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Opinion: Another Kind of Tax Fairness

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April 1, 2014

I had a thought the other day; what if state’s rights and better tax policy could be aligned to give conservatives and progressives incentive for reform? Why not let the states put their money where their mouth is by providing some freedom to adjust federal tax rates within their boundaries? The concept would let...
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We Have a New Logo

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March 13, 2014
We Have a New Logo

Tell us what you think of our new logo. Do you think its an improvement? Do you like it? What would you change?
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Federal Transit Benefit to Be Slashed While Parking Benefit Remains

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December 9, 2013
If you think there is gridlock at the Capitol today; I wonder what it would like if thousands of commuters suddenly shifted to driving and parking instead of taking Metro

In today’s bit of political hypocrisy we present the Federal debate currently occurring (not really, after all Congress really doesn’t do anything anymore) over the continuation of commuter benefits for Federal employees and consultants. In the era of pushing for smaller government the GOP has been adamant that we must cut down on waste...
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The Cost of Tysons Parking

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December 4, 2013
Want to destroy the urban fabric, parking lot it up. Click to enlarge into a massive field of asphalt

The Washington Post ran an article recently that noted (shockingly) that Tysons new Silver Line metro stations will have no parking! Before residents of Fairfax start gathering the pitchforks and flaming wooden objects to usher us smart growth advocates back to the Northeast from which we came (I’ve actually always lived in Virginia) let...
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Retrofitting Suburban Office Sprawl For Walkability

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August 28, 2013
Office Park Setback From Road in Tysons, click to enlarge.

When critics of Tysons discuss the problems with the planning that occurred during the last construction boom of the 90s, they often cite the lack of “walkability”. The first thing you should ask is, what is walkability? Do you know it when you see it, or are there fairly set rules like a golden...
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Scandal is rare in Virginia – maybe that’s part of the problem

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August 13, 2013
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Yesterday, The Daily Progress published an article about the rarity of scandal in Virginia politics. “As far as I know, no governor has had to deal with a scandal similar to this one,” said Geoff Skelley, a political analyst at the University of Virginia Center for Politics. “The only governor to ever resign the...
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Dulles Toll Road Ramp Projects Show Ignorance to Repeated Mistakes

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June 1, 2013
Mega-projects were endemic of the McDonnell Administration, will micro-projects be the new policy?

We have been covering the on-going saga of the Dulles Toll Road ramp projects for nearly a year now. The last news came in January when a coalition of local residents joined together to oppose a particularly bad concept which would destroy a buffer park, impact many lots, and bring additional traffic onto roads...
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OpEd: Connolly and Moran Transit Idea Dilutes Proper Planning

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March 10, 2013
VRE photo by jpmueller99 on flickr, click to enlarge

This past week Congressmen Gerry Connolly and Jim Moran, long time representatives of Northern Virginia, proposed a plan to extend the Orange Line to Centreville and the Blue Line (or possibly the Yellow Line) to Woodbridge. The study that they have requested $20 million for would look at the feasibility of the plan. Well...
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OpEd: Return to Economic Normalcy

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February 17, 2013
OpEd: Return to Economic Normalcy

This past week the G20, a body representing the most powerful economies of the world, met to discuss the continued global recession, currency, and the impact of domestic policies on international trade. A lot of diplomatic speeches and intent only agreements were made about what has become common place in Treasuries around the world,...
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Tysons Google Earth In Need of Attention

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February 16, 2013
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Fix It WMATA: 24T Is a Complete Waste of a Bus

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January 22, 2013
Empty WMATA Buses Come at the Cost of Other Routes

Nothing makes my head hurt more than when a bus tries to do the job of a train. This is where people who complain about cheap access to transit usually start calling me names, but sadly it is not good transit planning to provide a parallel system just for the sake of it costing...
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