Signaling that California is slipping deeper into financial crisis, the state’s controller said his office would soon be forced to issue i.o.u.’s to scores of the state’s creditors, as lawmakers failed to close the state’s multibillion-dollar shortfall.
Several states and the District of Columbia are tracking down smokers who buy cheaper cigarettes out of their jurisdictions and have even begun tax-collection procedures that can end in liens put against the offender’s property.
Unscientific poll shows a large majority of people using the AZ Central website want AZ to enact a "temporary" sales tax increase. [Well of course, don't you want a "temporary" tax increase to go along with all the other temporary tax increases?]
[FUNNY] Last year, Maryland deliberately slapped an (even more) onerous tax on higher income state residents in order to try to soak up some of the red ink in which state books are awash. State politicians and newspaper editorialists gloated
...state spending cuts so deep and so painful that they could rewrite the social contract between California and its citizens. They could also force a fundamental rethinking of the proper role of government in the Golden State.
Direct democracy has once again upended California — enough so that the state may finally consider another way by overhauling its Constitution for the first time in 130 years.
California voters appear to have rejected a package of budget-balancing measures that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said were needed to keep a $15 billion deficit from widening to $21 billion.
Republican legislative leaders are proposing to fix part of their budget problems by taking $210 million that cities have collected from developers. All it does is put the burden back on the rest of the taxpayers — taxpayers whose own home prices inc
Companies can't escape paying state property taxes just because they locate on Indian reservations, the Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled. A judge writing for the unanimous court, said the Arizona Constitution requires that taxes be paid
In a noble, if misguided, effort to help Nevada get out of its three billion dollar deficit, the legal prostitutes suggested the state collect a five dollar tax on their services. But a Senate Committee voted the proposal down. A coalition of femini
In the land of Hollywood, the state understands celebrities need the public's approval as much as gov't does. So when celebrities don't respect the state's authoritay,...the state plays "PR Battleship".
Instead the $9 billion development named CityCenter -- touted as the city's most ambitious endeavor -- has come to symbolize a global retail and leisure slump and the city's struggles to come to grips with crushing unemployment and dwindling
Many U.S. taxpayers are eagerly anticipating a quick influx of cash from their states as they file income tax returns ahead of the April 15 deadline, but for some, the refund check may not be in the mail. With most states struggling with big revenue
Over 500 Iowans were thrown out of a public tax hearing in Iowa's State House on Tuesday. Lawmakers ordered the room cleared after they were interrupted several times. The hearing was to debate a proposal that would have ended the practice of ded
Arizona lawmakers are moving to alter the way the state computes what it withholds from worker paychecks in an effort to keep the government afloat. The measure, set for a vote, would have Arizona for the first time ever set its own schedule of withh
California state government's full-time work force continues to grow [tax collectors & enforcement?] despite Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's order to freeze hiring amid a historic budget shortfall.
Profoundly disabled young men were forced into "fight club" style battles by the people hired to care for them in a Texas residential facility, police said. The staged battles -- which appear to have been going on for at least two years --
American Traffic Solutions to Unveil Overweight and Overheight Vehicle Photo Enforcement Systems at World Congress on ITS in NY. ATS is pitching a new revenue scheme to photograph and cite vehicles that are too tall or heavy:
California’s Senate remained deadlocked over a plan to raise taxes to help close the state’s $42 billion budget shortfall as Republicans replaced their leader who sought to build support for the plan.
California lawmakers began voting late Saturday on plans to raise taxes and cut spending to close a $42 billion budget deficit the state's government faces over the next 17 months. If California receives at least $9.1 billion in new federal funds
Bay State officials said New Hampshire businesses should be collecting Massachusetts' 5 percent sales tax from residents who cross the border to shop — and save money.
[targeted taxes] Golf course owners and some of their customers are teed off at Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. So are veterinarians, auto mechanics and amusement park operators.
It is virtually unheard of for any legal industry to ask to be taxed. And it would seem even more unlikely for any government, especially one facing down a nearly $2 billion budget gap, to hesitate when a business is willing to pay up.
Gotta pay for all those programs somehow!
Citing separation of powers, the state's 3rd District Court of Appeal in Sacramento ruled it could not intervene because the Governor did not signed the bill into law. The Democratic majority acted illegally when it passed the tax increases becau
Oregon is among a growing number of states exploring ways to tax drivers based on the number of miles they drive instead of how much gas they use, even going so far as to install GPS monitoring devices in 300 vehicles. The idea first emerged nearly 1
Motorists are driving less and buying less gasoline, which means fuel taxes aren't raising enough money to keep pace with the cost of road, bridge and transit programs. A federal commission created by Congress to find a way to make up the growing
Minnesota is deep in the hole financially, but the state still owns a premier golf resort, a sprawling amateur sports complex, a big airport, a major zoo and land holdings the size of the Central American country of Belize.
"My view is that cuts will become significant and touch enough people that tax increases will be more viable than they have been in the past," says Scott Pattison, executive director of the National Association of State Budget Officers in W
Gov. David Paterson has proposed a so-called 'iPod tax' on downloaded music and entertainment services to help his state close a $15.4 billion budget deficit.