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# The city’s public transportation system should be removed from the jur

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Project CR Butler:Day 8:Critical Reasoning (CR1)

The city’s public transportation system should be removed from the jurisdiction of the municipal government, which finds it politically impossible either to raise fares or to institute cost-saving reductions in service. If public transportation were handled by a private firm, profits would be vigorously pursued, thereby eliminating the necessity for covering operating costs with government funds.

The statements above best support the conclusion that

(A) the private firms that would handle public transportation would have experience in the transportation industry

(B) political considerations would not prevent private firms from ensuring that revenues cover operating costs

(C) private firms would receive government funding if it were needed to cover operating costs

(D) the public would approve the cost-cutting actions taken by the private firm

(E) the municipal government would not be resigned to accumulating merely enough income to cover costs

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Must be True Question: Inference Question

Process of Elimination :

A) Out of Scope, we have no mention about the experience of any firm
B) Yes this is true cuz private firms can raise fares and can do cost saving, thereby earning profits , which municipal govts. couldn't do due to political reasons .
C) Earlier the govts covered up the costs of losses but now such a need would be finished. It has no link with the private firms receiving the compensation.[ Cause & Effect relation - ing ] Therefore, its not true.
D) Out of scope, No mention of the public No such Inference about such a public trend possible.
E) No such inference possible

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This is an Inference question. The correct answer choice must be 100% true.

(A) the private firms that would handle public transportation would have experience in the transportation industry - Irrelevant.

(B) political considerations would not prevent private firms from ensuring that revenues cover operating costs - The last sentence of the argument says that 'thereby eliminating the necessity for covering operating costs with government funds'. So, this answer choice can be inferred.

(C) private firms would receive government funding if it were needed to cover operating costs - Not stated in argument.

(D) the public would approve the cost-cutting actions taken by the private firm - May or may not be true.

(E) the municipal government would not be resigned to accumulating merely enough income to cover costs - Not stated in argument.

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The city’s public transportation system should be removed from the jurisdiction of the municipal government, which finds it politically impossible either to raise fares or to institute cost-saving reductions in service. If public transportation were handled by a private firm, profits would be vigorously pursued, thereby eliminating the necessity for covering operating costs with government funds.

Type - inference

(A) the private firms that would handle public transportation would have experience in the transportation industry - Incorrect - This may be true in real life, but we can't say this with certainity

(B) political considerations would not prevent private firms from ensuring that revenues cover operating costs - Correct - Municipal government failed to profitably operate city’s public transportation because of political considerations, but the argument assumes that private firms would be able to pursue profits. So, we can infer that political consideration would no longer be a factor for private firms.

(C) private firms would receive government funding if it were needed to cover operating costs - Out of scope

(D) the public would approve the cost-cutting actions taken by the private firm - Out of scope - no discussion on public approval of cost-cutting

(E) the municipal government would not be resigned to accumulating merely enough income to cover costs - Irrelvant

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08 Dec 2018, 11:43
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the essence of conclusion is that Private firms will vigorously pursue the profits .

Option B states just that , Nothing will stop private firms from pursuing profits
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09 Jun 2019, 03:39
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Project CR Butler:Day 8:Critical Reasoning (CR1)

The city’s public transportation system should be removed from the jurisdiction of the municipal government, which finds it politically impossible either to raise fares or to institute cost-saving reductions in service. If public transportation were handled by a private firm, profits would be vigorously pursued, thereby eliminating the necessity for covering operating costs with government funds.

The statements above best support the conclusion that

(A) the private firms that would handle public transportation would have experience in the transportation industry

(B) political considerations would not prevent private firms from ensuring that revenues cover operating costs

(C) private firms would receive government funding if it were needed to cover operating costs

(D) the public would approve the cost-cutting actions taken by the private firm

(E) the municipal government would not be resigned to accumulating merely enough income to cover costs

Is the highlighted word "politically" in the passage, is a reason to pick B ? because, I don't see anywhere mentioned, that the political considerations are stalling the profits or operating costs
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24 Jun 2019, 16:24
at first , I think choice b make too much inference , then I found the word POLITICALLY in the stimulus
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29 Mar 2020, 09:11
could you please explain this question?
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31 Mar 2020, 07:06
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I feel this is more of a "Find the Assumption" question rather than "Complete the Argument". The first sentence given can function as a clear conclusion: The city’s public transportation system should be removed from the jurisdiction of the municipal government.

The following can act as premises:

1) The municipal government finds it politically impossible either to raise fares or to institute cost-saving reductions in service.
2) If public transportation were handled by a private firm:
i) profits would be vigorously pursued.
ii) there would be no necessity for covering operating costs with government funds.

Clearly, one very possible assumption here is that private firms would not be hamstrung by the same considerations as the municipal government.

(A) the private firms that would handle public transportation would have experience in the transportation industry The experience, basis the given premises, does not impact the firms' ability to pursue profits. Eliminate.

(B) political considerations would not prevent private firms from ensuring that revenues cover operating costs Correct. Consistent with our thinking above.

(C) private firms would receive government funding if it were needed to cover operating costs Nothing in the passage supports this - in fact, the opposite is stated. Eliminate.

(D) the public would approve the cost-cutting actions taken by the private firm Nothing in the passage supports this. Eliminate.

(E) the municipal government would not be resigned to accumulating merely enough income to cover costs This is irrelevant because we are considering the scenario of private firms operating the transportation, not the municipal government. Eliminate.

Hope this helps.
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