The Connection Between Recycling and Coronavirus

Facing shrinking revenue from the coronavirus, municipalities need to decide whether to diminish their recycling costs.

Why We Should Care About Curbside Cardboard Crime

The recycling revenue that municipalities were receiving was shrinking and now, with some mystery surrounding cardboard, it’s getting worse.

Why Traffic Light Buttons Are Similar to Bicycles

You know those traffic light buttons that never feel like they make a difference when we want to cross the street? Brookline and Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Auckland, New Zealand and Perth, Australia are reprogramming hundreds of those buttons so we…

The Unexpected Side of Library Late Fees

While library late fees are supposed to be incentives that encourage us to return books, instead they have unintended consequences.

When a Parking Ticket Is Unconstitutional

When the police use their chalk lines on tires as the basis for parking tickets, they could be violating the U.S. Constitution.

Why We Need to Know If a Hot Dog Is a Sandwich

When municipal revenue is involved, it matters if a hot dog is a sandwich. Below, for many smiles and some “analysis,” Stephen Colbert has an answer: Sandwich Taxes In a New York State deli, if you order an uncut bagel…

Does the World Series Give St. Louis an Economic Boost?

2 years ago, business at St. Louis’s Big Daddy’s tavern spiked during the Cardinals/Brewers playoff game and squirrel shirts were selling like hotcakes. Add hot dog and beer sales, parking revenue, gate receipts to the team, and out-of-towners’ spending and…

Fiscal Policy: Looking at the Lottery

The 14 million (or so) people who buy Powerball lottery tickets may be suffering from probability neglect. They know that their chance of winning $40 million could be 1 in 175 million. But still, they buy the tickets. Nobel prize winning…