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Problems cited in Bush plan for Gulf Coast

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  • Todd Edelman
    How do we make Carfree/lightness a part of this? How about pushing forward small business, specifically retail, that - if not located in malls - encourages
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 24, 2005
      How do we make Carfree/lightness a part of this? How
      about pushing forward small business, specifically
      retail, that - if not located in malls - encourages
      density, shopping by bike, etc? Do "empowerment zones"
      have an environmental component?

      - Todd, Green Idea Factory

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      Problems cited in Bush plan for Gulf Coast -
      Federal tax breaks for business would drive the
      recovery

      Excerpts:

      [...]Several studies of the empowerment zones carried
      out by the Government Accountability Office in 1999
      found that awareness of the programs was not high and
      most of the benefits flowed to large corporations, not
      the small businesses that account for most employment
      gains.[...]

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      Even the Heritage Foundation says something good:
      [...]"The big risk is you throw out benefits to people
      who don't need them," said Ronald Utt, a senior
      research fellow at the conservative Heritage
      Foundation in Washington. "Are we just going to end up
      using federal subsidies to encourage gambling and
      casinos?"[...]

      <http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/10/23/MNGAQFCQII1.DTL>





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