And yet the mayor wants to annex more property that could become foreclosed on when the people living in those areas can't afford the increased taxes. Great thinking.
The insanity would be to bet the country's entire future energy needs on emerging technologies rather than proven, safe, efficient technologies such as nuclear power.
Ignorance speaks loudly. If people who oppose nuclear power would only read and understand that it is safe, convenient, economically feasible, and employs highly skilled workers to boot. I'm with you rolando--let them do without power when coal, oil, and gas are outlawed or so expensive everybody's freezing. Oh, wait, that won't happen because the earth is getting ready to incinerate.
One of the major problems with the annexation plan is that it is predicated on old data. The changes that have occurred in 10 years do not necessarily reflect the same needs for the same areas. It may have looked good "on paper" 10 years ago, but without a new study with today's blueprint, that study's recommendations are pure history. Another concern is that the money isn't there now and won't be enough with increased revenue to bolster services to these outlying areas. I am happy with fire protection from 3 miles away, not the 7 it would be with city services and no guarantee that a new fire station would be built closer to serve my neighborhood.
moonpie is correct. Tying healthcare to employers has always been one of the main problems in the whole mix. The small business owners are the ones who are most hurt if they are forced to provide it. The large businesses with unions are the ones who warped things out of shape by demanding the "Cadillac" of benefits. Now everyone expects that kind of coverage. (Meanwhile, unions line the pockets of the union chiefs and lobbyists while they cut the benefits to the retirees.) If insurance companies weren't involved, do you really think a doctor visit would cost $150? The true cost of healthcare could be so much less if insurance companies were out of the way. It's ludicrous to buy "insurance" for eyeglasses and teeth cleaning, well visits and maintenance. Do you buy insurance on your car for oil changes? Insurance should cover catastrophic occurrences--cancer, the need for a test that involves an expensive piece of equipment (MRI, etc.) that yes, the hospital may have to recoup investment on. Not the yearly checkup with routine services.