, Newburyport, MA


February 8, 2013

Need a snow job here, not in D.C.


That, no one needs, because refunds will be late as well. How late depends on when we file. According to those who know about such matters, they could be something like a month late for the earliest filers.

A year ago there were something like a 103 million filers. Half earned less than $30,000. Needless to say, the less we earn, the more we are dependent on refunds, and so are those to whom we owe money. Dealing with that is going to make for something more than considerable dissatisfaction for everyone involved.

Such problems as rise out of the combination of too little snow and too late tax refunds are a mixed bag. What they share is our inability to do anything at all about either one, even though there were signs early on that we might.

On the other hand, we’ve been living in a political stalemate long enough to have been able to forecast nothing but this kind of trouble in the making.

Weather forecasters were reasonably accurate concerning southeasterly states, but late for what was foreseen for much of New England. We are supposed to have had fairly heavy snow in January and could — maybe — unless — whatever — have some in February.

All things considered, the government performance relative to the economy and expectations related to more familiar weather hereabouts have a lot in common.

Ours is not to reason why. Just keep your shovels and your checkbooks handy.


Bill Plante is a Newbury resident and staff columnist. His email address is

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