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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Recent policy proposals

How about a wrapup of some policy proposals in the news of late?

Removing credit scores from auto insurance: I'm all for this, even if it means I lose a discount from my high score. Using credit scores to determine auto insurance premiums is unfair to those who have no score because they don't use credit and to those who are the victim of identity theft. Once credit bureaus are held liable for the use and misuse of the data they collect we can talk.

Limits on eminent domain: I'm all for this. Eminent domain should only be used for the public good, period. I don't even like this "blighted properties" nonsense. When the government uses eminent domain, there better be a road or a park at the end of it.

Police fees for college students: While I think that this idea in and of itself is poor, I do like the idea of charging people for police service using something other than, or in addition to, property values. I think this is the wrong way to go about doing it, though.


At 8:57 AM, December 30, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've used a credit card about a dozen times in my 25 year life, but my credit score is well above 700. I should be rewarded for that. I should not be treated the same as someone who can't pay their bills.

At 9:05 AM, December 30, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beware the 'fee-ification' of funding government, via things like police fees. Because once you go that route, you will eventually end up with book fees, bus fees, meal fees, teacher fees, etc. for public schools as well.

At 10:51 AM, December 30, 2005, Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis said...

Fine, fee for everything. Then at least we'll do a better job of paying for the services we use.

It will also point out which services or programs only exist thanks to massive government subsidies and maybe we could finally have the discussion of whether or not they are really worth it.

At 1:14 PM, December 30, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

t.p.o, we already know what services require subsidies and why that is the case. When it comes to public transit, there is a significant population that cannot afford to or are physically unable to drive. Unfortunately, the private sector long ago found that business unprofitable and gave it up. Shall we end public transit and just tell the poor and elderly that we're sorry but they're just not worth it?


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