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# The state legislature made a major error in the bill funding a new

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The state legislature made a major error in the bill funding a new digital system to detect speeding violations on state freeways. The bill provides sufficient funding to pay for the digital system and its maintenance, but it provides no additional funding for the salaries of the additional administrative employees that will be necessary to process the fines and violations that this new system will generate. The resulting bureaucratic deadlock will more than offset any gains from the system.

Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the conclusion drawn above?

A) Studies have shown that implementing a new system does not necessarily reduce violations.

B) When one major city upgraded its detection systems last year, there were 40 percent more cases of speeding violations reported than the previous year.

C) The same fines will apply to speeders caught by the new system as to those caught using conventional enforcement.

D) In most cities, not all speeding violations are detected, and not all detections result in fines.

E) Implementing the new digital system for detecting speeding violations will act as a deterrent to speeding and reduce the number of speeding violations.
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02 Mar 2017, 03:08
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The state legislature made a major error in the bill funding a new digital system to detect speeding violations on state freeways. The bill provides sufficient funding to pay for the digital system and its maintenance, but it provides no additional funding for the salaries of the additional administrative employees that will be necessary to process the fines and violations that this new system will generate. The resulting bureaucratic deadlock will more than offset any gains from the system.

Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the conclusion drawn above?

A) Studies have shown that implementing a new system does not necessarily reduce violations.

B) When one major city upgraded its detection systems last year, there were 40 percent more cases of speeding violations reported than the previous year.

C) The same fines will apply to speeders caught by the new system as to those caught using conventional enforcement.

D) In most cities, not all speeding violations are detected, and not all detection result in fines.

E) Implementing the new digital system for detecting speeding violations will act as a deterrent to speeding and reduce the number of speeding violations.

Conclusion : The resulting bureaucratic deadlock will more than offset any gains from the system.

The conclusion is supported by the reasoning that installing the digital systems will detect the undetected violations because of human error.
It also assumes that the fear of automatic systems will not reduce the violations.
In order to weaken attack on any of the assumptions above.
option E states the negated 2nd assumption. Hence right.
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02 Mar 2017, 03:33
The bill provides sufficient funding to pay for the digital system and its maintenance,
but it provides no additional funding for the salaries of the additional administrative employees that will be necessary to process the fines and violations that this new system will generate.
The resulting bureaucratic deadlock will more than offset any gains from the system.

Keyword here in the argument is additional employees. What if the speeding instance is reduced by installing this new system.
Then in that case there won't be any requirements for additional personnel to process the fines. Infact if the speeding instances get reduced - many existing personnel will have no work to do. hence these jobs could be made redundant and hence profits could be realised

Clearly E
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02 Mar 2017, 06:27
"E" is the correct one, as long as if it is true than no more stuff will be needed to process decreasing numbers of fines, thus no additional costs.
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