One Reason the PA Turnpike Commission is So Corrupt

Via Eric Boehm. Change the compensation package immediately!: The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is the five-member governing body, with four members selected by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate. The state Secretary of Transportation is the fifth member of the commission. Commissioners are paid the relatively modest salary of $26,000 for their positions, which [...]

Get the Debt Ceiling Reporting Right

James Fallows: 1) Raising the debt ceiling does not authorize one single penny in additional public spending. 2) For Congress to “decide whether” to raise the debt ceiling, for programs and tax rates it has already voted into law, makes exactly as much sense as it would for a family to “decide whether” to pay [...]

Taking the Platinum Coin Off the Table Strengthens Obama’s Hand on the Debt Ceiling

Great points from Stan Collender. With no backup plan for the White House, there are only two choices for the House Republicans: clean increase of the debt ceiling or default. The clean increase is going to be maximally humiliating for the Republicans: This is one of the toughest hardball negotiating tacts the Obama administration has [...]

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back for Easton Parking

Easton’s taken some important steps toward pricing parking at market rates over the past year. Electronic meters will make paying for parking more convenient, the longer meter hours will help manage parking demand during peak times, and lower garage rates will improve sorting between garage and curb parking based on how long people plan to [...]