FCC commissioner wants to end Obamaphone fraud

By   /  July 29, 2014  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Fraud, National, News, Taxes, Technology  /  No Comments

OBAMAPHONE: FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai wants to set limits on the agency's Lifeline phone program for low-income individuals to rein in the rampant fraud and abuse of the program.

 
By Josh Peterson | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A top federal regulator wants the Federal Communications Commission to rein in the so-called “Obamaphone” program.
FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai told an audience of right-leaning tech policy advocates Monday morning during an event organized by the nonprofit organization Citizens Against Government Waste that he wanted to reform the Lifeline [...]

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House passes Internet access tax ban amid battle over states’ rights

By   /  July 16, 2014  /  National, News, Pensions, Taxes, Technology  /  No Comments

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A debate over states’ rights ensued in the U.S. House as it looked to permanently ban state and local governments from taxing Internet access

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House looks to ban Internet access taxes, growing federal power over states

By   /  July 15, 2014  /  National, News, Taxes, Technology  /  No Comments

STUDY:  An Internet sales tax law would create jobs in Ohio only if used "wisely."

By Josh Peterson | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A critical in the vote in the House of Representatives on Tuesday to permanently ban state and local governments from taxing Internet access is also leaving state and local governments to face the continued growth of federal power.
A permanent ban on Internet access taxes is scheduled for a vote Tuesday [...]

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Gary Johnson: ‘Abolish the IRS’

By   /  July 14, 2014  /  Economy, Federal Government, IRS, National, New Mexico, News, Taxes  /  No Comments

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BUH-BYE TO THE IRS: Gary Johnson wants to eliminate the IRS and replace income and corporate taxes with a single consumption tax.

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Former VT deputy secretary of administration: State’s economy ‘stagnant’

By   /  July 14, 2014  /  News, State Budgets, Taxes, Vermont  /  No Comments

CONFLICTING VIEWS: Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding (left) and former Deputy Secretary Tom Pelham (right) don't see eye-to-eye on Vermont's economic outlook.

While leaders of the Gov. Peter Shumlin administration continue to talk of economic recovery, Vermont’s former deputy secretary of administration says 2014 annual revenue shows the state’s economy has become “stagnant.”

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Senate backs higher cigarette tax to pay for Philly schools

By   /  July 1, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Issues, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

CIGARETTE TAX: The Philadelphia School District says it needs revenue from a new tax on cigarettes, or schools won't open in September. It's unclear whether they will get what they seek.

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
Smokers in Philadelphia soon could be paying extra taxes to support the city’s schools.
The state Senate on Monday approved an amendment that would allow the City Council to impose a $2 per-pack tax on cigarettes to generate an estimated $83 million for the cash-strapped School District of Philadelphia. School district [...]

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