David Miller delivered a balanced budget yesterday, thanks to higher property taxes, some fabulous new tariffs, and a one-time infusion of $150 million from the the provincial government. According to Miller, the property tax increase of 3.75% is in line with his commitment to limit raises to the rate of inflation (1.9% in Toronto last year), evidence that the mayor is either math-illiterate or assumes that everyone else is.
Transit expert Richard Soberman will release a report today in which he says that provincial and municipal transit plans for the GTA are overpriced, impractical, and essentially “an amalgam of politically driven wish lists.” A spokesperson for government planners responded to the charges with, “What’s his point?”
U.S. President George W. Bush gave his last State of the Union address last night, emphasizing the economy (not as bad as we think) and Iraq (better than it was). Little known fact: at one time Conservative strategists considered introducing a “State of the Dominion” address in Canada, which would have riffed off the old grocery store ads by featuring the P.M. grabbing his crotch and shouting, “Tories! Mainly because of the meat! Yeah!”
In next-gen U.S. politics, Teddy Kennedy, wizened leprechaun of the Democratic party, has thrown his support behind Barack Obama. Meanwhile, Bill Clinton, anxious to atone for decades of infidelities, continues to scuttle his wife’s campaign with ill-advised comments and appeals to the racist vote.
Researchers at the University of Florida have found that bosses who verbally abuse their employees are bad for productivity. Researching at the University of Florida has got to be one sweet gig.
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