Monica Potts is a senior writer for The American Prospect and a fellow with the New America Foundation Asset Building Program. Her work has appeared in TheNew York Times, the Connecticut Post and the Stamford Advocate. She also blogs at PostBourgie.
Tomorrow, the Federal Communications Commission will reveal it's plan for increasing Internet access, but some of the highlights were revealed today. The goals include getting fast broadband access to 100 million households by 2020, and getting television stations to give up their unused frequencies for wireless Internet service providers. The last part is likely to meet resistance, writes the Associated Press.
The Union of Concerned Scientists, growing impatient, criticizes the Obama administration for taking too long on needed reforms. The director from the group's scientific integrity program, Francesca Grifo, notes that President Obama promised as a candidate to end political interference with science.
The New York City Council has finally decided to look into the police department's policy of saving personal information gathered during a stop-and-frisk, the Daily Newsreports. The department had been storing information from people who were stopped but not charged or accused of any wrongdoing in a database that could be searched by law enforcement officials.
After I wrote a column supporting New York's latest effort to tax sugary drinks, I read RaceWire's column on how it's just another tax to hurt poor people. While, yes, sales taxes are regressive, decrying this tax as a social justice issue misses the point.
It's always amusing when conservatives try to portray increasing government revenue as fiscally irresponsible. But the ridiculousness reached its height in Carly Fiorina's Demon Sheep ad against her Senate opponent Tom Campbell, which portrayed his past support of tax increases to balance California's budget as such.
But of course, when lawmakers are actually faced with the real consequences of governing, tax increases are an important tool for maintaining important things, like schools. That's the choice facing Illinois lawmakers, who are considering Gov. Patrick Quinn's budget, which raises income taxes by 1 percentage point, from 3 percent to 4 percent.