Thursday, August 2, 2012

Stanley Kurtz: Spreading the Wealth: How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities...

is hitting bookstore shelves today.

After our Kootenai County Reagan Republican meeting today, I'll be stopping by Costco to see if they have it.  If not - I'll order it from Amazon when I get home.

Since we are having a bit of a kerfuffle in my county over proposed new zoning, I find this subject to be of particular interest. 

I was alarmed (but not surprised) to learn that St. Paul/Minneapolis has already implemented regional tax-base sharing.
One approach is to force suburban residents into densely packed cities by blocking development on the outskirts of metropolitan areas, and by discouraging driving with a blizzard of taxes, fees, and regulations. Step two is to move the poor out of cities by imposing low-income-housing quotas on development in middle-class suburbs. Step three is to export the controversial “regional tax-base sharing” scheme currently in place in the Minneapolis–St. Paul area to the rest of the country. Under this program, a portion of suburban tax money flows into a common regional pot, which is then effectively redistributed to urban, and a few less well-off “inner-ring” suburban, municipalities.

Canada Free Press:  A Brief History & Description of Agenda 21

Conservatives on Fire:  Equalizing Outcomes _ Obama Style _ Think Sustainable Living ala Agenda 21 

The Blaze:   Beck Urges More Local Action Against UN’s Agenda 21

Camp of the Saints:   Regionalism: Another Blow To Sovereignty

Cato:   Yes, Land-Use Regulation Does Increase Income Inequality

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