Grassroots effort pushes along PA property tax reform

By   /  September 17, 2014  /  News, Pennsylvania, Taxes  /  No Comments

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Tammy Keener of Berks County clapped, cheered and even cried Tuesday morning as state senators on the Finance Committee debated legislation that would eliminate school property taxes. As much as the debate over the onerous tax has been about numbers, Keener showed it has an emotional side, too.

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Performance pay tax increase paid to nearly all Denver teachers

By   /  September 17, 2014  /  Colorado, Education, News, Taxes  /  No Comments

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By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
Nearly a decade ago, voters approved a $25 million annual property tax increase for Denver Public Schools to fund performance and retention pay for teachers who help students learn.
But now, 90 percent of eligible DPS teachers are receiving the additional compensation, according to a database obtained by Watchdog.org under state open records laws. [...]

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Mississippi license plates hit taxpayers in the wallet

By   /  September 16, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Economy, Government Regulation, Government Waste, Mississippi, News, Taxes  /  No Comments

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New residents in the Magnolia State often get a taste of sticker shock when they have to pay for their license plates, and those costs are going up.

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Wheels turn slowly on Tesla deal in Nevada Legislature

By   /  September 11, 2014  /  Business, Economy, Energy and Environment, Finances, Jobs + Growth, Legislature, Nevada, State Government, State Politics, Taxes, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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The first day of the Special Session to consider legislation for the Tesla deal for Northern Nevada contained no votes, but we finally may know all the details.

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State-funded KiOR embroiled in dispute with former board member

By   /  September 11, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Energy and Environment, Government Waste, Mississippi, News, Taxes  /  No Comments

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By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog
A Texas-based biofuels company that owes Mississippi more than $69 million is involved in a bitter dispute with a former member of its board of directors
In documents brought to light by Biofuels Digest and provided to the federal Securities and Exchange Commission, former  KiOR board member Paul O’Connor assailed the company’s research and [...]

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Nevada’s debt a ‘sinkhole’ for its taxpayers

By   /  September 5, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Finances, Nevada, Pensions, State Budgets, Taxes, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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According to a report, Nevada has nearly $2.7 billion in debts it does not have the assets to pay, leaving the state an average taxpayer burden of $3,100.

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