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# CR-Plainsville

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CR-Plainsville [#permalink]  07 Dec 2006, 02:25
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Mayor of Plainsville: In order to help the economy of Plainsville, I am using some of our tax revenues to help bring a major highway through the town and thereby attract new business to Plainsville.

Citizensâ€™ group: You must have interests other than our economy in mind. If you were really interested in helping our economy, you would instead allocate the revenues to building a new business park, since it would bring in twice the business that your highway would.

The argument by the citizensâ€™ group relies on which one of the following assumptions?
(A) Plainsville presently has no major highways running through it.
(B) The mayor accepts that a new business park would bring in more new business than would the new highway.
(C) The new highway would have no benefits for Plainsville other than attracting new business.
(D) The mayor is required to get approval for all tax revenue allocation plans from the city council.
(E) Plainsvilleâ€™s economy will not be helped unless a new business park of the sort envisioned by the citizensâ€™ group is built.

Please give reason for ur choice
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B

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Here is my try: My answer is C.

[quote](A) Plainsville presently has no major highways running through it.
This is not relevant to the argument
(B) The mayor accepts that a new business park would bring in more new business than would the new highway.
Not necessarily. The citizen's group may be there to convince the mayor why the business park may be better.
(C) The new highway would have no benefits for Plainsville other than attracting new business.
The Citizen's group's argument is based on business only. However, the economy as a whole may be dependant on multiple factors.
(D) The mayor is required to get approval for all tax revenue allocation plans from the city council.
out of scope
(E) Plainsvilleâ€™s economy will not be helped unless a new business park of the sort envisioned by the citizensâ€™ group is built.
No, they only say business will be twice, not that the highway won't help.[/quote]
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hsampath, I agree with you. My answer is (C). Negation Method could be used. If the new highway would have some benefits for Plainsville other than attracting new business, they should be also considered.
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Viperace wrote:
B

Evil Mayor

Agreed. Evil Mayor. My answer is B too.
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aurobindo wrote:
Viperace wrote:
B

Evil Mayor

Agreed. Evil Mayor. My answer is B too.

Could u plz explain why B is true? thanks
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Re: CR-Plainsville [#permalink]  07 Dec 2006, 14:52
C, with B quite close.
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The mayor has his own evil plan. He cite 'building economy' as his reason to build highway, but the REAL reason is something else which he did not mentioned.

The citizen is not fooled, they noticed that something is fishy

Quote:
Citizensâ€™ group:
You must have interests other than our economy in mind.

Both the mayor and the citizen knew that Bussiness Park is better for the economy, thats why the citizen shoot the following question.
Quote:
If you were really interested in helping our economy, you would instead allocate the revenues to building a new business park, since it would bring in twice the business that your highway would.

Hope this make sense, if OA is not B, ignore me
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Going for B too
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arjsingh1976 wrote:
aurobindo wrote:
Viperace wrote:
B

Evil Mayor

Agreed. Evil Mayor. My answer is B too.

Could u plz explain why B is true? thanks

Mayor of Plainsville: In order to help the economy of Plainsville, I am using some of our tax revenues to help bring a major highway through the town and thereby attract new business to Plainsville.

Citizensâ€™ group: You must have interests other than our economy in mind. If you were really interested in helping our economy, you would instead allocate the revenues to building a new business park, since it would bring in twice the business that your highway would.

The argument by the citizensâ€™ group relies on which one of the following assumptions?
(A) Plainsville presently has no major highways running through it.
(B) The mayor accepts that a new business park would bring in more new business than would the new highway.

The argument says that "you would instead allocate the revenues to building a new business park, since it would bring in twice the business that your highway would". The word 'since" is crucial here. The citizen's group is talking as if there are no doubts about the benefits of business park. That means they assume B.

(C) The new highway would have no benefits for Plainsville other than attracting new business.
(D) The mayor is required to get approval for all tax revenue allocation plans from the city council.
(E) Plainsvilleâ€™s economy will not be helped unless a new business park of the sort envisioned by the citizensâ€™ group is built.
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Nice explanation Viperace...Thanks...The OA is B indeed.
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Re: CR-Plainsville [#permalink]  23 Mar 2008, 02:48
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Viperace, Thanx!
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Re: CR-Plainsville   [#permalink] 23 Mar 2008, 02:48
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