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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.

Citizens’ 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 citizens’ 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) Plainsville’s economy will not be helped unless a new business park of the sort envisioned by the citizens’ group is built.
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09 Sep 2009, 03:12
IMO E.
"Plainsville’s economy will not be helped unless a new business park of the sort envisioned by the citizens’ group is built."
Plainsville’s economy can flourish even without the business park.
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09 Sep 2009, 12:50
I think C. What's the OA?
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09 Sep 2009, 22:38
IMO it's B
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09 Sep 2009, 23:35
IMO B
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OA - B

Citizen's group assumes that the mayor accepts that a new business park would bring in more new business than would the new highway and thats why think "You must have interests other than our economy in mind".
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10 May 2011, 02:47
Tricky B,yet derivable by POE.
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13 Jul 2011, 09:16
B totally baffles me. I dont understand how that is assumption underlying citizen group's argument.

To me it looks like citizen group is trying to convince mayor using its argument and it does not look like mayor is convinced with by the argument otherwise why do they need to emphasize the point.

To me it looked like both parties have diff paths in mind to the same goal "improved economy".

can someone explain?
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14 Jul 2011, 00:35
nice question. B is the ans
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Citizens :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.

Assumption: Mayor accepts that $from B park = 2($ from highway)

Still, 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.

Citizens' conclusion: The Mayor must have interests other than our economy in mind.
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02 Feb 2012, 10:38
Got tricked by C, but it's B. The reason is you're talking about economic benefits. The citizen already stated that the mayor has other interest or benefit in mind. So even it there is other benefits (C) it doesn't add or subtract from the argument. Therefore the citizen is assuming that the mayor knows that building the park would be more (2 times more) beneficially for the economy than the highway. If he didn't know the citizen can't fault him for the bridge. The citizen assumes he knows so the citizen fault him for having other interest.

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03 Feb 2012, 01:35
Hi,

E is correct

(A) Plainsville presently has no major highways running through it. => irrelevant information
(B) The mayor accepts that a new business park would bring in more new business than would the new highway. => This cannot be the reason but a wish
(C) The new highway would have no benefits for Plainsville other than attracting new business. => This is the tricky one simply because it restates a premise. Attract new business doesnt necessarily mean that the eco would improve. You can have 1000 out of town companies come & 0 step up shop in your county thus your economy has no improvement at all
(D) The mayor is required to get approval for all tax revenue allocation plans from the city council.=> Irrelevant
(E) Plainsville’s economy will not be helped unless a new business park of the sort envisioned by the citizens’ group is built. => Correct Economy will be helped
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23 Aug 2013, 09:28
Hi,

Tricky one..

Why is B correct??
IMO E should be the answer.

Can someone explain??

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29 Jan 2015, 02:06
Tricky one. I wasn't convinced about E but still selected that as my answer, because at first look i eliminated B
E actually doesn;t fit in lol.

I think its B because the citizens claim that the mayor has other interests in mind since in spite of knowing the park is better than the highway, he is building the highway.
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Citizens' group concludes that the mayor must have other interests in building a new major high way because for the same purpose of attracting new businesses into the city, the mayor can allocate revenues to to build a new business park, which might have a double effect.

A - It has no impact on the conclusion. If yes, the mayor might be right to build one. If no, another new one might still work.
B - CORRECT. If yes, he might acknowledge the benefits of this solution but still do another option. This proves he might have another motivations. If no, he find no sensible reasons to build a new business park. The conclusion is not valid.
C - The argument is dealing with economy benefits. Other benefits which might include non-economy benefits will be out of scope.
D - The approval of the city council does not have any impacts on this conclusion.
E - No. They acknowledge the benefits of building a new major high way but insist that a business park will double the benefit.
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