Fiscal Intelligence

Fiscal analysis that enables educators, small business owners, and community organizers to make informed decisions.

The Educational Impact of Broadband Sudsidies for Schools Under ERate

“The “universal service fund” pays for E-Rate with a 17.9 percent tax on long distance telecommunications. The term may sound odd; “long distance” is an artifact of the past for most Americans. However, international calls over the plain old telephone network are still made, mostly by Latin American migrants living in the U.S. The telecommunications levy hits them particularly hard. More affluent households, on the other hand, use Facetime, Skype and other apps that avoid the tax.”

http://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2016/08/stop-spending-money-connecting-schools-to-the-internet-000191

 

I don’t want to see homeless riff-raff

“The wealthy working people have earned their right to live in the city.”