315 Blog Posts From the John Carr Tag


Carbo cults

Carbo cults

Massachusetts is considering another money grab in the name of carbon. A few years ago the Governor announced higher parking rates, in the name of carbon. This time Boston Mayor Marty Walsh ordered up a report calling for a $15 per day tax on nonresidents driving into the business district, in the name of carbon. […]

Follow you follow me

Follow you follow me

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts says using a GPS device to track a car is criminal harassment. The Boston Globe wrote “private citizens can not deploy GPS tracking devices to spy on people.” The court did not limit its holding to private citizens. Judges agreed that a GPS tracker “would cause a reasonable person […]

I can’t drive 25

I can’t drive 25

Do as I say, not as I do. That was the message from Debra Panetta, chair of the Saugus Board of Selectmen, at a public hearing on reducing speed limits to 25. She said 25 miles per hour was too slow. The police chief did not recommend changing the speed limit. A traffic consultant’s report was […]

Many ways to spell “speed trap”

Many ways to spell “speed trap”

Every five minutes a Massachusetts driver gets an undeserved speeding ticket. Every hour a Massachusetts driver gets a federally-funded speeding ticket. Your state, like mine, gets federal funding to run speed traps. Every year the state bureaucracy generates a highway safety grant proposal and status report and sends it to the National Highway Traffic Safety […]

When is a fee not a fee?

When is a fee not a fee?

Before the holidays a state judge delayed implementation of a new tax on taxi rides in New York City, part of the Mayor’s congestion pricing plan. Later this month he will be asked to strike the tax down permanently. Whatever the press may call it, it’s not a congestion fee, it’s a tax on a […]