The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Washington, D.C.:
Cash from Clunkers

Jun 20, 2022

Washington, D.C. is probably the nation’s capital of using traffic cameras and parking tickets to take money from people. The city’s more than 130 traffic cameras are expected to collect more than 100 million dollars this year. This includes a stop sign camera that raked in 1.3 million dollars in two years, at $100 per citation. And the city plans to double the number of traffic cameras! As for parking, tickets issued on one street alone last fall brought in almost one million dollars.

Over half a million vehicles in the city and the suburbs are liable to be booted for unpaid city fines. Boots are not removed until fines are paid. The city plans to triple the number of workers in its vehicle booting division—another money maker!

Are they increasing the number of teachers or social service workers? No! That doesn’t make any money.