truck attack

    01/26/2014 12:59:03 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 27 replies
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 01-24-2014 | TT/The Local/og
    Businessman Percy Nilsson, 71, was perhaps best known for his ownership of his local Malmö Redhawks ice hockey team, but has lately been making headlines after a power-drill attack on an ice cream truck. On Friday, he was ordered to pay a fine of 100,000 kronor ($15,500) by the Malmö District Court. He was also sentenced to pay for the loss of income that the ice-cream truck owner faced after the vandalism. "It was a really tough sentencing and it's sad that it ended this way," Nilsson told the TT news agency. He lamented that he had already paid for...
  • Property Rights Bill Provides Protection for Virginia Landowners

    01/22/2014 5:09:22 AM PST · by RightSideNews · 4 replies
    Virginia Free Citizen ^ | January 22, 2014 | Shelby Mertens
    Del. Bob Marshall, R-Manassas, has introduced a bill that would give farmers and landowners’ property rights remedies against local zoning laws. The bill is inspired by the Martha Boneta debacle last year. But unlike last year’s “Boneta Bill,” HB1219 extends beyond farmers to anyone who owns property. The bill also tackles other issues such as the constitutional rights of farmers. HB1219 says that local governments that violate constitutional rights through zoning must pay their victims the amount of the fines they sought to impose and the actual damages, including attorney fees. The bill also allows the Virginia Attorney General to...
  • Headteacher imposes £60 fines on EACH parent if their child is a few minutes late for school

    01/22/2014 12:31:11 PM PST · by managusta · 3 replies
    The Mail ^ | Jan 22 2014 | Rob Cooper
    A headteacher has warned parents they will be fined £60 each if one of their children is a few minutes late for school. Both the pupil's mother and father will be forced to pay the penalty if they miss registration 10 times in a 12-week term. And if the fine issued by Emerson Valley School in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, is not paid within 21 days it will double to £120. Parents who have two children will be hit with a combined £240 penalty - which will double to £480 if not paid within three weeks. Education campaigners and parents said...
  • Small Businesses Say ACA’s Aggregation Rules Unfair

    12/05/2013 11:52:04 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12-4-13 | Sarah Needleman
    Donna Baker of Adrian, Mich., owns an accounting firm, payroll company and retail store. Her husband, Kim, is the sixth generation owner of a dairy farm. While the four businesses are separate entities, they count as one employer under the health-care law due to a technicality — Mrs. Baker is a minority stakeholder in the 1,800-acre property that her husband’s farm sits on, plus she helps out with some of the farm’s bookkeeping. As a result, the Bakers are subject to aggregation rules in the U.S. tax code, which means they would be required to offer health-insurance benefits to their...
  • What the Obama-care law text REALLY says on IRS enforcement of the personal Mandate fine/tax

    10/16/2013 7:50:01 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 61 replies
    GPO via govtrack. us congress bills site ^ | 10/16/2013 | sickoflibs and text of law
    Every time I post that the IRS is clearly forbidden from punishing you for not paying the fine/tax, I get the same fictional responses. Maybe their goal is to make it sound so scary so that Obamacare gets magically repealed(poof) , but given that wont happen anytime soon this misinformation can have the unintended consequence of fooling/scaring people into complying and helping make Obamacare work. I found the section in the bill text and will posted it below as a vanity for future reference skip tp SPECIAL RULES. CHAPTER 48—MAINTENANCE OF MINIMUM ESSENTIAL COVERAGE ‘Sec. 5000A. Requirement to maintain minimum...
  • Enroll by Valentine’s Day to Avoid Obamacare Fines

    10/11/2013 8:58:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    KQED Public Radio ^ | October 10, 2013
    When it comes to Obamacare, the big date we’ve heard for a long time is Jan. 1, 2014. That’s the day the Affordable Care Act takes full effect, requiring most Americans to be covered, or pay a fine. We’ve also heard that there’s a grace period — that in this first year, people have until March 31 get covered before the fine will kick in. But, whoops! It turns out that Mar. 31 date is wrong, the Obama administration confirmed to the Associated Press on Wednesday. In order to have coverage by March 31, you need to enroll by Feb....
  • CVS agrees to pay $57,000 fine for overcharging customers

    09/09/2013 5:22:13 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 9-5-13 | Gitte Laasby
    CVS has agreed to pay a fine of more than $57,000 after state investigators found multiple, repeated instances of Wisconsin stores overcharging customers. The fine is the third that CVS has received for such violations in the past five years. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced the settlement in a news release Wednesday. The agency conducted a statewide inspection of 28 CVS locations over two days in January. Inspectors found 37 instances where stores overcharged customers. Overall, stores overcharged on 2.64% of the items that inspectors checked. The inspectors subsequently ordered the prices corrected. But in...
  • ObamaCare Employer Fine Will Swell Despite Delay

    08/13/2013 12:11:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    IBD ^ | 08/13/2013 | By Jed Graham, INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY
    The delay in implementation of ObamaCare's employer fines won't keep them from growing between now and when they finally hit in 2015. Each year, the fines will grow in line with the growth in average per-person health insurance premiums relative to 2013. Here's the problem: Average wages generally grow slower than health premiums, and the wages of low-income workers lag average wage growth. That means the penalties will gradually loom larger and larger relative to wages for modest-skilled workers, giving employers a bigger incentive to cut them to part-time. Even if health premiums grow at an average 3.5% annual rate...
  • Obamacare installs new scrutiny, fines for charitable hospitals that treat uninsured people

    08/08/2013 9:24:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 61 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8/8/13 | Patrick Howley
    Charitable hospitals that treat uninsured Americans will be subjected to new levels of scrutiny of their nonprofit status and could face sizable new fines under Obamacare. A new provision in Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code, which takes effect under Obamacare, sets new standards of review and installs new financial penalties for tax-exempt charitable hospitals, which devote a minimum amount of their expenses to treat uninsured poor people. Approximately 60 percent of American hospitals are currently nonprofit. Charity for the uninsured is one of the factors that could discourage enrollment in Obamacare, which requires all Americans to purchase heath...
  • New Florida Law Raises Red Light Camera Fines

    07/28/2013 5:18:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | July 25, 2013 | Alyssa Carducci
    Florida drivers who unsuccessfully contest red light camera tickets will have to pay $250 in administration fees, in addition to the cost of the ticket, under a new state law that took effect this month. The state legislature authorized the higher administration fees despite revelations earlier this year that state and local governments surreptitiously reduced yellow light times at intersections with red light cameras in order to induce more red light-running and more ticket revenue. Local governments often view the red light cameras as revenue makers, serving as a form of hidden tax on motorists. However, the enhanced “tax” money...
  • Texas students to seek federal help to soften 'cruel' truancy policies

    06/12/2013 7:25:01 AM PDT · by Altariel · 16 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | June 11, 2013 | Stephanie Simon
    Reuters) - Several students from northeast Texas said they plan to file a federal complaint on Wednesday accusing their school districts of cruel and unusual punishment by prosecuting them in criminal court for missing school or being late for class. The civil rights complaint, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters, is directed at school districts in Dallas and three other communities. The districts funnel truancy cases to a special court system that prosecuted more than 36,000 cases and collected $2.9 million in fines last year from students convicted of multiple unexcused absences or tardy arrivals, according to the...
  • The Autocrat Accountants (Mark Steyn)

    05/18/2013 12:13:34 AM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 17, 2013 | Mark Steyn
    Speaking at Ohio State University earlier this month, Barack Obama urged students to pay no attention to those paranoid types who “incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity.” Oddly enough, in recent days the most compelling testimony for this view of government has come from the president himself, who insists with a straight face that he had no idea that the Internal Revenue Service had spent two years targeting his political enemies until he “learned about it from the same news reports that I think most people learned about this.” Like you, all he knows...
  • Democrats Propose $10,000 Fine For Gun Owners Who Don’t Have Insurance

    04/02/2013 6:54:42 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 81 replies
    http://dailycaller.com/ ^ | April 2,2013 | Alex Pappas
    A contingent of liberal Democrats in Congress is proposing a new federal gun control idea: mandatory liability insurance for gun owners. When New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney introduced the legislation last month with eight other Democrats, she boasted that it is “the first bill to require liability insurance of gun buyers nationwide.”
  • IRS Estimates Cheapest Insurance Available under Obamacare

    02/02/2013 12:10:08 PM PST · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 2 Jan 2013 | John Semmens
    This week the IRS issued its estimate for the projected annual cost of a “bronze” package of benefits when the system is fully implemented in 2016. The bronze package is the lowest level of benefits that will be allowed by law. It is expected to cost $20,000 per year. With the median family income around $50,000 per year, this health insurance bill may be out of reach for many. Not to worry says IRS Acting Commissioner Steven Miller, “families that can't afford to pay the $20,000 premium will have the option of going without insurance and paying an annual fine...
  • Obama '08 campaign fined $375,000 by FEC

    01/06/2013 8:01:26 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    One News Now ^ | 1-6-13 | AP
    <p>Commission for reporting violations related to a set of donations received during the final days of the campaign.</p> <p>The fines are among the largest ever levied on a presidential campaign by the FEC and stem from a series of missing notices for nearly 1,200 contributions totaling nearly $1.9 million.</p>
  • Fined Church Cited Again

    12/12/2012 10:15:23 AM PST · by MA~Bear · 8 replies
    Northeast Columbia Patch ^ | 12/10/2012 | Jessie Gabel
    Police interrupted a church service Sunday morning when neighbors called about noise--again. Just last week Rehoboth United Assemblies Church was fined $700 for noise citations. At that time, church leaders said they would monitor the noise during their worship.
  • EDITORIAL: The District’s latest scamera swindle

    10/20/2012 5:14:53 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 19, 2012 | The Washington Times
    The D.C. Council is poised to lower the cost of speed camera tickets from a maximum of $250 to just $50. The plan unveiled on Tuesday is meant to create the impression that the District has seen the light and has finally decided to go easier on motorists. Considering the source of the latest plan, that’s hardly likely. The District and the for-profit vendor in charge of the robotic cameras dish out more tickets in a year than the city has residents. This has created a pile of loot so lofty that it’s only a matter of time before it...
  • Medicare fines over hospitals' readmitted patients

    09/30/2012 4:20:05 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 64 replies
    Google AP ^ | Sept 30, 2012 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — If you or an elderly relative have been hospitalized recently and noticed extra attention when the time came to be discharged, there's more to it than good customer service. As of Monday, Medicare will start fining hospitals that have too many patients readmitted within 30 days of discharge due to complications. The penalties are part of a broader push under President Barack Obama's health care law to improve quality while also trying to save taxpayers money. About two-thirds of the hospitals serving Medicare patients, or some 2,200 facilities, will be hit with penalties averaging around $125,000 per...
  • EPA Levies $40,000+ Fines on Landlords Who Fail to Provide ‘EPA-Approved’ Pamphlets to Tenants

    08/25/2012 12:41:46 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 45 replies
    CNS News ^ | 8/24/2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    (CNSNews.com) – “Thinking of renting or selling a home or apartment?” asks the Environmental Protection Agency. “Make sure you disclose its lead-based paint history. Mr. Wolfe Landau did not and it cost him a $20,000 fine.” Landau is one of the many landlords and realtors fined by the EPA for failing to provide an “EPA-approved” pamphlet to tenants seeking to rent or buy a house built before 1978. And for the EPA, the non-compliance business is booming. Juan Hernandez of Bridgeport, Conn., faces seven “Level 1” violations for failing to provide seven tenants with a copy of the “Protect Your...
  • ‘ObamaCare Catch-22': Crushing Fines for Religious Institutions Under Mandate

    07/16/2012 2:57:55 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 16, 2012 | Bridget Johnson
    Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) talks to PJM about his new bill to counter provisions that could "tax religiously affiliated schools, hospitals, universities and soup kitchens right out of existence." Before the House repealed ObamaCare once more last week, another bill was introduced to stop the Department of Health and Human Services from charging religious institutions steep fines for noncompliance with the mandate to provide birth control without an insurance co-payment. Under President Obama’s healthcare law, the HHS can levy $100 per employee, per day against institutions that won’t comply with the mandate. Therefore, religious employers with hundreds of employees could...
  • Not buckling up your pet in the car can mean big fines (NJ)

    06/01/2012 5:45:03 AM PDT · by chickadee · 112 replies
    NorthJersey.com ^ | May 30, 2012 | JOHN CICHOWSKI
    Judging from the alarming number of summonses issued so far for failing to buckle up in the back seat, motorists don’t seem overly concerned about the current Click It or Ticket crackdown. After all, most unrestrained drivers and passengers can afford a measly $46 fine. But if you drive with an unrestrained pet, don’t expect a slap on the wrist. Penalties range from $250 to $1,000 and as much as six months in jail.
  • A Fine for Not Using a Biofuel That Doesn’t Exist

    01/10/2012 8:49:41 AM PST · by epithermal · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | Jan 9, 2012 | Matthew L Wald
    WASHINGTON — When the companies that supply motor fuel close the books on 2011, they will pay about $6.8 million in penalties to the Treasury because they failed to mix a special type of biofuel into their gasoline and diesel as required by law. But there was none to be had. Outside a handful of laboratories and workshops, the ingredient, cellulosic biofuel, does not exist. In 2012, the oil companies expect to pay even higher penalties for failing to blend in the fuel, which is made from wood chips or the inedible parts of plants like corncobs. Refiners were required...
  • Trash Can Tickets In Queens

    12/20/2011 8:30:14 AM PST · by massmike · 18 replies · 3+ views
    myfoxny.com ^ | 12/20/2011 | n/a
    A Queens man is very upset after trying to put his trash out for collection and ending up with a ticket. He, and others, are getting snared in an enforcement of a law that few people even know exists. The scrooge award goes to the New York City Sanitation Department for the $100 tickets. Raymond Janson says he received the $100 fine for putting his garbage cans at the curb 30 minutes early. It is legal to put out the trash cans the day before pick-up but the time of the day matters. City sanitation rules say the cans can...
  • Government fines jailed Border Patrol agent’s family

    11/10/2011 9:55:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 11/11/11 | Stephen Dinan
    After successfully winning a two-year prison sentence against U.S. Border Patrol Agent Jesus E. Diaz Jr., the Justice Department is now trying to collect a $6,870 fine from his wife, saying it should be paid “immediately” — even though the judge signaled she would have a grace period. In a notice sent last week the Justice Department said the fines were imposed by the court that found Agent Diaz guilty and sentenced him to prison for improperly restraining a 15-year-old suspected of drug smuggling. “We strongly urge you to pay this debt immediate,” said the notice,
  • State mum on latest ‘Romneycare’ fines (Romney's legacy of taxes, socialism)

    10/22/2011 9:03:08 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 10 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | 2011-10-20 | Hillary Chabot
    State officials refused to say yesterday how many families they’ve fined this year for buying too little health insurance under former Gov. Mitt Romney’s controversial health-care reform after blistering criticism from GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich thrust the issue into the national spotlight. “We are releasing the 2009 report at the end of the year,” Health Insurance Connector Authority spokesman Richard Powers said. He said officials haven’t sorted the data to identify why the 2010 and 2011 fines were handed out but said between 46,000 to 49,000 people were fined in 2009 for having no insurance or having less insurance...
  • EPA to property owner: 'Your land is our land' $40 million in fines pending over plan to build

    09/26/2011 8:45:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    wnd ^ | 9/26/11 | Bob Unruh
    Just imagine. You want to build a home, so you buy a $23,000 piece of land in a residential subdivision in your hometown and get started. The government then tells you to stop, threatens you with $40 million in fines and is not kidding. That's the case now before the U.S. Supreme Court, with briefs being filed today by the Pacific Legal Foundation on behalf of a Priest Lake, Idaho, family, Chantell and Mike Sackett. Attorney Damien Schiff, who will be arguing before the high court in the case, said it's simply a case of a government run amok, and...
  • Companies Could Challenge ObamaCare Employer Fines

    09/19/2011 10:00:42 AM PDT · by Slyscribe · 5 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 9/16/2011 | David Hogberg
    Another ObamaCare glitch could result in some businesses being exempt from fines for not providing their workers with health insurance. A company would have to challenge the fine in court. But if one does, that could eliminate employer penalties in many states and make residents in those areas ineligible for premium tax credits. Under ObamaCare, a company with 50 or more employees faces a $2,000 annual fine per employee if it does not provide insurance. But it's only fined if one of its employees applies and qualifies for a premium tax credit via a health insurance exchange.
  • Fined for 'illegally' selling rabbits (A $90,000 fine for a profit of $200?)

    06/02/2011 6:55:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 06/02/2011 | Greg Halvorson
    You can't make this up.  A Missouri man, presumably trying to make a living in the era of Hope and Change, has been fined more than twice the cost of a Chevy Volt for illegally selling rabbits.  John Dollarhite says he didn't know a federal license was required and, even if he had known, probably wouldn't have foreseen the blindsiding of the 8th amendment by the Department of Agriculture.  To wit:Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishment inflicted. Ninety grand?  For those without a calculator, that's the reported profit in question ($200)...
  • Memphis May Turn to Speed Cameras for More Revenue

    05/29/2011 10:57:23 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 20 replies
    Memphis City Council Chairman Myron Lowery is proposing to bridge the city’s budget deficit by boosting yields from traffic fines on speeding. The plan is to add radar guns to existing red-light automated enforcement zones and capture photos of drivers exceeding the posted speed limits. “Look, the overwhelming majority of drivers are speeders,” Lowery observed. “That’s a pretty big potential source of revenue that we could get our hands on.” The National Motorists Association contends that “the majority of drivers speed because the posted limits are set below what they should be. They generate millions of pointless traffic tickets and...
  • Albemarle Road church fined $100 per branch for excessive tree pruning

    05/28/2011 11:29:56 AM PDT · by barmag25 · 86 replies · 1+ views
    charlotteobserver ^ | May. 28, 2011 | Brittany Penland
    Every two to three years, Eddie Sales trims and prunes the crape myrtles at his church, Albemarle Road Presbyterian Church. But this year, the city of Charlotte cited the church for improperly pruning its trees. "We always keep our trees trimmed back because you don't want to worry about them hanging down in the way," said Sales, a church member. The church was fined $100 per branch cut for excessive pruning, bringing the violation to $4,000. "I just couldn't believe it when I heard about it," Sales said. "We trim our trees back every three years all over our property,...
  • Fines spark another delay at Statehouse (IN Fleebaggers)

    04/02/2011 8:36:18 AM PDT · by digger48 · 5 replies
    Kokomo Tribune ^ | March 31, 2011 | Maureen Hayden
    House Dems upset that per-diem was withheld halt session for three hours INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma called it “deja vu all over again” when House Democrats walked off the House floor Thursday morning. Just days after returning from a five-week walkout, House Democrats emptied their seats again. This time it was over concerns about legislative business conducted while they were gone, including $122,000 in fines levied against them. Their absence delayed the beginning of Thursday’s session for more than three hours, but Democrat leader Pat Bauer later told reporters that his members weren’t planning another walkout. House...
  • Indiana Legislature Fines Missing Lawmakers

    03/04/2011 4:23:20 AM PST · by Mayr Fortuna · 10 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | March 03, 2011 | by Wes Barrett
    The resolution notes that the lawmakers have "fled the state of Indiana and issued press announcements indicating that they would not return unless eleven specified bills were removed from consideration by the House of Representatives for the rest of the session..."
  • Missing Wis. Dems now face $100 daily fines

    03/02/2011 8:47:22 PM PST · by FromLori · 42 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 3/2/2011 | Staff
    The 14 Wisconsin state Senate Democrats who left the state two weeks ago now face fines of $100 for each day they stay away. Republicans remaining in the Senate approved the daily fine today with none of the Democrats present. The Democrats left Wisconsin in order to delay indefinitely a Republican-backed bill taking away collective bargaining rights from public employees. The resolution also requires the missing Democrats to reimburse the Senate for any costs incurred during attempts to force them to return. Their salary and other per diem payments can be withheld until they pay back the penalties and costs....
  • California fees boost traffic fines to aid budget

    02/22/2011 1:05:45 PM PST · by SmithL · 42 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/22/11 | Jim Sanders
    Justin Jachens learned of California's soaring traffic penalties when he got slapped for a red-light violation. Ticketed drivers have been squeezed hard during the budget crisis, perhaps because few complain until they get fined – then it's too late. "We're the ones taking the brunt for everything," said Jachens, 21, a student at California State University, Sacramento. "It's outrageous." Jachens was nabbed by a red-light camera for not making a complete stop at the intersection of Watt Avenue and Fair Oaks Boulevard. Three years ago, the offense would have cost Jachens $371. Now it's $470. With unemployment soaring and median...
  • China Has Started Fining Companies That Dare To Hike Food Prices

    02/14/2011 11:28:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/14/2011 | Gus Lubin
    Chinese consumers are getting killed by food inflation, which peaked at 62% year-over-year in November. However, things would be worse if the government wasn't putting artificial limits on prices. Beijing officials announced earlier this winter they would hand out fines to speculators accused of driving up prices. They also said they would consider direct price controls. Companies like Rio Tinto have faced criminal charges when prices got too high. Now look at the overpricing scandal that ensnared retailers Carrefour and Walmart in the past month. Both companies have been accused of fraudulent pricing practices, such as advertising a normal price...
  • Electronic Toll on Golden Gate Bridge Can Cost Tourists Hundreds

    02/02/2011 6:18:42 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies
    Aol Travel ^ | February 1, 2011 | Jason Cochran
    The authorities that run San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge announced that next year, they will remove the crossing's human toll takers and replace them with electronic sensors. The switch has been sold as a triumph for efficiency and traffic flow but is potential budget disaster for tourists who now risk stumbling into fines or having to pay more money for e-pass equipment. Cities and states across the world have been moving to sensor-based tolling systems, from TxTag in Texas to E-ZPass in 14 states, without regard to the burden it places on tourists who either don't understand the system,...
  • Health Reform Law's Legal, Political Obstacles Continue to Mount (Fines, prison to be phased in)

    12/20/2010 8:51:52 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    PBS ^ | 12/20/10
    Health Reform Law's Legal, Political Obstacles Continue to MountAIR DATE: Dec. 20, 2010 JEFFREY BROWN: Next: new legal challenges for the landmark health reform law, as this past week marked a major moment in the battle between the Obama administration and a number of states. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) One of the most important and controversial pieces of the health reform law signed by President Obama last March is the so-called individual insurance mandate, under which individuals must buy health insurance beginning in 2014, or pay a penalty. The fines would be phased in, starting at $95 per person that first...
  • Start A Business? In The United States? Are You Kidding Me? (10 things to consider)

    12/13/2010 9:29:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies · 1+ views
    The Economic Collapse ^ | 12/13/2010 | Michael Snyder
    Many of you have decided that you are going to attempt to start a business in the United States today. Many of you are still convinced that this is "the land of opportunity" and that starting a business is fairly easy. Are you sure about that? Are you certain that you have considered all of the headaches involved? Are you sure that you are ready to handle the thousands of regulations that apply to your business and the mountains of paperwork mandated by various levels of government? Are you prepared to deal with entrenched unions, predatory lawyers and rabid environmentalists?...
  • Just Don't Fly: Where Might the TSA Take Us Next?

    11/24/2010 1:41:50 AM PST · by Scanian · 44 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | November 24, 2010 | Mark Browning
    "Don't fly." That's Janet Napolitano's answer to those who oppose the regime of poke and grope that is today's Transportation Safety Agency. America is, after all, a land of choices. When you arrive at the airport, you can allow some complete stranger to irradiate you with a device that allows the operator to see you naked. Or you can allow some friendly security agent to put hands in places where they have no business. Or you can drive. Before you jump out of line and into your car, however, be warned that you can be fined up to $11,000 for...
  • Confusion leads to heavy toll fines

    11/16/2010 10:15:45 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies · 1+ views
    KXAN.com ^ | November 16, 2010 | Doug Shupe
    AUSTIN (KXAN) - KXAN Austin News has uncovered dozens of cases in which unpaid tolls have turned into bills as high as tens of thousands of dollars. Toll roads first came to Central Texas four years ago. There are now a total of five tollways, including Texas Toll 130 in East Travis and Williamson counties. The bottom line is the toll bills were not paid, and they ended up becoming criminal cases. Although drivers can pay with cash at most tolls, use their TxTag or Pay by Mail as the signs say, some drivers contend the last option poses a...
  • At 147 mph, highway safety is just a blur

    09/17/2010 10:18:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 124 replies · 1+ views
    The Patriot-News ^ | September 17, 2010 | Liam Migdail-Smith
    Going 96 mph on a 65-mph highway is enough to land a speeder in serious legal trouble. That’s 31 mph over the speed limit, and it’s the threshold between a regular speeding violation and the more egregious offense of “excessive speeding,” which earns violators a meeting with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation that they’ll likely walk out of with a suspended license. On Wednesday night, state police stopped a motorcyclist they said was clocked at 147 mph. That’s 82 mph over the limit. “That is probably the highest speed I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been at PennDOT nine years now,”...
  • 150 people fined for throwing plastic bags in drains

    07/01/2010 7:39:44 AM PDT · by greatdefender · 2 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | June 30, 2010
    Cracking the whip on all those throwing plastic bags in drains, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has fined nearly 150 people and collected a fine of Rs 1.32 lakh in a fortnight. After having learnt lessons from July 26 deluge, when plastic bags had blocked drains and led to flooding in the metropolis, the civic body has formed two 'plastic ban' squads consisting of six people. "We have collected a fine of Rs 1.32 lakh from 146 people who were caught throwing plastic in drains in the last 12-13 days. These people are largely hawkers and shopkeepers," Deputy Municipal Commissioner...
  • Hundreds of households hit with bin fines bigger than those given to shoplifters

    07/04/2010 8:27:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    telegraph uk ^ | 7/4/10 | Richard Gray and Joshi Eichner Herrman
    Council "bin police" are punishing hundreds of households with bigger fines than those given by police to shoplifters, it can be revealed. Councils are issuing fines of up to £110 for such infringements as putting their bins out for collection at the wrong time, over filling bins, or putting recycling into the wrong boxes Photo: ALAMY Figures obtained by The Sunday Telegraph have revealed that local authorities issued more than 1,240 fixed penalty notices last year for breaking rules on recycling and putting out rubbish. Councils are issuing fines of up to £110 for such infringements as putting their bins...
  • The Government's Peculiar Assault On Profits

    06/11/2010 9:38:53 PM PDT · by mlocher · 2 replies · 308+ views
    Forbes.com ^ | June 7, 2010 | John Tamny
    In Ludwig Von Mises' 1922 book Socialism, the Austrian School economist noted that it offered happiness and enjoyment "to the losers in life's game" and "humiliation of all who are stronger and better than the multitude." His words still ring true today. To watch what is happening in Washington right now is to witness a sickening scenario where the productive are the enemy, and the weak are good. To put it more simply, the political class is engaging in a peculiar assault on corporate profits. This is strange and unsettling at first glance, given the basic truth about business success....
  • Sick of “Gotcha Government”? Pass an Anti-ROB Act

    05/20/2010 10:22:12 AM PDT · by spintreebob · 9 replies · 348+ views
    Illinois Review ^ | 5/20/2010 | David Scalzo
    One of my genuine concerns with the direction of our society is the rise of ‘Gotcha Government’. By that, I mean a government that increasingly regulates the minutiae of our lives and imposes increasingly extreme punishments when we fail to precisely adhere to each meddlesome stricture. Get a parking ticket lately? It’s probably $50 or more (‘Gotcha!’). Try to buy some beers at Jewel on Saturday morning, or at the airport waiting for a flight? Get out your ID, Grandpa. No matter how old you look the proprietors fear government stings to catch them “in the act” (‘Gotcha!’). Don’t get...
  • Millions face huge ObamaCare fines

    04/22/2010 2:33:12 PM PDT · by aquapub · 41 replies · 1,285+ views
    Conservative Examiner ^ | 4-22-10 | Robert Moon
    The CBO issued a new report Thursday estimating that nearly four million Americans--most of them Middle Class--will face about $1,000 each in fines by 2016 for failing to purchase Democrat-approved health insurance.
  • Europe Hitting Speeders with Massive Fines

    01/12/2010 9:57:30 AM PST · by originalbuckeye · 24 replies · 699+ views
    WBZTV.com ^ | 1/10/10 | Unknown
    A Swiss court made recent headlines around the world by slapping a $290,000 speeding ticket on a millionaire Ferrari driver. The punishment struck many people as extreme, but Swiss legal experts and campaigners defend basing fines on income as a fair and effective way to make the wealthy obey traffic laws. Germany, France, Austria and the Nordic countries also issue punishments based on a person's wealth. In Germany the maximum fine can be as much as $16 million compared to only $1 million in Switzerland. Only Finland regularly hands out similarly hefty fine to speeding drivers, with the current record...