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  • States ranked by claims for state and local tax deductions

    11/20/2017 4:42:05 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 323 replies
    AP and ABC News ^ | 18 Nov 17 | AP Staff
    The percentage of federal individual income tax filers claiming a deduction for state and local taxes paid in 2015, ranked by state: 1. Maryland: 45.7 percent 2. Connecticut: 41.3 percent 3. New Jersey: 41.2 percent 4. Virginia: 37.3 percent 5. Massachusetts: 36.9 percent 6. Oregon: 36.0 percent 7. Utah: 35.3 percent 8. Minnesota: 34.7 percent 9. New York: 34.5 percent 10. California: 34.4 percent 11. Georgia: 32.8 percent 12. Rhode Island: 32.8 percent 13. Colorado: 32.5 percent 14. Delaware: 31.6 percent 15. Illinois: 31.3 percent 16. Wisconsin: 31.0 percent 17. New Hampshire: 30.9 percent 18. Washington: 29.9 percent 19. Iowa:...
  • Blue States Practice the Family Values Red States Preach

    11/18/2017 8:07:32 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 27 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | November, 18, 2017 | Nicholas Kristof
    As we watch Roy Moore thumping his Bible to defend himself from accusations of child molestation, let me toss out a verbal hand grenade: To some degree, liberals practice the values that conservatives preach. This is complicated terrain with lots of exceptions, and the recent scandals involving Harvey Weinstein, Louis C.K. and Al Franken underscore that liberals can be skunks as much as anyone else. Yet if one looks at blue and red state populations as a whole, it’s striking that conservatives champion “family values” even as red states have high rates of teenage births, divorce and prostitution. In contrast,...
  • Fortune Magazine Column: You’re Better Off in a State With a Higher Income Tax

    10/30/2017 2:21:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Fortune ^ | 10/30/2017 | Carl Davis
    Many lawmakers in Congress and in statehouses around the country peddle the same supply-side theory about income taxes: the lower the tax, the more the economy will grow. But new research from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy reveals this economic approach is failing to deliver in the states. In fact, states with higher income taxes outperformed states with no income tax. My colleagues and I compared the economic track record of the states that have charted the most radically different courses with their income tax policies, or lack thereof. Specifically, we examined economic growth in the nine states...
  • Intentionally Infecting Others with HIV No Longer a Felony in California

    10/09/2017 7:00:12 AM PDT · by ctpsb · 52 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 10/09/2017 | Thomas D. Williams
    In a controversial move, California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill lowering the crime of deliberately exposing a sexual partner to HIV from a felony to a misdemeanor.
  • In California, Sex Triumphs Over Death: Knowingly exposing someone to AIDS is no longer a felony

    10/09/2017 8:44:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/09/2017 | Michael Walsh
    In its rush to destroy itself, California has gone and done this: Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Friday that lowers from a felony to a misdemeanor the crime of knowingly exposing a sexual partner to HIV without disclosing the infection. The measure also applies to those who give blood without telling the blood bank that they are HIV-positive. Modern medicine allows those with HIV to live longer lives and nearly eliminates the possibility of transmission, according to state Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblyman Todd Gloria (D-San Diego), authors of the bill.“Today California took a major step toward treating...
  • ‘Sanctuary state’ isn’t just bad law, it’s lunacy

    09/22/2017 12:34:41 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | September 21, 2017 | BY BEN BOYCHUK
    The Resistance wants a showdown with Donald Trump, and looks like it will get its wish soon. Our Democrats would make California a “sanctuary state,” setting up a confrontation with the federal government over fundamental questions of who gets to enter the country, who gets to stay and how the rules will be enforced. Meantime, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Wednesday announced the state is suing the Trump administration yet again. This time, California wants to block the president’s proposed border wall on the grounds that it would be bad for the environment. Since when does the environment trump...
  • What happens when California becomes a ‘sanctuary state’?

    08/29/2017 6:08:52 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | August 29, 2017 | By Taryn Luna
    California’s so-called “sanctuary state” bill, introduced by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León as a direct response to President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to deport “bad hombres” and undocumented immigrants, is well on its way to becoming law. One of the most contentious legislative issues in a year rife with racial tension, Senate Bill 54 pits nationalists who have long called for the removal of the undocumented community from an increasingly Latino state against advocates on the left who believe the president is unfairly targeting a vulnerable population of Mexican immigrants. Unless Brown pulls the plug, Californians will likely...
  • California Could Start Jailing People Who Don’t Use Transgender Pronouns

    08/27/2017 4:36:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 25, 2017 | Anders Hagstrom
    A bill that passed the California state senate and is now moving through the Assembly could threaten jail time for anyone who refuses to use a transgender person’s preferred pronoun. The law is currently limited in its effects to nursing homes and intermediate-care facilities, but if passed, those who “willfully and repeatedly” refuse “to use a transgender resident’s preferred name or pronouns” could be slapped with a $1,000 fine and up to one year in prison, according to the California Heath and Safety code. The state senate passed the bill 26-12 at the end of May. Since then, the Assembly...
  • Drowning in debt, Connecticut faces budget crunch

    08/23/2017 5:59:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 23, 2017 | 7:28 AM | Hillary Russ
    Connecticut, home to hedge fund billionaires alongside cities mired in poverty, is racing against the clock to pass a budget or face further spending cuts to education and municipal aid across the state. Nearly two months without a budget, Connecticut is getting crushed by a burdensome debt load that has squeezed spending and amplified legislative discord. State lawmakers must agree on a biennial budget soon or else Governor Dannel Malloy’s executive order to slash state aid to municipalities and eliminate school funding for some districts will go into effect in October. The state faces a $3.5 billion deficit over the...
  • Exodus: Company Helps Conservative Californians Emigrate to Texas

    07/31/2017 7:08:01 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 18 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 31 Jul 2017 | Joel B. Pollak
    A new company is helping conservative Californians emigrate to Texas, where they can enjoy lower taxes, better economic opportunities, and friendlier politics. Fox News reports that former Republican congressional candidate Paul Chabot has founded a company, Conservative Move, that helps would-be emigrants sell their homes in the Golden State and find new ones in the Lone Star State, and also helps them find “a good-paying job” in their new home. Chabot’s prospective clients include those who, like him, have concluded that California has no future for them: "While California during the 1980s and early 1990s was anything but serene –...
  • Oregon finds nearly half the Medicaid recipients checked in recent months no longer qualified

    07/30/2017 12:53:29 PM PDT · by Twotone · 19 replies
    OregonLive.com ^ | July 29, 2017 | Jeff Manning & Hillary Borrud
    Oregon has determined it awarded Medicaid health benefits to more than 37,000 people during the past year who earned too much money or otherwise failed to qualify, new figures show. That high number represents nearly half the Medicaid recipients whose incomes the state rechecked this spring and summer. It has come to light as the state health authority works through a backlog of eligibility checks caused by technology problems and the spike in enrollment under the Affordable Care Act. The count surpasses predictions to the Legislature by agency director Lynne Saxton, who pegged the number at 32,000. And it almost...
  • Nearly 1 Million Illegal Aliens Now Have Driver’s Licenses in California

    07/27/2017 12:32:02 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 40 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 27 Jul 2017 | John Binder
    The State of California is on track to issue a total of one million driver’s licenses to illegal aliens by the end of 2017. In 2013, California lawmakers passed legislation that allowed illegal aliens to obtain driver’s licenses if they can prove to the Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) their identity and state residency. The plan was one of the largest victories to date by the open borders lobby. Years later, an estimated 905,000 illegal aliens have driver’s licenses in California, according to the Sacramento Bee, despite issuances beginning in 2015. The number of illegal aliens in California with driver’s...
  • Why people are getting the hell out of the Northeast

    07/26/2017 12:57:15 PM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    Moneyish ^ | July 26, 2017 | Catey Hill
    Winter is coming for the North. Last year, three states in the Northeast — New Jersey, New York and Connecticut — landed in the top five places people were moving out of fastest, according to 2017 data from United Van Lines. (The other two states on the list were Illinois and Kansas.) And data from Pew Charitable Trusts found that while people are all about moving to the South (their population grew by nearly 1.4 million people from 2014 to 2015) and the West (866,000 more people), the population growth in the Northeast is “sluggish.”
  • Why people are getting the hell out of the Northeast

    07/26/2017 9:06:34 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 155 replies
    Winter is coming for the North. Last year, three states in the Northeast — New Jersey, New York and Connecticut — landed in the top five places people were moving out of fastest, according to 2017 data from United Van Lines. (The other two states on the list were Illinois and Kansas.) And data from Pew Charitable Trusts found that while people are all about moving to the South (their population grew by nearly 1.4 million people from 2014 to 2015) and the West (866,000 more people,) the population growth in the Northeast is “sluggish.” The Northeastern exodus is particularly...
  • Top 10 Oregon counties for gonorrhea

    07/22/2017 12:55:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 64 replies
    OregonLive.com ^ | 07-15-17 | OregonLive.com
    Top 10 Oregon counties for gonorrhea Updated July 15, 2017 Posted July 11, 2017 A gonorrhea epidemic has hit Oregon amid public health concerns that the disease is becoming immune to standard treatment. Since 2012, cases have nearly tripled statewide, affecting just about every part of Oregon, including rural counties where infections have been traditionally low. Officials in some counties have become so concerned that they’ve launched public awareness campaigns, with ads on dating sites, Facebook and Google. In others, specialists have gone door-to-door, trying to track down infected people and their partners to get them treated. “We came to...
  • License, Registration and Pronoun: Troopers Take Transgender Training (Vermont)

    07/19/2017 3:17:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    Seven Days ^ | JULY 19, 2017 | Alicia Freese
    In between shifts Monday afternoon, 13 Vermont State Police troopers, outfitted in beige and green, tentatively discussed their preferred pronouns. "Bob," said Sgt. Bob Lucas. "Uh, 'he.'" "I'm Steve. I go by 'he,'" said Trooper Steve DiGregorio, a youthful officer. "My name is Andy," said Cpl. Andy Leise, the only one who seemed at ease during the exercise. "I like to be referred to as 'he.'" Spoiler alert: All 13 were "cis" — identifying with the gender assigned to them at birth. The officers sat in mismatched swivel chairs in the windowless office of a converted warehouse that serves as...
  • Mark Dayton: Damond death ‘horrible tragedy’; Minnesota police not ‘trigger-happy’

    07/19/2017 4:35:10 PM PDT · by AnthonySoprano · 39 replies
    Two cities.com ^ | Twin cities.com
    MInnesota Gov Dayton changes his tune with this shooting and every cam safely off and not recording.
  • America’s worst states to live in 2017 [for liberals]

    07/17/2017 6:13:23 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 97 replies
    CNBC ^ | Tuesday, 11 Jul 2017 | Scott Cohn
    Far be it from us to throw shade on your home sweet home, but the data does not lie. The Quality of Life category in our annual America's Top States for Business study ranks all 50 states on overall livability based on metrics, including crime rate, attractions, air quality, health and health care and legal protections against discrimination... 10. KENTUCKY.. More than a quarter of adults are regular smokers in Kentucky, the highest rate in the country. The state also has the nation's highest rate of cancer deaths and one of the highest rates of cardiovascular deaths... 9. (tie) NEW...
  • California Doesn't Have Money to Fix Roads, But Drops Millions on Gun Violence Research

    07/16/2017 6:50:07 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 7/15/2017 | California Doesn't Have Money to Fix Roads, But Drops Millions on Gun Violence Research
    This year California legislators passed the largest gas tax increase in decades, a move which will hit the middle class the hardest. When middle class taxpayers got upset, Gov. Brown hit back, calling them "freeloaders" and invoking the "everyone has to pitch in for society!" talking points. Maybe they'd have more money if they weren't spending it on things people don't rely on the government to provide. One thing legislators have found the money for is anti-gun research. They call it "gun violence research," but make no mistake, there is only one acceptable outcome for the research. During the 2016...
  • 14 Blue States, Plus Iowa, Join Hawaii’s Legal Challenge to Trump Travel Ban

    07/10/2017 8:21:15 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 10, 2017 | MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY
    Fourteen states that voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential election plus one state that Donald Trump won (Iowa) and the District of Columbia have filed a brief supporting Hawaii’s continued legal challenge to the temporary travel and refugee ban in Executive Order 13780, signed by the president on March 6. The fourteen blue states are California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington. New York filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of itself, the fourteen other states, and the District of Columbia on Monday. The only states won...