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Re: “A ‘Dreadful’ Tax Plan

Beneal Good. Did your mother have any kids that lived ?

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Posted by CW13 on 12/15/2017 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Student Housing Shakedown

If you wish to understand more about this topic, including the Honors College development, please refer to Steve Kozachik's Dec. 4 and Dec. 11 newsletters. He's written very thoroughly about the issue and challenges.……

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Posted by zarooni on 12/15/2017 at 9:02 AM

Re: “Student Housing Shakedown

it's doesn't have to be all or nothing. negotiate for something reasonable and attractive

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Posted by bhall mar on 12/14/2017 at 7:15 PM

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You make a great case about Steve K and the conflicts of interest that he has sponsored and voted on. Would we allow a Walmart employee to make rezoning decisions for big box stores?

He is right where the UA needs him to be. But how does that help average Tucsonans? Isn't it odd that ever since government was formed ...that they try to help citizens but it never seems to help. In many cases it actually gets worse.

Then we demand MORE government? What is wrong with us?

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Posted by Wayne Olson on 12/14/2017 at 10:02 AM

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Is the Honors College Dorm going to pay property taxes?
Is the City going to sue them to pay property taxes?
Does Kozachik have a conflict of interest regarding the Honors Collage Dorm?

Did the lawsuit against the mini dorms address the issue of unrelated people living in the 8-bedroom residential houses?

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Posted by Raquel Baranow on 12/13/2017 at 7:36 PM

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That isnt evidence that it caused the state's deficit. The deficit started before 2015 and ballotpedia also says:

"Governor Brownback signed the fiscal year 2016 budget into law on June 16, 2015. The governor made a few line-item vetoes and noted that he will continue to find ways to limit the size and spending habits of the state government while protecting the state's core services. Total spending under this budget equaled about $15.33 billion, a decrease of about 0.7 percent from fiscal year 2015"

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Posted by Palisades on 12/13/2017 at 12:15 PM

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Thank you Mr Chong(?) very interesting.

Google is your friend Palisades-
"Between fiscal years 2015 and 2016, total government spending in Kansas increased by approximately $439.0 million"-Ballotpedia

In 2015-2016 Education was over 50% of the state budget. In that same year AZ outspent 23 states on Education. I don't believe we have ever been exposed to that fact.

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Posted by Wayne Olson on 12/13/2017 at 9:55 AM

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Bartlett showing his newfound liberal credentials, once again. Republicans aren't driven by anything that smacks of Ayn Rand, idiot. They're big-government statists like yourself. Their tax bill is indeed a sham and Ayn Rand wouldn't approve.

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Posted by Rick Vinson on 12/12/2017 at 11:36 PM

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According to what. I couldnt find evidence that they increased spending. And that still means a republican controlled state is incapable of handling their finances if they were able to cut taxes but didnt cut spending to meet it

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Posted by Palisades on 12/12/2017 at 3:49 PM

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Kansas's problem? They increased spending. That still doesn't work. No matter how many times you try it. Cut taxes cut spending. That works.

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Posted by Tommy Chong on 12/12/2017 at 12:09 PM

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To CW13, The Affordable Care Act was crippled by the Republicans because they demanded that the Individual Payer Mandate be eliminated before they would allow it to move forward. REPUBLICANS NEVER, and I repeat NEVER offered to help the American people do anything unless you consider the top 1%. Occasionally a few scraps are left over to throw to the wailing masses. I would love to see the Democrats just walk away and allow the Republicans to destroy this country the way that governor Brownback has destroyed Kansas. Republicans are the most intransigent, ignorant, arrogant, deluded, ungrateful control freaks on earth. They have been trying to destroy this country from the beginning and have finally found their champion, Trump, to help them do it

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Posted by Beneal Good on 12/12/2017 at 10:34 AM

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Obamacare is not universal health care, nor is it good. And obama never had the intention of pushing universal. The citizens of any european country with universal would take to their streets in protest if it was proposed to replace what they have.

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Posted by Palisades on 12/10/2017 at 2:16 PM

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How about all the people who lost their insurance or now pay 3 times as much? As far as my ignorance goes, up yours.

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Posted by CW13 on 12/09/2017 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Student Housing Shakedown

I used to live in this neighborhood and it is a catch-22. Goodman's projects have doubled the population density as it is and there is a lot more noise, traffic, etc. BUT this neighborhood, Feldmans and Bronx Park/Sugar Hill area are all much safer than they were 10-15 years ago. There are more parties but fewer break ins, assaults, rapes, gang crime, etc. Goodmans properties are the nicest maintained in the area, even if they are ugly.

Goodman might be garbage as a person and profit oriented but the city should not target him just because they don't like him. It sounds like that is exactly what is happening. This could open up more lawsuits and cost us money. Put this project under an architectural review process to ensure its not cheap and ugly and allow smaller bedroom units. This was the mistake the city made with Goodmans other properties and we ended up with giant yellow stucco 10 bedroom homes because they were code compliant when building 3bedroom triplexes would not have been. The city has already tried fighting and the community lost. Now they should try working with the developer to get something positive for everyone.

The pressure to live in this area is only growing. These apartments are the only chance these neighborhoods have at becoming single-family owner occupied residents again. Right now, Feldmans is probably 40% rentals and students which is way too high. Building apartments will take the pressure off of these neighborhoods in the long run, increase rents and property values and encourage people to turn these homes back into owner occupied residents. Right now there are just too many slum level homes that people can rent out at super high prices because there is not enough supply in the area. Fuck these people, the city should not be protecting them.

On another note, the city has already destroyed more historic homes along Broadway than this project will destroy and for what? Widening a road that every analysis says doesn't need to be widened? Adding nothing to the tax base? Come on. At least this project adds people and businesses to an area that needs it. Just make it look good and ensure that it's not a party tower. This is not rocket science.

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Posted by HumanBean on 12/09/2017 at 9:45 AM

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In response to CW13, for your information, the Republicans passed a bill under George W. Bush which DEMANDED that the Post Office Employees build their retirement funds to take care of all retirees 75 years into the future. Before that bill the Post Office finances were always in the black. Since that bill the Post Office has been in the RED. This was just another Republican
attempt to destroy a U.S. government agency so they could privatize it and hand it to one of their cronies. The bailout of the Auto Industry saved thousands of jobs. To see the ripple effect of losing a major manufacturing company the losses are felt thru out the country . Every civilized country in the western world has some form of Universal Health Care except the United States. What kind of an idiot doesn't see the value of having a good health care system that is available to all. Just like most Republicans you rely only on your ill informed opinions, prejudices, propaganda and ignorance regardless of the subject at hand.

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Posted by Beneal Good on 12/09/2017 at 6:30 AM

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I remember the dumps I lived in in college, the roach-ridden, floor sagging, stinking houses built in the 1920 that were rented to students for exorbitant prices. The plumbing was horrible, the kitchens worse, the bathrooms a place you didn't want to ever go.

This was in Texas, but the slum lords were the same quality. I would have given anything to have been able to live in housing like Goodman is building. And "destroying neighborhoods?" Give me a break. These are not neighborhoods of old friends and neighbors. They are slums for students.

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Posted by William Gandy on 12/07/2017 at 5:29 PM

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"Former state lawmaker Demion Clinco, now serving as executive director of the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation, said that the developers are not from Tucson and their project would take income away from locals who rent to students. His comments were met with emphatic applause."

This is hilarious. Why exactly should students have to subsidize slum lords who are happy to leave there asbestos filled, swamp cooled blight in a perpetual state of neglect? Maybe this will force them to lower prices or improve there homes.

Sorry, but this is the kind of development that we need. Its in a high density, walk-able area close to UA. Tucson is a city of million people not a glorified retirement community and its time we start acting like it.

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Posted by magro on 12/07/2017 at 4:19 PM

Re: “A ‘Dreadful’ Tax Plan

See Motor Vehicle, Post Office, Obummercare.

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Posted by CW13 on 12/07/2017 at 1:15 PM

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In case you hadn't noticed:

Just about 3/4 of government services and entitlements are failing, miserably, and can not continue to be abused, defrauded and mismanaged. It will come to an ugly end if we don't face it.

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Posted by Wayne Olson on 12/07/2017 at 10:03 AM

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" Ayn Rand mentality that the government is, per se, evil ..."

Ayn Rand argues that government is good. Her philosophy of Objectivism champions a vigorous, focused, unwavering government. It's function clear: to protect the individual rights of life and property of each citizen, and to protect the nation from threats.

Her condemnation is reserved for 1) anarchism; 2) collectivism; 3) theocracy

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Posted by John Donohue on 12/07/2017 at 8:28 AM

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