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  • To Avoid Debacles Like Roy Moore, Repeal The 17th Amendment

    11/17/2017 5:51:31 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 58 replies
    The Federalist ^ | November 16, 2017 | John Daniel Davidson
    With less than a month to go before AlabamaÂ’s special election to fill the Senate seat left vacant by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Republican candidate Roy Moore refuses to quit the race amid fallout over credible allegations of sexual assault dating from the 1970s, including that he initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32.Some polls still show Moore leading his Democratic opponent Doug Jones, while a poll conducted by the National Republican Senate Committee earlier this week shows Moore trailing Jones by 12 points.Senate Republicans are calling on Moore to withdraw from the race, saying...
  • 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...
  • 5 Ways Republicans Could Ruin Tax Reform

    10/19/2017 3:58:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | October 17, 2017 | Rachel Greszler
    Policymakers want to unleash economic growth in America by fixing our broken tax system. Or so they say. Now that the conversation has moved beyond just lowering tax rates, pro-growth tax reform is in danger of losing the stuff that actually makes it pro-growth. That’s because policymakers are caving to big-government advocates and other special interests. Here are the top five worst ideas that would surely dampen pro-growth tax reform. 1. Failing to enact full expensing. Full expensing—allowing businesses to deduct the full cost of their investments when they incur those costs, instead of spreading them out over many years—is...
  • Driving Toward a New Highway Federalism

    10/15/2017 7:16:52 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    Inside Sources ^ | September 22, 2017 | Robert Krol
    The Trump administration is developing principles that will guide future highway funding. At a recent White House meeting with state transportation officials, the administration announced it was considering shifting greater funding responsibilities to the states. Along with expanding the private sector’s role and loosening tolling restrictions, these reforms will result in better decisions and management of the transportation system. It makes sense for Congress to support these transportation policy reforms. Ted Mann of the Wall Street Journal recently reported that the administration is thinking about reducing the share of federal dollars that fund highway construction. Rather than receiving the usual...
  • Study: Unfunded Debt 12 Times Higher in Democratic-Run States

    09/23/2017 6:38:51 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 5 replies
    LifeZette ^ | 09/19/2017 | Brendan Kirby
    States with liberal one-party control have average liability of $22,214 per taxpayer vs. $1,814 in red states! The nation’s Democratic-controlled states have unfunded debt that is 12 times greater than the burden on taxpayers in states under total Republican control, according to a study released Tuesday. The nonprofit group Truth in Accounting published “Financial State of the States,” which analyzes the public finances of all 50 states. The group found that state governments have accumulated $1.5 trillion in long-term debt nationwide, mostly due to unfunded employee pension and retiree health benefits. In general, the fiscal picture is far worse in...
  • Fed Judge Rules Trump Admin Can't Withhold Grants to 'Sanctuary Cities'

    09/19/2017 8:43:12 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    MRC TV ^ | September 19, 2017 | P. Gardner Goldsmith
    On Friday, September 15, the Associated Press reported on a fascinating new wrinkle in the centuries-old face of unconstitutional federal activity, and the details might surprise many who are concerned about the sticky issue of “immigration”. According to the report, Federal District Judge Harry Leinenweber just ruled that Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Justice Department cannot withhold federal “public safety” grants to so-called “Sanctuary Cities” if the politicians in those cities did not conform to federal immigration policies. This, in effect, temporarily removes a powerful tool in the Trump Administration’s work shed as the President attempts to wrangle with...
  • Americans paying more in taxes than for food, clothing

    08/31/2017 8:48:22 PM PDT · by gubamyster · 32 replies
    Fox news ^ | 08/31/2017 | Brooke Singman
    Americans spent more money on taxes than they did on food and clothing last year, according to data released earlier this week. In an assessment of “Consumer Expenditures” for 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the average bill for federal, state and local taxes was $10,489. By comparison, Americans spent $9,006 on food and clothes, with most of that going toward food. CNSNews.com first pointed out the findings. While it may not come as a surprise that American households are shelling out to Uncle Sam, the data showed that bill has risen sharply in recent years -- the average...
  • While Progressives Protest, ALEC Is Working To Stop The Deadliest Drug Crisis in History

    08/10/2017 5:03:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 10, 2017 | Matt Vespa
    DENVER­–The Left views The American Legislative Exchange Council as a pawn of corporate influence. There were some protests at the organizations annual meeting in Denver, Colorado in July. They were mild. No fires were started, and no vandalism occurred. They came, they chanted, and then they dispersed. That was it. While progressives chanted the usual liberal talking points outside of the Hyatt Regency in downtown Denver, a significant number of state legislators were figuring out a way to knock out what seems to be an unstoppable killer: opioids. Around 1,700 people attended the event held in July, where the topic...
  • Huckabee calls for repeal of 17th Amendment after healthcare failure

    07/30/2017 1:30:46 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 72 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 28, 2017 | John Bowden
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) on Friday called for the repeal of the 17th Amendment and the return to senators selected by state legislatures after the Senate GOP's effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare died in a late-night vote. The 17th Amendment was ratified in 1913 and established the popular election of senators. Previously, senators were elected by state legislatures. @GovMikeHuckabee Time to repeal 17th Amendment. Founders had it right-Senators chosen by state legislatures. Will work for their states and respect 10th amid The Senate's "skinny repeal" of ObamaCare failed late Thursday night by a vote of 51-49. The...
  • Liberal States Get Jittery as Trump Looks to Clamp Down on Voter Fraud

    07/02/2017 5:05:08 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 84 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/01/17 | Adam Shaw
    As the Trump administration looks to clamp down on widespread reports of voter fraud and abuse, some mainly liberal states are pushing back — fearing that Trump is launching a “voter suppression” commission. Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity has asked the states to hand over data from their voter rolls. According to Axios, that includes voter information regarding felony convictions, military status, and voter history. They have set a deadline for the middle of July. However, the outlet reports that the commission is getting pushback from mainly liberal states such as California, Virginia, Connecticut, and Vermont — with...
  • California Adds 4 States To Travel Ban For Laws It Says Discriminate Against LGBTQ Community

    06/25/2017 7:05:03 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 90 replies
    CNN ^ | 06/23/17 | Carma Hassan
    alifornia has issued a ban on state-funded and state-sponsored travel to four more states that it says have laws discriminating against LGBTQ people. The travel ban was first put into effect January 1 when state measure AB 1887 became law. The law says California is "a leader in protecting civil rights and preventing discrimination" and should not support or finance "discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people." The travel ban list also includes states that California believes don't protect religious freedoms and states that it says use religious freedom as a basis of discrimination. "Our country has made great...
  • The infrastructure myth

    06/21/2017 9:49:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Lagniappe Weekly ^ | June 21, 2017 | Jeff Poor
    Throughout the 2016 campaign and into the early stages of his presidency, Donald Trump vowed to make infrastructure improvements around the country. The promise was all part of his brand of populism — spend more money domestically and less abroad. America first. “We need members of both parties to join hands and work with us to pass a $1 trillion infrastructure plan to build new roads and bridges and airports and tunnels and highways and railways all across our great nation,” Trump pledged at a campaign rally in Melbourne, Florida, earlier this year. Given Trump’s Russia investigation toxicity, it will...
  • Why More States Are Killing Estate Taxes

    06/16/2017 6:33:34 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 16, 2017 | Laura Saunders
    Want proof taxes can actually go down? In the last three years, nine states have eliminated or lowered their estate taxes, mostly by raising exemptions. And more reductions are coming. Minnesota lawmakers recently raised the state’s estate-tax exemption to $2.1 million retroactive to January, and the exemption will rise to $2.4 million next year. Maryland will raise its $3 million exemption to $4 million next year. New Jersey’s exemption, which used to rank last at $675,000 per person, rose to $2 million per person this year. Next year New Jersey is scheduled to eliminate its estate tax altogether, joining about...
  • Tolls, private financing obstacles to Trump's $1 trillion infrastructure plan

    06/12/2017 8:16:35 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Huntsville Item ^ | June 10, 2017 | Kery Murakami CNHI Washington Bureau
    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s grand plan to spend $1 trillion over the next 10 years on highways and other infrastructure improvements faces a formidable roadblock in Congress and state legislatures. There’s agreement the investment is badly needed to improve the nation’s sagging infrastructure but how to cover the huge expense is the point of tension. Trump would use $200 billion in public funds to generate $800 billion in private money under a partnership program that would finance government bonds and also return a profit to private companies through interstate tolls and other user fees. To do that, Congress would...
  • The States Response to Stopping Terror Attacks is…To take Away Your Freedoms

    06/06/2017 2:46:54 PM PDT · by davikkm · 12 replies
    IWB ^ | Mark Angelides
    In the wake of yet another vicious terror attack London and Melbourne just these last few days), the talk from politicians has just gotten much tougher. As the public calls for something to be done to lessen the threat to themselves and their families, the politicians have come up with a new and ingenious way of preventing madmen with cars and knives hurting you…increase web regulation. British Prime Minister began her bold speech with the words “Enough is enough” and went on to say that that there has been “far too much tolerance of extremism”. But her answer is unlikely...
  • Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

    06/03/2017 8:10:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    Cato At Liberty (Cato Institute) ^ | May 31, 2017 | Randal O'Toole
    Greater reliance on user fees, federal loans rather than grants, and corporatization are three keys to the Trump administration’s infrastructure initiative released as a part of its 2018 budget. The plan will “seek long-term reforms on how infrastructure projects are regulated, funded, delivered, and maintained,” says the six-page document. More federal funding “is not the solution,” the document says; instead, it is to “fix underlying incentives, procedures, and policies.”In building the Interstate Highway System, the fact sheet observes, “the Federal Government played a key role” in collecting and distributing monies to “fund a project with a Federal purpose.” Since then,...
  • Business-Friendly States Are Growing at the Expense of Those that Tax and Spend

    04/22/2017 7:15:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/22/2017 | Jonathan Williams
    The tenth edition of the Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index has just been released, and once again, Utah was found to have the best economic outlook of any state in the nation. The rankings are based on 15 equally-weighted economic policy variables, including tax rates, labor policy, and regulatory climate. They continue to show that states valuing economic freedom and competitiveness outperform states adhering to the tax-and-spend model, with state economic policies having a substantial effect on where businesses and individuals choose to set up shop. Taxes matter for economic competitiveness. People and businesses often...
  • 13 states join brief in support of Trump’s temporary travel ban

    03/27/2017 9:20:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/27/2017 | John Sexton
    Representatives from 13 states including 12 state attorneys general and one governor filed a motion in support of President Trump’s temporary travel ban. From the Dallas Morning News: Attorney General Ken Paxton on Monday led a coalition of 13 states in filing a brief with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals defending President Donald Trump’s revised immigration order.In the brief, Paxton and representatives from 12 other states argue that the Trump administration’s new order is legal and falls under the president’s power over foreign affairs and national security. Those joining the brief included Paxton plus AG’s in the...
  • Consider - comservative states ignoring federal laws like liberals do

    03/25/2017 2:36:45 PM PDT · by Secret Agent Man · 8 replies
    Consider fedgov allows rogue state and local governments to publicly ignore and deliberately break fedral laws concerning illegal drugs, illegal aliens, the second amendment, and discrimination based on sex and race. Why cannot then states and local govenrments ignore fedgov court imposed gay marriage, obamacare, abortion, and god back in schools? Why is the left the only one who can say no to federal laws at state and local levels? We must start doing the same. They have no problem doing it when they want to. Either we are all equal and can do the exact same things or none...
  • Which State Are The Biggest "Moochers"?

    03/14/2017 7:39:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 03/14/2017 | Authored by Ryan McMaken via The Mises Institute,
    Since Donald Trump's election, some leftists have been trotting out analyses showing that many states that voted for Trump are also states where federal spending plays a disproportionately large role in the statewide economy. In other words, many of those states that talk a lot about states rights and less federal government - it is pointed out - also receive an especially large amount of federal spending in that state. In many cases, this claim is correct. As this mises.org analysis shows, many states within the Trump heartland are what many might call "moocher states" because the residents there - taken...