Maine's tax system has an outsize impact on the least well-off households. Increasing the income tax would help. (Seeing how a single person who earns $17,500/yr, and is taxed at the highest marginal rate of 8.5%, maybe this should be more of a
Gov. Ed Rendell late Sunday ordered a range of state government services shut down and placed about a third of the state work force on indefinite unpaid furlough.
25,000 ''non-essential'' state employees, including those who oversee Pennsylvania's casinos, would be out of work early Monday if Gov. Ed Rendell and legislative leaders can't resolve their budget impasse by Sunday.
The group "Iowans for Tax Relief" has a name that belies its purpose. It supports special interest carve-outs and corporate welfare tax subsidies that shrink the tax base and raise the rates on the rest of us. It also refuses to even cons
The group "Iowans for Tax Relief" has a name that belies its purpose. It supports special interest carve-outs and corporate welfare tax subsidies that shrink the tax base and raise the rates on the rest of us. It also refuses to even consider elimina
With summer travel in full gear and motorists more conscious of the price of gasoline than ever before, few Americans realize that up to 60 cents of the cost per galling is the result of local, state and federal taxes.
The era of tax-free e-mail, Internet shopping and broadband connections could end this fall, if recent proposals in the U.S. Congress prove successful.
Many government officials are very concerned about the lack of taxing on the internet. If they create a permanent moratorium on taxing the internet then we we won't be able to tax it forever. This scares them. The government knows they are goi
Washington will join 21 other states that have passed legislation to become members of the Steal from citizens because they choose to purchase over the internet project. More than 1,000 companies have sold out to the state
"They told me I am required to have a license and am obligated to pay a motor fuel tax," David Wetzel recalled. "Mr. May also told me the tax would be retroactive."
Mainers could contribute to their favorite state government programs through the state Web site under legislation a Sabattus lawmaker proposed. Republican Rep. Scott Lansley said his is a serious proposal - even as he smiled at its name, the Tax Me
Last summer, the booming area around Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, had 700 homes for sale. This year, 3,400 homes are on the market. Realtor and anti-tax activist Sharon Culbreth says soaring property taxes are partly to blame for the glut.
At least 10 states have cut property taxes this year or are preparing to do so, part of a tax mini-rebellion that has been brewing alongside higher home prices. States are raising other taxes, especially the sales tax, and spending budget surpluse
A ballot measure in California calling for a 300% increase in the tobacco tax is the latest in a national trend to stamp out smoking by making it too costly. California's tax increase would go further than other states by creating the highest
Gov. Jon S. Corzine signed a $30 billion compromise spending plan to formally end a state budget impasse that spurred a weeklong government shutdown and shuttered Atlantic City's 12 casinos. The governor signed an executive order clearing the way
About $20 billion is lost by state governments every year to uncollected online sales tax, according to independent accounting research company Bay Street Group. As states become aware of this monumental shortfall, they are beginning to aggressively
Atlantic City's casinos were ordered to close Wednesday, the latest casualty of a state government shutdown after the Legislature failed to adopt a budget. The head of the Casino Control Commission ordered gaming to cease at 8 a.m. Wednesday — th
New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine said on Saturday he had shut all but the most vital parts of the state government and furloughed some 45,000 workers after failing to get the legislature to approve a sales tax hike before a budget deadline expired. Thi
The flip side of the real estate boom. Years of rising home values have boosted property taxes steadily. Now, homeowners across the US are fighting back. "Real estate growth and real estate boom seem to be happening all over the country and [pro
Every year, US companies collect billions of dollars worth of tax breaks from states and cities anxious to lure jobs and investment to their regions. Now this largesse is threatened by a US Supreme Court case brought by Ohio state's taxpayers
Nearly 9,000 people who bought on the Internet to avoid the state's $2-a-pack cigarette tax have been snared in the first year of a state crackdown and forced to pay about $5.9 million in taxes, an average $650 apiece.
The year was 1977. She picked up her mail and opened the first envelope. Inside was the bill for her yearly property taxes. She read the amount due, stunned. She sat down, her heart pounding. She could never afford to pay it. We do not know he
Arizona Republic poll: a strong majority of state voters would forgo a tax cut to either invest the surplus in public programs like all-day kindergarten and state employee pay raises or sock it away in case the economy tanks again. [You'll believ
When Julie Abel goes grocery shopping each week, she drives more than 25 miles to Georgia to avoid paying the nation's highest average tax on food: 8.4 percent in Tennessee.
Tax scofflaws, beware. State governments are combining new technology with old-fashioned shame to goad delinquent taxpayers to pay up. Advocates of Internet shaming say it's an inexpensive way to capture millions of dollars and seek politically v
CT Gov. M. Jodi Rell, flanked by a bipartisan group of state lawmakers, signed legislation that imposes strict limits on campaign contributions and establishes a voluntary publicly funded election system.
The view from Brad Wilder's hillside house is stunning. A town has taxed the view placing the value at $237,265 deeming it a bonus feature of his home, like a third bathroom or marble countertops, and ordered him to pay about $4,700 in property
Such is the tale spun by a Tennessee talk-radio host who helped stop the bipartisan drive for a state income tax. Tax Revolt offers a delightful read, detailing betrayal and deceit, insider maneuvers and public protests, and big-bucks lobbying and ho
Supporters said Colorado couldn't afford to vote no, not with higher education, health care and transportation already suffering from millions of dollars in budget cuts.
As post-Katrina gasoline prices hover near the $3 mark in the West, Washington state voters have a chance to overturn a 9 1/2-cent gas tax hike the governor and lawmakers green-lighted in a rush of optimism a few months ago to pay for a 16 year trans