State Still Smothering School Bill

Kathy Ryg

Kathy Ryg

The squeeze is getting noticed…

This letter appeared in The Daily Herald at the beginning of the month. District 59 State Rep Kathy Ryg is one of four Illinois House representatives who have  sponsored and filed HB5769 – Education Fiscal Accountability amendments to the School Code

“as a result of research and collaboration by elected officials, advocacy groups, educators, administrators and school board members. As you suggest, the bill provides for increased transparency so taxpayers understand how money is being spent in their local schools and can evaluate if that investment is leading to good outcomes for students.”

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Planning Examples

Is an example from Ashland, VA- strapline “Center of the Universe”.  It uses a free blogspot website with free forum poll software to solicit different types of input.

In theory at least, DG could make use of freebie tools to keep the costs of TCD3 and a new Comp Plan to a minimum.

Houston We Have A Problem

Red Light Cameras, the gift that keeps on giving…

RLC stopping an, wait, scratch that...

RLC stopping an, wait, scratch that...

more accidents and less safety…

I had thought about categorizing this as humor because Houston Mayor Bill White insists the increased accidents prove RLC is reducing accidents.  The news report repeats as fact the suppositions and misinformation provided by the IIHS.  I also tried to verify a Texas Transportation Instsute study that the news article says was published in December that supported the contention accidents had gone down.  No such luck, that study does not appear to exist, although I did find at TTI study from 2004 showing a slightly longer yellow decreases accidents.

The comments section is worth the read, over 350 comments, almost all negative on RLC, and on Houston Mayor Bill White for allowing RLC to happen in the first place. Don’t think that guy has an elected office in his future anymore.

In Houston it’s all about the money, about $20 million in fine revenues since September of 2006-which gets divided up with the RLC company.

Novi MI Shoves It Under Resident Noses

That’s what I’m talking about…


On-line someday?

Right now, I’m watching a city council meeting in Novi, MI.  No, they aren’t holding a meeting on Tuesday December 30th, 2008; this meeting was held on October 6, 2008.  It’s in their archive.  I just watched a part from December 15th where they interviewed potential City Council replacement candidates.

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2008 Illinois Pork

A New Years Wish

After all the good things congress has done and allowed to happen, it’s only fair they pat themselves on the back with a nice pay hike.  They’ve even rigged the thing so they don’t have to actually vote to get the raise; Thursday congress will not vote to not take an automatic 2.8% pay raise, all while our national debt, the budget deficit, any claim of common sense governing, and our savings are all being blown straight to hell.

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Merry Christmas From Sock Puppets