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  • Philly cigarette tax a boon for Bucks border businesses

    10/20/2014 3:44:42 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 20 replies
    Bucks County Courier Times. ^ | 10/20/2014 | Jo Ciavaglia
    ---SNIP--- What’s the draw at this Bensalem store? Cigarettes, some priced at under $6 a pack. No more than a mile away in Philadelphia, the same cigarettes cost more than $8. “We used to get between 300 and 400 cartons of cigarettes every other night. Now, we’re getting about 1,500 cartons. I would say sales have gone up from about 2,000 packs a day to between 4,000 and 4,500 packs daily,” inventory manager Jim Watson said. That adds up at least $24,000 a day in sales, an increase of $12,000-plus since nearby Philadelphia increased its tax on a pack of...
  • Thousands of federal workers on extended paid leave

    10/20/2014 11:26:34 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 20 2014 | Lisa Rein
    Tens of thousands of federal workers are being kept on paid leave for at least a month — and often for longer stretches that can reach a year or more — while they wait to be punished for misbehavior or cleared and allowed to return to work, government records show. During a three-year period that ended last fall, more than 57,000 employees were sent home for a month or longer. The tab for these workers exceeded $775 million in salary alone. The extensive use of so-called administrative leave continues despite government personnel rules that limit paid leave for employees facing...
  • Denton fracking ban may be unconstitutional

    10/20/2014 5:22:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Wichita Falls Times Record News ^ | October 19, 2014 | Alex Mills, President, Texas Alliance of Energy Producers
    The good citizens of Denton will be voting on Nov. 4 whether or not to ban hydraulic fracturing. They have been told by former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Phillips the ban on fracturing is unconstitutional. “Under the Texas Constitution, I do not believe that a municipality may ban all oil and gas drilling within its borders,” former Chief Justice Phillips said during a hearing before the Denton City Council on July 15. He said the ban is incompatible with state law, and it amounts to a government taking of private property of many mineral interest owners and operators....
  • Feds Celebrate $3 Trillion Tax Haul; Wallets Weep

    10/17/2014 10:04:15 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/17/14 | Alan Joel
    Government overspending, gleefully celebrated by record tax collections of your hard earned dollars. The rapacious government needs to be fed. This Washington Times piece did an nice overview of FY2014: The Treasury Department unveiled its Fiscal Year 2014 numbers, which showed that the government’s revenue, for the first time ever, hit the $3 trillion mark. However, the government still overspent its revenues, leaving a $483 billion deficit. Supporters of President Obama are touting the “success” of a $483 billion deficit by pointing out its the lowest deficit since 2008. A “mere” $483 billion deficit is not something to be celebrated....
  • EU Hangs On with Hookers, Drug Dealers & Gun Runners

    10/17/2014 10:00:11 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/17/14 | Arnold Ahlert
    The questionable accounting gimmick countries are using to claim economic progress. Calculating the economic output of hookers, gunrunners and drug dealers to boost GDP Karl Marx was wrong about virtually everything, but he was spot on when he said, “history repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.” For the third time in six years, the European Union (EU) is on the verge of recession, a tragedy fueled by slow or non-existent growth, a strong possibility of continent-wide deflation, and debt burdens that remain onerous, if not catastrophic. Enter farce: the economic doyens of the EU have determined that Italy...
  • How Reparations Could Happen

    10/15/2014 10:52:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 103 replies
    Ebony Magazine ^ | September 23, 2014 | Hamilton Nolan
    Reparations will amount to a transfer of wealth from the more powerful to the more powerless. This is the closest approximation of justice that I would imagine is possible. We will now engage in some purposely simplified back-of-the-envelope math. Imagine a nationwide, one-time infusion of wealth to those who live at the lower end of America's economic pyramid. Let's take as our starting point that Black households have roughly 60% of the income and 5% of the wealth that White households do. (Hispanic households have just a tiny bit more wealth than Black households. Median household net worth is about...
  • Tennesseans to vote on banning income taxes

    10/15/2014 12:32:04 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 10 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 10/15/2014 | Sean Higgins
    Most voters in Tennessee pay no income or payroll taxes. Next month, they will decide whether they want that to remain that way. A state ballot referendum, Amendment 3, would write prohibitions of both income and payroll taxes into the state constitution, pushed by anti-tax advocates who are worried about previous government efforts to add an income tax. For the foreseeable future, there is little chance of either tax being added in the Volunteer State. The Republicans control both the statehouse and the governor's mansion, and no one expects them to endorse either levy. Nevertheless, anti-tax advocates are concerned that...
  • The Centers for Everything But Disease Control

    10/15/2014 8:22:20 AM PDT · by slumber1 · 7 replies
    michellemalkin.com ^ | 10-15-14 | Michelle Malkin
    So now the federal health bureaucrats in charge of controlling diseases and pandemics want more money to do their jobs. Hmph. Maybe if they hadn’t been so busy squandering their massive government subsidies on everything but their core mission, we taxpayers might actually feel a twinge of sympathy.
  • Git-R-Done America vs. Washington

    10/13/2014 6:41:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The National Review's Campaign Spot ^ | October 13, 2014 | Jim Geraghty
    You work hard. You pay what you think is more than enough in taxes. The economy hasn’t really felt good since 2008, but you managed to get by. If you’ve got a 401(k), it’s grown in the past few years – but the real estate bubble burned you, and the dot-com bubble burned you before that. You know that nice sum in your 401(k) could plummet without warning. What you would really like is a nice better job, so you could feel better about the amount of income coming in every month. You’re trying to play all of your roles...
  • Maryland Seeks Power to Double Tax Income

    10/13/2014 2:24:17 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 27 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 10-13-14 | Ted Lafferty
    While it may seem unfair to pay income taxes twice, Maryland residents have been doing so for years. That’s because unlike most other states, Maryland’s tax code does not provide a full tax credit for taxes paid to other states. This means anyone in Maryland who earns money in another state will pay that state’s income taxes, only to have Maryland levee county-level income taxes, without credit or deduction, on the same income. The result is that Maryland residents are unfairly double-taxed on income they earn out-of-state. Fortunately, one couple in Maryland has had enough. The Wynnes, part owners of...
  • Udall’s Shorter Work Week ( Obamacare Taxes, Penalty )

    10/13/2014 4:15:23 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    WSJ ^ | Oct. 12, 2014
    Universities dodge the mandate by cutting back student work hours. Liberals are rebuking businesses for cutting the hours of workers to skirt ObamaCare’s employer mandate. Lo, the people’s republic of Boulder, otherwise known as the University of Colorado, has announced that it too is capping the hours of undergraduate workers to avoid the mandate. ... Undergrads will now be limited to 25 hours of university-provided employment per week, though students can work additional hours at off-campus jobs. Under ObamaCare, large employers must provide health benefits—including free contraception—to all employees who work more than 30 hours a week on average. Otherwise,...
  • With world economy stuttering, governments urged to open purse

    10/10/2014 8:36:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    GMA News / Reuters ^ | October 10, 2014 | Howard Schneider and Anna Yukhananov
    World economic leaders are being urged to rally around a plan to let government do what it does best - spend money - in an effort to buoy a global economy that remains slack and slowing. The effort comes as six years of crisis fighting have lapsed with little guarantee the world economy is on a stable footing. Germany is in danger of slipping into recession, China has slowed, and U.S. policymakers are concerned a fresh bout of global weakness will stymie the U.S. recovery as well. International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde issued a blunt call on Thursday...
  • SFPS leads suit seeking increase in school funds

    10/10/2014 9:27:45 AM PDT · by redreno · 1 replies
    http://www.santafenewmexican.com ^ | 10/09/2014 | By Robert Nott
    Santa Fe Public Schools is among three school districts suing the state of New Mexico and its Public Education Department in an effort to force an increase in funding for public schools in a state that perennially scores near the bottom in national ratings. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in state District Court in Santa Fe, asks the court to declare that current funding levels violate the New Mexico Constitution and asks the state to change its funding formula to offer equal support for students who are English language learners or living in poverty.
  • Debate: Should the Silver State repeal mining-tax cap?

    10/10/2014 7:16:01 AM PDT · by redreno · 7 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 10/10/2014 | By MICHELLE RINDELS
    LAS VEGAS — Proponents of a ballot measure that would remove a mining-tax cap from the Nevada constitution said the industry has a sweetheart deal that keeps it from paying its fair share, while opponents said the measure is the first step toward raising taxes and discouraging mining companies from doing business in the state. The remarks came during a debate on Question 2 that was scheduled to air at 7 p.m. Thursday on Vegas PBS. Passing the measure would repeal a 150-year-old constitutional provision that applies a 5 percent cap to taxes on the net proceeds of minerals and...
  • A very simple and to the point venn diagram about death and taxes...

    10/08/2014 5:12:32 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 2 replies
    CRASHR ^ | 10-8-14 | The Looking Spoon
  • Ohio Dem: ‘What Are You Going to Do with Your Big Tax Cut if You Get Ebola?’

    10/07/2014 5:30:01 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 43 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | 10-7-2014 | Bridget Johnson
    An Ohio Democrat argued that “the real issue” with the Ebola crisis is “a disinvestment in the pubic health infrastructure in the United States.”“This is a very difficult task and I find it very ironic that the very political party and politicians who are criticizing every single step, every single move that’s being made as I said by some of the best public health officials in the world are the same people that voted to cut, you know, over $500 million from the Centers for Disease Control budget over the last four or five years, over $440 million from the...
  • SRC cancels teachers' contract

    10/07/2014 11:08:44 AM PDT · by redreno · 9 replies
    http://www.philly.com ^ | 10/06/2014 | Kristen Graham and Martha Woodall
    In a stunning move that could reshape the face of city schools, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission voted Monday to unilaterally cancel its teachers’ contract. The vote was unanimous. The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers was given no advance word of the action — which happened at an early-morning SRC meeting called with minimal notice — and which figures to result in a legal challenge to the takeover law the SRC believes gives it the power to bypass negotiations and impose terms. Jerry Jordan, PFT president, called the move "cowardly" and vowed to fight it strongly. "I am taking nothing off...
  • Mark Udall: You bet I support a new energy tax and releasing more Gitmo terrorists

    10/07/2014 10:41:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/07/2014 | Guy Benson
    Colorado Democrat Mark Udall has taken the unprecedented step of refusing to debate his Republican opponent on statewide television, so the voting public’s insights into his views generally come from one of three sources: (1) His voting record, which backs Barack Obama 99 percent of the time, (2) his ads, a ludicrous percentage of which obsess and mislead over birth control, and (3) clips from untelevised candidate forums and interviews. On that last front, Udall has uncorked some real head-turning quotes over the last 48 hours. In an exclusive sit-down with KDVR television, Udall said he doesn’t regret any...
  • Lee's Tax Plan Could be a Political Boon for Republicans (Co-author Ted Cruz)

    10/05/2014 9:30:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Utah Policy ^ | October 5, 2014 | Bryan Schott
    The tax reform plan from Sens. Mike Lee and Ted Cruz could turn out to be a big deal for Republicans. Essentially, the plan sets just two rates for income tax - 15% and 35%. It also raises the child tax credit by $2,500 from $1,000 to $3,500. It also reforms corporate imcome taxes. The Week's Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry says the next Republican to win the White House will have a tax plan very similar to this one, which focuses on building the middle class. Here are two Tea Party senators, one of whom is thought to be a strong candidate...
  • Which States Make You Pay an Amazon Sales Tax

    10/05/2014 3:54:03 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 56 replies
    WSJ ^ | 10-1-14 | Greg Bensinger
    Amazon.com today begins collecting sales tax from purchasers in Minnesota and Maryland, marking the 22nd and 23rd states where the online retailer assesses the levy. With the new states, about 69% of Americans—nearly 219 million people—will be subject to tax on their Amazon purchases. That's a big switch from a few years ago, when Amazon fought to protect customers from sales tax, viewing it as a competitive advantage over brick-and-mortar rivals. Now, Amazon perceives itself as disadvantaged versus online rivals such as eBay and Overstock. That's because a 1992 Supreme Court ruling allows states to apply sales tax to any...
  • High Taxes and Demographic Shift Affect Congressional Representation

    10/04/2014 8:48:31 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/04/14 | Alan Joel
    Northeast States: For an area that used to be a political powerhouse, it is becoming increasingly marginalized due to excessive taxes and the ensuing population shift I have written on this subject before, and now the affects of high taxes and population migration are playing out in a substantial, political way: the decline of about 40% of Congressional seats in the Northeast. According to the Census Bureau, high taxpayers are moving south. It notes that in the 11 states that comprise the Northeast, population grew at a rate of only 15% over the thirty year span from 1983-2013, while the...
  • White House Can't Hide Look Into Koch Tax Data Misuse

    10/03/2014 3:40:34 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 19 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October 3, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Scandal: A court tells the White House to ac knowledge the existence of a probe into whether one of its advisers used private tax records for political gain. Transparency is being forced on an administration that's anything but. In 2010, an attorney for industrialists and libertarian political donors Charles and David Koch told the Weekly Standard of a senior Obama aide telling reporters on background that the Kochs "do not pay corporate income tax" through their company, Koch Industries. How, the attorney justifiably wondered, did the White House get his clients' private information from the IRS? The anonymous official has...
  • Argentina uses drones to root out wealthy tax evaders

    09/25/2014 4:57:06 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 20 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 09/25/2014 | Nick Allen
    The Argentine government has used drones to catch out wealthy tax evaders who had not declared mansions and swimming pools. Unmanned aircraft were dispatched over an upper class area of Buenos Aires and discovered 200 homes and 100 pools that had not been detailed on returns. Tax officials said the drones took pictures of luxury houses standing on lots registered as empty. The evasions found by the drones amounted to missing tax payments of more than $2 million and owners of the properties have been waned they now face large fines. Use of drones has been expanding in Argentina and...
  • We Still Don't Know How Many People Obamacare Enrolled

    10/02/2014 2:45:12 PM PDT · by walford · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | 9/18/2014 | Joseph Antos
    This week’s double-barreled release of government statistics on health insurance coverage leaves us with only one question: How many Americans are insured because of Obamacare? Remarkably, the two highly-regarded government surveys released this week do not even agree whether the number of uninsured increased or decreased. [mandatory excerpted, highly recommend reading the article]
  • Feds Wonder Why Fat Girls Can’t Get Dates

    10/02/2014 11:21:08 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 107 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 10/1/14 | Elizabeth Harrington
    NIH spends $466,642 to determine if it’s all about that bass The federal government is spending nearly a half a million dollars to find out why obese teenage girls have a hard time getting dates. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded a $466,642 grant last week for the study, which will examine whether social skills have an impact on why obese girls have fewer dating experiences than their less obese counterparts.
  • Investment, Un-American Style

    10/02/2014 7:26:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Forbes ^ | 10/02/2014 | Ken Fisher
    To hell with Obama–be un-American. I am! Our country has a great future. But it’s too popular. The U.S. of A. is 23% of global GDP yet sports 28 of the world’s 50 biggest stocks. American markets have outpaced foreign ones for seven years. These things fluctuate. Yes, America has inherent advantages that few see. When I was a young man in the 1970s, tech firms were scattered across the developed world. Since then America has come to dominate tech, almost totally. The largest official non-U.S. tech stock is China’s Tencent Holdings , which really isn’t a tech outfit at...
  • Blow to Maine’s paper industry: Verso to close Bucksport mill Dec. 1, displacing more than 500

    10/01/2014 10:19:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Portland Press Herald ^ | October 1, 2014 | Dennis Hoey
    The closure will cost the town of 5,000 people almost half of its tax revenue. The state Department of Labor says the LePage administration has 60 days to find a buyer for the mill, which has operated since 1930.Hundreds of mill workers from across the state will find themselves without jobs at the beginning of the holiday season after Verso Paper Corp.’s sudden announcement Wednesday that it will close its paper mill in Bucksport effective Dec. 1. More than 500 employees will be out of work in the third mill closure in Maine this year, dealing a severe blow to...
  • Maryland cuts revenue expectations by $405 million

    10/01/2014 3:10:16 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 18 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | September 25, 2014 | Michael Dresser
    Maryland is now facing a $405 million revenue shortfall over this year and next, largely the result of sluggish job growth, stagnant incomes and a weak housing market, state officials reported Wednesday. Five years after the official end of the recession, Maryland continues to confront fiscal trouble. This latest shortfall will force Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration and the General Assembly to make deeper cuts than previously expected to balance the state's roughly $40 billion budget. "Another year has passed, and ordinary families and small businesses haven't even recovered to where they were before the financial collapse, much less made up...
  • Yet More IRS Employees Busted for Stealing Taxpayers' Identities

    10/01/2014 12:19:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Reason ^ | Sep. 29, 2014 | J.D. Tuccille
    It's hard to keep up with the privacy-threatening shenanigans at the Internal Revenue Service, but let's give it a try. Just days after revealing that the tax agency's failure to follow its own rules put the private data of 1.4 million people at risk, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration publicized the sentencing of Tax Examining Technician Missy Sledge for aggravated identity theft and mail fraud, and IRS employee Monica Hernandez for making and subscribing a false income tax return, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft. According to the Inspector General's Office, "as part of her official IRS duties,...
  • Federal Judge Strikes Down ACA Exchange Subsidies

    10/01/2014 10:44:45 AM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 7 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 10-1-14 | Sean Riley
    On Tuesday, Judge Ronald A. White of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma vacated the IRS rule that allows premium subsidies in states that refused to establish an exchange under the Affordable Care Act. The court holds that the IRS Rule is arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion or otherwise not in accordance with law, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. §706(2)(A), in excess of statutory jurisdiction, authority, or limitations, or short of statutory right, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. §706(2)(C), or otherwise is an invalid implementation of the ACA, and is hereby vacated. As has been covered previously,...
  • Regulation Charges $125 for Photo Permit in Nashville Public Parks (Video)

    09/30/2014 5:27:19 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 18 replies
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Roger Susanin) -- A little-known Metro Parks & Recreation regulation requires people pay $125 for a permit to take photos or shoot video at Nashville public parks.
  • Northeast loses 40% of House seats as people flee high-tax states

    09/30/2014 9:29:10 AM PDT · by tje · 64 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 30, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    The Northeast, once the nation’s political engine that produced presidents, House speakers and Senate giants including the late Edward M. Kennedy, is losing clout in Washington as citizens flee the high-tax region, according to experts worried about the trend. The Census Bureau reports that population growth has shifted to the South and the result is that the 11 states that make up the Northeast are being bled dry of representation in Washington. Critics blame rising taxes in states such as Massachusetts and Connecticut for limiting population growth in the Northeast to just 15 percent from 1983 to 2013, while the...
  • Jeb Bush: ‘This Is The Most Pessimistic America Has Ever Been’ (follows Palin)

    09/30/2014 5:08:29 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 46 replies
    CBS DC ^ | September 30, 2014 7:45 AM | Associated Press
    His visit to Kansas comes just days after former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin campaigned with Roberts.
  • We need a new constitution: How we save American democracy from charlatans, loudmouths & the 1%

    09/29/2014 12:26:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Salon ^ | September 27, 2014 | Professors Andrew Burstein and Nancy Isenberg
    The most recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll says that a clear-cut majority is disgusted with the present political scene and retains little hope that future generations will fare as well as we have. As candidates get down and dirty in the lead-up to midterm elections, 60 percent say the country is in a general state of decline. A mere 19 percent of those polled have a favorable opinion of Republicans in Congress; their Democratic colleagues (or “colleagues”) poll at 31 percent. But the most remarkable number is 79: that’s the percentage of the politicized public that presently voices its discontent...
  • Swiss Village Forced to Raise Taxes After Muslim Refugee Family Consumes 1/3 of Budget

    09/26/2014 11:22:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 09/26/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Is this really enriching anybody besides the Muslim settlers? A village of just 1,000 residents in Switzerland has been forced to raise taxes because an African refugee and her seven children cost the local authority $65,000 in benefits every month.Hagenbuch, in the Swiss canton of Zurich, is understood to be spending close to a third of its total annual budget on the family after they arrived from Eritrea in East Africa three years ago.The Eritrean woman and her family arrived in Hagenbuch three years ago in possession of a visa allowing her to stay in Switzerland for five years, with...
  • California Proposition 1 Water Bond is Bait & Switch

    09/25/2014 10:18:42 AM PDT · by fifedom · 15 replies
    Breitbart California ^ | 4 Sep 2014 | Chriss W. Street
    The $7.5 billion California Proposition 1 Water Bond on the November ballot promises to provide more above ground water storage for the first time in 40 years in order to gain a broad support from Democrats and Republicans. But a close look at the language in the proposition reveals that the initiative is another legislative “bait and switch” that will not complete a single major water storage or delivery system.
  • Bill Clinton on Tax Inversions: ‘This Is Their Money’

    09/24/2014 2:35:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | 09/24/2014 | By AMY CHOZICK
    As many Democrats attack companies that take advantage of corporate tax inversions, former President Bill Clinton expressed sympathy for them. “Like it or not, this inversion, this is their money,” Mr. Clinton said in an interview during the Clinton Global Initiative in New York. When asked whether inversions — the practice of American companies acquiring a small overseas rival and reincorporating abroad to lower their tax bills — are unpatriotic, as many critics say, Mr. Clinton said that publicly traded companies, in particular, “feel duty bound to pay the lowest taxes they can pay.” “I should make full disclosure here,”...
  • Bill Clinton outlines 100-day agenda for next president

    09/23/2014 5:15:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | September 22, 2014 | Maeve Reston
    Hillary Rodham Clinton seems more eager to talk about her soon-to-arrive grandchild than her plans for a potential presidential run, but her husband seemed more than happy to allude to both prospects Monday.. Bloomberg’s Charlie Rose interviewed the former president during the 10th Clinton Global Initiative in New York on Monday, the international gathering sponsored by his family's foundation. Rose danced around the specific question of whether Hillary Clinton will run in 2016, presumably because Bill Clinton has repeatedly insisted that he does not know. But he pressed Clinton for clues about what another Clinton presidency might look like, while...
  • Amazon to collect Minnesota sales tax starting Oct. 1

    09/23/2014 2:13:50 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    MPLS Star & Sickle ^ | 9-23-14 | KAVITA KUMAR
    Amazon.com Inc. will begin collecting sales taxes from Minnesota customers next week, ending a cost advantage it’s enjoyed over brick-and-mortar retailers in the state. The news also triggered a mystery. Online-only retailers don’t need to charge sales tax in Minnesota unless they have physical presence or affiliated business here. Monday’s revelation led to speculation that Amazon may open a warehouse, data center or some other operation in the state or buy an existing firm. The company was vague about what prompted the change, though it said it “will be required” to do so starting Oct. 1. “We’re considering various opportunities...
  • George P. Bush: In-State Tuition for Illegals 'Nominal Cost' to Taxpayers (Jeb's son)

    09/23/2014 11:03:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | September 22, 2014 | Tony Lee
    George P. Bush, Jeb Bush's son and Republican candidate for Texas land commissioner, said that in-state tuition for illegal immigrants is just a "nominal" cost to taxpayers. Speaking at The Texas Tribune Festival on Friday evening, Bush said that until someone can present a "sensible alternative" to the Texas's version of DREAM Act, he would support the the law that Texas Governor Rick Perry signed in 2001. Bush said in-state tuition for illegal immigrants is just "a nominal cost from an economic perspective" for the state of Texas. Bush also suggested that in-state tuition for illegal immigrants should be indexed....
  • The Attractions of Paradise

    09/22/2014 10:39:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    PJ Media's Belmont Club ^ | September 22, 2014 | Richard Fernandez
    Back in the 1930s intellectuals sometimes advised each other: don’t give to beggars, you’ll delay the revolution. Socialism has been described as a method of loving humanity so that you can be indifferent to your actual neighbor. The idea has been around a long time. The 1960s musical Hair caught the notion in these lyrics: How can people have no feelings? How can they ignore their friends? Easy to be proud, easy to say no And especially people who care about strangers Who care about evil and social injustice Do you only care about the bleeding crowd? How about a...
  • Performance pay tax increase paid to nearly all Denver teachers

    09/22/2014 6:29:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Watchdog ^ | September 17, 2014 | Arthur Kane
    Nearly a decade ago, voters approved a $25 million annual property tax increase for Denver Public Schools to fund performance and retention pay for teachers who help students learn. But now, 90 percent of eligible DPS teachers are receiving the additional compensation, according to a database obtained by Watchdog.org under state open records laws. And that’s in a district where this year 22 percent of teachers were deemed as not achieving the “effective” teaching standard, DPS data shows. Critics say the ProComp tax increase was always about collecting more tax revenue for the district than rewarding teachers who truly help...
  • French farmers torch tax office in Brittany protest

    09/21/2014 12:19:11 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 20 replies
    BBC ^ | 20 Sept. 2014 | unknown
    French vegetable farmers protesting against falling living standards have set fire to tax and insurance offices in town of Morlaix, in Brittany. The farmers used tractors and trailers to dump artichokes, cauliflowers and manure in the streets and also smashed windows, police said. Prime Minister Manuel Valls condemned protesters for preventing firefighters from dealing with the blaze. The farmers say they cannot cope with falling prices for their products. A Russian embargo on some Western goods - imposed over the Ukraine crisis - has blocked off one of their main export markets. About 100 farmers first launched an overnight attack...
  • State out $675K grant but still plans to give out millions more in tax money ( Colorado )

    09/21/2014 6:34:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Watchdog ^ | September 19, 2014 | Arthur Kane
    Four years ago, Kirk Swallow received state money to set up a compressed natural gas filling facility at the Rifle Shell station he co-owns. The Colorado Energy Office, then under Gov. Bill Ritter and known as the Governor’s Energy Office, gave Swallow’s company a $675,000 grant — money from fines collected from companies that violated state regulations. Swallow said he chipped in about $300,000. But, in June, Swallow had to permanently shut down the CNG pumps at 101 Railroad Ave., in Rifle, Colo. He said he was losing money because of increased competition, excessive electricity fees to run the pumps...
  • David Cameron Vows More Powers for England After Scotland Vote

    09/19/2014 1:19:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    nbc ^ | September 19th 2014 | Alexander Smith
    Like Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own regional parliaments... However, England's lack of a similar legislative body has led to a messy situation where Scottish lawmakers can vote on issues that only affect England at the U.K.-wide Westminster parliament ... Just as Scotland will vote separately…on their issues of tax, spending and welfare, so too England, as well as Wales and Northern Ireland, should be able to vote on these issues
  • FairTax® and unFair Movie Update

    09/10/2014 6:56:04 PM PDT · by Taxman · 59 replies
    Tennessee Valley Republican Club ^ | 11 June 2014 | Written by Ralph Weber
    A team of acclaimed filmmakers is spearheading “Unfair”, a ninety minute documentary motion picture intended for all audiences. It will be the first major theatrical documentary to shed light on the certain damage the Income Tax and the IRS have wrought on our liberties, our businesses, our families, and our religious, charitable and civic organizations, while empowering a political agenda contrary to America’s heritage. This film will be promoted to mainstream audiences based on its factual and dramatic content. In addition, the Picture will be marketed heavily to interested grassroots audiences that identify themselves strongly with any and all of...
  • Sources: Howard Stern to Move to Palm Beach Permanently (reason: taxes)

    09/18/2014 11:13:11 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 28 replies
    © Copyright 2013 GossipExtra.com · All Rights Reserved ^ | September 16, 2014 | by Jose Lambiet
    PALM BEACH — No matter what his professional future holds, satellite radio star Howard Stern is planning to move to Palm Beach permanently after the $10 million-renovation of his $52 million-house is completed early next year...One of the sources added that Stern is well aware of the benefits of declaring residency in a no-income tax state like Florida and homesteading his property.
  • Tragedy: Taxpayer-funded global warming musical has come to an end

    09/18/2014 10:13:15 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/18/14 | Dan Calabrese
    Final curtain. I don’t know how to break this one to you. There was a chance, my friends - a fleeting chance - for the creative community to capture the hearts of the nation concerning the true greatest threat to humanity. A theater company was on board. Taxpayer money was committed. The inevitable nationwide enthusiasm for the production would surely turn us all into activists for whatever action Democrats deem necessary to deal with global warming. New taxes. New federal controls on industry. A treaty empowering the United Nations to shut down our factories on the hint of carbon levels...
  • News Nugget: Louisiana Voters Beware

    09/17/2014 9:41:49 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    CAIN TV ^ | Herman Cain
    News Nugget: Louisiana Voters Beware soundcloud only on link
  • In Iowa, Biden preaches populist theme on taxes

    09/17/2014 12:00:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 17, 2014 2:17 PM EDT | Thomas Beaumont
    Vice President Joe Biden is preaching a populist theme during a visit to Iowa—an important early-voting state in the presidential nominating calendar. He’s telling voters to elect Democrats who support raising taxes on companies. Biden is hitting an election-year theme of restoring what he calls “basic fairness.” …