The Green Party has called for a free time index to replace GDP as a measure of how well the nation is doing. The proposed economic indicator will be based on a count of how many hours people spend not working or commuting.Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley is expected to tell delegates the index will measure time to "have a family life, relax, and pursue the things they care about".GDP stands for gross domestic product - "the value, profits and consumption of every item, profit or service brought to the market by workers, companies, or other economic resources", according to the Office for National Statistics.An economic measure, it is widely understood as an indicator of how things are going in countries more generally.But the Greens will argue that the new measure will better reflect our quality of life.They aren't the only ones to have proposed a different measurement of national success.Another alternative suggestion is GPI - a Genuine Progress Indicator.This would start with … [Read more...] about Green Party: Replace GDP with free time index
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Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Subscribe here.TopspinA proposal sidelined by Ald. Ed Burke that aims to increase property taxes on seven downtown buildings — including two his law firm represents — looks like it will get a hearing after all.The measure, which resulted in a city ethics panel investigating but clearing Burke of a conflict-of-interest violation, is up for assignment Tuesday at the City Council Rules Committee meeting.Ald. Ricardo Munoz, 22nd, said he and Rules Committee Chairman Michelle Harris, 8th, have agreed to assign the matter to the Budget Committee for a hearing sometime next month. Whatever the outcome, Munoz may already have achieved a political aim.Munoz was backing Chris Kennedy for governor and Fritz Kaegi for assessor in last week’s Democratic primary. Kennedy lost, but Kaegi won. Both candidates made an … [Read more...] about Morning Spin: Property tax reassessment measure Ald. Burke tried to block to get hearing after all
close Video Kurtz: How John Paul Stevens undermined gun control 'MediaBuzz' host Howard Kurtz weighs in on former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' statement that the Second Amendment should be repealed and how it created an even bigger schism in the gun control debate. You might think a 97-year-old guy who hasn't been heard from in years wouldn't have the firepower to influence the gun control debate. But then John Paul Stevens came along and called for repealing the Second Amendment. And he did it with the megaphone of the New York Times op-ed page. My first thought, of course, was that this will never happen, even if a former Supreme Court justice thinks it's a good idea. And my second thought was that Stevens has really set back the cause of reformers who hoped to pass modest gun legislation in the wake of the Florida school shooting. Now it's easy for the gun rights side to say that reform advocates secretly hope for a radical agenda, as outlined by Stevens, … [Read more...] about Sandbagging the 2nd Amendment: Ex-justice hurts his own cause with New York Times op-ed
The vultures perching on the roof of the abandoned Eastern Shore house seemed like a bad omen to Cindy Smith as she strolled by with her dogs.Smith, who battles blight for Dorchester County government, said the owner of the vacant, century-old home in Cambridge stopped paying property taxes almost a decade ago. The problem is well known in Baltimore, where thousands of vacant properties are stuck in the tax auction process, with debts soaring over time.Now officials from counties and towns across Maryland are pushing the General Assembly to change the laws governing the auction system to help them combat blight in communities from the Eastern Shore to Garrett County in Western Maryland.Generally, when property owners fall behind on taxes, local governments auction off liens on the buildings to investors, filling their coffers immediately rather than waiting for taxes they may never collect.The investors can then charge interest and try to collect on the debt to earn a profit beyond … [Read more...] about Fighting time and decay, Maryland towns seek new rights to seize vacants