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  • Give Taxpayers the Income Tax Cut They Deserve

    02/22/2017 7:58:46 AM PST · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/21/2017 | James Hohman
    Some modest proposals to reduce the income tax have been introduced in the state Legislature. This triggered a backlash from pundits and politicians as they defend current spending levels by forecasting doom if the state dares to let Michigan families and small businesses keep more of their own money. But Michigan’s economy has been in growth mode for half a decade, putting more money in the state treasury year after year. Lawmakers can afford to give residents the income tax cut they deserve. In 2007, the state hiked the income tax from 3.9 percent to 4.35 percent to plug a...
  • CEOs praise House GOP border tax proposal

    02/21/2017 5:01:01 AM PST · by davikkm · 7 replies
    thehill ^ | NAOMI JAGODA
    A group of chief executive officers are praising House Republicans' proposed border-adjustment tax as the debate escalates. Border adjustability, which would subject imports to U.S. tax and exempt exports "is consistent with the tax policies of nearly every other country in the world, and it would effectively end the 'Made in America' tax that creates an unfair advantage for foreign-based companies at the expense of U.S. jobs and economic growth," the CEOs wrote in a letter to congressional leaders Tuesday. Sixteen business leaders signed the letter, including the CEOs of Boeing, GE, McIlhenny Company, Pfizer and S&P Global. The chief...
  • Proposed Bill Would Base University Hiring on Balance of Professors’ Political Ideology (Iowa)

    02/22/2017 1:18:51 AM PST · by kevcol · 10 replies
    WHOTV ^ | February 21, 2017 | Staff
    DES MOINES, Iowa -- Senate Democrats are speaking out after a bill was recently introduced that would drastically change how state professors are hired. Republican Senator Mark Chelgren of Ottumwa's proposed bill would freeze professor hiring at state universities until the faculty is balanced in terms of political ideology. This means, for example, a professor registered as a Democrat would not be hired unless the amount of Democrat and Republican faculty members at the school is within 10% of each other.
  • February 17, Week Three, Oregon State Government

    02/21/2017 9:06:25 AM PST · by thirst4truth · 5 replies
    Jeff Kruse Website ^ | 2-17-2017 | State Senator Jeff Kruse
    FEBRUARY 17, 2017 WEEK THREE We are starting to have a few bills working their way through the system, but at this point nothing of any major impact. There are, however, the beginnings of discussions in some subject areas that will have significant implications. Having said that, the real issues taking front stage are the budget and the projected deficit. From that perspective I took a look at the bills that have been assigned to the House Revenue committee to see how many tax increase measures were there. I counted 38, but I have since been told there are now...
  • Audit finds huge cost overruns at Wisconsin DOT, some road project costs triple

    02/19/2017 9:58:17 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    FOX 6 Now ^ | January 26, 2017 | Theo Keith
    <p>MADISON -- A new audit shows huge cost overruns at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, with dozens of projects costing double or triple their original estimates.</p> <p>The Legislative Audit Bureau report finds that estimated costs for 19 major projects completed between 2006 and 2016 were $1.5 billion, double the initial projection. The audit also finds that the estimated costs of 16 ongoing major highway projects have increased by $3.1 billion.</p>
  • FBI Randomly Releases Trump Real Estate Investigation Records From The 1970s

    02/15/2017 3:19:39 PM PST · by mandaladon · 83 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 15 Feb 2017 | Chuck Ross
    The FBI on Wednesday released nearly 400 pages of records from an investigation it conducted on Donald Trump’s family real estate company in the early 1970s. The documents consist of interview notes, handwritten statements and FBI reports compiled during the bureau’s investigation, which occurred between 1972 and 1974. The FBI’s investigation centered on allegations that the Trump Management Company, which was owned by Trump’s father, Fred, discriminated against applicants for apartment rentals based on their race. The federal lawsuit was widely reported during the presidential campaign with Democrats using the case to argue that Trump, an executive with the company...
  • Refusing to pay Federal taxes is Not Noble if you’re Doing It to Protest Someone’s Existence

    02/16/2017 5:26:30 AM PST · by davikkm · 13 replies
    IWB ^ | Mark Angelides
    And Ruth Benn, a coordinator of the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee, who is also threatening to withhold taxes as a way of protesting Donald Trump. These are movements designed to disrupt government, which in some case can be a noble effort, but not this time. This time it is immature, short-sighted and ultimately self-serving.
  • We will not pay: the Americans withholding their taxes to fight Trump

    02/15/2017 9:01:43 AM PST · by Alissa · 89 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Feb 15, 2017 | Joanna Walters
    Andrew Newman always pays his taxes, even if he hates what the government is doing with them. But not this year. For him, Donald Trump is the dealbreaker. He’ll pay his city and state taxes but will refuse to pay federal income tax as a cry of civil disobedience against the president and his new administration. Newman is not alone. A nascent movement has been detected to revive the popularity of tax resistance – last seen en masse in America during the Vietnam war but which has been, sporadically, a tradition in the US and beyond going back many centuries.
  • Major Blow to Obamacare Mandate: IRS Won't Reject Tax Returns That Don't Answer Health Insurance Q.

    02/15/2017 7:37:02 AM PST · by GonzoII · 41 replies
    reason.com ^ | |Feb. 14, 2017 | Peter Suderman
    The tax agency has stopped requiring individual filers to indicate whether they maintained health coverage or paid the mandate penalty as required under the law How much difference does a single line on a tax form make? For Obamacare's individual mandate, the answer might be quite a lot. Following President Donald Trump's executive order instructing agencies to provide relief from the health law, the Internal Revenue Service appears to be taking a more lax approach to the coverage requirement. The health law's individual mandate requires everyone to either maintain qualifying health coverage or pay a tax penalty, known as a...
  • Trump and Congress can jumpstart improvements to interstate highways in Southern California

    02/15/2017 7:38:04 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | February 5, 2017 | Robert Poole
    President Trump has promised to eliminate regulations and rebuild the nation’s aging infrastructure. Federal agencies are awash with regulations and provisions based on the presumption that government is, and should be, the sole provider of infrastructure. But now that we understand the merits of public-private partnerships, which can provide more accountable public-purpose infrastructure, these numerous regulations and provisions serve as major obstacles preventing the improvement of highways and other infrastructure. Back in 1995, Reason Foundation published a policy study itemizing a number of these regulatory barriers. Sadly, most of them still exist today. If a state or municipal facility has...
  • Oregon Gov. Kate Brown And AG Ellen Rosenblum Blaze The Oregon Trail Of Political Patronage

    02/14/2017 7:30:20 AM PST · by Twotone · 3 replies
    Forbes ^ | Feb. 13, 2017 | Adam Andrzejewski
    As the state contemplates an income tax hike, Oregon's elites line their pockets with taxpayer money. In 2016, as politicians across America were fleeing voter wrath, Oregon’s governor and attorney general were blazing an unlikely trail – accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations from businesses with state contracts. Since 1940, at the federal level, individuals and entities negotiating or working under federal contracts are prohibited from giving political cash to candidates, parties or committees. In Oregon, however, this political patronage is perfectly legal, at least for now. Our analysis at American Transparency (OpenTheBooks.com) found 207 state contractors...
  • Taxpayer-Funded Study Asked if People Could Smell ‘Asparagus Pee’

    02/14/2017 6:28:37 AM PST · by kevcol · 59 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 14, 2017 | Elizabeth Harrington
    A taxpayer-funded study set to find out if people can smell their own "asparagus pee." Researchers at Harvard on two active studies that received over $3 million last year surveyed nearly 7,000 people to determine if their urine smelled funny after eating the vegetable. The results were published in the BMJ scientific journal . . . The results concluded a "large proportion of individuals of European-American descent cannot smell ‘asparagus pee'—the unpleasant odor present in urine after people eat asparagus," according to the T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
  • Trump advisers’ tax credit plan for infrastructure has risks

    02/13/2017 10:01:44 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    Business in Savannah ^ | February 7, 2017 | The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has promised to revitalize America’s aging roads, bridges, railways and airports, but a plan put forward by his economic advisers relies on a transportation financing scheme that hasn’t been tried before and comes with significant risks. The plan was set out just before the election by billionaire leveraged buy-out specialist Wilbur Ross, Trump’s pick for commerce secretary, and conservative economics professor Peter Navarro, whom Trump has tapped to head his National Trade Council. They recommended the government allocate $137 billion in tax credits for private investors who underwrite infrastructure projects. Ross and Navarro estimate that...
  • In Setback For Government, Swiss Voters Reject Plan To End Low Taxes For Multinational Corporations

    02/12/2017 4:26:59 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/12/2017
    In a setback for government efforts to abolish low tax rates for thousands of multinational firms while encouraging them to stay, the Swiss voted overwhelmingly against an overhaul the country's corporate tax system. Swiss broadcaster SRF said voters rejected the tax plans by about 60% to 40%. As Reuters notes, Switzerland has been in the European Union's firing line for years because Swiss cantons have a special tax status for foreign companies that means some pay virtually no tax other than an effective federal tax of 7.8%, an incentive to incorporate and stay on Swiss soil. In 2014, the...
  • Poll: Is It Time for a VAT in the U.S.?

    02/12/2016 8:45:19 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 64 replies
    wsj ^ | 2-12-2016
    Most other developed nations already have a VAT -- a system in which taxes are paid by each business in the different stages of production of a good or service, and, ultimately, directly or indirectly, by the consumer. VAT is considered a consumption tax, since it taxes what people consume, rather than how much they earn or their profits from investment. That's also a reason why some consider it unfair for lower-income households. And critics say it could let government take a bigger slice of the overall economic pie, enabling higher spending. Its supporters, meanwhile, say VAT is better for...
  • The Time Has Come for 51

    02/11/2017 4:50:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 94 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 11, 2017 | John Steinreich
    After nearly three decades in L.A. County, Nestlé will soon move its headquarters from California to Virginia. This food services giant with an estimated $235 billion in assets worldwide will by the end of 2018 remove 1,200 jobs from a state that relies heavily on income taxes to fund its massive public sector. Nestlé's exodus follows other big employers, including Toyota, Campbell's Soup, Dunn-Edwards Paints, and eBay – which took with them tens of thousands of jobs – and mirrors the flight of mom-and-pop operations, entrepreneurs, families, and individuals who have ditched the once Golden State for places where the...
  • Beach vacations for the poor? California is going off the deep end

    02/10/2017 2:46:09 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 33 replies
    Red Alert Politics.com ^ | 2/8/2017 | Peter Van Voorhis
    This week, California lawmakers introduced a new bill that will use taxpayer dollars to help low-income residents go on beach vacations. This is not simply an abuse of tax money — it is a perfect representation of how far California has drifted away politically from the rest of America. The legislation, introduced by Democrat Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher, would direct state agencies to develop new, low-cost beach rentals and to improve existing ones at taxpayer expense. While so many across America voted for lower taxes and less regulation, Californians chose a different path of higher taxes and more regulation. The politicians they...
  • The Trump Tax Cut: How Much, How Soon, How Certain, What's Likely and What's Up for Debate

    02/09/2017 3:59:27 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    OZY ^ | 02/09/2017 | Grove Norquist
    The author is the founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform. During the 2016 Republican primaries, then-candidate Trump unveiled an outline for a huge tax cut. It was a grab bag of popular measures: Kill the Death Tax, repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) and cut individual tax rates. All these have been Republican talking points for the last 20 years. The centerpiece of Trump’s plan? To push the boundaries of a growing consensus that America’s 35 percent corporate income tax rate is too high. (The European average is about 25 percent.) The tax plan being constructed by the...
  • Groups want Trump to close loophole allowing illegal immigrants to abuse tax credits

    02/09/2017 2:51:42 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9 Feb 17 | Melissa Jacobs
    Illegal immigrants need only one number to access billions of dollars in free taxpayer cash. The Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) unlocks an exclusive gateway for non-citizens to receive monies meant for working, low-income Americans. The nine-digit code was created by bureaucrats in 1996 for foreigners who had to deal with the IRS. It allows people without a Social Security number, including those in the country illegally, to file taxes. “It’s just a farce to say it was created to collect taxes,” Robert Rector, senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, told Fox News. “It’s nothing but a welfare program...
  • Really? Someone actually tried to deduct ‘Sturgis, baby’ on their taxes

    02/09/2017 11:02:33 AM PST · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    www.gomn.com ^ | February 8, 2017 4:58 pm | by Josette Elieff
    That trek to South Dakota on your Harley isn’t going to get you a tax deduction. Sorry. Maybe that seems obvious, but someone actually tried to write that off on their taxes, according to the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants. In their defense, the person wore a company shirt and tried to call it an advertising expense. There’s plenty more where that came from. The Society of CPAs did a study on the ridiculous things people have tried to use as deductions – and it’s pretty funny. Business deduction fails: Someone tried to write off their pop-up camper, calling...
  • Why Are Republicans Pushing Brand New Taxes?

    02/09/2017 4:12:54 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 19 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 2/9/2017 | Staff
    Politics: In the month since Republicans took control of the House, Senate and White House, they've been talking a lot about taxes. Unfortunately, the talk is about adding two entirely new taxes to the code. Earlier in the year, House Republicans spent several days talking up the idea of a new 20% border tax, the folly of which we discussed in this space recently. This week, a group of old-guard Republicans and business leaders — including Reagan administration officials, former Wal-Mart chairman Rob Walton, and venture capitalist Thomas Stephenson — were in the White House pitching a new carbon tax...
  • GOP senior statesmen making push for a carbon tax

    02/08/2017 9:54:41 AM PST · by Ray76 · 53 replies
    Phys Org ^ | Feb 8, 2017 | Catherine Lucey And Julie Pace
    A group of Republican senior statesmen are pushing for a carbon tax to combat the effects of climate change, and hoping to sell their plan to the White House. Former Secretary of State Jim Baker is leading the effort, which also includes former Secretary of State George Shultz The group will meet Wednesday with White House officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, senior adviser Jared Kushner, and Gary Cohn, director of the National Economic Council. Also supporting Baker's effort are Hank Paulson, treasury secretary for former President George W. Bush; Greg Mankiw, who chaired Bush's Council of Economic Advisers; and...
  • Why All Protectionists Are Essentially Luddites

    02/07/2017 4:56:55 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 169 replies
    Foundation for Economic Education ^ | January 24, 2017 | Donald J. Boudreaux
    It’s well-known among people who bother to learn the facts that U.S. manufacturing output continues to rise despite the reality that the number of Americans employed in jobs classified as being in the manufacturing sector peaked in June 1977 and has fallen, with very few interruptions, ever since.Nevertheless, some people – for example, the Economic Policy Institute’s Robert Scott – continue to insist that the loss of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. is largely due to increased American trade with non-Americans. Other studies find empirical evidence that labor-saving innovation rather than trade is overwhelmingly responsible for the loss of manufacturing...
  • Texas senator looks to scrap funds that lure business to Texas

    02/06/2017 8:17:10 AM PST · by bgill · 14 replies
    kxan ^ | Feb. 5, 2017 | Phil Prazan
    The Texas Enterprise Fund and Texas Major Events Trust Fund have both been around since 2003. The Enterprise Fund has given out more than $600 million to companies bringing jobs and business to the state. The Major Events Trust Fund has paid out more than $275 million. As a grassroots activist, Sen. Konni Burton, R-Colleyville, railed against ‘corporate welfare.’ Now she wants to scrap the taxpayer funds used to lure business to Texas. “All we’re doing is taking more money from the taxpayer and giving it to private industry,” Sen. Burton said.
  • Brownback’s plan to sweep more highway money faces pushback

    02/06/2017 8:07:57 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | January 14, 2017 | Dion Lefler and Bryan Lowry
    Larry Hauth has a farm in Coffey County and a daughter in Wichita. Good roads are kind of important to him. So he’s disturbed by the ongoing and accelerating trend of the state taking money out of the highway fund to balance the rest of its budget. “One of the things Kansas has going for it, compared to our surrounding states, is our road system,” Hauth said. “When they built them in years past, they were thinking ahead. I don’t think we’re thinking ahead right now. We’re trying to tread water, at best.” Gov. Sam Brownback wants to take nearly...
  • Unfocused Concept, Needs Developing re: Sanctuary States and Property Taxes-please chime in

    02/05/2017 8:13:46 PM PST · by Be Careful · 6 replies
    If my theoretical home state were e.g. a Sanctuary State, such as Washington and California are now declaring, my question is this: Can I sue Said State for remuneration for illegally using my tax money for illegal purposes, such as subsidizing illegal immigrants in violation of Federal Law? I want my money back......any ideas on this?
  • 'Rome wasn't built in a day': How analysts say Trump may prevail on taxes and deregulation

    02/05/2017 3:32:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    CNBC ^ | February 5, 2017 | Sameepa Shetty
    By most indications, President Donald Trump's first two weeks in office have been a whirlwind that's left a number of investors and political observers exhausted. Yet some say that could be just the antidote a polarized and moribund political establishment needs—and Trump could even achieve some long-held goals if he plays his cards right. "So far we would characterize Donald Trump's presidency as "an unconventional Presidency" with a style that will likely continue to shake up the beltway establishment for the foreseeable future," John Stoltzfus, Oppenheimer Asset Management's chief investment strategist, told CNBC recently. Trump's brash style, and his propensity...
  • EDITORIAL: State retirement system will mount another appeal with taxpayer cash

    02/05/2017 1:41:19 PM PST · by BackRoads775 · 1 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 02/04/2017 | Las Vegas Review-Journal
    It’s long past time for the Nevada Supreme Court to send a clear message to the folks running the state public pension system. Last week, attorneys for the Public Employee Retirement System announced they will appeal a District Court ruling that brushed aside the agency’s effort to withhold information from the taxpayers who support the pension fund. It’s just the latest gambit in the system’s six-year effort to delay, impede and obfuscate when it comes to lawful court orders. On at least four occasions, agency arguments that retiree pension payouts should be confidential have failed in court. Yet rather than...
  • Texas film incentive program at risk of being abolished

    02/04/2017 2:37:45 PM PST · by bgill · 10 replies
    kxan ^ | Feb. 3, 2017 | Amanda Brandeis
    Austin film production crews, vendors and small business owners are coming together to fight for a state program they rely on. The Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program (TMIIIP) was designed to entice big productions to do business in Texas, creating local jobs and spurring the economy. It’s used to attract television, video game and film productions to the state. In 2013, the program got a big boost from the legislature, over $90 million, the largest dollar amount since the program was created in 2005... We reached out to all three lawmakers and received a response from Sen. Burton. While...
  • 'Pink tax' proposal only about scoring political points

    01/31/2017 4:48:37 PM PST · by VegasVictor · 12 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | January 31, 2017 | Victor Joecks
    Some legislators think Nevada women are cheap dates. Consider a recent proposal from Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui, D-Las Vegas, and Sen. Yvanna Cancela, D-Las Vegas, to eliminate the 8.15 percent sales tax on feminine hygiene products. Around the country, liberals are on a crusade to eliminate the “pink tax,” the higher prices women supposedly pay for products. Jauregui claims that by assessing a tax on tampons, “Our state government doesn’t view feminine hygiene products as a necessity.” This is ludicrous. State government has no opinion on feminine hygiene products. Tampons are taxed because Nevada has a sales tax.
  • Happy 50th Birthday Michigan Personal Income Tax: Now Go Away

    01/31/2017 5:11:13 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/28/2017 | Michael LaFaive
    Two personal income tax elimination bills are apparently in the offing on the Senate and House sides of the Legislature. Both call (ultimately) for the wholesale elimination of the state’s personal income tax, born in Michigan 50 years ago, this Oct. 1. The first proposal (not yet introduced) is being floated by Sen. Jack Brandenburg. His offer would also reportedly come with offsetting tax increases (sales tax, for instance) elsewhere and spending cuts, too. It sounds like a net tax cut, effective immediately, but the devil will be in the details. The second proposal, introduced by House Speaker Pro Tem...
  • Trump Tax Reforms Could Cause Oil Production Surge: Goldman Sachs

    01/30/2017 7:36:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Ship & Bunker ^ | January 26, 2017 | Staff
    His first week in office is proving U.S. president Donald Trump to be, if nothing else, true to his word in acting upon campaign promises, and Goldman Sachs believes the brash billionaire's proposed tax reforms may result in a 25 percent upward surge of West Texas Intermediate futures. This in turn could trigger large-scale domestic oil production, according to Goldman analysts, referring to the outcome of the push by House of Representative Republicans for a shift to border-adjusted corporate tax (BTA), whereby imports into the States would be taxed but U.S. business export revenues would be exempt from corporate taxation....
  • Koch network launches effort to kill Republican border tax plan

    01/30/2017 10:05:29 AM PST · by entropy12 · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Jan 29, 2017 9 pm | Richard Cowen
    Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch is launching a campaign to sink a border tax under consideration by Republican leaders in Congress, a move that could complicate the lawmakers' efforts to find a way to pay for President Donald Trump's proposed wall on the U.S. border with Mexico. Americans for Prosperity, a conservative political advocacy group founded by Charles Koch and his brother David, plans to use its network of wealthy political donors and activists to kill the proposal, which aims to raise $1.2 trillion over 10 years on goods coming into the United States, according to officials from the group, which...
  • Elections have Tax Consequences

    01/29/2017 3:39:17 PM PST · by ChessExpert · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | January 29th, 2017 | Kevin Williamson
    Time for a big price increase on lifestyle liberalism. If you have spent much time in the more rarefied corners of California, one thing will be obvious: The lifestyle associated with urban progressivism can be very comfortable — if you can afford it. If you can’t — well, the view from Santa Monica is very different from the view from Friant, just as the view from Tribeca is very different from the view from Elmira in upstate New York. Progressivism in the United States used to be a school of political action, but today it is mainly a highly refined...
  • San Francisco Paper Downplays Minimum Wage Increases Despite Restaurant Closures

    01/29/2017 4:48:54 AM PST · by george76 · 38 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | January 28, 2017 | Tom Blumer
    Bay area restaurant industry employment and even general retail employment have fallen, and are possibly headed towards a steep decline. One has to wonder how obvious things will have to get before the press takes the negative effects of the area's mandated sky-high minimums seriously. ... Upward of 60 restaurants around the Bay Area have closed since the start of September alone, with many citing difficulties like the cost of finding and keeping good employees, rising rents, new requirements for providing health care and sick leave, and doing it all while competing with the slew of new dining options. ......
  • Gas tax increase, turnpike toll hike greet drivers in the new year (already happened by now)

    01/27/2017 5:00:07 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Decembeer 28, 2016 | Ed Blazina
    The cost of driving in Pennsylvania is going up on two fronts in the new year. First, the state tax on wholesale motor fuels will increase Jan. 1 — 8 cents for gasoline and nearly 11 cents for diesel fuel. Those costs are expected to be passed on to retail prices at the pump. A week later, tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike will increase for the ninth year in a row, this time by 6 percent. The change will increase the cost of a trip from Ohio to New Jersey from $48.90 to $51.85 for cash and from $34.93 to...
  • Report: Social security numbers active for 6.5 million people aged 112

    01/25/2017 11:30:59 AM PST · by Mariner · 77 replies
    Associated Press via PBS ^ | January 25th, 2017 | BY Stephen Ohlemacher
    WASHINGTON — Americans are getting older, but not this old: Social Security records show that 6.5 million people in the U.S. have reached the ripe old age of 112. In reality, only few could possibly be alive. As of last fall, there were only 42 people known to be that old in the entire world. But Social Security does not have death records for millions of these people, with the oldest born in 1869, according to a report by the agency’s inspector general. Only 13 of the people are still getting Social Security benefits, the report said. But for others,...
  • Ford CEO Mark Fields ‘Excited’ for Donald Trump ‘Renaissance in American Manufacturing’

    01/24/2017 12:11:53 PM PST · by monkapotamus · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 24, 2017 | Charlie Spiering
    “I think as an industry, we’re excited about working together with the president and his administration on tax policies, on regulation, and on trade to really create a renaissance in American manufacturing,” Fields told reporters after the meeting, according to the Detroit News. Fields also praised Trump’s decision to kill former President Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, pointing out that it failed to address currency manipulation.
  • Illegal Alien Sues San Francisco [semi-satire]

    01/24/2017 11:40:02 AM PST · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 22 Jan 2017 | John Semmens
    Pedro Figueroa Zarceno has filed a lawsuit against the City of San Francisco for violating its illegal “sanctuary city” ordinance by turning him over to U.S. immigration authorities after he reported his car stolen. “They have violated the rights their law said I had,” he complained. John Cote, a spokesman for the San Francisco city attorney, defended the City, saying that “the sanctuary is intended to shield immigrants who have been charged with crimes, not those who are the victims of crimes. The fact that Mr. Figueroa owned an automobile indicates that he was trying to hop onto America’s ‘capitalist...
  • Trump reinstates ban on US funds promoting abortion overseas

    01/23/2017 9:28:50 AM PST · by NYer · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 23, 2017
    <p>President Trump on Monday morning signed an executive order blocking foreign aid or federal funding for international nongovernmental organizations that provide or "promote" abortions.</p> <p>The order comes one day after the 44th anniversary of the Roe V. Wade Supreme Court ruling that made abortion legal.</p>
  • 10 Things Learned From 3 Days In Washington D.C. (An AMAZING Pro-Trump Read!)

    01/22/2017 7:02:06 PM PST · by vannrox · 56 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 23JAN17 | Submitted by John Mauldin via MauldinEconomics.com,
    Submitted by John Mauldin via MauldinEconomics.com,I have been in Washington DC for the last three days. The ostensible reason was to participate in a board meeting of a public company, Ashford Inc. (AINC). We manage hotel REITs that own three hotels here in DC, and the group decided to move our board meeting up a few weeks and hold it in DC during the inauguration. That gave me the opportunity to set up a few meetings to try to gain some insight into what the first 100 days, the first six months, and the first year of the Trump...
  • Mass Exodus From High-Taxes - Which States Did Americans Leave In 2016?

    01/22/2017 5:59:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 01/22/2017 | Submitted by Johnny Kampis via The Foundation for Economic Education,
    Submitted by Johnny Kampis via The Foundation for Economic Education,Migration patterns for 2016 show that Americans tended to move away from high-tax states and into states where residents keep more of what they earn.United Van Lines, the nation’s largest moving company, recently released its annual movers study report showing that South Dakota overtook Oregon as the top inbound destination. Generally, more people moved toward the West, and states in the Northeast saw the largest exodus of residents. The top four outbound states in 2016, in order, were New Jersey, Illinois, New York, and Connecticut.(Photo: Tax Foundation)The Tax Foundation pointed...
  • Ashely Judd Rants About Tampons and Her Period - Women’s March in D.C.

    01/22/2017 11:38:17 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 105 replies
    You ^ | 01/21/17 | Mark Dice
    Ashley Judd’s “Nasty Woman” speech at the Women’s March in Washington D.C. today is being celebrated by crazed feminists and beta males who cheered her on as she ranted about her period and for having to pay tax on tampons. Media analyst Mark Dice has the story.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6Ech3hTSKU  
  • Donald Trump will not be releasing his tax returns

    01/22/2017 11:20:34 AM PST · by conservative98 · 51 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 22, 2017 | Marisa Schultz
    WASHINGTON — President Trump won’t be releasing any of his tax records now that he’s in the Oval Office. “The White House response is that he’s not going to release his tax returns,” Kellyanne Conway, a top White House adviser, said on ABC’s “This Week.” “We litigated this all through the election. People didn’t care. They voted for him, and let me make this very clear: most Americans are very focused on what their tax returns will look like while President Trump is in office, not what his look like.”
  • California unveils sweeping plan to combat climate change (Idiots running the asylum alert)

    01/22/2017 10:05:38 AM PST · by Zakeet · 34 replies
    CNBC ^ | January 20, 2017
    California released an ambitious plan to cut the state's output of heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions on Friday, the same day that newly-minted Trump administration signaled it will undo federal U.S. carbon regulations. [Snip] The plan includes an extension of the state's controversial carbon cap and trade program ...
  • Where the Money from Higher Transportation Taxes Goes

    01/19/2017 6:51:59 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/15/2017 | James Hohman
    What if the Legislature and governor hike gas and vehicle registration taxes to fix the roads, but then hardly any extra money goes to fix the roads? Drivers started paying those higher taxes this month, though they were enacted near the end of 2015. But at least in the short term, the main effect of these tax increases appears to be higher spending on schools and Medicaid, not road repairs. The 7.3-cent-per-gallon tax increase motorists began paying on Jan. 1 and the 20 percent increase in the vehicle registration tax are expected to cost road users an additional $460 million...
  • GOP-Hating Rep. John Lewis Didn’t Pay His Real Estate Taxes

    01/19/2017 6:33:25 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 59 replies
    Independent Sentinel.com ^ | Jan 18, 2017 | S. Noble
    GOP-Hating Rep. John Lewis Didn’t Pay His Real Estate Taxes Instead of finding fault with the new president, maybe Rep. John Lewis should worry about paying his real estate taxes. The well-paid congressman didn’t pay taxes on his nearly $1 million posh D.C. townhouse on Capital Hill. Rep. Lewis said Donald Trump isn’t a “legitimate” president, same thing he said about George Bush, but he’s not a legitimate taxpayer. Public records show he avoided paying property taxes on his DC townhouse at 219 3rd Street SE on Capitol Hill, Got News reported. Click the link for Got News to see...
  • BREAKING: Trump-Hating Democratic @RepJohnLewis DIDN’T PAY TAXES On His Nearly $1 Million...

    01/18/2017 5:32:51 PM PST · by blueyon · 80 replies
    GotNews ^ | 1/18/17 | GotNews
    "BREAKING: Trump-Hating Democratic @RepJohnLewis DIDN’T PAY TAXES On His Nearly $1 Million Fancy DC Townhouse" Trump-hating Democratic Georgia congressman John Lewis didn’t pay property taxes on his nearly $1 million fancy Washington, D.C. townhouse on Capitol Hill, despite being in Congress for decades, where the salary for a Representative starts at $174,000 per year. Lewis was in the news recently for saying he doesn’t see President-elect Donald J. Trump as “a legitimate president” because of the #RussianHackers Democratic conspiracy theory. Public records show he avoided paying property taxes on his DC townhouse at 219 3rd Street SE on Capitol Hill:
  • Andrew Cuomo breaks his tax pledge yet again

    01/17/2017 9:00:31 PM PST · by 198ml · 10 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/17/17 | Editorial Board
    Gov. Cuomo kept his new budget hush-hush all Tuesday, and one reason is obvious: His call to extend the millionaires tax (again) shows his rank hypocrisy. Again. “No new taxes. Period,” Cuomo declared in 2011, nixing any extension of the “millionaires tax.”: “You are kidding yourself if you think you can be one of the highest-taxed states in the nation, have a reputation for being anti-business and have a rosy economic future.”
  • Jerry Brown Wants 42% Gas Tax Hike to Bail Out CalPERS

    01/15/2017 9:58:11 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 114 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 15, 2017 | by CHRISS W. STREET
    Despite tax collection increasing by 50 percent in the last 9 years, California’s public pension insolvency is forcing Gov. Jerry Brown to propose a dangerously unpopular 42 percent increase in gasoline taxes and a 141 percent increase in vehicle registration fees. Breitbart News reported on January 9 that Gov. Brown announced that for the first time since 2012, California’s $122.8 billion General Fund Budget is in deficit by $1.6 billion. Despite a near bankruptcy during the financial crisis, California’s tax revenues have increased by about $43 billion in the last 9 years. Brown on Monday only suggested relatively painless spending...