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Mayor of Plainsville: In order to help the economy of Plainsville, І 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 Dec 2012, 23:25
I will go with B. Please let me know if its correct before I write my explanation. Thanks

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09 Dec 2012, 23:35
Welcome to GMATCLUB.
Once I post the OA, the explanations from others will be OA driven.
Let others learn from your thinking as well.
I will let the correct answer float in the thread only after getting the viewpoint of others.

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Hi Marcab,

Let me see if I can help. Here is my reasoning.

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.

So, Mayor suggests a highway to help the economy. Citizens group suggests a business park would be a better bet as it will attract twice the amount of new business.

The argument by the citizens group relies on which one of the following assumptions?

OK. So what is an assumption that the citizens have made. Their argument is all about which is better in terms of the economy (and specifically that the business park would bring in twice the new business), so that could be an area to watch out for.

(A) Plainsville presently has no major highways running through it. No. This is irrelevant to whether a highway or business park would be better
(B) The mayor accepts that a new business park would bring in more new business than would the new highway.No, this is not an assumption.The citizens are implying this (and hence suggesting the mayor has an ulterior motive), but it is not assumed
(C) The new highway would have no benefits for Plainsville other than attracting new business. This looks better. The mayor wants a highway to improve the economy in general. If it could be shown to have lots of other benefits other than new business, that might make it a better choice than the business park. For the citizens group's opinion to be correct, this would have to be assumed.
(D) The mayor is required to get approval for all tax revenue allocation plans from the city council. Nope. Irrelevant to the relative merits of business park/highway.
(E) Plainsville's economy will not be helped unless a new business park of the sort envisioned by the citizens' group is built. No. The residents are not saying that there is no benefit from the highway. Just that there is more benefit from the business park
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Hii James.
Citizen's conclusion: The Mayor must have interests other than our economy in mind.

If we negate C, we get: The new highway would have benefits for plainsvile other than attracting new businesses.
Negated C doesn't destroys the argument.
Am I missing something?
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10 Dec 2012, 03:40
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Hi Marcab,

Let me see if I can help. Here is my reasoning.

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.

So, Mayor suggests a highway to help the economy. Citizens group suggests a business park would be a better bet as it will attract twice the amount of new business.

The argument by the citizens group relies on which one of the following assumptions?

OK. So what is an assumption that the citizens have made. Their argument is all about which is better in terms of the economy (and specifically that the business park would bring in twice the new business), so that could be an area to watch out for.

(A) Plainsville presently has no major highways running through it. No. This is irrelevant to whether a highway or business park would be better
(B) The mayor accepts that a new business park would bring in more new business than would the new highway.No, this is not an assumption.The citizens are implying this (and hence suggesting the mayor has an ulterior motive), but it is not assumed
(C) The new highway would have no benefits for Plainsville other than attracting new business. This looks better. The mayor wants a highway to improve the economy in general. If it could be shown to have lots of other benefits other than new business, that might make it a better choice than the business park. For the citizens group's opinion to be correct, this would have to be assumed.
(D) The mayor is required to get approval for all tax revenue allocation plans from the city council. Nope. Irrelevant to the relative merits of business park/highway.
(E) Plainsville's economy will not be helped unless a new business park of the sort envisioned by the citizens' group is built. No. The residents are not saying that there is no benefit from the highway. Just that there is more benefit from the business park

Hi Gmat plumber

I dont think C is the correct anwer. Why I say this because....

Its mentioned in the argument..."Citizens' group: You must have interests other than our economy in mind" If its clearly mentioned that there are other interests involved than how can option C be the correct answer , which says " The new highway would have no benefits for Plainsville other than attracting new business."
I mean these are two contradictory statements..an assumption should help the conclusion to validate it.

IMO when the argument says the mayor has interests other than economy and conclusion states that a business park is a better option, Than assumption should be both can not present a better solution....as mentioned in one of the OG question of smoke stacks
OR there must be some vested interest of mayor.
OR There are many highways already present and are not helping much to economy, one more would not extend any further help.

There may be other assumptions also......

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Because citizen group says "You must have interests other than our economy in mind."
This to me means that there was an assumption that both parties knew that the Bussiness Park is better for the economy.

Therefore, the group asked this question "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."

I could be wrong though. If we negate answer choice B then we get "The mayor doesn't accept that a new business park would bring in more new business than would the new highway". If this was true, then Citizen group's argument changes - to prove that business park will attract more businesses.

Option C - analysed
The focus is attracting more businesses.
Mayor - Highway will attract businesses
Citizens - Business park will attract twice the businesses than Highway would.

Again the sentence by Citizen group "You must have interests other than our economy in mind." tells me the opposite of answer choice C (The new highway would have no benefits for Plainsville other than attracting new business.). That is, according to the group, there are other benefits that Highway will bring to Plainsville

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I was quite astonished to find
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Somehow I am still unsatisfied with the answer.
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I was quite astonished to find
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Somehow I am still unsatisfied with the answer.

Hi Marcab
In one of the explanations i found that one of the probable assumptions was that both parties jnew that business park was profitable... I think thats correct. Why I say because the character that opposes the stand of Mayor with full authority says "If you were interested in the economy" that means he is giving us the hint that Mayor is knowing about the benefits of the business park.

Though i have not come across any such official assumption question with such answer...
Better we as Karishma to analyze.

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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. out of scope
(B) The mayor accepts that a new business park would bring in more new business than would the new highway. If the major knows that the business park would be more beneficial to the economy, but still proposes the new highway, there must be some other interest that draws him to this choice.
(C) The new highway would have no benefits for Plainsville other than attracting new business. neither would have the business park, so nope.
(D) The mayor is required to get approval for all tax revenue allocation plans from the city council. out of scope, we can't infer that from the text
(E) Plainsville's economy will not be helped unless a new business park of the sort envisioned by the citizens' group is built. out of scope, we can't infer that from the text

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Because citizen group says "You must have interests other than our economy in mind."
This to me means that there was an assumption that both parties knew that the Bussiness Park is better for the economy.

Therefore, the group asked this question "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."

I could be wrong though. If we negate answer choice B then we get "The mayor doesn't accept that a new business park would bring in more new business than would the new highway". If this was true, then Citizen group's argument changes - to prove that business park will attract more businesses.

Option C - analysed
The focus is attracting more businesses.
Mayor - Highway will attract businesses
Citizens - Business park will attract twice the businesses than Highway would.

Again the sentence by Citizen group "You must have interests other than our economy in mind." tells me the opposite of answer choice C (The new highway would have no benefits for Plainsville other than attracting new business.). That is, according to the group, there are other benefits that Highway will bring to Plainsville

(B) The mayor accepts that a new business park would bring in more new business than would the new highway.

I negated in these way: The mayor accepts that a new business park would not bring in more new business than would the new highway

But above negation still did not destroy the argument properly.
any explanation from expert?
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sjai8 wrote:
Because citizen group says "You must have interests other than our economy in mind."
This to me means that there was an assumption that both parties knew that the Bussiness Park is better for the economy.

Therefore, the group asked this question "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."

I could be wrong though. If we negate answer choice B then we get "The mayor doesn't accept that a new business park would bring in more new business than would the new highway". If this was true, then Citizen group's argument changes - to prove that business park will attract more businesses.

Option C - analysed
The focus is attracting more businesses.
Mayor - Highway will attract businesses
Citizens - Business park will attract twice the businesses than Highway would.

Again the sentence by Citizen group "You must have interests other than our economy in mind." tells me the opposite of answer choice C (The new highway would have no benefits for Plainsville other than attracting new business.). That is, according to the group, there are other benefits that Highway will bring to Plainsville

(B) The mayor accepts that a new business park would bring in more new business than would the new highway.

I negated in these way: The mayor accepts that a new business park would not bring in more new business than would the new highway

But above negation still did not destroy the argument properly.
any explanation from expert?

Though I am no expert but will take a dig.
pls note that we have to find the assumption of Citizen group's argument. hence Negated b option should affect the conclusion drawn by citizen group.

Conclusion of group; The Business park will bring twice revenue than the highway.
Now using your negation statement of B "I negated in these way: The mayor accepts that a new business park would not bring in more new business than would the new highway " that is to say the mayor believes that the new business park would not bring in more business than new highway hence it affects the conclusion of citizen's group that business park will bring in twice revenue when compared to highway.

Hope that helps!!!!

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What is the correct conclusion from the citizen's group?

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Mayor of Plainsville: In order to help the economy of Plainsville, І 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. "The citizens' argument does not assume that there are no major highways in Plainsville. They are just concerned with the one under question"
(B) The mayor accepts that a new business park would bring in more new business than would the new highway. The citizens' conclusion is that the mayor does not have the best of interests in the economy--->they base their conclusion on the premise (they hold as or assume to be true) that the B park would bring in more revenue---> They assume that the mayor considers the premise valid
(C) The new highway would have no benefits for Plainsville other than attracting new business. "Other benefits" is pretty vague. Had this been other economic benefits, we could have considered this answer choice as the mayor's intentions on the economy is questioned by the citizens.
(D) The mayor is required to get approval for all tax revenue allocation plans from the city council. The citizens' argument does not imply anything about tax approvals.
(E) Plainsville's economy will not be helped unless a new business park of the sort envisioned by the citizens' group is built. The cit
izens agree that the highway will help the economy but are certain that the business park will to do a better job

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I think the answer is B. I have provided the logic that I have used.

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Mayor of Plainsville: In order to help the economy of Plainsville, І 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. -wrong. out of scope.
(B) The mayor accepts that a new business park would bring in more new business than would the new highway. right. - RIGHT-negate it this way'The mayor accepts that a new business park wouldn't bring in more business than would the new high way'>>>then, the citizen group can't say the mayor has other interests, because the mayor disagree that a new park would bring more business
(C) The new highway would have no benefits for Plainsville other than attracting new business. -wrong. a new business park and the new high way are all about attracting new business. No comparison of other benefits is talked in the stimulus.[/b](D) The mayor is required to get approval for all tax revenue allocation plans from the city council. - out of scope.
(E) Plainsville's economy will not be helped unless a new business park of the sort envisioned by the citizens' group is built. - a new business park and a new high way both help the economy. According to the citizen, the Plainsville's economy will be helped more by a new business park.

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