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  • IRS: New York Lost Most Tax Paying Residents In 2013

    09/01/2015 8:44:29 PM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09/01/2015 | KERRY PICKET
    More taxpaying residents left New York than any other state in the nation, IRS migration data from 2013 shows. During that year, around 115,000 New Yorkers left the state and packed up $5.65 billion in adjusted gross income (AGI) as well. Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) notes, “This new data shows that New York will remain America’s ‘Biggest Loser,’ having lost nearly 1.6 million taxpayers between 1985 and 2013. Those residents took with them more than $80.8 billion in annual AGI.” “The phenomenal failure of New York to retain taxpayers and businesses is directly related to its uncompetitive tax and...
  • Donald Trump Is Set To Blow Up GOP Orthodoxy--Again

    08/30/2015 6:54:01 AM PDT · by conservativejoy · 69 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/29/2015 | Byron York
    First Donald Trump antagonized the Republican establishment with his proposals on immigration. Then he irritated some with his stands on trade and Social Security. Now Trump is preparing a tax proposal that will again set him far apart from the party's powers-that-be. The problem for the establishment is that Trump's positions on all three issues are more in line with the majority of American voters than the establishment's preferred policies. By using his popularity to force outside-the-GOP-box ideas into the Republican presidential debate, Trump is displaying an uncanny sense of the divisions between voters and the GOP power structure. Trump...
  • IS THIS TRUMP'S TAX PLAN?

    08/28/2015 1:37:43 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 52 replies
    WND ^ | August 11,2015 | AARON KLEIN
    Trump’s revenue prescription, which he labeled his 1-5-10-15 income-tax plan in the book four years ago, could form the basis for his campaign’s platform on the issue. In the book, Trump wrote that his plan is so simple, it could eliminate the need for accountants and tax preparers, which he referenced in his comment Tuesday about putting H&R Block out of business. He wrote in 2011: “Imagine your paycheck was 40 percent higher than it currently is. What could you do with 40 percent more wealth? How many jobs and opportunities for others could you create? “The longer you really...
  • Province warming to HOT lanes: Hume

    08/28/2015 7:58:13 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Toronto Star ^ | August 27, 2015 | Christopher Hume
    HOV is good; HOT is even better. As we saw during the Pan-Am Games, High Occupancy Vehicle lanes were great for cars with three or more people and other designated vehicles. The trouble was that they went largely unused. High Occupancy Toll lanes solve that problem by opening up the designated space to cars that don’t have the numbers but whose drivers are willing to pay for the convenience. Premier Kathleen Wynne has hinted that she’s willing to implement HOT lanes, but has not been specific about where and when. If the U.S. experience is anything to go by, however,...
  • Donald Trump Says He Wants to Raise Taxes on Himself

    08/27/2015 2:57:51 PM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 24 replies
    Conservative Read ^ | 27 August 2015 | Staff
    The billionaire Republican front-runner starts getting specific about economic policy proposals. Republican front-runner Donald Trump began to flesh out his economic vision for America, and it includes raising taxes on the wealthy. Trump said during a Wednesday interview on Bloomberg’s With All Due Respect that he would like to change the tax code. “I would change it. I would simplify it,” Trump told hosts Mark Halperin and John Heilemann from the lobby of Trump Tower on New York‘s 5th Ave. Specifically, Trump targeted hedge fund profits, which are currently taxed at a lower rate than regular income. “You’ve seen my...
  • Hillary Clinton’s Higher Ed Tax Increase

    08/26/2015 9:55:15 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 10 replies
    Accuracy in Academia | August 26, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    Hillary Clinton recently unveiled her higher education plan to reduce college student loan debt. As the Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) points out, Hillary’s plan, called the “New College Compact,” involves: States creating grants to reduce cost burden on students Free tuition at community colleges Cutting interest rates on student loans, although no specifics mentioned Investing in the GI Bill for military veterans Federal government support for private endowment colleges Expanding AmeriCorps Income-repayment for student loans, where loans are taken out and payments made based on a student’s projected income after college graduation Simplifying FAFSA, which is the form that...
  • Analysis: 1 in 4 employers hit with Obamacare tax

    08/25/2015 7:18:17 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Examiner ^ | 8/25/15 | PAIGE WINFIELD CUNNINGHAM
    One out of four U.S. employers may soon face a steep new Obamacare tax on the insurance coverage they offer workers, unless they take steps to reduce overall spending on the plans. A new analysis released Tuesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 26 percent of employers offer health benefits that could be subject to the Affordable Care Act's "Cadillac" tax on high-cost plans when it starts in 2018. The tax kicks in when the total spending on a health plan — including the employer and employee premium contributions — exceeds $10,022 for an individual or $27,500 for a...
  • Krauthammer’s trouble acknowledging the principle of dynamic scoring

    08/24/2015 9:01:45 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/24/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    We are what we are and very few of us can totally change. We can change our voting registration but we are still essentially of the same political stripe. The exceptions prove the rule. Just as we cannot paint a tiger golden brown and create a lion we can never fully leave our formative ideas behind. Charles Krauthammer’s criticisms of Donald Trump’s immigration reform plan serves to support this truth. Krauthammer was born in America but raised in French speaking Montreal one of the largest liberal enclaves in North America. He apparently became enamored with all of the foolishness of...
  • Donald Trump: "The hedge fund guys are getting away with murder"

    08/24/2015 12:50:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 23, 2015 | Rebecca Kaplan
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he would change the tax laws to force people who work at hedge funds to pay more in taxes, because "the hedge fund guys are getting away with murder." In an interview with Time Magazine published last week, Trump said he might want to "switch taxes around" because "I have hedge fund guys that are making a lot of money that aren't paying anything." He confirmed on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday that he would change the tax system to force those who work for hedge funds to pay more. "They're paying nothing and...
  • Digging into Northeast neglect

    08/22/2015 8:05:46 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | August 21, 2015 | The Baltimore Sun
    It may have escaped the attention of Baltimoreans but things have gotten a little testy in the New York-New Jersey area in recent weeks over the state of century-old rail tunnels running under the Hudson River. The deteriorating condition of the tunnels is threatening Amtrak and other rail service, but how to pay for a $14 billion-plus replacement has proven a challenge. Unfortunately, that's not just a problem for New York City but for Baltimore and other stops along Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, the nation's most heavily traveled railway handling more than 750,000 passengers a day. The stations in Baltimore and...
  • TRUMP: ‘FLAT TAX IS OKAY’

    08/22/2015 4:25:30 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 67 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 22, 2015 | IAN HANCHETT
    16 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump declared, “I think flat tax is okay” on Friday’s broadcast of the “Matt Murphy Show” on Birmingham, AL’s WAPI. Trump said, “Who knows taxes better than me?” He continued, “You know, when they talk about fixing the tax, it’s so complicated, that people have to go and use H&R Block to do a $50,000 — a man who makes $50,000 has to spend money –.” Host Matt Murphy then cut in to ask Trump if he supports the fair tax. Trump answered, “Well, I think fair tax is okay. And I think flat tax...
  • YOUGOV POLL: Three-fifths want taxes to fund debt-free college

    08/21/2015 1:06:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    YOUGOV ^ | 08/21/2015
    Americans are divided on whether or not to use tax money to pay tuition at public schools, but the sentiment behind Hillary's college plan is popular  One of the major points of debate in the Democratic primary has been the growing cost of college tuition, even at state schools. The average in-state tuition was just over $9,000 in 2015, a 225% increase since 1985. Hillary Clinton announced a $350bn plan to increased federal funding for grants, states and colleges to make sure no student or family has to borrow money to pay for in-state tuition. Her main opponent, Bernie Sanders,...
  • Man who poisoned youth football team oversees North Las Vegas water

    08/19/2015 7:24:51 AM PDT · by redreno · 12 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 18 August 2015 | By Bethany Barnes
    State officials are investigating a complaint that raises this question: Should a man who was convicted of poisoning children on his son's football team in 2000 be in charge of an entire city's water? Jerome M. Breland is interim utilities operations manager for North Las Vegas, meaning he's head of the city's water and sewer system, though he's been safeguarding the water for the city of 230,000 for several years as a water systems supervisor. State law says a water operator's certificate, issued by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, can be revoked if the operator "has demonstrated disregard for...
  • CALIFORNIA DEMS HAVE A FEVER AND THE ONLY CURE IS MORE TAXES

    08/17/2015 8:33:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 08/17/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
      The Democratic Party is bleeding California and they're rapidly running out of other people's money. So that means more taxes. More and more taxes. Governor Brown, for his part, has left the door open. His approach has changed since his previous term, when he promised to give voters the final say on tax proposals even though their assent is not required by law. "Everything is on the table," said Deborah Hoffman, a spokeswoman for Brown. Everything except cutting taxes and spending obviously. The Capitol's ruling Democrats want to hit up residents and businesses for billions of dollars as...
  • Trump to reveal immigration, tax policy plans next month

    08/15/2015 6:30:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08/15/2015 | By Robert Costa
    Donald Trump will unveil a series of position papers in early September, he said in an interview Friday, beginning with a plan to address immigration policy that was crafted with the counsel of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), a favorite of conservative activists and an outspoken border hawk. That document will be followed soon after by his proposal for revamping the U.S. tax code. “My immigration paper, my tax paper — they’re pretty much done. But I don’t want to do them in August. I’ll wait until September, when everyone is back, in all fairness,” Trump told The Washington Post. “We’ll...
  • Hillary To Univision: I Will Get GOP-Led Congress To Make The Rich "Pay More Taxes"

    08/13/2015 11:06:31 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 36 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 13, 2015 | Pam Key
    Earlier this week on Univision, the Spanish-language network’s Maria Elena Salinas interviewed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at River Valley Community College in Claremont, NH. During that interview, Clinton expressed her confidence she could get a Republican-led Congress to pass her $350-billion public college plan with large tax increases on the wealthy.
  • Lincoln-Way choice to build two schools was questioned at the time (Illinois)

    08/13/2015 8:11:37 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 13, 2015 | Gregory Pratt
    Lincoln-Way choice to build two schools was questioned at the time Gregory Pratt Lincoln-Way 210 officials had big plans for the school district's future in 2005 — booming population growth would fuel new success. Ten years and a $225 million referendum to build two schools later, District 210 is on the state's financial watch list and needs to close one of its four schools to try and make ends meet. District officials defend the decision to forge ahead with the construction of two schools in the late 2000s, saying they trusted enrollment figures that showed the district would have thousands...
  • An America with Donald Trump as President: A Summary of His Openly Stated Policies

    08/11/2015 8:45:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Investopedia ^ | 08/11/2015
    It's never easy to predict how any presidential term will play out; very few could have anticipated the 9/11 attacks or the Iraq War after George W. Bush won in 2000 or the lingering effects of the Great Recession after Barack Obama won in 2008. Yet the recent and meteoric rise of Donald Trump to the top of the GOP polls begs an interesting question: what if the billionaire real estate mogul actually wins the White House in 2016?As of July 2015, it is hard to nail down precisely what Trump's economic, social and foreign policies are. Trump is big...
  • TRUMP: SIMPLIFY TAX CODE WITH ‘INTELLIGENCE,’ ‘REDUCE TAXES,’ WON’T GIVE WHOLE PLAN YET

    08/11/2015 6:05:11 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 66 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 11, 2015 | by IAN HANCHETT
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stated that on taxes he supports, simplifying the tax code and wants to “reduce taxes” on Tuesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends.” Although, he later added on CNN’s “New Day” that “I know exactly what I want to do, I just don’t want to announce it yet.” Asked about his tax plan, Trump said, “You have so many plans Steve, and you have the Fair Tax, and you have the flat tax, and you have the current system, but it’s too complicated. Frankly, what we should do is…start it off by...
  • Some Receipts, Outlays, and Balances of the United States Government

    08/10/2015 2:26:18 PM PDT · by WilliamofCarmichael · 3 replies
    Federal government agencies ^ | August 10, 2015 | williamofcarmichael
    Some may find this interesting and germane to today's federal budget issues.. it's data from the "Combined Statement of Receipts, Outlays, and Balances of the United States Government". Below in my reply are the data and the links. Only the first few lines of the hundreds of lines are shown.
  • John Kasich Biggest R.I.N.O. Ever

    08/10/2015 10:03:22 AM PDT · by DallasBiff · 29 replies
    08-10-2015 | DallasBiff
    John Kasich has NO business running for President as a Republican! He is one of the biggest R.I.N.O.s around. He's a phony & a liar when he goes on national TV and states he did not have to raise any taxes to balance the Ohio state budget. Well I know for a fact he did raise the Cigarette tax quite high a few months ago to balance "his" Ohio state budget.{But he keeps it a secret}. He states he is a compassionate Republican.....{attending same sex weddings}, yada yada yada.
  • Psst.... Trump's Tax Plan

    08/10/2015 8:14:46 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 44 replies
    The Market-Ticker ^ | August 10, 2015 | Karl Denninger
    One charge leveled against Trump is that he hasn't offered any "specifics." Well, not quite... Trump’s code, which he calls the “1-5-10-15 income tax plan,” is a simplistic way to fix our nation’s broken taxation system, without putting the strain on any particular group of people. Under Trump’s tax plan, those making up to… $30,000 per year will pay 1 percent in federal income taxes $30,000 to $100,000 will pay 5 percent $100,000 to $1 million will pay 10 percent $1 million or above will pay 15 percent Note: No deductions, no exceptions, period. Your tax return would fit on...
  • Donald Trump’s Plan for Your Taxes Might Be EXACTLY What He Needs to Win the White House

    08/10/2015 7:13:51 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 123 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | 5AUG2015 | Staff Writer
    The liberal media has been going absolutely berserk over Donald Trump’s remarks on immigration. However, they are ignoring his stances on other issues, some of which are very insightful. In his book, “Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again,” published in 2011, Donald Trump laid out a plan to transform America’s tax code, and it is beautiful. Trump’s code, which he calls the “1-5-10-15 income tax plan,” is a simplistic way to fix our nation’s broken taxation system, without putting the strain on any particular group of people. Under Trump’s tax plan, those making up to… $30,000 per year...
  • Will EPA’s Clean Power Plan doom Colorado’s coal industries?

    08/08/2015 1:57:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Watchdog ^ | July 30, 2015 | Marjorie Haun
    Gov. John Hickenlooper has pledged that Colorado will comply with the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, but this effort to cut so-called “CO2 pollution” could come at a dear price to the state’s coal industry. ... Colorado is among the top states in coal production and consumption. In the year 2013, 64 percent of energy produced in Colorado came from coal, 20 percent from natural gas, and around 15 percent from various renewables including hydroelectric, biomass, solar and wind. The history of Colorado’s coal mining industry stretches over the past two centuries. Not to mention, coal jobs have a multiplier effect...
  • After 190 years, NY's Erie Canal a relic with a hefty cost

    08/09/2015 8:35:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 75 replies
    AP ^ | August 9, 2015 | George M. Walsh
    With little income generated by the canals themselves — recreational revenue is about $165,000 a year, commercial only $40,000 — the cost of operating them is now covered largely with highway tolls collected by the Thruway Authority. And the roughly $55 million operating budget for the canals accounted for a large chunk of the $78.5 million in losses the authority reported during the 2014 fiscal year. On top of that are annual capital investments in the tens of millions of dollars to maintain and improve the system. The burden falls largely on highway toll-payers because of a decision in 1992...
  • A phrase that altered history: "I do not choose to run..."

    08/08/2015 1:42:32 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 37 replies
    August 8, 2015 | Self
    It was 88 years ago this month that President Calvin Coolidge handed out strips of paper (that he cut himself) to members of the press during a brief conference with these words: I do not choose to run for President in 1928. This stunning event took place at the Summer White House in the Black Hills of South Dakota on August 2, 1927. The implications of Coolidge not actively seeking the Republican presidential nomination for 1928 reverberate to this day. While the terse phrasing appeared to leave the door open for a draft movement, the result was that Herbert Hoover...
  • Donald Trump Once Proposed the Biggest Tax Hike Ever

    08/07/2015 2:01:35 PM PDT · by arista · 69 replies
    ABC News ^ | 8/6/15 | Jonathan Karl
    Donald Trump takes a lot of flak for failing to offer specific policy proposals, but there was a time when he offered a very specific tax plan -- one that raised taxes on the wealthy so much it might have made Bernie Sanders blush. In classic Trump fashion, the plan was big and bold. If enacted, Trump's plan would have been biggest tax hike, in total raw dollars, in history. In a word, it would have been huge. The year was 1999 and Trump was toying with the idea of running for President as a third party candidate. The idea,...
  • OBAMA'S "CLEAN ENERGY" PLAN COMES W/CARBON TAX, TARGETS RED STATES

    08/06/2015 2:55:30 PM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | August 5, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Obama is petty and vengeful. At this point, anything with the words "Green Energy" might as well be read as "Screw the Middle Class". After being shot down by the court, Obama's Green Energy plan has risen from the grave meaner and nastier than ever. First of all it's been retooled to hit Republican states hardest. ... Behind the euphemisms, the Thug-in-Chief is doing his usual petty bit by lashing out at opponents while seeking to punish them. And backed in is a Carbon Tax plan, which will save the planet by enriching a handful of billionaires and rip you...
  • Which is harder: getting voter ID or doing your taxes?

    08/06/2015 7:56:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/06/2015 | NewsMachete
    A panel of judicial commissars ruled that Texas's modest voter ID law is "unconstitutional." A federal appeals panel ruled Wednesday that a strict voter identification law in Texas discriminated against blacks and Hispanics and violated the Voting Rights Act of 1965 . The Texas ID law is one of the strictest of its kind in the country. The law requires voters to bring a government-issued photo ID to the polls. Accepted forms of identification include a driver’s license, a United States passport, a concealed-handgun license and a so-called election identification certificate, a card issued by the State Department of Public Safety....
  • THE MAN WITH A PLAN: DONALD TRUMP’S 5-PART STRATEGY TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN

    08/05/2015 12:00:44 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 85 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 2015
    Excerpts: In Trump's 2011 bestseller, Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again, he explained in great detail the bills and reforms he says will revitalize the American economy, generate jobs, and strengthen and restore America’s standing on the international stage. Five of Donald Trump’s solutions for turning the nation around. 1. Foreign Interventions Must Require Cost-Sharing Plans to Reduce U.S. Costs and Guarantee Veterans and Their Families Are Protected 2. Pass NOPEC Legislation to Break OPEC’s Grip on Energy Prices 3. Crack Down on China’s Currency Manipulation by Calculating Taxes on Imports Based on How Much a Manufacturing Country’s...
  • Ted Cruz: The Most Interesting Presidential Debater

    08/03/2015 2:42:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Patheos' Everyday Ethics Blog ^ | August 3, 2015 | Jermy Neill
    A lot of people are fixated on Donald Trump going into the first Republican Presidential debate. I’m actually more interested in another candidate – Ted Cruz – because I think he’s going to make a more intriguing debater. Flannery O’Connor, a conservative Catholic, explained in “The Fiction Writer and His Country” why she wrote such grotesque stories: “When you can assume that your audience holds the same beliefs you do, you can relax a little and use more normal means of talking to it; when you have to assume that it does not, then you have to make your vision...
  • Donald Trump pays “as little as possible” in taxes [Yeah… Him and everyone else with a brain]

    08/03/2015 7:15:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/03/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    It’s probably a sign of the times which defines this span of every quadrennial cycle as the silly season, but the media can manage to take any comment from the candidates – be it ever so trivial – and figure out a way to turn it into a controversy. With that in mind it probably won’t come as any surprise that when Donald Trump was tagged for the Sunday shows, a question which seems like one of the most obvious things in the world immediately turned into a punditry dust-up. What did the interviewer want to know? How much...
  • Donald Trump: “I pay as little as possible” in taxes

    08/02/2015 9:50:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    WREG-TV ^ | August 2, 2015 | Ashley Forest and CBS News Wire
    Presidential candidate Donald Trump said Sunday that he pays as little in taxes as possible just like every other taxpayer in America. “I fight like hell to pay as little as possible for two reasons. Number one, I’m a businessman. And that’s the way you’re supposed to do it,” Trump said in an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “The other reason is that I hate the way our government spends our taxes. I hate the way they waste our money. Trillions and trillions of dollars of waste and abuse. And I hate it.” Trump has not yet released his...
  • Obama Appointee And Bundler Blocks More Video Releases By Group Behind Planned Parenthood Sting

    08/02/2015 7:22:33 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 14 replies
    the Federalist.com ^ | Jul 31, 2015 | Mollie Hemingway
    Obama Appointee And Bundler Blocks More Video Releases By Group Behind Planned Parenthood Sting July 31, 2015 By Mollie Hemingway A federal judge late Friday granted a temporary restraining order against the release of recordings made at an annual meeting of abortion providers. The injunction is against the Center for Medical Progress, the group that has unveiled Planned Parenthood’s participation in the sale of organs harvested from aborted children. Judge William H. Orrick, III, granted the injunction just hours after the order was requested by the National Abortion Federation. Orrick was nominated to his position by hardline abortion supporter President...
  • Republican candidate Donald Trump’s platform: Because I said so

    08/01/2015 8:56:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Washington Post's Politics ^ | August 1, 2015 | David A. Fahrenthold
    Donald Trump wants to make America great again. This is how he wants to do it: If Trump were elected president, he says, he would launch the U.S. government into a massive building project — and a massive manhunt — both at once. On the U.S.-Mexico border, Trump would build a long, impenetrable wall. In the rest of the country, he would pressure the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants to “self-deport” — and, if they don't, round them up to deport en masse. Later, Trump says, “the good ones” could come back. He also wants to go on a building...
  • Battenfeld: Hard-luck Hillary has pulled down $141M since ’07

    08/01/2015 5:53:45 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | August 1, 2015 | Joe Battenfeld
    Only Hillary Clinton could try to get away with slamming her Republican opponents for siding with the wealthy at the same time disclosing she’s filthy rich. Just $141 million for her and Bill Clinton since 2007, a figure that makes even the one-percenters envious. But Hillary’s different from other rich people because she wishes she had less money. If only her heartless GOP opponents would let her. “They want to give me another tax cut I don’t need instead of putting middle-class families first,” she said. Another thing that makes Hillary Clinton understand the middle class better: She pulled herself...
  • After boosting the sales tax, Preckwinkle now wants $130 million in pay hikes (Crook County IL)

    07/31/2015 8:25:53 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 7 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | 7/30/2015 | GREG HINZ
    Cook County Cook County Board Toni Preckwinkle Government and Politics Infrastructure More + Preckwinkle-seeks-pay-hikes-following-Cook-County-sales-tax-increase.com Photo by Manuel Martinez Just two weeks after raising the sales tax to pay for pensions, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is moving to give tens of millions of dollars a year in pay hikes to county workers. Legislation introduced yesterday by the county chief would extend raises of up to 6.5 percent throughout county government. Only those who make more than $200,000 in annual salary would be excluded. The proposal, sent to a Cook County Board committee for review, extends to other unionized employees...
  • America's Faltering Economy Won't Grow Under Clinton

    07/31/2015 10:20:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 31, 2015 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - America's sluggish economy still looms over our land like a stationary dark cloud that shows no sign of moving away under the Obama administration.Our nation's second quarter growth rate, as measured by its gross domestic product, came in at a mediocre 2.3 percent -- better than the first three months of this year when the economy barely grew at a sickly 0.6 percent, but nothing to write home about.Many economists were forecasting a stronger economic revival nearer to 3 percent or more. But the economy was still being pulled down by the economic undertow of anti-investment, anti-growth, anti-job...
  • Hillary Clinton Cap-Gains Plan — We'll All Be Poorer

    07/30/2015 7:20:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    IBD ^ | 07/30/2015 | Stephen Moore
    What an economically deranged debate we have going on in the race for the Democratic nomination for president. In one corner is an unapologetic socialist, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who wants to raise individual income tax rates on the rich to 70% or more — apparently because it worked so well in the 1970s. In the other corner we have Hillary Clinton, who's decided she isn't going to be one-upped in the class warfare debate, announcing last week a plan to raise the capital gains tax rate to 42% on assets held for less than two years and for those...
  • Republicans on Road to Ruin With Highway Bill

    07/28/2015 5:08:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 28, 2015 | Stephen Moore
    Later this week, the highway trust fund officially runs out of money unless Congress authorizes more funding for roads and bridges. But the bill that is being pushed by Democrats and some Republicans is starting to look like a Republican Party Dunkirk that could infuriate conservative voters and even wind up costing the GOP the 2016 election. The $320 billion six year public works funding bill would raise government spending, increase taxes on businesses and possibly provide a new lease on life for the corporate welfare queen -- the Export-Import Bank. This happens every time a highway bill comes up...
  • 'Learning In Progress' on Legislative Roads Proposals

    07/28/2015 6:05:16 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/21/2015 | James Hohman
    Both the Michigan House and Senate have passed their own road funding plans after the colossal failure of Proposal 1. Both plans show that lawmakers have learned from that debacle. The House proposal contains only a small tax hike on diesel, plus modest new assessments on electric, hybrid or “alternative” fuel vehicles (whose owners pay little or no gas tax). The rest of its new revenue for roads comes from earmarking a portion of future income tax revenue to road funding. The Senate likewise earmarks some income tax revenue for roads, but also hikes the gas tax from 19 cents...
  • Fleeing New Jersey, and Its Crushing Taxes, for a Better Life: The Story of an American Refugee

    07/28/2015 4:53:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/27/2015 | Lee Habeeb
    He lived in New Jersey his entire life. He was born there in 1932, grew up there, and worked his entire adult life there. I’m sure he planned on dying there. After a few years living in a rental apartment after a stint as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, he took the plunge with his young bride and purchased his first and only home, for $32,000, back in 1961 in northern New Jersey. A high-school history teacher, he coached varsity basketball and worked night and summer jobs to support his growing family. Twenty-plus years later, he became the...
  • SOROS NAILED: Liberal Sugar Daddy George Soros May Face A ‘Monster’ Named, “Tax Evasion

    07/27/2015 9:35:51 PM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    Tea Party Crusaders ^ | July 27th, 2015 | crusader
    SOROS NAILED: Liberal Sugar Daddy George Soros May Face A ‘Monster’ Named, “Tax Evasion.” Which will Eat Away his Political Power. [ Full title]. George Soros is one of the left’s most powerful money men. In January of this year, Western Journalism reported on the millions of dollars that liberal billionaire George Soros and his politically involved foundations gave to help various groups of Ferguson protesters. “Buses of activists from a litany of organizations — all funded in part by Mr. Soros” showed up in the Missouri city scorched by riots related to the police-involved death of Michael Brown. Soros,...
  • George Soros May Face a Monster Tax Bill [liberal hypocrisy at its finest] [link only]

    04/30/2015 2:27:04 PM PDT · by grundle · 11 replies
    Bloomberg [link only] | April 30, 2015 | Miles Weiss
    link only: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-30/george-soros-s-tax-bill
  • The Left Wants To End the Separation of Church and State (Protestant Caucus)

    07/27/2015 6:04:37 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 18 replies
    The Federalist ^ | James Mann
    If there is one thing consistent about the tides of the culture wars, it is that whenever one side is emboldened, it inevitably leads to overreach. The secular Left is proving this point with gusto in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to nationalize gay marriage, calling for the removal of tax exemptions for churches and religious non-profits who continue to hold the tired old definition of marriage that existed all the way up until yesterday. This step, which would crush the budgets of many churches and non-profits, reveals an amusing hypocrisy of the modern Left’s turn against civil...
  • GOP Senators Lead Push to Allow States to Impose Internet Sales Tax

    07/26/2015 7:47:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 127 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 24, 2015 | 2:10 PM EDT | Rudy Takala
    Republicans in the Senate are leading efforts to pass legislation that would allow the states to impose a sales tax on online transactions. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) has proposed the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), which would allow states to "collect and remit sales and use taxes with respect to remote sales.” The bill includes an exemption for companies whose gross remote sales are less than $1 million per year. The legislation enjoys support particularly among legislators in rural states who believe that online retailers are encroaching on sales made out of traditional storefronts. […] This is not the first time...
  • U.S. Bank Stadium could be coming in over budget, Duane Benson discusses future

    07/25/2015 1:31:29 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 20 replies
    kttc ^ | 7-23-15 | Ali Killam
    Some controversy is swirling around the new Vikings Stadium, as some are saying the project could be millions of dollars over budget. One member of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority is speaking out on the issue and facing opposition from other members. Duane Benson has served as the MSFA treasurer since the group's inception back in 2012, however, he is preparing to leave the group in light of recent turmoil and says the $1.1 billion project's finances are anything but in order at the moment. As the groundbreaking project continues to break the bank, Benson says there is a problem--perhaps...
  • Every Corporate Welfare Incentive Means New Jobs, Except for Most of Them

    07/22/2015 1:29:02 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/21/2015 | Jack Spencer
    In comments for a MIRS news story on companies that have received more than one round of subsidies and tax breaks from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, spokesman Michael Shore defended his agency: "Michigan competes with 49 other states and numerous countries for new job-creating investments. Every project that receives an incentive means new jobs for Michiganders," Shore said. "It is foolish to think a company that's gotten one incentive and been successful in creating jobs in Michigan should be barred from continuing its growth here. We want a company that is growing in Michigan to continue to invest, expand...
  • Planned Parenthood: We Got $528.4 Million in Taxpayer Funds in One Year

    07/22/2015 2:12:32 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    CNS News ^ | 7-22-15
    Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, received $528.4 million in taxpayer funding, according to its 2013-2014 annual report, [1] which runs from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014. The report shows that Planned Parenthood received $528.4 million in “government health services grants and reimbursements” during a one-year period, the latest figures available. That means it received an average of $1,447,671 in taxpayer funds per day and an average of $60,320 every hour. Several members of Congress [2], as well as some GOP presidential candidates, are calling for Planned Parenthood to be defunded after a video surfaced showing Dr....
  • Progressive State Income Tax Would Damage Michigan’s Economy

    07/21/2015 11:39:18 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/20/2015 | James Hohman
    State Rep. Jim Townsend wants to amend Michigan’s constitution to allow a graduated state income tax, and raise the maximum rate to 10 percent. This would hurt the state as a whole, including those he wants to help. The prosperity of this and every other state is determined by its rate of economic growth. And for growth, what matters is not the average tax rate but the marginal tax rate. That is, the amount of extra taxes an individual must pay on his or her next dollar of income. The higher the marginal rate the less incentive a person has...