Regarding gas tax and smart meters:
I watched as a natural gas Waste Management truck picked up trash and I rode part way downtown on a green VEOLA Circulator. There are electric chargers in parking garages of the corporate buildings downtown......so, who is being made responsible for all of transportation costs if the gas tax funds the Trust? Not the businesses getting all kinds of taxpayer grants and tax breaks for buying green vehicles. Not affluent residents who are the only ones able to afford to park in the downtown garages. Not the Washington suburbs where all the last Transportation Trust was spent as they are ground zero for green vehicles. THERE NEEDS TO BE A REFORM IN HOW TRANSPORTATION FUNDING OCCURS FOLKS....WE ALL KNOW IT IS HITTING ONLY THE MIDDLE/LOWER CLASS. Do you know that as O'Malley and Maryland Assembly say 'trust us' it will go to roads and bridges and places other than the Washington suburbs no news media remind you and I that O'Malley has committed to the high-speed rail that Third Way corporate democrats want for the affluent to move more easily from Washington DC to New York et al. Do you think that is why they didn't vote for that 'lock box'? OF COURSE THAT IS THE REASON.....YOU DIDN'T HEAR IT FROM YOUR PUBLIC MEDIA THOUGH....STRANGE.
Think the outcry over cancer and radiation is the best argument against smart meters? What if we said that smart meters will someday monitor how much electricity a household gets according to the percentage of energy bill it can pay? Those of us who advocate against rising energy costs like that with BGE do so because more and more people are falling into the category of needing subsidies to keep the heat or A/C on as they cannot afford to pay BGE bills. 'Don't worry....trust us' we are told as Third Way corporate pols like O'Malley hand Maryland ratepayers over to mega-energy corporations with billion dollar a year profits. 'We will make sure these people are subsidized'. Well, of course they are not going to be subsidized because Third Way corporate pols work for wealth and profits and the subsidies will go away. In comes these Smart Meters. The poor and working class can only afford 4 hours of energy a day.....the Smart Meter will allow you to choose when you get that energy....2 hours in the morning and 2 in the evening for example. WHEN A GOVERNMENT WORKS TO DENY ITS CITIZENS BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS TO HEALTH CARE, ENERGY, AND EDUCATION ..... WHICH IS WHERE THIS IS GOING....IT IS AUTOCRATIC NOT DEMOCRATIC. The other issue is the lose of yet more jobs as regards meter readers. We know that this last scandal with the incorrect water bills was caused by lack of staff.... the department was just estimating because it didn't have the staff to do the work or the management to oversee the work. Why? Because all government revenue is being fenced out of government coffers with 'gifting' non-profits and tax breaks. Do we want to contract out this work because these corporate pols made it look like public workers are incompetent? NO, WE HAVE SEEN AN EXPLOSION OF CORPORATE FRAUD AND WASTE SINCE PUBLIC SERVICES HAVE BEEN OUTSOURCED WITH NO OVERSIGHT!
Smart meters raise troubling issues
April 15, 2012
Have you heard of a smart meter? I hadn't until I received a notice from Baltimore Gas and Electric advising that it will be installing them in Anne Arundel County soon, so I searched for it on the Internet. Wow, there are a bunch of "Stop Smart Meter" groups all over the U.S. Why?
A "smart meter" is a wireless electric meter designed to transmit two-way radio communications between your house and BGE so that BGE can track your energy use. What's wrong with that, you ask? The meter emits radiofrequency (RF) radiation into your home 24/7 at levels one hundred times more than cell phones and other wireless "toys." The American Academy of Environmental Medicine opposes the installation in homes and schools (yes, they will be installed in your children's schools, too) as chronic exposure to RF radiation can cause serious health problems. Children and seniors are especially vulnerable. This is a scientific experiment, and we are the guinea pigs.
Because the smart meter is a two-way communication device, your daily routines (when we make coffee, use our dishwasher, washer, dryer, etc.) will be sent to BGE and they (and hackers) will know when you are home and when you are not. Various security experts are advising that the system is not secure and hack-free.
BGE promises lower rates because we will be able to track our own energy usage. BGE admits it has not done a complete cost of service study to support its estimates. In fact, citizens in other states that already have the such meters are complaining of increases.
Other states have issued moratoriums or opt-out programs. Hopefully, Maryland will be next, but it is up to the Public Service Commission.
Traci M. Radice, Baltimore
NOW, VEOLA IS SUBSIDIZED BY GOVERNMENT FOR CAPITAL INVESTMENTS AND WE SEE IT IS GOING GREEN WITH ELECTRIC HYBRIDS. THIS IS NOT BAD FOLKS......
BUT ALL THIS ADDS TO CORPORATE PROFIT AND THEY ARE NOT PAYING GAS TAXES THAT EQUAL THEIR USE OF ROADS!!!!! THEY ARE GETTING TAX BREAKS FOR BEING A GREEN COMPANY..... THIS IS HAPPENING ACROSS MANY TRUCKING/TRANSIT BUSINESSES.
VEOLA HAS BUSES AND TAXIS ALL GREEN AND PAYING LITTLE GAS TAX. SHOW ME THE CORPORATE TAX BASE!!!!
Veolia arrived in the United States in 2001, with the acquisition of Yellow Transportation in Baltimore, Maryland. On September 1, 2005, Veolia (then "Connex") acquired ATC, making Connex-ATC the largest privately owned public transportation company in North America. In 2006, Connex-ATC changed its name to Veolia Transportation, acquired ShuttlePort, and won several contracts in the USA
Veolia now employs over 16,000 employees with 6,500 vehicles and a revenue of over $1 billion. in 2005 in North America. Its executive team includes Mark Joseph (CEO of VTNA). It is headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois.
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Regarding driver's license for undocumented workers:
We all know that Third Way corporate democrats like O'Malley and all Maryland democratic incumbent work against labor and justice so about what are all these bills that supposedly help Hispanic families like Dream Act and now the driver's license? These 'profit all the time' pols are not really concerned for Hispanic families as they refuse to raise the minimum wage and they sit by and watch as immigrant wages are openly stolen and they suffer workplace abuse. See why O'Malley and Rawlings-Blake welcomes immigrants? Which immigrants are going to overcome this grueling poverty to use the Dream Act for college? Compared to those in grueling poverty, not many. The Dream Act was pushed because of the Third Way corporate policy of bringing the Best of the Best in the world to Maryland. They wanted these immigrant families to be able to get instate tuition. So, this was far less about Hispanics than it seems. So to is this driver's license and Path to Citizenship. Do you think Third Way corporate democrats working for wealth and profits are really going to allow citizenship for a working class it exploits? Of course not....it is like the efforts to take away public and private sector pensions and benefits after years of contracts and guarantees.....they never intended to pay those benefits. THEY LIED AS THEY ARE WITH THIS IMMIGRATION LEGISLATION. So, would I sign up for a license if I were undocumented? You must be kidding! What Third Way corporate democrats want this bill to do is allow immigrants to move into the transportation industry as drivers that can be legally insured. THAT IS IT.
Do I want to deny Hispanic families something that may make their lives a little better? NO. I WANT EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER LAW FOR ANY WORKER GIVEN THE GREEN LIGHT TO WORK.......WAGES, BENEFITS, AND WORKPLACE PROTECTIONS THAT CITIZENSHIP BRINGS.
Maryland Moves to Offer Driver's Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants
The Maryland State Senate moved yesterday to make permanent a program under which undocumented immigrants can get driver's licenses, reports the Baltimore Sun.
Maryland currently has a two-tiered system for granting driver's licenses: after new federal security standards were mandated for licenses, the state gave out licenses to residents without requiring that they prove that they're in the country legally. Those 95,000 licenses, which could not be used for an federal purposes (like airport security), expire in 2015. Under the legislation passed this week, the licenses would be available on a permanent basis.
For proponents of the idea, it would serve a practical purpose: not only would undocumented immigrants become safer drivers (because they'd have to pass the usual tests), but they would also be able to deal with daily transactions that often require a form of identification. For opponents, though, it would make Maryland a sanctuary state.
There are close to 300,000 undocumented immigrants in Maryland. Last November voters approved a law allowing undocumented immigrants who complete high school in the state to take advantage of in-state tuition rates at public universities.
Regarding the use of public media for political spin:
A few years ago, all of public media staff protested that they were being made to be spin-doctors rather than journalists as they are forced to simply report what politicians say rather than give any kind of journalistic balance. As we know those journalists are gone from public media and we now have corporate spin-doctors as with WYPR. Several months ago MD-PIRG released a report on government transparency that countered as report by the Center for Public Integrity report on State Corruption and Transparency. Maryland received a F for Transparency with this report and an overall D- for fraud and corruption. Then this MD PIRG report surfaces giving Baltimore a B+ of all things and Maryland a C+ in Transparency. Can you imagine in a city and state as crony as any in the country? Any academic researcher could easily see MD PIRG simply skewed the data to give stilted grades and this was done so O'Malley can use these headlines in his national campaign. WE HAVE PRIVATE NON-PROFITS MANUFACTURING HEADLINES FOR POLITICAL GAIN AND MEDIA OUTLETS THAT SIMPLY PASS THIS ON AS NEWS. This is propaganda.
So, I let all Maryland media outlets and MD PIRG know that PIRG's data was skewed because it simply used a curve to lift the real results. A CURVE TO SKEW THE REAL RESULTS. So, if you compare a handful of states all having received Fs from the Center for Public Integrity and then say which one had the best F.....you give that state an A. Maryland's C+ means it wasn't the lowest F in the group for example. These values have no statistical value. See why these same elite schools dumped down America's education system in the late 1980s? Give students a calculator to learn math as a child and they will never understand statistical spin when they see it!
IS THIS THE QUALITY WE WANT IN PUBLIC MEDIA?
Mar 19, 2012, 2:54pm EDT Updated: Mar 20, 2012, 3:53pm EDT
Maryland earns a 'C+' for spending transparency
Maryland received a “C+” for its transparency of government spending, according to a new report released Monday.
That ranking puts Maryland in the top 22 states nationally, out of the 46 states surveyed, according to the “Following the Money 2012” report by the Maryland Public Interest Research Group. The report says the state has made “significant strides” when it comes to government transparency, but is still lacking when it comes to putting its finances online.
Specifically, the report found Maryland lacks when it comes to putting line-by-line spending items online.
“Marylanders need to be able to follow the money,” Greg Smith, a spokesman for Community Research, a government watchdog organization. “This report shows that many states are making public contracts and subsidies more transparent. Maryland needs to catch up.”
The leading states with the most comprehensive transparency websites are Texas, Kentucky, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, West Virginia, and Arizona, according to the report.