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  • Obama: 'Revving' up economy calls for higher wages

    09/01/2014 4:33:41 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    AOL News ^ | 1/9/14 | Jim Kuhnhen
    MILWAUKEE (AP) - President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage Monday in a buoyant accounting of the economy's "revving" performance, delivered on behalf of Democrats opening their fall campaigns for the midterm congressional elections. "America deserves a raise," he told a union crowd in Milwaukee, vowing to keep a hard sell on Congress in much the way he once courted his wife. "I just wore her down," he cracked. Timing his push to Labor Day, the traditional start of the autumn campaign, Obama aggressively drew attention to recent economic gains, setting aside past caution...
  • Obama´s minimum wage hike will cost 500,000 JOBS by the end of 2016, claims

    07/08/2014 11:11:58 AM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/8/14 | David Martosko
    The White House may have to scrap its plans to aggressively promote a 40 percent national minimum wage hike now that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found that the move would likely cost the U.S. 500,000 jobs by the second half of 2016. [Snip] The White House didn´t answer questions about whether that trade-off is acceptable to President Obama, but Senate Democrats have pushed hard for legislation that would implement his goal of driving the minimum wage far above its current $7.25 level. But it quickly scheduled an afternoon conference call for reporters with Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Jason...
  • 2,184 Miles: From Georgia to Maine on Foot

    12/11/2013 12:58:47 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 32 replies ^ | Dec 10, 2013 | Adam Klimt
    2,184 Miles: From Georgia to Maine on Foot, ( 13:16 ) Cornerstone University Documentary 2013 Final. Join Zac Tolsma and his friends as they experience the Appalachian Trail.
  • Something Different: Beauty Beneath the Dirt: Thru-Hiking 101

    06/22/2013 9:33:52 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 49 replies ^ | May 23, 2013 | athike2010
    Watch the 7 minute 17 second video Beauty Beneath the Dirt: Thru-Hiking 101. It's brief description : Everything you need to know about thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 7 minutes. For the story beneath the surface... check out:
  • Obama to propose 1 percent pay hike for federal employees

    02/09/2013 11:58:14 AM PST · by Libloather · 59 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/08/13 | Joe Davidson
    President Obama will propose a 1 percent pay raise for federal civilian employees in the administration’s fiscal 2014 budget proposal, the Washington Post has learned. At the same time, the House plans to vote soon on legislation that would extend the current freeze on basic pay rates through the end of calendar 2013. The freeze was originally set for two years and scheduled to expire at the end of last year, but it was extended until a temporary budget measure expires next month. When the measure expires, federal employees will receive a 0.5 percent raise for the remainder of 2013,...
  • The other ObamaCare middle class tax hike arrives in 2014 (and 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018...)

    12/15/2012 7:04:14 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Human Events ^ | 12/12/12 | John Hayward
    The other ObamaCare middle class tax hike arrives in 2014By: John Hayward 12/12/2012 09:14 AM If you think it’s been horrifying to watch ObamaCare pop open like a jack-in-the-box filled with tax increases over the last couple of weeks, just wait until the huge new taxes on health insurance companies hit in 2014. A study commissioned by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) lays out the details: The [Affordable Care Act] imposes a new sales tax on health insurance that starts at $8 billion in 2014, increases to $14.3 billion in 2018, and will continue to increase each year. The Joint...
  • Power of the people? Hundreds voice opposition to rate hike (17%-Duke Energy & environmental rules)

    10/29/2011 6:02:15 AM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    McDowell News ^ | 10/26/11 | Mike Conley
    Power of the people? Hundreds voice opposition to rate hikeBy: Mike Conley Published: October 26, 2011 Hundreds of people packed the main courtroom at the McDowell County Courthouse to capacity Tuesday evening to show their strong opposition to Duke Energy’s request for another rate hike. Donna Edwards of Marion was one of those who testified to the N.C. Utilities Commission. “I don’t represent anybody except myself,” she said in her testimony. “We’re making choices in my house about whether or not to buy medications or pay the power bill. I am all for Duke Power making money. That is what...
  • Binyamin Residents Hike against 'White Paper'

    08/08/2011 12:18:52 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/8/11 | Gil Ronen
    Residents of the Binyamin region took an organized hike Friday in an area the IDF had declared a "closed military zone." The residents believe the military is trying to gradually limit Jewish freedom of movement in Judea and Samaria, and compare the IDF's policy to the British colonial "White Papers." The army declared the area surrounding the Alei Ayin outpost a closed military zone, after the outpost was forcefully torn down two months ago. Despite the ban – or because of it – the grassroots Binyamin Residents' Council organized Friday's hike through the area and promises to maintain presence there....
  • Flashback: With March 2006 Debt Ceiling Hike NBC, CBS Noted $30,000/person Price Tag of Debt

    07/28/2011 6:04:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 7/28/11 | Ken Shepherd
    During the current debt ceiling debate, have the media told you what your personal share of the national debt would be after the ceiling is hiked?Yeah. I didn't think so.But when it was a midterm election year in which Democrats thrashed President George W. Bush and the GOP on overspending, it was a different story.On March 16, 2006, Barack Obama was in his second year as a freshman senator and denounced the Bush administration's request for a debt ceiling increase. The debt ceiling increase passed the Senate on a 52-48 vote.
  • This Time The Debt Ceiling Hike Really Is Different

    07/27/2011 10:25:08 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 7/27/11 | Tyler Durden
    Yes, indeed it is. While everyone and their grandmother is foaming at the mouth how both republicans and democrats hiked the debt ceiling for umpteen times over the past x years, the truth is that never before has the ratio of the proposed debt ceiling to the tax receipt ratio been as high as it is now. At nearly 6 times, this means that the top line (forget bottom line) cash inflows into the Treasury are 6 times lower than the current debt ceiling. And following the upcoming $2.5 trillion this number will surge to almost 8 times. So please...
  • Sen. Tom Coburn ready to release deficit reduction plan

    06/27/2011 7:49:01 PM PDT · by FourPeas · 21 replies ^ | 26 June 2011 | Chris Casteel
    Oklahoma senator hopes is putting the finishing touches on his plan to reduce the federal deficit by $9 trillion. He expects to release it this week. WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, who has been working on a deficit-reduction plan worth $9 trillion over 10 years, said he hopes to release the blueprint late this week. That timetable may slip since the scope of the plan requires so many calculations (mathematical, not political). Coburn, R-Muskogee, and his staff have been working on the plan since the senator dropped out of the bipartisan Gang of Six deficit reduction talks in May....
  • Short debt limit hike possible: McConnell

    06/19/2011 1:30:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 84 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6/19/11 | Dave Clarke - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congress and the White House could raise the debt limit for a few months while they seek a comprehensive, long-term budget deal, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Sunday. The Obama administration has warned it will run out of money to pay the nation's bills if Congress does not raise the $14.3 trillion debt limit by August 2 -- a prospect that could push the country back into recession and upend global financial markets. Congressional Republicans, particularly in the House of Representatives, have balked at raising the debt ceiling unless it is accompanied by significant spending...
  • Republicans signal moves on debt limit hike

    05/03/2011 8:57:28 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/3/11 | Richard Cowan and Rachelle Younglai - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the Congress on Tuesday signaled a willingness to raise the country's credit limit "sooner rather than later" and avoid a series of short-term measures that could damage the economy. In the face of intense pressure from business groups for a prompt and tidy handling of a statutory increase in how much the government can borrow, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner told reporters, "Why wait" until the last minute for Congress to pass legislation. He added that he would rather address the matter "sooner rather than later. The United States is on the verge of...
  • Protesters Confront Mpls Officials Over Proposed Tax Hike (It Passed Anyways!)

    12/14/2010 8:00:36 AM PST · by MplsSteve · 25 replies · 1+ views
    KSTP TV (ABC Affiliate in Minneapolis-St Paul) ^ | 12/14/10 | Mark Albert - Staff Reporter
    An angry and, at times, defiant gathering of Minneapolis homeowners sent a loud message to City Hall Monday - no new taxes. "We're not going to sit in our houses and just take this year after year after year," said Mark Johnson, who organized an evening rally on the steps of City Hall and launched the website for the group, Minneapolis Tax Payers United. When Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak came outside in the bitter cold without a coat to greet the 20 or so protesters, one person began shouting at the three-term mayor, who initially proposed a 6.5% property tax...
  • White House Stands by Call for Tax Hike on Wealthy

    10/18/2010 3:37:26 AM PDT · by Son House · 41 replies ^ | October 17, 2010 |
    The White House continued to push Sunday for Congress to let the Bush tax cuts expire for the wealthiest Americans, teeing up a lame-duck standoff over the issue in Washington once lawmakers return from the campaign trail. David Axelrod, the president's senior adviser, said Sunday that the Obama administration still wants the tax cuts extended for middle-class families making up to $250,000. "That would be stimulative, because people who need money in their pocket to spend and pay for the things that they need to live would have more money in their pocket," Axelrod said in an interview. But he...
  • 23 Million Americans Hit by a Tax Hike, But They May Not Know It Yet

    10/06/2010 12:05:46 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 15 replies
    CNS ^ | 10-5-10 | Doug Joseph
    ( - Almost 23 million American households are about to have their federal taxes raised by an average of $3,900 this year, but they may not know it yet. They could get a big surprise when they prepare their tax returns next year. Among those subject to this already-in-place tax increase are some families making less than $50,000 per year, and virtually all married couples earning between $100,000 and $500,000 a year, according to data published by the Congressional Budget Office. The looming tax hike is contrary to President Barack Obama's repeated promise not to increase taxes on any individual...
  • Officials kill grizzly bears to head-off lawsuits before they arise

    08/01/2010 8:58:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 106 replies · 21+ views
    Bear Attack Examiner ^ | July 31, 2010 | Dave Smith
    Wildlife officials have killed a grizzly bear in Wyoming and a grizzly bear in Montana to head-off potential lawsuits. The Montana grizzly killed and partially consumed Kevin Kammer at a Gallatin National Forest campground near Cooke City, Mont. on July 29. The Wyoming grizzly killed 70 year-old botanist Erwin Evert on June 17 on the Shoshone National Forest near the East Entrance of Yellowstone National Park. The circumstances were quite different, but the decision to kill the bears was undoubtedly influenced by a 1996 court case over the terrible bear mauling of 16 year-old Anna Knochel at a U.S. Forest...
  • Michigan Gov's Tax Plan Could Kill 30k Jobs in First Year

    06/18/2010 6:10:13 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 10 replies · 306+ views
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/18/2010 | Tom Gantert
    Governor Jennifer Granholm's tax hike proposal would wipe out 30,000 jobs in the first year, according to an analysis done by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and the Beacon Hill Institute in Boston. While the Governor's proposal does eliminate some taxes and does include some tax cuts, it would generate more than $940 million in new net taxes, according to the analysis. "More money is redirected to Lansing," said Michael LaFaive, the director of the Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative at the Mackinac Center. "The state's insatiable appetite for revenue is driving job losses in Michigan. How much more can...
  • The ObamaCare tax hike that loses five times what it brings in

    03/31/2010 11:57:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies · 688+ views
    washington examiner ^ | 3/31/10 | David Freddoso
    We turn to the Wall Street Journal for the math on what it will cost to raise taxes on corporations’ retiree prescription drug coverage. This is the provision that has caused several corporations to take markdowns recently. The bottom line: by closing this “loophole” — which was originally created to dissuade companies from dumping retirees’ prescription costs into Medicare Part D — the government could lose more than five times what it brings in. The Employee Benefit Research Institute calculates that the 28% subsidy on average will run taxpayers $665 in 2011 and that the tax dispensation is worth $233....
  • ObamaCare's Worst Tax Hike

    03/17/2010 9:31:13 AM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies · 913+ views
    wsj ^ | 3/17/10 | staff
    The forced march to pass ObamaCare continues, and all that matters now is raw politics. But opponents should go down swinging, and that means exposing such policy debacles as President Obama's 11th-hour decision to apply the 2.9% Medicare payroll tax to "unearned income." That's what savings and investment income are called in Washington, and this destructive tax wasn't in either the House or Senate bills, though it may now become law with almost no scrutiny.
  • Minnesota Power: Going green means a rate hike

    11/03/2009 3:33:26 AM PST · by scoobysnak71 · 28 replies · 675+ views
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | 3 Nov 09 | Candace Renalls
    Minnesota Power is seeking an almost 20 percent increase in rates for its residential customers to cover investments made in cleaner, greener energy. For the average residential customer, that amounts to $13 per month. “We know this is unwelcome news at an unwelcome time,” said Pat Mullen, the company’s vice president of marketing and public affairs. “These are improvements that need to be made. It is creating an environment that we all value.”
  • Obama To Hike 10-Year Deficit to $9 Trillion

    08/21/2009 2:31:06 PM PDT · by khnyny · 140 replies · 6,461+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 21, 2009 | Jeff Mason
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration will raise its 10-year budget deficit projection to roughly $9 trillion from $7.108 trillion in a report next week, a senior administration official told Reuters on Friday. "The new forecasts are based on new data that reflect how severe the economic downturn was in the late fall of last year and the winter of this year," said the official, who is familiar with the plans. "Our budget projections are now in line with the spring and summer projections that the Congressional Budget Office put out." The CBO said in June that deficits between 2010...
  • Huckabee's Tax Hiking Record

    12/27/2007 11:43:35 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 14 replies · 241+ views ^ | Oct 2007 |
    Washington – Yesterday, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked Mike Huckabee to respond to Club for Growth President Pat Toomey’s op-ed on National Review Online, but Huckabee had no defense for his many tax hikes and liberal record.Instead, Huckabee bloviated about pheasant hunting and called himself an “authentic conservative,” but didn’t explain how an “authentic conservative” could have supported or raised as many tax hikes as he did as Governor of Arkansas. These include: Sales Tax, 1996 (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 11/07/96)Gas and Diesel Fuel Taxes, 1999 (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 04/02/99, 04/25/99)Sales Tax, 2000 (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 09/25/02)Cigarette Tax, 2001 (Associated Press, 04/02/01)Nursing Home Bed Tax,...
  • 2007 House Bill 5194 (Increase income tax from 3.9 percent to 4.35 percent) (House Roll Call 441)

    10/25/2007 7:42:22 AM PDT · by Westlander · 35 replies · 57+ views ^ | 10-2007 |
    Passed in the House (57 to 52) on September 30, 2007, to increase the state income tax from 3.9 percent to 4.35 percent, effective Oct. 1, 2007.
  • CA: Minimum wage hike is now law - Governor signs bill -- Núñez at his side

    09/13/2006 12:04:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 653+ views ^ | 9/13/06 | Matthew Li
    As expected, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a minimum wage bill Tuesday that will boost the hourly rate by 75 cents in January, followed by another 50 cents a year later. The result will be $8 an hour, which will be the highest state minimum wage in the nation, if other states' rates remain the same. The increase is a compromise between the Republican governor and Democratic lawmakers who had been at odds over the issue for the past two years. At a bill-signing ceremony in Los Angeles, Schwarzenegger reiterated that California's economy simply wasn't ready until this year. "When I...
  • Nature-deficit disorder is ruining our kids

    08/18/2006 11:46:51 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 8 replies · 427+ views
    Nevada Appeal ^ | August 16, 2006 | Jim Stiles
    Nature-deficit disorder is ruining our kids by jim stiles August 16, 2006 No matter how old I live to be, there will never be a place so full of mystery and adventure as a place of my childhood called The Woods. The stories that grew out of those trees still kindle powerful feelings, even after all these years. My friends and I knew the place was haunted. It had no boundaries, and in our 10-year-old minds, it went on forever. Jump ahead a few decades to a familiar topic: the commercialization of wilderness. What created the demand for such...
  • House Republicans weigh minimum wage hike

    07/27/2006 3:29:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 665+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/27/06 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House Republicans on Thursday were trying to move ahead with legislation to raise the federal minimum wage and to help small businesses lower the cost of health insurance for employees. "We are 99 percent of the way there," said Rep. Steven LaTourette (news, bio, voting record), an Ohio Republican active in the negotiations. But LaTourette added it was still uncertain whether a bill would be hurried to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives before it recesses at the end of this week for a long summer break. Democrats have been pushing to increase the minimum...
  • Take a Hike, Kid

    07/20/2006 5:52:24 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 7 replies · 316+ views
    Utne ^ | July 20, 2006 | Rachel Anderson
    Take a Hike, Kid Bears, sharks, and strangers -- oh my! How kids are taught to fear the outdoors By Rachel Anderson, July 20, 2006 Issue Kids say the darnedest things. "I like to play indoors better 'cause that's where all the electrical outlets are," one fifth-grader told Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder. Raise the age bracket and you might hear, as did one high school teacher querying his students on the environment: "If you go out [in nature], there has to be a parent because you can't protect...
  • Japan: BOJ urged to monitor missile test reaction (missile, interest rate, recovery)

    07/07/2006 2:15:57 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 398+ views
    AP ^ | 07/07/06 | YURI KAGEYAMA
    BOJ urged to monitor missile test reaction By YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer 1 hour, 1 minute ago Japan's finance minister urged the central bank Friday to watch the market reaction to North Korea's recent missile tests, ahead of the Bank of Japan's meeting next week when the bank may raise interest rates for the first time in six years. Finance Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki has repeatedly urged the bank to refrain from an early hike in rates, which have been at zero the last five years, so as not to hurt the nation's economic recovery. The bank's policy board meets...
  • Mexico's migrant-smugglers hike rates

    06/14/2006 1:01:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 783+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/14/06 | Olga R. Rodriguez - ap
    SAN LUIS RIO COLORADO, Mexico - Smugglers in sunglasses and muscle shirts reclined on withering patches of grass in a tree-covered plaza, blending into clusters of migrants and offering them "safe" trips into the United States. But on this sweltering day, there were no takers. None of the Mexicans hoping to reach the United States could pay the $3,000 the smugglers demanded to hide them in a car and drive them across the border, a trip that just weeks ago cost $2,000. The sharp increase in smugglers' fees is due to the arrival of National Guard troops at the border...
  • CA: Governor names new members to commission considering minimum wage hike (four Democrats)

    06/02/2006 11:13:53 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 500+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 6/2/06 | Don Thompson - ap
    SACRAMENTO Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger filled a dormant state commission with four Democrats on Friday before asking them to approve a $1-an-hour minimum wage increase without the annual cost-of-living adjustments pushed by Democratic lawmakers. Two of the four were originally appointed to the Industrial Welfare Commission by former Democratic Gov. Gray Davis and served until their terms expired last year. The two others were new appointments by the Republican governor, one of them representing the state manufacturer's association. A fifth commissioner's term expires in January. Schwarzenegger, who vetoed two previous minimum wage increases, is asking the commission to increase the minimum...
  • Senate Votes to Hike Illegal Worker Fines

    05/23/2006 5:20:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 723+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/23/06 | Suzanne Gamboa - ap
    WASHINGTON - The Senate voted Tuesday to fine employers who hire illegal immigrants up to $20,000 for each unauthorized worker, providing teeth to a broad immigration bill before sending it to a final vote later this week. Employers would have to check Social Security numbers and the immigration status of all new hires within 18 months after money is provided to the Homeland Security Department to expand the electronic system for screening workers. "This is probably the single most important thing we can do in terms of reducing the inflow of undocumented workers, making sure we can enforce in a...
  • CA: Governor Moves To Hike Minimum Wage

    05/18/2006 6:38:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 420+ views
    Capitol Notes / KQED ^ | 5/18/06 | John Myers
    Following up a suggestion made last month by a Republican legislator, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has moved to increase California's minimum wage by $1 an hour between now and early next year. Schwarzenegger today petitioned the state's Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) to increase the minimum wage from its current rate of $6.75 an hour. The last increase was in January 2002. Last month, Sen. Abel Maldonado (R-Santa Maria) suggested the very same plan-- a way to avoid the current impasse with Democrats in the Legislature. Schwarzenegger and Maldonado have advocated for only the $1 hike, while Democrats also want a provision...
  • Trekking through Canyons: Hereford High School takes part in six-mile training hike

    04/21/2006 4:25:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 800+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Cpl. C. Alex Herron
    HEREFORD, Texas (April 21, 2006) -- Two columns of camouflaged bodies trudged up a rocky trail through dry creek beds. A thin dusty haze rose from the ground. The Afternoon sun beat down on the weary hikers, but they pushed themselves and motivate each other as they file towards the finish line of their six-mile hike. No, these aren’t the newest students at Marine Combat Training fresh off their brief boot camp leave periods. The 80-member unit known as “1st Herd Battalion,” is made up of students from Hereford High School’s Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps unit. The...
  • CA: Higher taxes, fees urged - Legislative analyst: Cut education funds, hike gas cost

    02/24/2006 8:50:43 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 383+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 2/24/06 | Harrison Sheppard
    SACRAMENTO - California lawmakers should scale back a planned increase in education funding, raise the gas tax and let college fees rise, state Legislative Analyst Liz Hill said Thursday in her annual critique of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed budget. The nonpartisan analyst recommended cutting $2.3 billion from Schwarzenegger's proposed $125 billion spending plan for fiscal 2006-07, including slashing $1 billion from education. Her recommendations, she said, would help reduce the state's long-term structural budget deficit and eliminate some of the "autopilot" spending measures that tie state officials' hands in designing budgets. "If you think of California as a patient fighting...
  • Minimum wage hike would give marginal boost in costly California

    02/12/2006 11:53:29 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies · 640+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/12/06 | Tom Chorneau - ap
    YUBA CITY, Calif. (AP) - It's been almost two years since Kimberly Ward moved from North Carolina to California with her husband, yet finding a job that pays well enough to keep pace with the state's high cost of living continues to be a struggle. She's had several jobs that paid $9 an hour - well above the state's minimum wage of $6.75 an hour - but each was temporary. The sales jobs she has been seeking at a local mall in this suburb north of Sacramento aren't likely to pay much more than the minimum. "They should raise the...
  • CA: Construction industry backs $40 billion bond, hike in sales tax (How about you?)

    12/21/2005 5:52:28 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 442+ views
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - A construction industry group on Wednesday urged lawmakers to approve a $30 billion to $40 billion bond measure that would pay for improvements to roads, levees and ports and would be funded in part by a sales-tax increase. The recommendation by the California Alliance for Jobs comes as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislators focus on how to deal with a huge backlog of projects. The state already has about $100 billion in unmet transportation needs, said Jim Earp, the alliance's executive director. "The problem is enormous, it's critical and it's overdue," he told reporters. Earp said a...
  • Kickoff of Young Conservative's anti-pay-raise billboard and radio ad campaign targets Jubelirer

    08/14/2005 9:04:16 AM PDT · by GeneralHavoc · 3 replies · 405+ views
    Capitolwire ^ | 8/14/05 | Capitolwire
    A conservative group's test-marketing of the power of the anti-pay-raise message against entrenched legislative leaders is starting at the top: radio ads attacking Senate President Pro Tem Robert Jubelirer, R-Blair, as "Bob Jubelirer, raising our taxes and his salary since 1975," will start airing Aug. 15 in the lawmaker's district. And a billboard will go up on I-70 near Altoona in the next 10 days showing Jubelirer's face and the words "Sen. Jubelirer voted to raise his own pay to $145,463. A 34% increase. Bigger pay for bigger government. ." ... The anti-Jubelirer billboard and the radio ads are...
  • Pennsylvania Legislators Approved Illegal Pay Hike for Themselves

    07/26/2005 9:56:22 AM PDT · by hinterlander · 24 replies · 1,465+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | July 26, 2005 | Ralph R. Reiland
    Insiders: Leaders promised "walking around money" to legislators who "cooperated.""Harrisburg is one of the sleaziest state capitals in the country," said Jake Tapper, Washington correspondent for Salon, and that was before he saw the sleaze that oozed from under the closed doors of the state Legislature at 2 a.m. one recent night after the politicians voted themselves an illegal pay hike. The pay increase is illegal because, by allowing legislators to pocket the new money in the form of "unvouchered expenses," it violates Article 2, Section 8 of the state constitution, which specifically forbids legislators to collect new pay raises...
  • Fed nudges interest rate a quarter-point

    05/04/2005 5:59:41 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies · 352+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 05/04/05 | MARY WISNIEWSKI
    Fed nudges interest rate a quarter-point May 4, 2005 BY MARY WISNIEWSKI Business Reporter Advertisement The Federal Reserve bumped up a key interest rate another quarter of a point Tuesday -- and economists say they expect more small increases in the near future unless there's a surge in inflation or a big economic downturn. "We should expect more of the same in the months to come," said Carl Tannenbaum, chief U.S. economist for LaSalle Bank. He said he believes the U.S. central bank is "doing the right thing" with the increases and reducing the risk of inflation. The Fed raised...
  • Conservative Crackup Over Tax Hike?

    04/13/2005 6:22:53 AM PDT · by hinterlander · 6 replies · 578+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | April 13, 2005 | David Keene
    My old friends Mitch Daniels and Grover Norquist are at each other's throats these days over Mitch's decision to raise taxes on his fellow Hoosiers within days of being sworn in as governor. Grover is, of course, the nation's chief advocate of "the pledge," which commits those who take it to forswear support of any tax increase. Its existence and Grover's aggressiveness in encouraging politicians to take it have had a salutary influence on campaigns, elections and the performance of those who have signed it once they take office. To sign Grover's pledge and then break it is very difficult...
  • Ferguson challenges (liberal Dem) Plum on Toll, Tax Hikes

    02/17/2005 1:55:42 PM PST · by NoCountyIncomeTax · 1 replies · 255+ views
    LPVA News ^ | 2-17-05 | LPVA
    Reston - February 17, 2005 One of Virginia's most strident advocates of tax hikes will have to defend his record, and his support for both the proposed toll hikes and a new county income tax, in November's general election. Donny Ferguson, a Reston Libertarian, will oppose Delegate Ken Plum in the Nov. 8 general election. Ferguson works for the [Republican] Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, dealing with traffic, growth and budgetary issues. "You'd think Plum would know his district doesn't support his call for higher tolls, seeing as they already voted against his call for higher taxes for transit in...
  • Senate leader says he's open to cigarette tax increase (RINO BARF ALERT time to impeech this leech )

    02/16/2005 11:25:29 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 35 replies · 846+ views
    associated press ^ | 2 16 05 | MIKE SMITH
    The Republican leader of the state Senate said today that an increase in cigarette taxes is an option lawmakers could turn to this session in trying to erase the state's deficit and pass a balanced budget. "I am certainly open to consideration of an increase in the cigarette tax," Senate President Pro Tem Robert Garton of Columbus said during a weekly meeting with reporters. When asked about the possible range of an increase, he suggested 25 cents to 40 cents per pack. "I merely mention it. There will be opposition to it. I mention it. I don't want the public...
  • Rate hikes ahead for satellite TV fans

    01/06/2005 5:27:49 PM PST · by holymoly · 49 replies · 1,598+ views
    C|Net ^ | January 6, 2005 | Dawn Kawamoto
    Satellite TV customers are facing price rises, as operators Dish Network and DirecTV hatch plans to increase rates, despite an ongoing rivalry with cable providers. Dish Network, owned by EchoStar Communications, plans to raise subscriptions by $2 to $4 a month, the company said Thursday. That translates to an average of 4.3 percent on average charges of $56.11. The new rates will take effect Feb. 1 and affect certain packages, such as the basic service. DirecTV is also planning to announce a rate hike this quarter, but details are not yet available, said Robert Mercer, a company spokesman. Currently, DirecTV...
  • Social Security Wage Cap Hike Could Be Next (Social Security Tax Hike?)

    12/28/2004 8:32:12 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 19 replies · 1,068+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 28 December 2004 | Bruce Bartlett
    "Although President Bush has said that he would not increase Social Security taxes to pay for private accounts, some of his aides are floating the idea of a stealth tax increase on the wealthy, nevertheless..." "...According to the Congressional Research Service, in 1980 a retiree with lifetime earnings at or above the Social Security wage cap got back all of his and his employer’s contributions in 3.1 years. By 2000, it took 24.9 years, and by 2010 it will take 35.3 years... Under current projections, a high-income worker retiring in 2030 will need 55 years worth of benefits to get...
  • CA: County education chief's salary hike questioned

    12/20/2004 12:28:48 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 367+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 12/20/04 | Jill Tucker
    New to the Alameda County Board of Education, Dennis Chaconas challenged Superintendent Sheila Jordan's scheduled raise but was rebuffed Tuesday night by a legal opinion claiming her salary was set in stone. In 2002, the previous set of board members voted to give Jordan a compensation package including a $60,000 raise and $13,125 increase in benefits by January 2006 — a 21 percent increase the first year and a combined 35 percent increase over the next three years. On Tuesday, Chaconas, the former superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District, made a motion to freeze the scheduled increase in January....
  • Teachers union: A tax hike may be needed

    12/17/2004 7:50:35 AM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 16 replies · 599+ views
    MPLS Star & Sickle ^ | 12-17-04 | Norman Draper
    Hundreds of millions of additional dollars must be pumped into Minnesota schools to get them operating at peak performance, the leader of Minnesota's teachers union said Thursday. And if that takes more taxes, then so be it. "We're not tax experts, but we need to put everything on the table," said Education Minnesota president Judy Schaubach. "Legislators cannot blindly adhere to a no-new-taxes stance."
  • Maine:Electricity rate likely to increase

    12/15/2004 4:49:22 AM PST · by SheLion · 34 replies · 1,111+ views
    BANGOR - Mainers could be paying as much for electricity starting March 1 as they did five years ago when policy-makers promised lower prices once the state's electricity industry was restructured. Today, the Maine Public Utilities Commission likely will increase the standard-offer electricity rate by as much as 50 percent, from roughly 5 cents per kilowatt-hour to 7.5 cents. It could mean paying about $16 more per month for the average homeowner.  Stephen Ward, the state's public advocate, expects this magnitude of price increase. It's a vote that wasn't supposed to take place. Standard offer, or the default rate consumers...
  • OPEC Cuts Back on Oil Production (our friends the Saudies, screwing us again)

    12/12/2004 9:16:21 PM PST · by jb6 · 30 replies · 685+ views
    Scotsman ^ | Fri 10 Dec 2004
    By David Winning, PA City Staff Oil cartel Opec agreed today to scale back production in a bid to defend high prices and protect revenues. At a meeting in Cairo, Saudi oil minister Ali Naimi said the total reduction of one million barrels a day will be implemented from the beginning of January. Opec also agreed to meet again at the end of that month to review the impact of the cutback on prices, which have fallen sharply recently since hitting a new record in October. Mild weather in the United States has led to a stronger than expected build-up...
  • EU to force insurance hike on women drivers

    09/19/2004 6:04:36 PM PDT · by vannrox · 26 replies · 994+ views
    The Observer ^ | Sunday September 19, 2004 | Gaby Hinsliff, chief political correspondent
    Women would be forced to pay hundreds of pounds more for their car insurance under new EU anti-sexism laws expected to come under heavy fire from a parliamentary inquiry this week. Female drivers are charged up to 30 per cent less than male drivers because they have fewer crashes. They also pay less for life insurance, because they are less likely to die young. The measures proposed by the European Commission to enforce 'gender equality' would force the financial services industry to treat the sexes equally. It argues that differences in men and women's life expectancy are down to potentially...