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EdBuild unveils recommendations for new K-12 funding formula

By   /  January 17, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

Photo illustration by Steve Wilson

EdBuild revealed its recommendations to the Mississippi Legislature for a new K-12 education funding formula Monday.

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Arlington scores best financials among Texas cities

By   /  January 12, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, News, Pensions, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

Chart for Watchdog.org by Katherine Oxenreiter

Unlike other big Texas cities that are swimming in debt, Arlington has cash on hand to cover its public pension liabilities. The self-proclaimed “American Dream City” ranks No. 7 nationally for its financial health, according to a report by the nonpartisan Truth in Accounting.

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Poll finds more optimism for Wisconsin economy, mixed opinions on gas tax

By   /  January 10, 2017  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, Jobs + Growth, News, State Government, Taxes, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

“Confidence in Wisconsin’s economy continues to grow for Wisconsin voters.”

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Drink up: In Philadelphia, beer is cheaper than soda thanks to beverage tax

By   /  January 10, 2017  /  News, Pennsylvania, Taxes  /  No Comments

Tax Foundation/Bill Rickards

The Tax Foundation recently discovered that a 12-pack of Propel energy drink costs $9.04 in one Philadelphia store thanks to a beverage tax of $3.04, while a 12-pack of Icehouse beer is $7.99 after the beer tax is applied.

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Public pensions out of control in Texas’ biggest cities

By   /  January 10, 2017  /  Legislature, News, Pensions, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

Associated Press photo

Local control — the favored mantra of big-city politicians in Texas — isn’t working out so well with public-employee pensions. Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Antonio, carrying $22.6 billion in unfunded liability, rank among the 12 worst cities in the country.

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New bill aims to stop state tax on Social Security

By   /  January 6, 2017  /  Issues, News, State Government, Taxes, Vermont  /  No Comments

The first House bill introduced at the start of the legislative session aims to end Vermont’s tax on Social Security, a $30 million annual revenue source.

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