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Soviet Style

It really is quite alarming how the chorus of self-interested voices advocating the smashing up of the English planning system keeps banging on about Soviet-style controls. It is, of course, a familiar technique in the populist press. Take some casual slander and endlessly repeat it around several n...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 02 July 2020

Making Communities Wilder

A long-standing tradition among national environmental groups is not to challenge one another publicly. That is not to say there are no occasional private disagreements, but generally the tradition has worked well. Right now, however, three national bodies have tossed a stick of dynamite on to the f...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 18 June 2020

Cummings Corporations

Normally, ministers and civil servants consigned to the naughty step like to keep their heads down for a while, but that seems not to be the case with Dominic Cummings and Robert Jenrick. Both got into trouble over lockdown rules and the public gripes with Mr Cummings would fill a book. Indeed, seve...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 09 June 2020

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Smart Growth America warning on tax cuts

Added on 05 December 2017

Smart Growth America has warned that the Senate&primes agreement to a revised US tax code will leave a 100 billion dollar hole in the country&rsquos public finances over the next decade and it will have to decide between ballooning deficits and cuts to housing, transport and community development.

SGA chief executive Geoff Anderson said the move threatens to make rural places, towns and cities of all sizes less competitive and less resilient in today&primes challenging economy. His organisation has long campaigned for reform of the code to remove incentives for urban sprawl but he said the Senate move is a massive wasted opportunity.

&PrimeWhen this tax package triggers 10 straight years of 100 billion dollar deficits you can bet that the programs that local communities depend upon most for their continued success will bear the brunt of those cuts,&Prime said Mr Anderson. &PrimeThey will be the ones picking up the tab for this monumental addition to the national debt.&Prime

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