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Sunshine Week: Lots of money, little transparency in Texas bond campaigns

By   /  March 14, 2017  /  Accountability, Commentary, News, Politics & Elections, Taxes, Texas, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Straight answers and financial transparency are in short supply whenever Texans are asked to approve bond referendums. As the nation marks “Sunshine Week” to promote open government, San Antonio’s rear-engineered debt package is the city’s latest, biggest example of government operating in the dark.

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Will another city spend tax money to keep its sports team? Arizona Coyotes are banking on it

By   /  March 13, 2017  /  Arizona, Crony Capitalism, News, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

The Coyotes have experienced years of financial turmoil, ownership changes and taxpayer bailouts.

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Small Pennsylvania townships blast Wolf’s police fee

By   /  March 13, 2017  /  Criminal Justice, Governor, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

Gov. Tom Wolf wants to impose a $25 per-person fee for municipalities that rely on state police in lieu of funding their own forces.

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Medical marijuana expansion would be limited under new proposal

By   /  March 10, 2017  /  Florida, Health Care, News, Regulations, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

Florida’s Amendment 2 voters are likely to be unhappy with a new bill House Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues.

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Grothman seeks answers on bad IRS customer service, tax credit fraud

By   /  March 9, 2017  /  Accountability, Federal government, News, Taxes, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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“Do you monitor the quality of your folks?” Grothman asked IRS Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement John Dalrymple.

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Pennsylvania lawmaker takes aim at vape tax

By   /  March 9, 2017  /  News, Pennsylvania, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

The measure would replace the 40 percent wholesale tax with a 5-cents per milliliter retail tax on the liquid products.

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