PM Erna Solberg at a conference in Munich, Germany earlier this year. Photo: AFP Income inequality has increased in Norway as a result of changes to the country’s tax system under successive Erna Solberg governments, according to a statistical analysis. The analysis, conducted by Statistics Norway (SSB), looked at the distributive effect of taxation under six years with Solberg as head of government in comparison with 2013, the year the Conservative PM came to power. “Changes to both income and inheritance tax as well as changes to indirect taxation are all pulling in the direction of less distribution (of wealth),” SSB researcher Thor Olav Thoresen told news agency NTB. Budgets since 2013 have consistently made cuts to tax. Overall, tax has been reduced by 25.5 billion kroner, including a reduction in income tax from 28 to 22 percent, NTB reports. It is this particular change which has had the biggest impact on overall income inequality, according to the SSB … [Read more...] about Norway’s tax system has increased inequality, report finds
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City Councilor Michelle Wu called for sweeping change to Boston’s development review process Monday by proposing that the Boston Planning and Development Agency be abolished — overdue action needed to address the city’s pressing problems, she said. Wu, detailing the proposal in a 54-page report, said the agency has only served the well-connected in an outdated system designed 60 years ago that lacks accountability and transparency. Meanwhile, Boston’s modern day problems have continued on, unchecked, she says. “Instead of delivering the resources to address our most urgent challenges, Boston’s development process is making our problems worse,” Wu wrote in the report, titled, “Fixing Boston’s Broken Development Process: Why and How to Abolish the BPDA.” “We’re more and more anxious about rising home prices and rents, frustrated daily by increasingly awful commutes, and scared about the flooding and extreme heat … [Read more...] about Michelle Wu wants to abolish the BPDA. Here’s what to know.
Wednesday newsletters always feature a hotel or flight review. I recently traveled to India & Bhutan. You can read my trip reports here Review: Swiss Airbus A330 First Class from Zürich to Delhi Review: India Aman Tour – The Lodhi New Delhi Review: India Aman Tour – Aman-i-Khas, Ranthambore National Park Review: India Aman Tour – Amanbagh, Rajasthan Review: The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra Review: The Oberoi New Delhi Review: Six Senses Thimphu, Bhutan (today) Review: Six Senses Punakha, Bhutan Review: Six Senses Paro, Bhutan Review: Bhutan Airlines A320 Business Class from Paro to Delhi Review: The Leela Palace Delhi Review: Taj Lake Palace (Udaipur) Review: The Oberoi Udaivilas (Udaipur) Review: Lufthansa A380 First Class Delhi to Frankfurt Today (October 9, 2019): Review of Six Senses Bhutan, Thimphu Lodge. Location: Google maps Hotel website: Six Senses Bhutan, Thimphu Lodge Tip: get complimentary VIP perks … [Read more...] about Review of Six Senses Bhutan – Thimphu Lodge
Their 2-3 record entering Sunday’s home game against the Seahawks is bad enough. But they were embarrassed on national TV last week, looking disorganized and feckless in a 31-3 loss to the 49ers. “To say we didn’t play well Monday night is an understatement,” defensive coordinator Steve Wilks said. “Very embarrassing the way the defense performed, and I take full blame and responsibility for that.” The Browns’ defense certainly played poorly in San Francisco, and is ranked 21st in points allowed (24.4 per game). But the offense looks dysfunctional under first-time head coach Freddie Kitchens. Mayfield has just four touchdown passes against eight interceptions this year, his 55.9 completion percentage ranks 33rd out of 34 qualifying quarterbacks, and his 68.5 passer rating ranks 32nd. And Beckham has been shockingly quiet, with 23 catches for 335 yards and just one touchdown. Beckham has had a career-low two catches in each of his last … [Read more...] about Preseason darlings have turned back into the Browns
I don’t normally make it the focus of my travels, if there’s an opportunity for me to visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site, I always make sure I stop. In 1972 the UN, through the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, began recognizing important sites around the world that they consider vital in order to maintain the cultural and natural heritage we have all inherited. Even though I haven’t even scratched the surface of visiting the more than 1,000 sites in every corner of the planet, I have been to quite a few and think every traveler should make a point to visit them if they can. To show the width and breadth of this amazing collection of sites, today I want to share some that while impressive, mostly fly under the tourism radar and hopefully in the process this list will encourage your own UNESCO themed visits in the future. This year I’m working with Allianz Travel Insurance to share my thoughts about travel, what makes me happy when I explore the world and why I … [Read more...] about 7 Under the Radar UNESCO World Heritage Sites I Love to Visit