Mayor's plan for Toledo's mounting deficit

TOLEDO (WTOL) - The financial spreadsheet remains in the red for the city of Toledo and the mayor says he'll soon roll out his plan on how to balance the city's books.

"We know about increased costs, where the increased costs have come have come... fuel consumption, overtime and things like that," Finkbeiner says.

Seeking Federal Loans, Automakers Cite Alternative-Energy Goals

Published: September 10, 2008

DETROIT — A proposed $25 billion federal loan program to help retool the American auto industry would speed the development of electric cars and other alternative-fuel vehicles, a Chrysler executive said Wednesday.

General Motors says federal dollars could help advance its electric Chevrolet Volt, whose chassis was on display in January.

Palin's earmarks: Not just for the halibut

Senator John McCain recently told reporters that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has “learned that earmarks are bad.”

FY2009 Appropriations Bills: TCS Analyses and Earmark Databases

The following are links to TCS's analysis and database for each of the FY09 appropriations bills. (Note: With the exception of House Military Construction, which passed the full House, all databases are of earmarks in the committee-passed versions)

Obama and Biden rape taxpayers!


Don't worry, though; Obama wants to give 95% of Americans tax cuts. Cough, cough, choke, gag.

In rural Alaska, fuel costs now matter of survival

BARROW -- A gallon of unleaded gasoline: $10. Heating fuel: $9.10 a gallon. Electricity: $1.17 per kilowatt hour — 11 times the national average.

Some heavily taxed European nation or a time in the future when global fossil fuels have grown dangerously sparse?

Try right now in the most remote villages of America's 49th state.

Federal Tax Burdens and Expenditures: Alaska is a Beneficiary State

Alaska taxpayers receive more federal funding per dollar of federal taxes paid compared to the average state. Per dollar of Federal tax collected in 2005, Alaska citizens received approximately $1.84 in the way of federal spending.

Treasury set to bail out Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- The Treasury Department is expected to announce as early as this weekend a plan to bail out and recapitalize collapsing home mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in one of the biggest government rescues in U.S. history.

Highway Fund Shortfall May Halt Road Projects

WASHINGTON — An important account in the federal Highway Trust Fund will run out of money this month, a situation that could hamper completion of road and bridge construction projects across the country, Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters said on Friday.

"This is again a failure of the Finkbeiner administration to communicate with council."

"Toledo may have a $3 million to $5 million general operating fund deficit by year's end, and city officials may lay off more than a dozen employees within days to stop the red ink.

Mayor Carty Finkbeiner's administration has yet to decide which cost-saving strategies to pursue, but it is seriously considering layoffs along with voluntary and temporary work furloughs among other measures.

Revenue down says Carty, because of Red Light Cameras. WHAT!

Carty tells us that revenue is down in Toledo. And cutbacks are coming.

One of the revenue items he talked about was the Red Light Cameras!

That the revenue was down from the cameras.

WHAT ! I seem to remember that King Carty said that it was NOT about the money or the revenue from these cameras. He said this in defending them and the additional cameras that were being put in.

More Property Taxes !

More Property Taxes ! ?? Come on. A Levy was just passes in Oregon, Toledo and many other areas. Now the same areas want more. We were told that the problem was down in Columbus. And they would fix it. Did this happen? NO!

Now they want just more Taxes. NO!

We need a NO Means NO Law. That once a levy is turned down it cannot be on to vote for 2 years.

WebSites Updated

The WebSites of both Carty and Marge Brown have been updated! and


Ohio ISSUE 6 Position on Taxation

(Cleveland, Ohio) August 29, 2008
The MyOhioNow (Issue 6) position regarding the taxes it will pay should the
voters approve the constitutional amendment to permit casino gaming in one
location in Clinton County, Ohio in the November 4, 2008 election- is:
(1) It will pay a tax rate of 30% on gross casino receipts unless another

Chrysler may divest Viper Automakers turn focus away from specialty vehicles

"SOUTHFIELD, Mich. - Chrysler LLC, now studying a sale of its Viper sports-car business, is following General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. in looking to shed specialty vehicles and focus on main brands.

Toledo part of group of cities suing online travel site taxes

An interesting article in the Dispatch:

Columbus and other Ohio cities aren't getting their fair share of taxes for hotel rooms booked through online travel sites, according to a federal lawsuit that seeks millions in extra payments.

Kentucky Arm Of 'Teen Challenge' Gives Up $50,000 Federal Grant

A fundamentalist Christian group that claims to help young people overcome drug and alcohol addiction through Bible study and prayer has given up a federal grant after Americans United for Separation of Church and State protested the funding.

Lucas County weighing 3rd try for COSI levy

Lucas County commissioners today are expected to decide whether to put a 0.16-mill, five-year additional levy on the November ballot to reopen COSI.

Yesterday, representatives from four local businesses said they would escalate their efforts to campaign for the levy — and would help the museum create new exhibits if the levy passes.

U.S. Driving Continues to Decrease

U.S. driving slid for the eighth straight month in June, making the decline more pronounced that the drop that occurred during the 1970s oil shock.

Windfall tax lets Alaska rake in billions from Big Oil

Republicans in Congress this June united to defeat a proposed windfall tax on oil companies, deriding it as a bad idea that would discourage investment in U.S. oil exploration.

Things worked out far differently in the GOP stronghold of Alaska, a state whose economic fate is closely tied to the oil industry.

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