Taxes

Mississippi license plates hit taxpayers in the wallet

By   /  September 16, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Economy, Government Regulation, Government Waste, Mississippi, News, Taxes  /  No Comments

Photo illustration by Steve Wilson

New residents in the Magnolia State often get a taste of sticker shock when they have to pay for their license plates, and those costs are going up.

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Proposed Virginia budget changes don’t address deeper fiscal woes

By   /  September 16, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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With Virginia set to rake in about $2.4 billion less than state leaders were originally planning to spend over the next two years, Virginia lawmakers will likely be voting on some budget changes in the week ahead. Still, in treating the budget crisis as a revenue problem, state leaders didn’t address some deeper fiscal considerations — like soaring spending, tax preferences and long-term debt.

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‘Birthplace of America’s Music’ may subsidize its sound

By   /  September 5, 2014  /  Economy, Film and Television incentives, Louisiana, Memphis, Mississippi, News, Politics, Taxes  /  No Comments

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Mississippi brands itself as the “Birthplace of America’s Music,” and it’s home of the Delta Blues. But if a couple of music industry heavy hitters have their way, the state may subsidize that music.

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Alderman: Ocean Springs mayor using Kemper as excuse for tax increase

By   /  August 28, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Economy, Local Government, Mississippi, News  /  No Comments

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According to a long-serving alderman, Ocean Springs mayor Connie Moran is using a controversy involving park lighting and amateur soccer to ram through a tax increase.

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Minnesota diner demonstates the cost of higher minimum wage

By   /  August 13, 2014  /  Podcasts, Uncategorized, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

MID-DAY AT THE OASIS: The Oasis Cafe is about as nondescript as any other small diner in middle America - you'd drive right past it if you weren't looking for it.  But it's been at the latest epicenter in the national political fight over the minimum wage.

By Eric Boehm | Watchdog Radio
The owner of a Minnesota diner has angered progressives and other advocates for a higher minimum wage by attaching a 35-cent fee to patrons’ checks. It seems that people who want a higher minimum wage do not like being confronted with the actual cost of the policy – they’d prefer [...]

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When it comes to class sizes, Philadelphia School District’s numbers don’t add up

By   /  July 28, 2014  /  Education, Issues, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Philadelphia school and city officials say the district will be forced to lay-off teachers and possibly grow class sizes as large as 40 when students return in September, unless the state and city provide additional funding.

But the district’s numbers don’t seem to add up.

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