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  • Polis signs collective bargaining bill for county workers. ( Colorado )

    05/28/2022 11:33:01 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    The Center Square ^ | 5/27/2022 | Derek Draplin |
    Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill into law on Friday that allows county workers across the state to collectively bargain. Senate Bill 22-230 was introduced by Democrats in April and given final passage on May 11, the last day of the 2022 legislative session. Polis’ office said in a news release that the new law ensures county workers “have a voice in their working conditions.” House Majority Leader Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo, said in a statement that the law “allows county workers to unionize if they choose to so that they can have a seat at the table to discuss decisions...
  • Taxpayer-funded factory sends all its baby formula to China despite domestic shortage. ( Canada )

    05/21/2022 6:54:48 AM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    True North ^ | May 20, 2022 | Cosmin Dzsurdzsa
    A factory in Kingston, Ontario given $225 million in taxpayer money is sending all of the baby formula it produces to China while Canadian parents struggle to find it. Built in 2019, the Canada Royal Milk Plant uses Canadian-based dairy – including cow and goat milk – to make baby formula. Canada Royal Milk is owned by the Chinese company Feihe International Inc. but has received Canadian government funding to the tune of $225 million. “Feihe International is the largest domestic producer of formula for infants and young children in the People’s Republic of China, and the company recently celebrated...
  • House of Representatives to give staff free Peloton memberships, costing taxpayers

    05/13/2022 6:39:19 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 22 replies
    Fox business ^ | 05/13/2022 | Kyle Morris , Hillary Vaughn
    The House of Representatives is planning to announce they will give staffers in Washington, D.C., and in district offices, free Peloton memberships using taxpayer dollars each month amid skyrocketing inflation. According to a draft email obtained by FOX Business from the office of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), the "premier employee benefit," which will also be made available to all Capitol Police, will provide staffers with both Peloton All-Access and a Peloton App membership at no monthly cost.
  • If You Dread the IRS Now, Wait Until You Get a 1099-K

    04/02/2022 11:26:17 AM PDT · by george76 · 95 replies
    WSJ ^ | March 31, 2022 | Ryan Ellis
    In the best of times, the Internal Revenue Service is tough to deal with, and tax season is never fun. But the past few years have seen the IRS lurch from one crisis to another. And things are about to get much worse for millions of taxpayers. In 2021 Congress expanded the reporting requirements of the obscure Form 1099-K. This information-reporting form tracks business transactions done with a credit or debit card or such peer-to-peer services as Venmo and Paypal. Prior to the change, taxpayers received a 1099-K only if they processed more than 200 business transactions, amounting to more...
  • AP Source: Taxpayers Face $850M Tab for New Bills Stadium

    03/28/2022 9:18:03 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 51 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03/28/2022 | AP
    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — State and county taxpayers will be asked to commit $850 million in public funds toward construction of the Buffalo Bills’ new stadium, which has a state-projected price tag of $1.35 billion, a person familiar with the the plan told The Associated Press on Monday. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not yet been approved. The Athletic first reported the figure earlier in the day.
  • German Taxpayers To Receive €300 Lump Sum Amid Exploding Energy Costs

    03/25/2022 6:48:46 AM PDT · by blam · 19 replies
    A woman adjusts the thermostat on her radiator. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Marcus BrandtAfter a meeting late on Wednesday evening, the German government managed to agree on a package of relief measures for households struggling with energy costs, including cut-price transport tickets and a one-off energy allowance. The new measures, which include a one-off €300 energy allowance for workers, should offer quick and unbureaucratic relief for low- and middle-income earners, the government said on Thursday. When the allowance comes in, all employed persons liable to income tax will be paid a one-time flat-rate energy allowance of €300 as a...
  • Pandemic relief money spent on hotel, ballpark, ski slopes

    03/23/2022 10:48:05 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | March 23, 2022 | By BRIAN SLODYSKO
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Thanks to a sudden $140 million cash infusion, officials in Broward County, Florida, recently broke ground on a high-end hotel that will have views of the Atlantic Ocean and an 11,000-square-foot spa. In New York, Dutchess County pledged $12 million for renovations of a minor league baseball stadium to meet requirements the New York Yankees set for their farm teams. And in Massachusetts, lawmakers delivered $5 million to pay off debts of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate in Boston, a nonprofit established to honor the late senator that has struggled financially. The three...
  • Juiced Up Budgets In Other States Attributed To Federal Aid, But Pritzker Claims Credit In Illinois – Wirepoints

    02/05/2022 10:01:00 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 6 replies
    wirepoints ^ | Feb 4, 2022 | Mark Glennon
    Juiced Up Budgets In Other States Attributed To Federal Aid, But Pritzker Claims Credit In Illinois – Wirepoints By: Mark Glennon* This claim by Gov. JB Pritzker in his State of the State speech on Wednesday just might be his biggest whopper yet, which is saying something: “Let me set the record straight for you — our state budget surpluses would exist even without the money we received from the federal government.” To show why that’s untrue, in this column, we will look at Pritzker’s claim in relation to what’s happening and what is being said in other states. Countless...
  • Schools Should Stay Open or Lose COVID-19 Funds

    01/22/2022 5:06:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | January 22, 2022 | Josh Mandel
    The federal government showered government schools with money to stay open, but they’re shutting down anyway. It’s turned into a ruse and the victims are the children and the taxpayers. Ohio received more than $6 billion in federal COVID relief funds earmarked for keeping our public schools open. After two years of this pandemic, any schools who accepted this funding and still haven’t found a way to keep kids in class should be forced to refund their share of the money. Instead of reopening, many public schools in Ohio are returning to remote learning. While traditional homeschooling is terrific for...
  • Feder: Chicago Public Media approves 'historic partnership' for WBEZ, Sun-Times

    01/19/2022 4:54:37 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 13 replies
    Daily Herald ^ | Robert Feder
    The parent company of public radio station WBEZ 91.5-FM is moving forward on plans to acquire the Chicago Sun-Times -- a merger designed to assure survival of the money-losing newspaper that will create one of the nation's largest nonprofit local news organizations. The board of Chicago Public Media voted Tuesday to approve the deal, which was first disclosed here in September. The merger is expected to be finalized by Jan. 31.
  • 10th Circuit dismisses lawsuit challenging validity of TABOR. ( Colorado )

    12/14/2021 3:52:37 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Colorado Politics ^ | Dec 13, 2021 | Michael Karlik
    The federal appeals court based in Denver has dismissed the long-running lawsuit seeking to void Colorado's Taxpayer Bill of Rights, finding in a 7-2 decision that a collection of local governments has no basis to challenge the 1992 constitutional amendment. Chief Judge Timothy M. Tymkovich, writing for himself and six of his colleagues, concluded that the Boulder County Board of County Commissioners, a handful of school districts and one special district failed to show that the 1875 Enabling Act that guaranteed to Colorado a "republican" form of government had also given the local government entities the ability to challenge TABOR's...
  • Fact Check: Jen Psaki Says Lower Income Taxapyers Will Benefit from Raising SALT Cap

    11/18/2021 12:45:44 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 40 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/18/2021 | John Carney
    CLAIM: Raising the cap on the amount of state and local taxes, known as the SALT cap, that can be deducted from income for federal tax purposes would benefit lower-income Americans. “Those with lower incomes would be able to fully write-off state and local taxes,” Whitehouse press secretary Jen Psaki said in a press conference Thursday. VERDICT: False. No low-income taxpayers will benefit from raising the cap on state and local tax deductions.
  • How can 84% of Chicago Public Schools students graduate when only 26% of 11th graders are proficient in reading, math?

    10/25/2021 3:26:29 PM PDT · by thegagline · 49 replies
    Wirepoints ^ | 10/25/2021 | Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner
    It’s shameful. Chicago Public School officials want to celebrate a record graduation rate when much of the other data shows they are failing Chicago’s children. Only 26 percent of CPS 11th-graders can read and do math at grade level, according to the latest Illinois Report Card data, and yet last week the district proudly announced that 84 percent of students graduated from CPS in 2021 – a new record high. First of all, color us skeptical about that record high rate. Everyone knows that the city’s children were underserved by remote learning – the failures were reported ad nauseum by...
  • Thirty-Nine States Do Not Have Enough Money To Pay Their Bills

    10/05/2021 8:36:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 38 replies
    Forbes ^ | Oct. 1, 2021 | Mayra Rodriguez Valladares
    At the end of the fiscal year 2020, 39 states did not have enough money to pay all of their bills. .... Total debt among the 50 states amounted to $1.5 trillion at the end of the fiscal year 2020 ... Retirement plans, such as pension and retiree health care benefits .. account for the majority of state debt ... on average, the 50 states had only set aside 64 cents to fund pension promises and 8 cents to fund retiree health care promises .... When states cannot make up investment shortfalls, then taxpayers have to make up the difference....
  • Florida’s boondoggle bridge carries a curse for all who touch it

    09/12/2021 4:53:49 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Florida Phoenix ^ | August 12, 2021 | Craig Pittman
    For years, I have heard that the only constants in this life are death and taxes, but I suspect this is not true. I think there’s at least one other constant, at least in my life — the Garcon Point Bridge. I have been writing about this Panhandle boondoggle for more than 20 years. Every time I’ve written a story about it, I have been convinced that that would be the last. Then something else happened that made me shake my head and start writing another bridge story. I’ve gotten more mileage out of that bridge than the motorists who...
  • The United Nations Announces Its Next Ritual Screwing of American Taxpayers

    09/05/2021 7:03:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Red State ^ | 09/05/2021 | Bonchie
    While Americans remained trapped in Afghanistan, including being held hostage, the Taliban are busy making international connections to help prop up their new regime. It wasn’t enough that American taxpayers gave the terrorist government tens of billions of dollars in high-tech military equipment. Now, they are going to make sure and fleece us even after we are gone.To make sure that happens, the United Nations has announced a meeting with the Taliban, and that meeting included the promise to keep shoveling money into the bottomless pit that is Afghanistan.I met with the leadership of the Taliban to reaffirm @UN’s commitment...
  • Why Was $66 Billion Spent on Renewables Before the Texas Blackouts? Because Big Wind and Big Solar Got $22 Billion in Subsidies

    06/21/2021 6:03:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    RealClear Energy ^ | June 17, 2021 | Robert Bryce
    The oldest maxim in politics is “follow the money.” That maxim also applies to electric grids. Following the billions of dollars that have been spent on the Texas grid explains why the state continues to have electricity shortages. On Monday, ERCOT, the state’s troubled grid operator, asked Texans to reduce their electricity use. That request came exactly four months after Texas residents were asked to conserve electricity due to a massive winter storm. Before going further, I’ll give you the punchline: As I explained in these pages in April, about $66 billion was spent on wind and solar in Texas...
  • Oregon students shouldn’t have to prove they can write or do math to get a diploma, lawmakers decide

    06/21/2021 4:16:01 PM PDT · by george76 · 111 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | Jun 16, 2021 | Betsy Hammond
    Students in the class of 2021 did not have to prove they could write or do math at a basic level to earn their diplomas. A bill headed to Gov. Kate Brown would prohibit any such requirement at least until 2027. A bill to prohibit Oregon schools from requiring students to show they can read, write and do math at a basic high school level is headed to Gov. Kate Brown after lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday. The idea is to hit pause on the requirements, in place since 2009 but already suspended during the pandemic, at least until the...
  • Backgrounder: $617 million in Hidden Taxes from 2021 Session [ Colorado ]

    06/16/2021 10:30:27 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Independence Institute ^ | June 15, 2021 | Ben Murrey
    With the 2021 Colorado regular legislative session concluded, lawmakers have approved tax and fee increases on Coloradans of up to $617 million annually without voter consent. The new revenues are enough to give every schoolteacher in Colorado a $11,343.65 per year raise. The tax and fee increases amount to an average of $430 per year for a family of four. New and Net Revenue.. This session, 83 bills passed by the legislature would increase state revenue. Senate Legislative Council (SLC) included revenue projections for 45 of these in fiscal notes for each. Some fiscal notes provide an estimated range rather...
  • Caldara: Legislature bypasses voters for tax-hike rampage. [ Colorado ]

    06/09/2021 9:09:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Complete Colorado ^ | June 9, 2021 | Jon Caldara
    Let’s see if you can find a common theme of what the Colorado State legislature thinks of you and the will of the voters. Voters soundly rejected Prop 112 which would have created large setbacks for oil and gas operations, enough to chase the industry out of Colorado. The legislature’s and governor’s retort was to pass Senate Bill 181, which was even more brutal to Colorado’s oil and gas industry. And yes, the industry is leaving. It’s one of the reasons Colorado’s unemployment is worse than most all other states. Just last November voters passed Prop 117 to end the...