I’ve been asked a couple times now to give a more detailed and less derisive reason for being so adamantly opposed to proposition 100. This is a fair request and deserves a fair response. I have four points I’d like to make about why this proposed la
It's hard to find a politician who isn't eager to "do something" about high unemployment. Turns out California has found one way to save and create certain kinds of jobs—spend like mad and raise taxes.
He converted his home into a chapel and became ordained as a minister by signing up with an online program. But is that enough to exempt a real estate agent from tens of thousands of dollars in taxes on his multimillion dollar lakefront property?
With only one state representative dissenting, the Idaho House State Affairs committee voted on Monday to endorse HB 633, a bill that would allow Idaho citizens to pay their state taxes with an official state silver medallion.
California, New York and other states are showing many of the same signs of debt overload that recently took Greece to the brink — budgets that will not balance, accounting that masks debt, the use of derivatives to plug holes, and armies of retired
In the scramble to find something, anything, to generate more revenue, states are considering new taxes on virtually everything: garbage pickup, dating services, bowling night, haircuts, even clowns.
The statewide sales-tax hike that goes before Arizona voters this spring is temporary, designed to expire in 3 years. Try telling that to Thayer Verschoor, or other tax opponents who are suspicious that a tax, once in place, can ever go away.
IRS to Track Online Sellers' Payment Transactions Beginning Next Year By Barbara Weltman AuctionBytes.com March 07, 2010 Reading AuctionBytes: IRS to Track Online Sellers' Payment Transactions Beginning Next Year Internet sellers who don't
States may be forced to reduce benefits, raise taxes or slash government services to address a $1 trillion funding shortfall in public sector retirement benefits, according to a new study that warns of even more debilitating costs if immediate action
An Oklahoma State Senate Committee approved a bill that would repeal the state's tax on groceries once state tax revenues return to where they were before the economic downturn.
In an effort to close the state's budget gap, the Governor of Washington is proposing ending sales tax exemptions on gold and silver bullion sales.
With Tennessee's jobless rate persistently in double digits, the idea of cutting weekly benefits has emerged as one way to keep the state's unemployment compensation fund in the black.
Apparently, economic retardation does not only afflict liberals.
Faced with huge budget shortfalls and little extra money to throw around, state lawmakers exercised their (inexpensive) power to clamp down [tax and prohibit] on impolite, unhealthy and sometimes dangerous behaviors in 2009.
This month, as the tax year nears an end, thousands of Arizonans are expected to donate money to private-school tuition groups and claim a tax credit that reduces what they owe the state. Many taxpayers will recommend that their money go to specif
As Kansas lawmakers start working their way through a tough budget crisis traffic safety officials say a quick way to pick up $11 million: Pass a primary seat belt law that would allow police to stop motorists solely for not wearing a seat belt.
CA Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, anticipating a $21 billion state budget deficit, plans to ask President Barack Obama to ease mandates and minimums on social programs to save as much as $8 billion. The Republican governor plans to seek the relief
Hawaii's meticulous tourism records are thick with minus symbols, the basis for a projected state budget gap of $1.23 billion that Governor Linda Lingle says is a "fiscal crisis" that cannot be closed with spending cuts alone.
U.S. state and local governments face more than $530 billion in unfunded public pension liabilities and most do not have funds set aside to pay for them, a government report showed.
U.S. state government collections fell 16 percent to almost $1.7 trillion in fiscal 2008 from a year earlier, while spending increased 6.2 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The biggest drop came in so-called insurance trust revenue, wh
Nebraska Tax Commissioner Doug Ewald says if the retailer does not collect sales tax for Nebraska, then the buyer becomes responsible for self-reporting the consumer's use tax at the same rate as the sales tax.
New York’s Legislature made the right decision in 2008 when it passed a law requiring Amazon.com and other Internet retailers to collect taxes on sales to New York customers. Amazon challenged the law in a lower court, and lost in January. A New York
Solo drivers on Interstate 10 could soon zip past traffic by paying a toll to use the carpool lane if a prediction by former U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters proves right. She says high-occupancy toll, or HOT, lanes on I-10 could soon be
Which 10 states are in the deepest financial trouble? They got that way through mismanagement, high taxes and irresponsible spending. Hint: NY is not among them, even though NY has said it will go broke within the next 30 days.
In Arizona, the budget has grown so gloomy that lawmakers are considering mortgaging Capitol buildings. In Michigan, state officials dealing with the nation's highest unemployment rate are slashing spending on schools and health care. Drastic financi
In 2007, the last reporting period. the California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported 28 pedestrians fatalities, 440 cyclists injured, a total of 52 people killed in traffic accidents in San Francisco. Now, it's reported today that the city will no lo
New Jersey taxpayers are sending almost $1 million a month to a partnership run by Goldman Sachs Group Inc. for protection against rising interest costs on bonds that the state redeemed more than a year ago
In its 190-year history, Jefferson County, Alabama, has endured a cholera epidemic, a pounding in the Civil War, gunslingers, labor riots and terrorism by the Ku Klux Klan. Now this namesake of Thomas Jefferson, anchored by Birmingham, is staring at
When David Paterson became governor of New York after Eliot Spitzer's hooker escapades, the former state senator from Harlem shocked New Yorkers by declaring that taxes were too high and that he had many friends who had left the state because there w
For a half-year, this editorial page has lamented the determination of President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to fast-track extraordinarily complex legislation overhauling the U.S. health care system.