Texas land grab: Annexations trample property rights

By   /  August 27, 2015  /  News, Power Abuse, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

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“Forced annexation policies allow cities like San Antonio to impose their taxes, debts and big-government structures on people against their will,” Quintero asserts.

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Lawmakers take per diem on weekends, holidays

By   /  August 26, 2015  /  Colorado, News, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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Most people only receive per diem when they’re working, but Colorado lawmakers are making thousands of dollars by taking per diem on weekends and holidays, costing taxpayers as much as $400,000 a year.

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Vermont’s affordability crisis causing exodus of retirees

By   /  August 19, 2015  /  News, Taxes, Vermont  /  No Comments

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“As we looked forward to retirement, we wondered if we could afford to live there in a fixed income situation. The more time went on, it seemed the answer to that was no.”

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Yabba Dabba Don’t: Colorado’s dino buses show problem with federal transit grants

By   /  August 13, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Colorado, Energy and Environment, Federal Government, Issues, National, News, Taxes  /  No Comments

CLEVER GIRL:

High in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, the Roaring Fork Transit Authority is about to celebrate the second anniversary of the launch of America’s first ever “rural rapid transit bus line.”

It’s likely the first dinosaur-themed bus line in the country, too.

But few Americans will likely ever have the chance to ride this bus, even though they helped pay for it.

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Too big to derail? Opponents fear high-speed rail a done deal

By   /  August 10, 2015  /  Minnesota, News, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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Two multi-billion proposals for a high speed passenger rail line between Rochester and the Twin Cities generated a standing room only crowd of taxpayers on a recent night at Pine Island City Hall.

But an equally galvanizing force among many at the latest Citizens Concerned About Rail Line meeting was a deepening loss of confidence in a government some view as way off track.

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Denver spends tax bounty on bureaucracy, not vital services

By   /  August 4, 2015  /  Colorado, News, Taxes  /  No Comments

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Denver officials are urging voters to approve or extend more taxes but spending on the last few years has not focused on providing services.

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