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Blue states jumped on tax-cut bandwagon in 2014

By   /  December 18, 2014  /  Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, National, New York, News, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Taxes, Uncategorized, Virginia, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

BLUE TO RED: New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for $2 billion in tax relief for property and business owners last January. Then again, it was an election year.

 
 
By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org
With Wisconsin leading the way, 14 states enacted “significant, broad-based tax cuts” in 2014, according to a report released Wednesday.
Surprisingly, several states controlled by Democrats made the American Legislative Exchange Council list. Then again, 2014 was an election year.
The blue states that made the cut were:
Minnesota: The Democratic stronghold “bowed to economic […]

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Spoiler alert: VT state senator details cost of single-payer health care

By   /  December 5, 2014  /  Health Care, News, Taxes, Vermont  /  No Comments

Wikipedia photo

For two years, Gov. Peter Shumlin has concealed plans for financing single-payer health care. His lead consultant, Jonathan Gruber, has admitted to deceptive policymaking and called lack of transparency “a huge political advantage.” But at least one man knows what Vermonters can expect to pay for Green Mountain Care and isn’t afraid to tell.

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OKC taxpayers fork over millions to retiring city workers

By   /  November 26, 2014  /  Finances, Labor, News, Oklahoma, Taxes  /  No Comments

Courtesy Oklahoma City Government

In the past five years, Oklahoma City taxpayers have cut checks totaling $20.6 million to retiring city employees for accrued vacation and sick leave, Watchdog.org found through an analysis of city databases.

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Mississippi governor’s budget proposal isn’t a deep ball

By   /  November 19, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Mississippi, Politics, Taxes  /  No Comments

Photo illustration by Steve Wilson

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant’s budget proposal isn’t exactly a deep ball, either with cuts or with tax relief

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Arlington eyes tax hikes amid more county spending

By   /  November 18, 2014  /  Local Government, News, Taxes, Virginia  /  No Comments

POTEMKIN VILLAGE? Impressive on the outside, Rosslyn's office vacancy rate has increased from 20 percent to 28 percent in the past year.

A proposed $4.9 million county pay hike and the highest per-pupil spending in Northern Virginia add up to still more taxes for Arlington residents.

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Mississippi’s pension system one of nation’s worst

By   /  November 12, 2014  /  Economy, Legislature, Local Government, Mississippi, Pensions, Politics, Taxes, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

PERS

According to a new study by State Budget Solutions, Mississippi’s pension system is far worse financial straits than its recent financial report indicated.

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