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  •  Somerville politics is worse (5+ / 0-)

    Our crazy mayor just raised parking tickets to $50, doubled the number of parking meter attendants, raised parking meter hours in popular business districts from 6am-6pm to 6am-10pm (can you imagine leaving a movie or restaurant to feed a parking meter?), and has openly said that he plans to resolve our city's budget shortfall with an additional $7.5M in parking fines and fees rather than raise taxes.

    He'll lose more in small business revenue from these crazy parking policies than he'll make from the parking. Further, by using fees in this manner he's just converting what should be a safety and resource allocation problem (parking and traffic laws) into a plain old tax.

    Boston politics may be a mess, but Somerville is even worse.    

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