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Mississippi Legislature proposes cuts, layoffs in budget recommendation

By   /  December 9, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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The Mississippi Legislature released its budget recommendation Thursday, with cuts to nearly every state agency and a reduction of the state’s workforce.

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In bondage to City Hall, Express-News blathers about parks

By   /  December 9, 2016  /  Commentary, Politics & Elections, Taxes, Texas, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Five months ahead of the vote, San Antonio’s daily newspaper is already plumping for an $850 million city bond. The record municipal spending package isn’t finalized, but that’s not stopping the Express-News.

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Local lobbying bill tops $16 million at taxpayer expense

By   /  December 7, 2016  /  Legislature, News, State Government, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

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Local governments, including public schools, paid $16,062,496 in taxpayer dollars to lobby the Texas Legislature in 2015. More money will on the line when lawmakers convene in January.

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Arlington plays the stadium game with fear and arrogance

By   /  December 5, 2016  /  Crony Capitalism, Economy, News, Politics & Elections, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

For the third time in 25 years, Arlington wants to hit up taxpayers for a new stadium.

It’s that Bart Giamatti time of year. Baseball, the late commissioner and professor Renaissance literature, famously observed, “is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it […]

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Property taxes force second-home owner to give up on Vermont

By   /  December 2, 2016  /  Issues, News, State Government, Taxes, Vermont  /  No Comments

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After 24 years as a second-home owner in Vermont, Canadian citizen Greg Cunningham is being forced to sell his home due to skyrocketing property taxes.

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Cities ‘disingenuous’ on taxes, senator says

By   /  November 30, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Legislature, News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

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A battle between Texas cities and the state Legislature broke out Tuesday, with property taxpayers in the crossfire. “I side with the payers, not the spenders,” state Sen. Paul Bettencourt said in unveiling Senate Bill 2 to reform Texas’ increasingly burdensome property tax system.

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