Film subsidies trap Maryland taxpayers in ‘House of Cards’

By   /  November 19, 2014  /  Maryland, National, News, State Government  /  No Comments

GRAIN OF TRUTH: Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo says the hit Netflix series 'House of Cards' is pure entertainment, but that doesn't mean there aren't nuggets of political truth strewn throughout the political thriller's plot.

Maryland politicians cast their film incentives program as the only way to lure productions like ‘House of Cards’ and boost the state’s economy. Yet, it could be that star struck politicians and Hollywood producers are deceiving taxpayers just like the characters do in the popular fictional television show that dramatizes the cunning trickery and cutthroat tactics of Washington, D.C.

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New Congress: Boehner, McConnell agenda hints toward patent, telecom reform

By   /  November 6, 2014  /  National, News, Regulations, Taxes, Technology  /  No Comments

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As the tech industry looks to interpret motives of the new Congress, patents and telecom may be part of the legislative and regulatory reform on the horizon for Republican party leadership.

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Republicans don’t provide documentation on Hickenlooper tax charge

By   /  November 3, 2014  /  Colorado, Elections, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

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By Arthur Kane |
Republicans are charging that Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is continuing to place conservation easements — a controversial tax break that required Hickenlooper to repay the Internal Revenue Service $52,000 in 2008 — on his Bailey land.
But the Republican Governors Association, which issued a news release with a litany of Hickenlooper’s tax issues (like […]

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Examining Gov. Corbett’s record of no-tax pledges and big tax breaks

By   /  October 29, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Elections, Issues, Jobs + Growth, News, Pennsylvania, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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Gov. Tom Corbett stood at the podium in the state Capitol media center, flanked by representatives of business, labor and government from all parts of Pennsylvania, to announce the biggest tax break in state history.

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Week in review: Tom Wolf’s tax plan goes under the microscope

By   /  October 24, 2014  /  Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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Republican Gov. Tom Corbett has been trying to paint his Democratic opponent, York County businessman Tom Wolf, as a taxman who wants Pennsylvanians to fork over more of their money to state government.

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The Tom Wolf income tax plan – Part 3: Legislative and legal hurdles

By   /  October 24, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Elections, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

MONEY BACK: The IRS continues to improperly grant billions of dollars in tax credits, a new government audit says.

Pennsylvania voters will go to the polls Nov. 4 and may very well choose Tom Wolf, a York County businessman, to be their next governor.

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