Two years later, feds still eyeing Steyer and Musk companies

By   /  October 21, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, Federal Government, Federal Stimulus, National, News, Taxes, U.S. Senate  /  No Comments

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By Tori Richards |
Solar companies financed by billionaire entrepreneurs Tom Steyer and Elon Musk remain under investigation by the U.S. Treasury Department more than two years after subpoenas were served reportedly seeking evidence the companies inflated the value of solar systems in order to increase government payouts.
A retired IRS special agent told the [...]

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Study: ‘Excessive’ wireless taxes hurt poor families

By   /  October 9, 2014  /  National, Taxes, Technology  /  No Comments

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High state and local taxes on wireless services could disproportionately burden poor adults as cities and states look for new and increased revenues, say researchers.

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Billion-dollar windfall or job-killer? Candidates for governor still at odds over gas tax

By   /  October 6, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Energy and Environment, Jobs + Growth, News, Pennsylvania, Politics & Elections, State Politics  /  No Comments

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Gov. Tom Corbett continues to trail his Democratic opponent, and seems increasingly isolated in his opposition to a severance tax on fracking. Industry advocates warn that such taxes impact far more than just fracking companies.

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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant receives passing grade on fiscal policy

By   /  October 6, 2014  /  Mississippi  /  No Comments

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According to the Cato Institute’s newest report card on governors, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant received a grade of C on fiscal policy.

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IRS audit reveals leaks of taxpayers’ private information

By   /  October 2, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Accountability, Federal Government, Finances, IRS, National, News, Open Records  /  No Comments


More bad news from the IRS.

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Philly cigarette tax ‘will not come close’ to solving district’s financial problems

By   /  October 1, 2014  /  News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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A new $2-per-pack tax on cigarettes in Philadelphia will help keep the city’s school district afloat — and will help keep 1,000 employees on the job — this year, but does little to solve the underlying financial issues in the district.

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