Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Springfield Gentrification Plan

Springfield requires an overall gentrification along the main roads coming into the downtown area, just to make a nice facade for tourists. What's gentrification?

Gentrification and urban gentrification are terms referring to the socio-cultural displacement that results when wealthier people acquire property in low income and working class communities... -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gentrification

There's a much simpler and cheaper way to do this. Custom design tour buses with blacked-out windows, and video monitors embedded in the back of each seat so the passenger can be distracted by an informational video about the Lincoln Historic Sites.

This way we don't have to make any changes and the poor people can live in their rotting hovels and there will be enough money left for potholes and leaf pickup.

Unless you want to attract more businesses or professionals, then you can just attract them to Chatham or Panther Creek. Problem solved.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

IL Governor Quinn wants dot coms to pay state taxes. Amazon.com's response:

For well over a decade, the Amazon Associates Program has worked with thousands of Illinois residents. Unfortunately, a new state tax law signed by Governor Quinn compels us to terminate this program for Illinois-based participants. It specifically imposes the collection of taxes from consumers on sales by online retailers - including but not limited to those referred by Illinois-based affiliates like you - even if those retailers have no physical presence in the state.

We had opposed this new tax law because it is unconstitutional and counterproductive. It was supported by national retailing chains, most of which are based outside Illinois, that seek to harm the affiliate advertising programs of their competitors. Similar legislation in other states has led to job and income losses, and little, if any, new tax revenue. We deeply regret that its enactment forces this action.

As a result of the new law, contracts with all Illinois affiliates of the Amazon Associates Program will be terminated and those Illinois residents will no longer receive advertising fees for sales referred to Amazon.com, Endless.com, or SmallParts.com.

Please be assured that all qualifying advertising fees earned prior to April 15, 2011 will be processed and paid in full in accordance with the regular payment schedule. Based on your account closure date of April 15, 2011, any final payments will be paid by July 1, 2011.

You are receiving this email because our records indicate that you are a resident of Illinois. If you are not currently a permanent resident of Illinois, or if you are relocating to another state in the near future, you can manage the details of your Associates account here. And if you relocate to another state after April 15, please contact us for reinstatement into the Amazon Associates Program.

To be clear, this development will only impact our ability to continue the Associates Program in Illinois, and will not affect the ability of Illinois residents to purchase online at www.amazon.com from Amazon’s retail business.

We have enjoyed working with you and other Illinois-based participants in the Amazon Associates Program and, if this situation is rectified, would very much welcome the opportunity to re-open our Associates Program to Illinois residents.


The Amazon Associates Team

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Springfield Illinois Residency Requirement

I created a discussion topic at the new forum now available at www.spfld.net focusing specifically on the question of how much actual dollars are lost forever from the city's economic cycle, by employees who work for the city, but live and spend their money in other communities?

The question of residency requirement in Springfield, Illinois is especially important because the city has it's own utility company, City Water Light and Power, which generates money from it's private sector customers as a revenue source that helps pay the salaries of city employees.

If municipal employees live outside the city of Springfield, in the realm of other utility companies, merchants and services that have private sector employees that live in other communities, The potential tax revenue that might have been generated for the city of Springfield is lost forever, which means that real money is slowly and permanently being siphoned out of Springfield, Illinois' economic circulation.

Money is already being siphoned permanently away from Springfield when people choose to buy anything that was not manufactured locally. When you look at money in terms of an environmental cycle, like the hydrogen cycle, for example, it becomes clear that survival based on the money cycle is limited and is dependent upon new money flowing in faster than it leaves.

New money flowing in faster than it leaves is entirely up to businesses. If businesses pay wages high enough, the tax revenues generated should produce services and infrastructure that is attractive enough to draw in more businesses. Unfortunately, businesses will only pay employees what the government forces them to pay employees. The government employees have organized and demanded to be paid more than the city is willing to tax the private sector because the private sector can leave.

The consequences is a crumbling infrastructure which becomes so unattractive that the only way to compensate is to pay exorbitant salaries to the professionals needed for the survival of the community, who would otherwise leave, in the fields of academics, health, finance, engineering, etc.

But the habit in Springfield is this: If you can afford it, live outside of the city.

The city of Springfield, much like most municipalities, is becoming an economic crater. The only difference is that inevitability of collapse is slowed by money generated from the city's own utility company, CWLP. The evidence of a crumbling infrastructure can be clearly seen in the architecture of the buildings surrounding the state capitol, and the odor rising up from the open sewers on 13th street and other older areas of the city.