@ProPublica. Ex-TNR, WaPo, BaltSun. Proud native of Pittsfield, MA & resident of Baltimore. Author of The Cynic (S&S). alec.macgillis [at] propublica [dot] org

Road Hazard: How the ‘Embarrassing’ Gas Tax Impasse Explains Washington

propublica.org — In 1993, the Dow Jones industrial average was still well under 4,000, the best-selling car in the country was the Ford Taurus, and the average cost of a Major League Baseball ticket was under $10. That was also the year that Congress last raised the federal tax on gasoline.
Jul 22, 2015

An analytical history of Washington's "most embarrassing" policy failure: propublica.org/article/road-h…

Jul 22, 2015

By the great @AlecMacGillis Road hazard: How the ‘embarrassing’ gas tax impasse explains washington propublica.org/article/road-h…

Jul 22, 2015

The rate of congressmen signing the anti-tax pledge is highest in the states most dependent on federal highway funds: propublica.org/article/road-h…

Jul 22, 2015

RT @AlecMacGillis: The rate of congressmen signing the anti-tax pledge is highest in the states most dependent on federal highway funds: propublica.org/article/road-h…

Jul 22, 2015

RT @AlecMacGillis: The rate of congressmen signing the anti-tax pledge is highest in the states most dependent on federal highway funds: propublica.org/article/road-h…

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Pumped dry

politico.com — In 1993, the Dow Jones industrial average was still well under 4,000, the best-selling car in the country was the Ford Taurus, and the average cost of a Major League Baseball ticket was under $10. That was also the year that Congress last raised the federal tax on gasoline.
Jul 22, 2015

Instead of raising a 22-year-old tax on gasoline, Congress is on verge of selling off part of nation's supply of it. politico.com/agenda/story/2…

Jul 22, 2015

RT @AlecMacGillis: Instead of raising a 22-year-old tax on gasoline, Congress is on verge of selling off part of nation's supply of it. politico.com/agenda/story/2…

Jul 22, 2015

If we can't even fund our own roads, where will the self-driving cars go? politico.com/agenda/story/2…

Jul 23, 2015

RT @PoliticoAgenda: The 18.4 cent failure: Our roads depend on a broken tax scheme that Washington can't fix politi.co/1COGLQG pic.twitter.com/mFy9m8tHJs

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The Acme Corporation

harpers.org — There used to be a town called Acme at the intersection of Michigan Highway 72 and U.S. Route 31; now there's a Chase bank and a pair of gas stations. Most of Acme Township's 4,375 residents do their shopping in nearby Traverse City. The township hall is a one-story cinder-block appendage to the fire station.
Jul 21, 2015

Whoa, @harpers is now letting non-subscribers into its online archive. Which means those so inclined can read this: harpers.org/archive/2012/1…

Higher Ed Lobby Quietly Joins For-Profit Schools to Roll Back Tighter Rules

propublica.org — The Obama administration is set to achieve one of its top domestic policy goals after years of wrangling. For-profit colleges, which absorb tens of billions of dollars in U.S. grants and loans yet often leave their students with little beyond crushing debt, will need to meet new standards or risk losing taxpayer dollars.
May 05, 2015

How much does the higher education lobby dislike the actions of the Obama administration? This much: propublica.org/article/higher…

May 05, 2015

RT @ProPublica: Unlikely allies: How traditional colleges and universities sided with for-profit schools to fight the Obama admin propub.ca/1EaZWht

May 05, 2015

Traditional colleges are now lobbying on behalf of the for-profit industry propublica.org/article/higher…

May 05, 2015

colleges, universities are latest (unlikely) allies of for-profit edu as both seek to roll back new rules bit.ly/1IJBnOW @senwarren

May 05, 2015

Unlikely allies: How traditional colleges and universities sided with for-profit schools to fight the Obama admin propublica.org/article/higher…

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It is made possible by the fact it is in a deeply troubled city.

slate.com — The three fire trucks heaved to a stop right outside our house in Baltimore on Tuesday night, all red and white flashing lights, as firefighters jumped out to unspool their hoses. Our younger son leaped out of bed and screamed: "There's something wrong!" But there was nothing wrong. It was...
May 04, 2015

The #Baltimore Idyll, and what it owes the rest of the city. A personal reckoning: slate.com/articles/news_…

May 04, 2015

Thoughtful piece on Baltimore's divides by resident and former Sun co-worker @AlecMacGillis:slate.me/1GUODOB via @slate

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The early primary states can afford to wait longer.

slate.com — Have pity on the Democratic poo-bahs of the early primary-season states of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, who are suffering the greatest case of political denial this side of Chris Christie's zombie presidential aspirations. According to a remarkable, almost surreal front-page story in Wednesday's Washington Post, the Democratic chieftains...
Mar 19, 2015

Earth to early-state Democrats: you won't be getting to play Cinderella this year. Deal with it. slate.com/articles/news_…

Mar 19, 2015

RT @AlecMacGillis: Earth to early-state Democrats: you won't be getting to play Cinderella this year. Deal with it. slate.com/articles/news_…

Mar 19, 2015

RT @AlecMacGillis: Earth to early-state Democrats: you won't be getting to play Cinderella this year. Deal with it. slate.com/articles/news_…

Mar 19, 2015

.@AlecMacGillis reminds early state Dems they may go 16 years w/o the attn derived from contested primary slate.com/articles/news_…

Oregon’s new governor has gone on the offensive in the voting wars.

slate.com — For more than a decade, voting rights advocates have on been on the defensive. They've resisted one effort after another to restrict access to the polls, efforts that got new life following the Florida election fiasco of 2000, when a large black turnout almost (or maybe did) put Al Gore...
Mar 18, 2015

How Oregon's new voter-registration law clarifies the voting-wars debate: slate.com/articles/news_…

The new law had bipartisan support, but its reforms appear to be failing.

slate.com — In a Washington that fetishizes bipartisanship as an emblem of a lost golden age, the farm bill that passed last year with 68 votes in the Senate was a true marvel. Imagine, in these polarized times, a bill that won the support of Democratic senators like Barbara Boxer, Al Franken,...
Mar 17, 2015

The most bipartisan big legislation of the past year is costing a lot more than promised: slate.com/articles/news_…

Veterans should pay state taxes on pensions:

slate.com — There are the constant standing ovations at sports stadiums. There is the jump-to-the-front-of-the-line privileges at Amtrak and airline ticket counters. There is federal legislation to incentivize employers to hire veterans and White House pressure on federal agencies to do so. And now comes another, increasingly prevalent way to show appreciation...
Mar 15, 2015

Why are more and more states exempting high-up military retirees from paying income taxes? slate.com/articles/news_…

Mar 16, 2015

Why are states exempting high-up military retirees from paying income taxes? slate.com/articles/news_…

Mar 16, 2015

RT @AlecMacGillis: Why are states exempting high-up military retirees from paying income taxes? slate.com/articles/news_…

Mar 16, 2015

Fair or Foul: Should veterans be exempt from paying state taxes on their military pensions? slate.com/articles/news_… pic.twitter.com/1LI3qWznDd

The Maryland governor’s accomplishments are disappearing fast.

slate.com — Martin O'Malley is having himself a bit of a moment-not really through any of his own doing, but because the swirl of anxiety about Hillary Clinton's readiness for a presidential campaign has Democrats looking around for alternatives, and the only person standing there right now is, well, Martin O'Malley. The...
Mar 12, 2015

RT @morningmoneyben: Martin O'Malley is a weak politician and his governing legacy looks increasingly shaky, via @AlecMacGillis slate.com/articles/news_…

Mar 12, 2015

RT @morningmoneyben: Martin O'Malley is a weak politician and his governing legacy looks increasingly shaky, via @AlecMacGillis slate.com/articles/news_…

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Aug 03, 2015

Is Obama creating a bully-pulpit model for future presidents to push agenda in an era of divided govt? @perrybaconjr: nbcnews.com/news/us-news/h…

Aug 03, 2015

New studies giving credence to argument that colleges are using boosts in federal aid as excuse to jack up tuition: wsj.com/articles/feder…

Aug 03, 2015

Unmentioned in many stories about Koch Bros rebranding as pro-civil rights and pro-poor: they have led way in blocking Medicaid expansion.

Aug 02, 2015

How Marilyn Mosby derailed a promising new program to tackle Baltimore violence. Great metro reporting by @RectorSun: baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/…

Aug 02, 2015

All I'd add to @jimrutenberg's great piece is that it understates McConnell's role fighting Motor Voter. More here: slate.com/articles/news_…

Aug 02, 2015

NC GOP strategist to @jimrutenberg: "One thing I’ve learned is that I do not understand the mind of the black voter.” nytimes.com/2015/07/29/mag…

Aug 02, 2015

"Fewer than 400 families are responsible for almost half the money raised for '16." #oligarchy NYTimes.com mobile.nytimes.com/2015/08/02/us/…

Aug 01, 2015

RT @BmoreDoc: Baltimore's homicides are hypersegregated because our communities are hypersegregated. Great map by @justin_fenton. pic.twitter.com/1Py1FvT2Uf

Aug 01, 2015

@ryangabrielson @charlesornstein Yup, on page B3, right next to "Microsoft Said to Invest Big Sum in Uber."

Aug 01, 2015

@charlesornstein @ryangabrielson Absolutely. It's just odd to have it as a news story in biz section. And it echoes treatment of UK royalty.

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