Cities and states around are facing tight budgets as tax revenues drop. Maryland is looking at a $400 million shortfall, for instance.
And this isn't going to fix things, but the Baltimore Sun (my wife actually) reports that revenue from parking meters have risen 54% over the last four years, to $7 million. And that, the city says, is without raising rates. How?
New electronic meters. People tend to pay for more time than they need. And the days of pulling up and finding leftover time on the clock are gone.
Of course not everyone is happy about that. And one guy in the story found a way to save himself some money.