States imposing online sales tax aren’t driving business back to Main Street

By   /  April 23, 2014  /  Economy, Featured, Issues, National, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

AMAZING AMAZON: Researchers found that consumers are shifting away from Amazon in states where online sales taxes are being enacted. But those consumers aren't going back to Main St. businesses, either.

By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org

MINNEAPOLIS — Rather than providing a level playing field or a lifeline for traditional retailers, new online sales taxes are driving consumers to other, non-taxed, online retailers.

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Bucking national trend, Schwartz bets big on her backing of Obamacare

By   /  April 22, 2014  /  Affordable Care Act, Elections, Federal Government, Health Care, Issues, News, Pennsylvania, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
In a new campaign ad, U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz touts her role in passing the Affordable Care Act and promises to accept federal cash for Medicaid expansion if she is elected Pennsylvania’s governor.
The ad, which began airing today across Pennsylvania, bucks the national trend of Democrats running away from the Affordable Care [...]

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These ‘numbers’ might fix high deficits in New Jersey’s budget

By   /  April 4, 2014  /  Budget, Finances, National, New Jersey, News, State Budgets, State Government, State Politics  /  No Comments

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By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
If the Garden State turns to pot, would some of the state’s budget woes go up in smoke?
New Jersey is facing a budget shortfall of $526 million through July 2015, a reoccurring crisis that’s become an annual drama in Trenton.
“In the words of New Jersey Hall of Fame member [...]

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VT lawmakers: Shumlin hiding information about single-payer plan

By   /  April 3, 2014  /  Accountability, Affordable Care Act, Capitalism, Ethics, Finances, Governor, Health Care, Issues, Legislature, News, Obamacare, Public records, State Budgets, State Politics, Taxes, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

BUDGET BATTLES: Gov. Peter Shumlin's fiscal year 2015 budget proposal faces intense scrutiny

By Bruce Parker | For Vermont Watchdog
MONTPELIER, Vt. – State lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are accusing Gov. Peter Shumlin of hiding critical information about financing single-payer health care in Vermont.
“We have a governor who is violating the law,” state Sen. Joseph Benning, R-Caledonia, told Vermont Watchdog.
Benning, the Senate minority leader, said state [...]

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It’s Groundhog Day, not April Fool’s Day, for IL pension reform

By   /  April 1, 2014  /  Illinois, News, Pensions, State Budgets  /  No Comments

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The calendar says April 1, but it feels more like Groundhog Day.

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