From the NYT story on the snowstorm that’s hit the East Coast:

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said that snow removal would cost $1 million per inch, but that the Sanitation Department was standing by with 212,000 tons of salt.

How could it POSSIBLY cost $1 million per inch to remove snow? I moved several billion dollars worth from my driveway this morning in less than 20 minutes.

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  1. James Joyner says:


    Drat–I was hoping for a new career as a snow remover. I’d be willing to do it for $100,000 an inch, which would really have undercut the market.

  2. Rube says:

    Thank god for unions.

  3. Matt says:

    He could just wait for the much cheaper alternative. We call it “Spring”