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June 13, 2008

Useful websites for figuring stuff out
TRANSIT

State bicycle laws (includes many state vehicle code pointers): http://www.massbike.org/resourcesnew/bike-law/state-bike-laws/

Rail Transit Worldwide (traffic density and related stats)

National Transportation Statistics

EDUCATION

Massachusetts Education Reform Laws: http://www.doe.mass.edu/lawsregs/603cmr10.html?section=06

MCAS results: http://www.boston.com/news/education/k_12/mcas/

Educational profiles (Mass): http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/

TAXES and INCOME

Massachusetts Municpal Actual Revenues and Expenditures

Property taxes:
http://www.mass.gov/?pageID=dorterminal&L=4&L0=Home&L1=Local+Officials&L2=Municipal+Data+and+Financial+Management&L3=Data+Bank+Reports&sid=Ador&b=terminalcontent&f=dls_mdmstuf_proptax&csid=Ador
A huge dump of data in Excel spreadsheets, allowing historical comparisons between towns on valuations, levy limits, taxes paid, tax rates, and property categories.

Town of Belmont (general) (history pdf)

Inflation data: http://www.minneapolisfed.org/community_education/teacher/calc/hist1800.cfm

Income dispersionm (dead links, need fixing):
Income Inequality (1947-1998)
Historical Income Inequality Tables

Tax information, state comparisons. (look at the left sidebar).

OTHER STATS

Many statistics comparing countries: http://www.nationmaster.com/index.php

and states: http://www.statemaster.com/index.php

Demographic data by zipcode: http://www.zipskinny.com/

(General) Mass. data bank info (targets some of above): http://www.mass.gov/?pageID=dorsubtopic&L=4&L0=Home&L1=Local+Officials&L2=Municipal+Data+and+Financial+Management&L3=Data+Bank+Reports&sid=Ador

Mass.gov Belmont page: http://www.mass.gov/?pageID=mg2localgovccpage&L=1&L0=home&L1=Resident&sid=massgov2&selectCity=Belmont

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