Taxpayers can’t get a ‘break’ with St. Paul’s artsy stop signs

By   /  October 30, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Government Waste, Local Government, Minnesota, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

King Studios Photo.

St. Paul may be predictably progressive, but the powers at City Hall enthusiastically embrace the “1 percent.”

The 1 percent, that is, of costs automatically taken off the top of local government construction projects, under a city ordinance mandating taxpayer-funded public art.

Form counts as much as function in city infrastructure projects.

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Examining Gov. Corbett’s record of no-tax pledges and big tax breaks

By   /  October 29, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Elections, Issues, Jobs + Growth, News, Pennsylvania, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of Ballotpedia

Gov. Tom Corbett stood at the podium in the state Capitol media center, flanked by representatives of business, labor and government from all parts of Pennsylvania, to announce the biggest tax break in state history.

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Bingo arrests by state’s regulatory body are a rare event in Mississippi

By   /  October 27, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Mississippi, News, Politics  /  No Comments

Photo by the State of Mississippi

Imagine a law enforcement agency with four arrests since 2003. For those keeping score at home, that’s one arrest every 3 1/2 years.

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The Tom Wolf income tax plan – Part 3: Legislative and legal hurdles

By   /  October 24, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Elections, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

MONEY BACK: The IRS continues to improperly grant billions of dollars in tax credits, a new government audit says.

Pennsylvania voters will go to the polls Nov. 4 and may very well choose Tom Wolf, a York County businessman, to be their next governor.

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The Tom Wolf income tax plan: Making the rich pay their ‘fair share’

By   /  October 23, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Elections, Issues, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Source: Tax Foundation

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf says he wants to make taxes in Pennsylvania more fair.

Some of the state’s wealthier residents might question his definition of the word.

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Auditor’s report raises issues on MAEP formula

By   /  October 22, 2014  /  Audits, Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Mississippi, News, Politics, State Elections, State House, State Lobbying, State Politics, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

Photo illustration by Steve Wilson

The MAEP formula might be an even bigger fiscal drain on Mississippi, according to a brief by the state auditor.

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