Government microcharges closing budget gaps, but what's next, sidewalk tolls?

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  • Redundant2
    Aug. 31, 2009 2:01 p.m.

    In response to Downsize?: “…It looks like it is and its time they take a harder look at what government responsibilities are. Welfare is not one of them…”

    I give you Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution: “The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;…”

    And in response to Charles: The person in the article is Kelsey Graham (private citizen), not Kelsey Grammer the actor.

  • Charles
    Aug. 31, 2009 8:47 a.m.

    If I remember correctly, Kelsey Grammer is a conservative. I thought their mantra was TANSTAAFL: "There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch".

  • eb in nyc
    Aug. 31, 2009 8:16 a.m.

    I've lived in both Tarrytown and Manhattan. People like Mr. Graham should just stay home. He expects residents of Metropolitan areas to pay taxes for services that he will get to use for free. People like this often make statements that they will "spend money that will stimulate *your* economy". Baloney. He's looking for a free ride on the backs of local taxpayers.

  • Gray
    Aug. 31, 2009 2:36 a.m.

    "we're supposed to keep track of when the Yankees are playing?"
    No, you don't have to do that. You are spared this inconvenience by paying 8 bucks. Only if the parking was free all the time, you would have to study when the Yankees are playing, because, of course, the fans would crowd that free parking place and you would have no chance of leaving your car there. So sry, Mr. Graham, but you got it totally wrong. And your complaint would only have some merit if you would be resident of Tarrytown, and paying taxes there. Since you are not, it would actually be fair if you paid for parking every single time, and not only on game days.

    Really, that's a ridiculous example used by the author to make his point. And the point about sidewalk tolls is totally overblown. All in all, just a lame piece of spin.

  • Donna
    Aug. 30, 2009 9:56 p.m.

    Does Governor Rell think people are stupid? She can call them fees all she wants, but that doesn't change what they are: TAXES. She refused to raise taxes on the millionaires living in Greenwich, and instead tried to create all sorts of fees that working class people would have to pay. Kudos to our Democratic legislature for putting a stop to that.

  • nutjobnation
    Aug. 30, 2009 6:10 p.m.

    boo hoo. the grahams have to pay to park to go the Lincoln Center in Manhattan. are they signing up for welfare next?

  • Pat
    Aug. 30, 2009 4:18 p.m.

    Is the point of the Grammar story that fees are collected from visitors to the community who use community services? Seriously, the man is complaining about government nickel and diming him because he cannot park free in a community where he is not a resident, does not pay taxes and is visiting only to use a service they provide without paying. If this were a private business, there would be no question about raises or collecting fees at a period of peak demand, but a local government cannot?

    There is a decent discussion about fees, versus tax increases, versus service cuts to be had, especially with the increasing demands on shrinking middle and working class incomes. Unfortunately using a banal example of unthinking privilege leads one to believe that the inconvenience of the rich is all that matters - no matter how ridiculous their complaints.

  • Dennis
    Aug. 30, 2009 3:30 p.m.

    Sure big gov bad blah blah blah. You'll be the first to gripe when they don't fill the potholes in that parking lot.

  • dirk gently
    Aug. 30, 2009 3:17 p.m.

    Um, who pays for the maintenance of the parking lot? Might it be the village of Tarrytown? Maybe from residents' taxes? If so, perhaps they should just block off non-residents altogether. Or make non-residents pay a monthly fee. Complaining because a free service that someone else was paying for is no longer free seems pretty petty to me.

  • uptown
    Aug. 30, 2009 3:14 p.m.

    A non-resident expects another town's taxpayers to subsidize their parking?

    Did I get that right?

  • Downsize?
    Aug. 30, 2009 6:11 a.m.

    Is downsizing in government a swear word? It looks like it is and its time they take a harder look at what government responsibilities are. Welfare is not one of them. Across the country and here in Utah we are seeing these micro taxing programs growing and all fees escalating and with fewer working americans.

    Local government must do more cuts in spending and that government as usual is not as usual anymore. People will take care of themselves and don't need welfare, they always have. Narrow the scope of government to keep withing budgets, stop these micro taxes. They must stop using the excuse of votes to maintain what is not viable in this recession/depression/inflation period.