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  • Adding Up Secretary Clinton’s Campaign Proposals So Far

    07/23/2016 2:59:36 PM PDT · by Bobalu · 7 replies
    wikileaks ^ | 07/22/16 | A Dem Operative
    From:info@crfb.org To: kaplanj@dnc.org Date: 2016-05-02 16:48 Subject: Adding Up Secretary Clinton’s Campaign Proposals So Far Adding Up Secretary Clinton’s Campaign Proposals So Far May 2, 2016 Read the analysis. Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has proposed numerous new policies that would increase spending and expand tax breaks along with other policies that would increase taxes and reduce certain spending. Using independent estimates from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the non-partisan Tax Policy Center (TPC), and others, we estimate that Secretary Clinton’s proposals would cost $1.8 trillion over a decade with interest, and they would be...
  • Medicaid - Georgia

    07/23/2016 1:27:35 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 3 replies
    Georgia Public Policy Foundation ^ | 7-22-2016 | Benita Dodd
    Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent annually in Georgia on uncompensated care for the uninsured. The uninsured may not have coverage but they do get sick; one way or another, we all pay for their care in a way that is terribly inefficient. • Money should follow people. It is important to support the institutions and providers that make up Georgia’s safety net, but solutions should be people-centered, not institutioncentered. • Innovation requires flexibility and choices. Micromanaging every last detail is a recipe for the status quo. The accompanying table shows the most recent data on the average enrollment...
  • Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation to Exempt Sales and Use Taxes on Feminine Hygiene Products

    07/23/2016 7:45:33 AM PDT · by Kudsman · 34 replies
    New York State ^ | 7/21/16 | New York State
    TOP Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation to Exempt... SHARE Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation that eliminates sales tax on feminine hygiene products. The bill (A.7555-A/S.7838) exempts these products from local and State sales tax. “This is a regressive tax on essential products that women have had to pay for far too long and lifting it is a matter of social and economic justice,” Governor Cuomo said. “I commend Assemblywoman Rosenthal and Senator Serino on their strong advocacy and for hard work in passing this important legislation.” Feminine hygiene products have been taxable since the state sales tax was first...
  • These 3 Conservative Policies Have Allowed Indiana’s Economy to Flourish

    07/20/2016 11:22:35 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 07/06/2016 | Sen. Dan Coats
    1. Reduce Bureaucratic Red Tape Republican leaders made it easier to do business in Indiana. They reduced bureaucratic red tape and eliminated many unnecessary regulations. Rather than burdening employers and trying to micromanage how businesses operate, Republicans put in place policies that have allowed our state to grow. 2. Balance the Budget The state put its fiscal house in order. Statehouse leaders cut government spending, balanced the budget, created a surplus, and built a near record reserve fund. Indiana earned a triple-A credit rating in 2010 and has maintained it ever since. These strategies help put the state in a...
  • As Municipal Golf Courses Lose Money, Taxpayers Pick Up the Tab

    07/19/2016 8:47:54 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/18/2016 | Josh Paladino
    In 2015, Lansing’s city government used $555,000 from its general fund to pay for its money-losing municipal golf course. That was not an unusual year; Groesbeck Golf Course has received money from the city’s general fund every year since at least 2005. In those 11 years, Lansing’s general fund has transferred $5.9 million to the golf course. These transfers compensate for the municipal course’s losses, which annually total of at least $400,000. Cities get into the golf business believing that they will make money. But a review of public courses in Michigan shows that, in practice, they are big losers...
  • Can anyone explain the consequences of C.O.D.I. when it comes to stocks?

    07/19/2016 4:50:54 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 13 replies
    Finance News | 19 July 2015 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Can anyone explain what happens when a company whose stock is subject to C.O.D.I. goes bankrupt? Should one dump the stock prior to a Pre-pack Chapter 11 bankruptcy...or ride it out? On what time frame is the stock subject to the C.O.D.I.? If someone bought the stock recently, are the still subject to the C.O.D.I. tax?
  • Marijuana taxes generate more than $8.4M for Boulder County communities [misleading headline]

    07/18/2016 9:20:48 AM PDT · by catnipman · 118 replies
    Longmont Times-Call ^ | 7/16/2016 | Jerd Smith and Alex Burness
    [The REAL headline:] Schools left out on construction funding, dollars FAR LESS less than many expected In some circles, it's the windfall that wasn't. it has not been the cash cow thousands of Coloradans had expected.
  • Federal Taxes Did Not Set Record Through June; $400,847,000,000 Deficit for First 9 Months of FY16

    07/14/2016 12:25:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 14, 2016 | 2:36 PM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The federal government collected approximately $2,468,827,000,000 in tax receipts in the first nine months of fiscal 2016 (October through June), according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released today. Unlike May, when the federal government set a record for inflation-adjusted tax revenues collected in the first eight months of a fiscal year, the federal taxes collected through June did not set a record for inflation-adjusted tax revenues in the first nine months of a fiscal year. While bringing in $2,468,827,000,000 in tax revenues during the first nine months of fiscal 2016, the federal government spent approximately $2,869,674,000,000—running a deficit of $400,847,000,000....
  • Hillary Clinton: ‘We’re Going to Keep Asking to See Donald Trump’s Tax Returns’

    07/05/2016 11:32:57 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 61 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/5/2016 | ALEX SWOYER
    Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton pledged that she’ll continue to request presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump release his tax returns. “We’re going to keep asking to see Donald Trump’s tax returns,” Clinton stated while campaigning with President Obama in North Carolina on Tuesday. Clinton has previously knocked Trump over his tax returns while on the campaign trail. “What about his taxes? We will get around to that too. Because when you run for president, especially when you become the nominee that is kind of expected,” Clinton stated in May. “My husband and I have released 33 years of tax returns,...
  • All transactions to be conducted in the presence of a tax collector

    07/05/2016 4:30:48 PM PDT · by vannrox · 22 replies
    SovereignMan.com ^ | April 17, 2012 | simon black
    In the terminal collapse of the Roman Empire, there was perhaps no greater burden to the average citizen than the extreme taxes they were forced to pay. The tax ‘reforms’ of Emperor Diocletian in the 3rd century were so rigid and unwavering that many people were driven to starvation and bankruptcy. The state went so far as to chase around widows and children to collect taxes owed. By the 4th century, the Roman economy and tax structure were so dismal that many farmers abandoned their lands in order to receive public entitlements. At this point, the imperial government was spending...
  • Wrong, Thom Hartmann, the Wealthy Are Not Exempt From Social Security Taxes

    07/04/2016 7:48:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | July 4, 2016 | Jack Coleman
    Ever since its creation in 1935 by Franklin Roosevelt as the key achievement of his New Deal, liberals have staked a proprietary claim to Social Security, which is amusing given the left's innate aversion to property rights. And with that sense of entitlement to the quintessential federal entitlement program comes the default liberal tendency to dissemble. A recent example comes by way of leading left-wing radio host Thom Hartmann on his program last week while reeling off the planks in the Democrat party platform. In the process, Hartmann made a claim about Social Security that was misleading if not outright...
  • Seattle's homeless crisis episode 12: Share supports Rape

    07/03/2016 1:36:00 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 2 replies
    mainestategop ^ | Brian Ball
    In our last 11 episodes we chronicled the homeless crisis in Seattle Washington created by liberals and a particular nasty group of homeless who have started their own mafia of sorts. Share Wheel. In this episde we'll look at a devastating rape that took place at a tent city under Morrow's protection. rape at share Imagine you're a single mother of four, pregnant, and looking for work. Your husband dumps you and You lose your apartment and end up living in a tent encampment. The camp is far from social services. Going to job interviews means leaving your teenage children...
  • Baiting Millennials to Bankroll Obamacare

    07/03/2016 12:03:24 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 11 replies
    Town Hall ^ | June 27, 2016 | Katie Kieffer
    Giving Millennials discounts on Lyft rides is the newest attempt to bait them into subsidizing a substandard healthcare system. Last Tuesday, federal health officials pronounced a sneaky plan to scrutinize the tax records of young people ages 18-34 and compile a list of those who paid the penalty rather than signing up for Obamacare. Federal officials admitted they plan to use this list to target Millennials with emails and enticements to pressure them into joining Obamacare. Sweeteners to be dangled like bait in front of Millennials include reduced fares with the hipster rideshare service known as Lyft. * * *...
  • Hillary’s One Good Idea—Before She Ruined It

    07/02/2016 4:47:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 2, 2016 | John C. Goodman
    Hillary Clinton is proposing a child care income tax credit – mainly to pay for daycare for working moms. There already is a credit in the tax code. Clinton would expand that subsidy by tenfold or more, leading to a massive, new entitlement. It would remove any incentive parents have to find more economical ways of meeting their children’s needs and it would subject working women to high marginal tax rates – penalizing them harshly for working more and earning more. The conservative case against child tax credits. Before looking at the Clinton proposal, let’s consider the case against all...
  • Why Trump Wins: He knows border wars have replaced culture wars.

    07/01/2016 11:33:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | June 27, 2016 | Scott McConnell
    When he descended the Trump Tower escalator on June 15 last year to announce his run for the presidency, Donald Trump polled near the bottom of the Republican field. An NBC-Wall Street Journal poll taken from June 14 to 18 reported Trump was the first choice of 1 percent of Republican voters, behind Rick Perry, Carly Fiorina, and eight others. A RealClearPolitics graphic tracking an average of several polls illustrates the stunning speed of Trump’s rise. For most of June, Trump’s line slithered along the bottom of the 17-person field, then headed by Jeb Bush. Two weeks after his announcement,...
  • Phoenix Proposes Property Tax Increase

    06/29/2016 6:43:17 PM PDT · by hsmomx3 · 24 replies
    AZ Tax Research Association ^ | 06/29/16 | AZ Tax Research Association
    Phoenix Proposes Property Tax Increase Ignores money in the bank On Friday, the Phoenix City Council is poised to increase its property tax rate by 19% for Fiscal Year 2017 from the longstanding combined tax rate of $1.82 to $2.17. Phoenix argues the rate increase is necessary to fund the debt service on voter approved general obligation bonds. Those bonds are financed through annual property tax levies. In recent years the city has paid the annual debt service from a combination of property taxes and cash from excess property tax levies from the real estate boom in 2007 through 2009....
  • Pure Michigan: An Economic Development Program That Doesn’t Create Any Development

    06/29/2016 10:33:05 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/24/2016 | Michael LaFaive
    May marked the 10th anniversary of the Pure Michigan advertising campaign, which is designed to lure tourists to the Great Lake State. It is sold as a program that leads to economic development and yields more in tax revenues than it spends. But our research shows that state-funded efforts to promote tourism are a net negative. Lawmakers should defund the Pure Michigan program. The state operates a travel bureau within the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which has overseen the $261 million appropriated by the Legislature for Pure Michigan since fiscal year 2006. The campaign features advertisements about Michigan and is...
  • County Takes Michigan Woman's Property Over $7 Late Fee

    06/29/2016 9:47:32 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 36 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/23/2016 | Derek Draplin
    A vacant lot owned by a Jackson woman was foreclosed by Hillsdale County because she failed to pay a $7 late fee on her property taxes. A Freedom of Information Act request found that Pam Baker, a Jackson resident, owed Hillsdale County $7.70 in interest and late fees for delinquent taxes from 2013 on land she owned near Lake LeAnn in Somerset Township. The 2013 taxes on the property, which she owned since 2000, were due on Feb. 14, 2014. Baker says she paid her taxes two weeks late because she was in a car crash seven days before the...
  • September 8, 2013:100 Years After Woodrow Wilson, Mark Levin Pens A Brilliant Response100 years afte

    06/28/2016 7:33:30 PM PDT · by freedomjusticeruleoflaw · 84 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 8, 2013 | Peter Ferrara
    Someone earning $10,000 could be subject to maximum federal taxes under this limit of $1,500 per year. But someone earning 100 times as much at a million dollars would still be subject to maximum federal taxes of 100 times more, at $150,000 a year. The tax burden could still be skewed proportionally more to the upper income earners, but only by reducing the burden on the lower income earners. In other words, lower rates than 15% could still be imposed on those at the lower income levels, while the highest could still be subject to a top rate of 15%.
  • Trump and James Madison

    06/28/2016 12:35:56 PM PDT · by crz · 36 replies
    Founding fathers quotes | 06/28/2016 | crz
    Taxes on Consumption are always least burdensome, because they are least felt, and are borne too by those who are both willing and able to pay them; that of all taxes on consumption, those on foriegn commerce are most compatible with the genius of policy of the states. James Madison, Address to the States, April 25th, 1783
  • Philly’s “Soda Tax”: Not Popular, Not Fiscally Sound, Not Legal

    06/28/2016 12:16:32 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 28, 2016 | Jerry Rogers
    In Philadelphia, a 1.5-cents-per-ounce tax on beverages goes into effect January 1, 2017. The regressive, highly unpopular tax will add 18 cents to the cost of a can of soda, $1.08 for a six-pack or $1.02 for a two-liter bottle. The new “soda tax” will be added on top of the already excessive 8% sales tax that applies to beverages in Pennsylvania.Yes, the tax is unpopular – 58% of residents oppose the measure. Yes, the tax will disproportionately harm poor residents – economic studies show that low-income Americans spend a larger portion of their income on consumer goods like soda. No, the...
  • Army Of Armed Bureaucrats Now Outnumber U.S. Marines: “IRS Agents Carry AR-15s”

    06/24/2016 1:54:14 PM PDT · by blam · 44 replies
    SHTF - The Daily Sheeple ^ | 6-24-2016 | Piper McGowin
    Piper McGowin June 24th, 2016 This article was written by Piper McGowan and originally published at The Daily Sheeple. Editor’s Comment: The fact that armed IRS agents, along with those of other departments and agencies, now outnumber the ranks of Marines would be absurd if it weren’t so dangerous. The founding fathers complained of the abuses under King George III, writing in the Declaration of Independence: “He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.” Despite hard-fought attempts to keep these forces at bay, it seems...
  • Highway project delays rack up $700 million cost overruns

    06/24/2016 9:54:35 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | June 13, 2016 | Catie Edmondson
    Madison— Faced with delays and inflation over the past five years, four major state highway projects — including a Madison artery — have accumulated overruns in excess of $700 million. While some of these increases come from faulty cost estimates or unavoidable inflation, the new figures underline the obvious: Delays can be costly for Wisconsin taxpayers. When projects are paused because of financial challenges in the state's road fund, the price of materials, labor and real estate can rise. The numbers compiled by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel underline the urgency of a divisive issue for Wisconsin's Republican leaders: finding a...
  • California's skyrocketing housing costs, taxes prompt exodus of residents

    06/23/2016 3:53:15 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 58 replies
    The San Jose Mercury News ^ | June 20, 2016 | George Avalos
    During the 12 months ending June 30, the number of people leaving California for another state exceeded by 61,100 the number who moved here from elsewhere in the U.S., according to state Finance Department statistics. The so-called "net outward migration" was the largest since 2011, when 63,300 more people fled California than entered. "The main factors are housing costs in many parts of the state, including coastal regions of California such as the Bay Area," said Dan Hamilton, director of economics with the Economic Forecasting Center at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. "California has seen negative outward migration to...
  • Donald Trump Rolls Out Winning Platform: Cut Taxes, Save Social Security and Medicare

    06/19/2016 9:30:19 PM PDT · by detective · 84 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 19 Jun 2016 | Patrick Howley
    Republican candidate Donald Trump focused this weekend on his economic platform: Cut taxes and regulations across the board while also saving Social Security, Medicare, and other government safety-net programs. Trump’s platform is nearly invincible in the general election if he stresses it enough, polling shows. Trump’s plan will also have a transformational effect on how people view his party. But he still needs to make the accounting work to ensure that his Third Way platform is feasible.
  • Obama’s Education Proposal Could Leave Taxpayers On The Hook for $43 Billion

    06/16/2016 4:37:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 16, 2016 | Derek Hunter
    In what is just the latest in a series of government overreach actions, the Obama administration, without any input from elected lawmakers or the authority of legislation, is moving to revise an old rule making it easier for students to have their student loans forgiven, leaving taxpayers on the hook to foot the bill. Naturally, the Democrats favorite constituency group, the trial lawyers, would get in on the action.On Monday, The Department of Education released a proposed amendment that vastly expands the conditions under which students can apply to have their student loans discharged if they feel that they have...
  • Average Chicago property tax bill up nearly 13 percent

    06/14/2016 2:15:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 6/14/2016 | Hal Dardick
    Chicago homeowners should brace themselves for sticker shock when they open their mailbox at the end of the month: property tax bills on average 13 percent higher than last year. The big increase is mostly being driven by the record tax increase Mayor Rahm Emanuel engineered last fall to fix city pension funds for police officers and firefighters. Cook County Clerk David Orr released tax rate figures Monday, revealing the practical effects of City Hall's painful decision. The owner of a single-family home with the current average sale price of about $225,000 can expect to see a property tax bill...
  • David Allan Coe is now a convicted felon

    06/14/2016 11:24:51 AM PDT · by sparklite2 · 62 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 14, 2016
    The “Take This Job and Shove It” singer has been ordered to pay the IRS more than $980,000 after pleading guilty to tax evasion and failing to pay $466,000 in back taxes, interest and penalties, prosecutors said. Coe, 76, was also sentenced Monday in Cincinnati federal court to three years’ probation. Federal prosecutors said the singer played more than 100 concerts a year between 2008 and 2013, but asked to be paid in cash to avoid paying Uncle Sam.
  • COURT UPHOLDS NET NEUTRALITY RULES ON EQUAL INTERNET ACCESS

    06/14/2016 9:34:37 AM PDT · by PROCON · 27 replies
    AP ^ | June 14, 2016 | SAM HANANEL AND TALI ARBEL
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a big win for the Obama administration, a federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the government's "net neutrality" rules that require internet providers to treat all web traffic equally.The 2-1 ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is a victory for consumer groups and content companies such as Netflix that want to prevent online content from being blocked or channeled into fast and slow lanes.
  • California's cap-and-trade program faces daunting hurdles to avoid collapse

    06/14/2016 6:33:39 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 14, 2016 | by Chris Megerian and Ralph Vartabedian
    The linchpin of California's climate change agenda, a program known as cap and trade, has become mired in legal, financial and political troubles that threaten to derail the state's plans to curb greenhouse gas emissions. The program has been a symbol of the state's leadership in the fight against global warming and a key source of funding, most notably for the high-speed rail project connecting San Francisco and Los Angeles. But the legality of cap and trade is being challenged in court by a business group, and questions are growing about whether state law allows it to operate past 2020....
  • Disney CEO: U.S. taxes are 'too high' and 'ridiculously complex'

    06/10/2016 7:16:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | June 9, 2016 | Matt Rivers and Sophia Yan
    Disney CEO Bob Iger thinks companies -- including his -- are simply paying too much in tax to Uncle Sam. Iger told CNNMoney on Thursday that high corporate tax rates in the U.S. are "anti-competitive," and described the country's tax system as "ridiculously complex." "It doesn't mean that a company shouldn't pay taxes, but I think the structure is off ... the tax base should be lowered, and the loopholes should be closed," Iger said, without elaborating on potential reforms.
  • Seattle homeless crisis episode 10: a former share memember testifies

    06/09/2016 7:13:29 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 3 replies
    Mainestategop ^ | Mainestategop
    The following is the testimony of one David Campos, a former member of Share Wheel who witnessed first hand, discrimination, theft, fraud and other problems in SHARE My name is David Campos, I am a former member of SHARE. I was in Share from 2010 to 2012. I became homeless after I was laid off from work and my job got outsourced to China. I was able to get a part time job to help myself but it wasn't enough. I joined Share in 2010. I liked the place, it was laid back, everyone kept to themselves there were just...
  • Municipal Revenues Up Despite Arguments to the Contrary

    06/06/2016 11:29:32 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/6/2016 | James Hohman
    In Bridge Magazine, former state House Fiscal Agency director Mitch Bean writes: In addition to property tax cuts, changes to the sales tax base have reduced constitutional revenue sharing payments to cities, villages and townships (CVT) by $27.3 million in FY 2014 and by $181.2 million cumulatively since Proposal A in 1994. He is not the only one judging that the state’s local government revenue system is “broken.” You might think this is a terrible situation that local governments find themselves in. But Bean’s numbers don’t really tell the whole story about constitutional local government revenue sharing nor property tax...
  • Sowell: Is Personal Responsibility Obsolete?

    06/06/2016 11:09:07 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 7, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    Among the many disturbing signs of our times are conservatives and libertarians of high intelligence and high principles who are advocating government programs that relieve people of the necessity of working to provide their own livelihoods. Generations ago, both religious people and socialists were agreed on the proposition that "he who does not work, neither shall he eat." Both would come to the aid of those unable to work. But the idea that people who simply choose not to work should be supported by money taken from those who are working was rejected across the ideological spectrum. How we got...
  • Sowell: Is Personal Responsibility Obsolete?: Part II

    06/06/2016 11:08:46 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 7, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    Too many social problems are conceived of in terms of what "we" can do for "them." After decades of massive expansions of the welfare state, the answer seems to range from "not very much" to "making matters worse." Undaunted, people in a number of countries are coming up with new proposals that are variations on the theme of government-provided income — which amounts to relieving people from personal responsibility. Yet even some conservatives and libertarians are coming up with proposals for more "efficient" versions of the welfare state — namely direct cash grants for life to virtually all adults, instead...
  • The California Primary: Millennials' Last Fling

    06/06/2016 8:28:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 6, 2016 | Jeffrey Folks
    Millennials, who first arrived in 1980, are the largest generational group in American history. As such, they tend to have a deep-seated, some would say exaggerated, sense of their own importance. Now that the last of the millennials, those born in the late 1990s, have reached voting age, the millennial generation is exerting ever greater influence on presidential politics. The campaign of Bernie Sanders, one of the most radical leftists ever to run for the presidency, is almost their exclusive preserve. Sanders's platform is well targeted to the idealism of most millennials. It offers free universal health care ("Medicare for...
  • VA Proposes To Remove Ban On Transgender Surgery For Vets

    06/05/2016 6:24:05 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 43 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 3, 2016 | Jonah Bennett
    Daily Caller News Foundation VA Proposes To Remove Ban On Transgender Surgery For Vets Jonah Bennett National Security/Foreign Policy Reporter The Department of Veterans Affairs has proposed to a rule to remove the ban on transgender sex change surgery for veterans, which has existed since the 1990s. According to the proposed regulation, gender reassignment surgery wasn’t previously considered medically necessary for gender dysphoria, a condition transgender individuals claims makes them feel as though they were born in the wrong body and assigned the wrong gender.
  • Los Angeles weighs a millionaire tax aimed at ending homelessness

    06/03/2016 8:21:07 PM PDT · by EagleUSA · 66 replies
    MSN - Money ^ | 6/3/16 | Megan Leonhardt
    The L.A. County Board of Supervisors is planning to put a proposal on the November ballot that would impose a .5% tax for those with personal incomes exceeding $1 million annually. The revenue generated from the tax—estimated to be $250 to $300 million annually—would go toward funding the county’s 47-point program to wipe out homeless in L.A. county.
  • Where is the administration getting the money to fund these Obamacare programs?

    06/01/2016 3:55:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 1, 2016 | Rick Moran
    Congress is looking into the funding for several Obamacare programs for which no money has been directly appropriated. Earlier this month, a federal judge ruled that the administration is unlawfully paying insurers who are required to reduce costs for poorer customers on Obamacare’s exchanges. But there are other Obamacare programs that the administration is running for which Congress has refused to fund. ... Subpoenas ignored or willfully unfulfilled, stonewalling witnesses, and lies, lies, lies. Sound familiar? "The most transparent administration in history" has a game plan when dealing with Congress and they play it out to the letter. They even...
  • Money Rolling In, But Cities With Hands Out to Lansing Claim 'Broken' Finances

    06/01/2016 8:07:03 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/28/2016 | Tom Gantert
    A lobbyist organization funded by local governments held a press conference in the state Capitol this week to urge lawmakers to send its members more in state taxpayer dollars. The event took place as legislators are preparing to pass a state budget for next year, and was cast as an invitation to discuss how local government funding is “broken.” Given that message, it may seem ironic that the host city of Lansing collected more tax dollars than it expected for a third straight year and had a surplus. The group is called the Michigan Municipal League, and its members want...
  • Local Governments Cry Poor but Act Rich

    05/31/2016 9:28:07 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/23/2016 | James Hohman
    For over a decade, local governments in Michigan have been complaining they need more money from state taxpayers. A recent push by Wayne County Executive Warren Evans is only the most recent example. That is what they say, but how they act suggests their fiscal complaints are exaggerated. For example, providing post-retirement health care benefits to employees is an expense that should be the first to go if there is a real financial problem. Many local governments in Michigan pay for retired employees’ health insurance costs, a type of benefit that is rare in the private sector. Unlike pension promises,...
  • It's time for Wisconsin to seriously consider tolling

    05/29/2016 1:11:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | May 16, 2016 | Patrick Jones
    America's roads and bridges got a real workout in 2015. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, drivers last year logged more miles on our roads than in any year in U.S. history — more than 3.1 trillion miles — an increase of more than 3% over 2014. Wisconsin is part of that trend with more than 60 billion of those miles traveled. But, too often, Wisconsinites find themselves idling in traffic or on slow-going, bumpy roads. I'm sure it was not a surprise when a study commissioned by the Local Government of Wisconsin Institute concluded last spring that Wisconsin...
  • Yet another green fail imperils California half-fast ‘bullet’ train

    05/27/2016 7:53:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 27, 2016 | Thomas Lifson
    Jerry Brown’s dream of constructing a high speed rail line connecting the Bay Area with Southern California suffered a major setback this week, but rest assured every effort is being made to spend enough money quickly enough to make pulling the plug seem unreasonable. Construction costs of the project have escalated so rapidly since the times state voters narrowly approved a bond issue that instead of constructing new tracks in the Bay Area and Los Angeles, the trains will share existing tracks with conventional freight and commuter trains, drastically increasing travel time, and making the trains half-fast at best. But...
  • Why Bernie’s Crushing Trump (He hasn't been vetted)

    05/24/2016 8:05:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 23, 2016 | Michael Tomasky
    If Sanders were somehow able to beat Clinton, he’d be the least vetted, most vulnerable major-party nominee in American history. So Bernie’s still at it, telling George Stephanopoulos on Sunday that he thinks it’s not impossible for him to get 70 percent of the vote in every remaining state. Impossible. If anyone’s likely to hit 70 anywhere, it’s Hillary Clinton in Puerto Rico. Maybe Sanders can do it in the Dakotas, but even that seems ludicrous, because those states have primaries, not caucuses, and he’s never won a primary by that kind of margin except in his home state. But...
  • Google's Paris offices raided by police in tax probe

    05/24/2016 10:10:10 AM PDT · by Cementjungle · 8 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 5/24/2016 | Ivana Kottasova
    French police raided Google's offices in Paris Tuesday, looking for evidence of money laundering and tax evasion. The state prosecutor said specialist anti-corruption officers and 25 tech experts took part in the search. They were trying to establish the scale of Google's business in France and to determine whether it has paid enough taxes. French officials began investigating Google last June, after the country's financial authorities accused it of dodging taxes. The prosecutor's office said Tuesday the preliminary inquiry is looking into "aggravated financial fraud" and "organized money laundering."
  • Seattle's homeless crisis episode 6 Share ally the Transit Riders union

    05/24/2016 8:22:07 AM PDT · by mainestategop
    MAINESTATEGOP ^ | mainestategop
    TRANSIT RIDERS UNION: SUBSIDIZING SLOW INEFFECTIVE TRANSPORTATION AND LAZY ANGRY BUS DRIVERS THAT DON'T GIVE A &#*^@!! In episode six and beyond, we'll take a look at SHARE WHEEL's allies. In this episode we'll discuss one of their biggest backers, the Transit Riders union. According to liberals, TRU is about low income riders joining together with bus drivers to demand cheap effective transporation that works. Transportation for poor working citizens that is cheap, routes that will take them anywhere at anytime and to demand safer transportation. It is anything but. TRU is in truth more of a union for...
  • 'Gigantic' corporate tax hike likely headed to Oregon voters

    05/23/2016 7:40:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 57 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 23, 2016 7:33 PM EDT | Kristena Hansen
    A massive $2.8 billion annual corporate tax hike is likely headed to Oregon voters in November, a move that could create the most aggressive tax climate for big business of any state in the nation. The ballot proposal comes as raising taxes on the wealthy and large corporations is at the forefront of a national debate — especially among Democratic progressives such as Bernie Sanders and much of Oregon’s electorate — about how to close the gaping economic disparities between rich and poor in a post-Great Recession era. The proposal’s labor-union backers are just one step from getting the measure...
  • Tax Havens: A Legitimate Defense against Greedy Politicos

    05/22/2016 8:10:45 AM PDT · by fella · 5 replies
    Panam Post ^ | 21 May 2016 | Luis Guillermo Vélez
    Officials, Intellectuals, Workers Hypocritically Denounce Strategies They Practice Themselves; Why can’t tax evasion be a legitimate form of self defense? In some countries and circumstances, it is. Despite what politicians want us to believe, tax havens exist because some countries have been turned into tax hellholes by officials bent on “social justice” and “income redistribution.” Sometimes, those same politicians top the list of “offshore” account holders trying to evade taxes. “The Wealth of Nations” by Adam Smith had something to say about this kind of government revenue, namely that taxes are a lesser evil overall than other forms of paying...
  • IRS powerless to stop tax scam costing billions each year

    05/20/2016 2:31:59 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 19, 2016 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The Inspector General for the IRS said Thursday that the tax collection agency continues to be at risk of paying out billions of dollars in fraudulent Earned Income Tax Credit payments each year, and that there's nothing the IRS can do about it. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration released a report that said almost 25 percent of EITC payments issued last year should not have been issued. That amounts to $15.6 billion in payments under a program that's meant to boost low and moderate-income people and families.
  • Which US States Have The Highest And Lowest Gasoline Taxes

    05/19/2016 6:04:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 49 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 5/19/16 | tyler durden
    Yesterday we showed something strange: while oil prices have rebounded from multi-year recent lows, gasoline prices have not only rebounded but have done so with a vengeance, sending retail gasoline at the pump is now back to levels last seen just over a year ago, even as WTI (and Brent) is materially lower. As we concluded, "gas prices are unchanged while oil prices are 25% lower." Something did not add up, which prompted some readers to inquire if this was purely a function of higher gasoline taxes.  We don't know the answer, and assume it is a deep secret of America's...