Idaho House budget leaders coordinated protest vote against tax relief

By   /  February 8, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Idaho, News, Taxes  /  No Comments

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The two leaders of the of the House budget-writing committee coordinated to send a message to their colleagues last week. House Appropriations Chair Maxine Bell, R-Jerome, told Monday she and the panel’s vice chair, Rep. Marc Gibbs, R-Grace, voted against a $28 million tax cut bill in protest. “It was about what we know […]

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Idaho House approves tax cut, but key senator remains uncommitted

By   /  February 4, 2016  /  Idaho, News, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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The Idaho House of Representatives passed a $28 million tax cut and an increase in the grocery tax credit Wednesday, but the plan might meet a roadblock in the state Senate. The plan, sponsored by House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star, would cut taxes slightly on workers who earn more than $7,260 a year, giving them […]

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HUD backs millions in loans on projects worth a fraction of the debt

By   /  February 3, 2016  /  Accountability, Colorado, Federal Government, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, News, North Carolina, Ohio, Open Records, Taxes, Washington  /  No Comments

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Despite a warning from its economist, HUD went forward with a loan guarantee for an upscale retirement development that defaulted, leaving taxpayers on the hook for nearly $50 million.

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Is anybody against a ban on tax bonds?

By   /  February 2, 2016  /  Colorado, Judiciary, News, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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Tax bonds are expensive and unnecessary some Colorado lawmakers believe and they want to prevent governments from requiring them.

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Texas homeowners’ plea: Do mess with taxes

By   /  January 29, 2016  /  News, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments photo

Without an income tax, but with the sixth highest property tax burden in the country, the Lone Star State is no longer a low-cost haven for homeowners.

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Vermont House votes to raise property taxes, give relief to schools

By   /  January 28, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Issues, News, Taxes, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Given a choice between forcing cuts to education spending or raising property taxes, the Vermont House on Wednesday chose to raise property taxes.

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