New National Monument Created in Maine’s North Woods

New National Monument Created in Maine’s North Woods

The new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is the 413th preserved area in the Park Service and the second national monument to have been designated in the state (after Acadia National Park’s precursor). It sits east of Baxter State Park in north-central Maine, more than 200 miles north of Portland.

The land was donated to the federal government this week by Elliotsville Plantation, Inc., a nonprofit foundation started by Roxanne Quimby, the co-founder of the Burt’s Bees line of natural products. The foundation also says it is creating an endowment to help cover maintenance expenses in the monument.

By Brian Clark Howard/National Geographic

Why Does The U.S. Have Bad Public Transit? Blame Class Warfare.

Why Does The U.S. Have Bad Public Transit? Blame Class Warfare.

What this all adds up to is workers who are less desperate and who have more options; which equals workers with more bargaining power; which equals more inconveniences and higher labor costs for the business owners, managers, and other professionals who make up much of the Republican base.

Good points, but too general an argument without digging deeper on specific transit systems (especially those that work well–i.e., Bay Area Rapid Transit).

[photo credit: tokyoform/flickr]

In Praise Of The Land Value Tax

 

In Praise Of The Land Value Tax

Jeff Spross‘ argument on a land value tax (LVT) as a means for local governments to raise additional revenues.

The cool thing about an LVT is it really reveals how an economy is really an ecology. Everything is interconnected, no man is an island, and no single act of productivity can truly be carved out from the cooperative whole. No one can create more land and no can make land itself intrinsically better, so when the value of land rises, that is literally an ecological phenomenon. In truth, a sizeable portion of the wealth our economy creates really does belong to no one and everyone at the same time.

[photo via Mike Mozart]