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Extensions keep ‘cultural retail attraction’ program alive

By   /  April 28, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Legislature, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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All 3 unbuilt projects authorized to receive sales tax incentives under the defunct “cultural retail attraction” program have received four-year extensions.

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Mississippi Legislature hits on tax cuts, whiffs on election reform

By   /  April 25, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Politics & Elections, Regulations, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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The Mississippi Legislature passed a tax cut and some educational reforms, but missed on campaign finance and election reform.

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Suburban Democrat opposes Democrat progressive tax plan

By   /  April 22, 2016  /  Illinois, Taxes  /  No Comments

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A proposal by some Democrats to replace Illinois’ flat income tax with a graduated system could be dead on arrival thanks to at least one Democrat’s opposition.

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The future for Anna ISD is mired in debt

By   /  April 22, 2016  /  Education, News, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

Voters in Anna ISD, north of Dallas are considering more than doubling a school debt they are having trouble paying for now.

The lawn signs are everywhere: “For the Future of Anna.” Should the voters who proudly planted those signs in this still mostly rural school district 40 miles north of Dallas have their way on May 7, the future will be dictated by some of the most staggering per student debt in the state of Texas. […]

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Taxing trend: Wisconsinites voting to raise own taxes to pay for schools

By   /  April 21, 2016  /  Education, News, Taxes, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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While the spring election in Wisconsin produced national headlines because of the victories by Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in the presidential primary, Wisconsin voters were simultaneously voting to raise their property taxes $630 million to spend on schools. In an interview, Chris Rochester, communications director for the John K. MacIver Institute […]

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Mississippi treasurer blasts ‘reckless’ $308 million bond bill

By   /  April 20, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

CORNUCOPIA: Mississippi will take on $250 million in debt to fund various projects if House Bill 1729 is signed by Gov. Phil Bryant.

Mississippi treasurer Lynn Fitch is speaking out against a pork-laden bond bill passed by the Legislature in the final days of the session.

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