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  • EU Commissioner wants fines for Spain, Portugal

    07/05/2016 12:28:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 05 Jul 2016 08:01 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Germany’s EU Commissioner Günther Öttinger said in a newspaper interview Monday that Spain and Portugal should be fined by Brussels for missing their 2015 deficit targets. “Neither country met the budget commitments that they had both set themselves,” Öttinger told the mass-circulation daily Bild. “I believe that if the EU Commission is to maintain its credibility regarding the budget rules, then we will have to impose sanctions on Spain and Portugal,” he continued. […] On Friday, another EU Commissioner, Valdis Dombrovskis, had suggested that Brussels could freeze the structural funding for the two countries. …
  • He Flew a Drone to Take Photos for a Friend. Now He’s Facing $55K in Government Fines.

    06/13/2016 4:15:03 AM PDT · by milton23 · 17 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 6/12/2016 | Melissa Quinn
    Mical Caterina is addicted. When the Minnesota man turned 56, he headed to Brainerd International Raceway and raced his Mini Cooper on its road course. With GoPro cameras fastened to the front and back bumpers of his car, he created a video and posted it to YouTube. That got the attention of GoPro, which invited him to a seminar where he was given a drone, a Phantom manufactured by the Chinese company DJI. Caterina was instantly hooked.
  • Despite Drought, Residents Told To Keep Lawns Green — Or Face Fines

    04/19/2016 5:30:13 PM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 4/11/16
    **SNIP** Four years of drought have transformed this biosphere of wealth into something a little less than immaculate, with some homeowners actually letting their lawns turn brown in an effort to conserve precious water. But enough is enough, declared the Blackhawk Homeowners Association, which issued a letter to the 9,000 residents of Blackhawk stating that as of June 1st, “beautiful landscaping ” will again be required. The letter told residents that they must have a healthy lawn or drought-tolerant landscaping, or face fines, even litigation.
  • DoJ Urging Courts to Stop Jailing Low-Income People Over Unpaid Fines

    03/17/2016 6:06:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 3/17/16 | Trey Sanchez
    The Obama administration is urging judges across the country to stop handing down jail time to low-income individuals who have unpaid fines. To entice (bribe?) the courts, Loretta Lynch's Department of Justice is offering grants totaling $2.5 million to states and local governments who update their criminal justice practices following these, and other, recommendations. According to Essence, state judges received a letter that complained they were infringing on the constitutional rights of their communities by trapping those low-income citizens in a cycle of poverty. The letter stated: Furthermore, in addition to being unlawful, to the extent that these practices are...
  • Justice Dept.: States shouldn't jail over fine nonpayment

    03/14/2016 4:16:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 14, 2016 7:09 AM EDT | Eric Tucker
    The Justice Department is discouraging state court systems from jailing defendants who fail to pay fines or fees, warning against practices that it says run afoul of the Constitution and erode community trust. A letter being sent Monday by the federal government to state court administrators makes clear that judges should consider alternatives to jail for poor defendants who don’t pay their fines. It also says defendants should not be locked up without a judge first establishing that a defendant who failed to pay did so willfully. […] The new guidance comes amid concerns that some local courts are effectively...
  • Bill Would Fine 'Aggressive' Panhandlers

    03/02/2016 7:10:28 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 13 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/25/2016 | Jack Spencer
    State lawmakers are considering legislation that would penalize panhandlers who apply too much pressure when asking for a handout. Under House Bill 5103, panhandlers who use overbearing or intimidating tactics when soliciting for money could face a $100 civil fine. Rep. Mike McCready, R-Birmingham, the sponsor of House Bill 5103, was asked how so many panhandlers manage to operate in parking lots and near storefronts where “no soliciting” signs are clearly posted? “That’s a good question; and actually, it sort of points toward the need for increasing public information concerning this issue,” McCready said. "Raising awareness of this problem was...
  • Health insurance fines loom as deadline nears

    01/28/2016 7:56:23 AM PST · by george76 · 44 replies
    Ch 7 News ^ | Jan 28, 2016 | Jason Gruenauer
    Sunday is the deadline to sign up for health insurance, or else pay a fine. That fine has gone up, causing even more financial stress on the uninsured and those who choose to opt out of health insurance. "I just cannot afford it in any way, shape, or form right now," 27-year-old Seth Valkonen said when talking about health insurance. Valkonen chooses to be uninsured by paying a one time fine for not having coverage instead of a monthly premium. "The penalty is cheaper than the overall total for the entire year," he said, Already on a tight budget, this...
  • NY Court: Farmers to Be Re-Educated, Pay Fines for Not Hosting Homosexual Wedding

    01/26/2016 3:49:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 43 replies
    cns news ^ | 1/26/16 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – A couple who hosts occasional wedding ceremonies on their New York farm have lost an appeal to overturn the $13,000 in fines levied against them by the state’s human rights agency, which ruled that their refusal to host a wedding for two women was discriminatory. On Jan. 14, the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department, upheld the agency’s order and the fines, a decision the Alliance Defending Freedom - which represented Robert and Cynthia Gifford - said amounted to confirming, “that the government can punish the Giffords for declining to coordinate a ceremony that conflicts with...
  • Hausfeld Announces Early Victory in Virginia Hot Lanes Class Action

    11/03/2015 9:11:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    Globe Newswire ^ | November 2, 2015 | Hausfeld
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 02, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hausfeld, a global plaintiffs’ law firm, announced today that the judge overseeing Brown, et al. v. Transurban USA, Inc., et al., No. 15-cv-494 (E.D. Va.), the Honorable James C. Cacheris, has largely denied the Defendants’ motions to dismiss the pending class action case. The plaintiffs in the case alleges that the I-495 and I-95/I-395 HOT Lanes operator (Transurban) and its debt-collection agents (Faneuil, Inc. and Law Enforcement Systems, LLC (“LES”)) violated state and federal law by assessing and seeking to collect crippling administrative fees and penalties for allegedly missed tolls. Drivers who use...
  • White House Turns to Threats as ObamaCare Enrollments Stall (fines going up)

    10/20/2015 5:22:20 PM PDT · by Libloather · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/19/15 | John Nolte
    Now that ObamaCare is failing in the exact way its critics predicted more than 5 years ago, the White House is preparing to use threats to increase ObamaCare enrollment numbers next year. The threat, of course, is the ObamaCare tax. Next year the annual fine for not buying President Obama’s overpriced health insurance will jump to $695 or 2.5% of your income, whichever is greater. The White House intends to use the hefty fines as leverage in the upcoming 2016 enrollment period, which starts in November: Administration officials are looking for a balance. “We need to be make sure that...
  • GM Getting A Smooth Ride From Obama Administration

    09/22/2015 11:16:33 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Investors.com ^ | September 21, 2015 | IBD Editorial
    Corruption: One carmaker's mistake killed nearly 200. Another might have evaded federal emissions laws while a third failed to issue a recall. Which one committed the biggest sin, according to the government? Here's a hint: It's not the automaker known as Government Motors. GM, more officially known as General Motors, will pay a $900 million fine in a settlement reached last week with the Justice Department. The automaker admits it hid an ignition-switch problem that has been linked to 174 deaths.
  • Mine’s owner says he tried to keep out EPA but was threatened with fines

    08/20/2015 10:28:07 AM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Valerie Richardson
    DENVER — The owner of the Colorado’s Gold King Mine says he tried to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from gaining access to his property, but that he relented after the agency threatened to pound him with ruinous fines if he refused. Mine owner Todd Hennis said that he had little choice four years ago but to allow in an EPA-led crew, which triggered the Aug. 5 blowout that sent 3 million gallons of toxic orange wastewater down the Animas River. “When you are a small guy and you’re having a $35,000 a day fine accrue against you, you have...
  • With $2 Billion at Stake, $100 Fines Won't Deter Violations of State Law

    06/02/2015 1:54:40 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/28/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The "News" section of the Godfrey-Lee Public Schools website features a link to Superintendent David Britten’s personal blog, “Superintendent's Notes," which includes an article, "Proposal 1 Straight Talk." The article circles back to comments from another individual who holds a position of public trust in the district, reporting that “Eric Mockerman, president of the Godfrey-Lee school board, said he thinks a 1-cent sales tax increase is minimal amount to pay for what residents end up getting out of a yes vote for their roads, schools and cities.” Read some more on the same page and you'll find that the "Godfrey-Lee...
  • Bill Whittle: The Criminal Arrogance of Hillary Clinton

    03/19/2015 9:14:01 AM PDT · by Shery · 4 replies
    You Tube account of TruthRevoltOriginals ^ | Published on March 18, 2015 | Bill Whittle
    <p>30,000 deleted emails… Bill Whittle looks at the lawlessness, the arrogance, and the unmasked contempt that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have for the American people.</p>
  • Red-Light Camera Debate Is a Stew of Anger, Revenue and Safety

    03/16/2015 12:23:56 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    New York Times ^ | MARCH 12, 2015
    GETTING a $50 ticket for missing a red light is unpleasant enough. But when it is received in the mail without warning, generated from an unmarked camera, it can cause resentment. “If there were signs up, yes, I’d feel differently,” said Dan Rosenbaum after he received his camera-based ticket for an infraction in Brooklyn. Mr. Rosenbaum’s reaction is common among drivers who question whether the cameras are deployed to prevent accidents or to generate revenue. The absence of a caution sign can raise suspicions. In New York, there are red-light cameras at 150 intersections; none of the cameras are marked....
  • Finland, Home of the $103,000 Speeding Ticket: Could such a system work in the U.S.?

    03/13/2015 7:13:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 03/13/2015 | Joe Pinsker
    Reima Kuisla, a Finnish businessman, was recently caught going 65 miles per hour in a 50 zone in his home country—an offense that would typically come with a fine of a couple hundred dollars, at most, in the U.S. But after Finnish police pulled Kuisla over, they pinged a federal taxpayer database to determine his income, consulted their handbook, and arrived at the amount that he was required to pay: €54,000. The fine was so extreme because in Finland, some traffic fines, as well as fines for shoplifting and violating securities-exchange laws, are assessed based on earnings—and Kuisla's declared income...
  • The Ferguson Kleptocracy

    Ferguson has allowed its focus on revenue generation to fundamentally compromise the role of Ferguson’s municipal court. The municipal court does not act as a neutral arbiter of the law or a check on unlawful police conduct. … Our investigation has found overwhelming evidence of minor municipal code violations resulting in multiple arrests, jail time, and payments that exceed the cost of the original ticket many times over. One woman, discussed above, received two parking tickets for a single violation in 2007 that then totaled $151 plus fees. Over seven years later, she still owed Ferguson $541—after already paying $550...
  • FEC not letting Jesse Jackson Jr. off the hook just because he’s in jail

    02/22/2015 3:21:29 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/19/15 | Colby Itkowitz
    **SNIP** So Thursday, the FEC sent Jackson’s campaign committee its eighth consecutive failure-to-file notice. It must file its end-of-the year report for 2014 or face a penalty. (Perhaps that threat rings a bit hollow when you’re already in jail?) In August 2014, the FEC fined Jackson for nearly $18,000 for not filing reports in 2013, according to the Chicago Tribune. He must formally terminate his committee to get the FEC off his back, but his treasurer quit in September 2013, and so it seems there’s no person responsible for doing the necessary paperwork. Since his last report in November 2012,...
  • ObamaCare fines rising in 2015, IRS prepares to collect

    12/30/2014 2:22:22 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/30/2014
    Don't have health insurance? Get ready to pay up. The ObamaCare-mandated fines for not having insurance are rising in 2015 -- and for the first time, will be collected by the Internal Revenue Service. The individual requirement to buy health insurance went into effect earlier this year. But this coming tax season is the first time all taxpayers will have to report to the IRS whether they had health insurance for the prior year. The fines for the 2014 year were relatively modest -- $95 per person or 1 percent of household income (above the threshold for filing taxes), whichever...
  • ObamaCare Fines Hang Over Uninsured Heads, But Can the IRS Enforce Them? (Pelosi knows)

    12/26/2014 3:55:53 AM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    The New American ^ | 12/22/14 | Raven Clabough
    **SNIP** With just under 25 million people enrolling in the federal and state health exchanges (including Medicare and Medicaid recipients), plus the estimated 150 million who have employer-paid health care plans, there are still some 62 million people who would have to pay a penalty but likely will not. For those who do the math the IRS apparently did not, that’s a potential loss of nearly $6 billion in revenue.... But wait, it gets worse. Some 3.6 million more people were laid off during the year and lost their health benefits — becoming liable for some or all of the...
  • Feds cap Obamacare fines at $2,448 per person (new rules)

    07/25/2014 9:27:31 PM PDT · by Libloather · 59 replies
    IBA Mag ^ | 7/25/14 | Caitlin Bronson
    **SNIP** The figures, released late Thursday, cap the fine for not buying insurance at $2,448 per person and $12,240 for a family of five. The standard rule of thumb is 2% of household income, with a minimum of $325 per person. The caps are equal to the national average premium for a bronze-level health plan. Those who choose to go uninsured will owe one-twelfth of the annual payment for each month they or their dependents don’t have either coverage or an exemption, the IRS said. All fines will be due during tax return season, which can be deducted from tax...
  • California Approves Fines for Wasting Water During Drought

    07/15/2014 7:03:55 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 28 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 16, 2014 01:12 GMT | Bettina Boxall
    Cities throughout California will have to impose mandatory restrictions on outdoor watering under an emergency state rule approved Tuesday. Saying that it was time to increase conservation in the midst of one of the worst droughts in decades, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted drought regulations that give local agencies the authority to fine those who waste water up to $500 a day. Many Southern California cities, including Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Long Beach, already have mandatory restrictions in place. But most communities across the state are still relying on voluntary conservation, and Californians in general have fallen...
  • Wisconsin School District Hit With $2 Million in Obamacare Fines

    03/04/2014 3:21:08 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 3/04/14
    **SNIP** Obamacare stipulates that employees are eligible for healthcare benefits if they work 30 hours a week. As a result, the district would not be able to pro-rate the coverage cost, leaving part-time employees who want health insurance to enroll through the exchanges. The district reports that the cost of insuring part-time employees is uncertain right now, but by not offering insurance, the district could have to pay nearly $2 million in fines.
  • Biz honcho fined for ice cream truck attack

    01/26/2014 12:59:03 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 27 replies
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 01-24-2014 | TT/The Local/og
    Businessman Percy Nilsson, 71, was perhaps best known for his ownership of his local Malmö Redhawks ice hockey team, but has lately been making headlines after a power-drill attack on an ice cream truck. On Friday, he was ordered to pay a fine of 100,000 kronor ($15,500) by the Malmö District Court. He was also sentenced to pay for the loss of income that the ice-cream truck owner faced after the vandalism. "It was a really tough sentencing and it's sad that it ended this way," Nilsson told the TT news agency. He lamented that he had already paid for...
  • Property Rights Bill Provides Protection for Virginia Landowners

    01/22/2014 5:09:22 AM PST · by RightSideNews · 4 replies
    Virginia Free Citizen ^ | January 22, 2014 | Shelby Mertens
    Del. Bob Marshall, R-Manassas, has introduced a bill that would give farmers and landowners’ property rights remedies against local zoning laws. The bill is inspired by the Martha Boneta debacle last year. But unlike last year’s “Boneta Bill,” HB1219 extends beyond farmers to anyone who owns property. The bill also tackles other issues such as the constitutional rights of farmers. HB1219 says that local governments that violate constitutional rights through zoning must pay their victims the amount of the fines they sought to impose and the actual damages, including attorney fees. The bill also allows the Virginia Attorney General to...
  • Headteacher imposes Ł60 fines on EACH parent if their child is a few minutes late for school

    01/22/2014 12:31:11 PM PST · by managusta · 3 replies
    The Mail ^ | Jan 22 2014 | Rob Cooper
    A headteacher has warned parents they will be fined Ł60 each if one of their children is a few minutes late for school. Both the pupil's mother and father will be forced to pay the penalty if they miss registration 10 times in a 12-week term. And if the fine issued by Emerson Valley School in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, is not paid within 21 days it will double to Ł120. Parents who have two children will be hit with a combined Ł240 penalty - which will double to Ł480 if not paid within three weeks. Education campaigners and parents said...
  • Small Businesses Say ACA’s Aggregation Rules Unfair

    12/05/2013 11:52:04 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12-4-13 | Sarah Needleman
    Donna Baker of Adrian, Mich., owns an accounting firm, payroll company and retail store. Her husband, Kim, is the sixth generation owner of a dairy farm. While the four businesses are separate entities, they count as one employer under the health-care law due to a technicality — Mrs. Baker is a minority stakeholder in the 1,800-acre property that her husband’s farm sits on, plus she helps out with some of the farm’s bookkeeping. As a result, the Bakers are subject to aggregation rules in the U.S. tax code, which means they would be required to offer health-insurance benefits to their...
  • What the Obama-care law text REALLY says on IRS enforcement of the personal Mandate fine/tax

    10/16/2013 7:50:01 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 61 replies
    GPO via govtrack. us congress bills site ^ | 10/16/2013 | sickoflibs and text of law
    Every time I post that the IRS is clearly forbidden from punishing you for not paying the fine/tax, I get the same fictional responses. Maybe their goal is to make it sound so scary so that Obamacare gets magically repealed(poof) , but given that wont happen anytime soon this misinformation can have the unintended consequence of fooling/scaring people into complying and helping make Obamacare work. I found the section in the bill text and will posted it below as a vanity for future reference skip tp SPECIAL RULES. CHAPTER 48—MAINTENANCE OF MINIMUM ESSENTIAL COVERAGE ‘Sec. 5000A. Requirement to maintain minimum...
  • Enroll by Valentine’s Day to Avoid Obamacare Fines

    10/11/2013 8:58:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    KQED Public Radio ^ | October 10, 2013
    When it comes to Obamacare, the big date we’ve heard for a long time is Jan. 1, 2014. That’s the day the Affordable Care Act takes full effect, requiring most Americans to be covered, or pay a fine. We’ve also heard that there’s a grace period — that in this first year, people have until March 31 get covered before the fine will kick in. But, whoops! It turns out that Mar. 31 date is wrong, the Obama administration confirmed to the Associated Press on Wednesday. In order to have coverage by March 31, you need to enroll by Feb....
  • CVS agrees to pay $57,000 fine for overcharging customers

    09/09/2013 5:22:13 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 9-5-13 | Gitte Laasby
    CVS has agreed to pay a fine of more than $57,000 after state investigators found multiple, repeated instances of Wisconsin stores overcharging customers. The fine is the third that CVS has received for such violations in the past five years. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced the settlement in a news release Wednesday. The agency conducted a statewide inspection of 28 CVS locations over two days in January. Inspectors found 37 instances where stores overcharged customers. Overall, stores overcharged on 2.64% of the items that inspectors checked. The inspectors subsequently ordered the prices corrected. But in...
  • ObamaCare Employer Fine Will Swell Despite Delay

    08/13/2013 12:11:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    IBD ^ | 08/13/2013 | By Jed Graham, INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY
    The delay in implementation of ObamaCare's employer fines won't keep them from growing between now and when they finally hit in 2015. Each year, the fines will grow in line with the growth in average per-person health insurance premiums relative to 2013. Here's the problem: Average wages generally grow slower than health premiums, and the wages of low-income workers lag average wage growth. That means the penalties will gradually loom larger and larger relative to wages for modest-skilled workers, giving employers a bigger incentive to cut them to part-time. Even if health premiums grow at an average 3.5% annual rate...
  • Obamacare installs new scrutiny, fines for charitable hospitals that treat uninsured people

    08/08/2013 9:24:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 61 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8/8/13 | Patrick Howley
    Charitable hospitals that treat uninsured Americans will be subjected to new levels of scrutiny of their nonprofit status and could face sizable new fines under Obamacare. A new provision in Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code, which takes effect under Obamacare, sets new standards of review and installs new financial penalties for tax-exempt charitable hospitals, which devote a minimum amount of their expenses to treat uninsured poor people. Approximately 60 percent of American hospitals are currently nonprofit. Charity for the uninsured is one of the factors that could discourage enrollment in Obamacare, which requires all Americans to purchase heath...
  • New Florida Law Raises Red Light Camera Fines

    07/28/2013 5:18:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | July 25, 2013 | Alyssa Carducci
    Florida drivers who unsuccessfully contest red light camera tickets will have to pay $250 in administration fees, in addition to the cost of the ticket, under a new state law that took effect this month. The state legislature authorized the higher administration fees despite revelations earlier this year that state and local governments surreptitiously reduced yellow light times at intersections with red light cameras in order to induce more red light-running and more ticket revenue. Local governments often view the red light cameras as revenue makers, serving as a form of hidden tax on motorists. However, the enhanced “tax” money...
  • Texas students to seek federal help to soften 'cruel' truancy policies

    06/12/2013 7:25:01 AM PDT · by Altariel · 16 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | June 11, 2013 | Stephanie Simon
    Reuters) - Several students from northeast Texas said they plan to file a federal complaint on Wednesday accusing their school districts of cruel and unusual punishment by prosecuting them in criminal court for missing school or being late for class. The civil rights complaint, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters, is directed at school districts in Dallas and three other communities. The districts funnel truancy cases to a special court system that prosecuted more than 36,000 cases and collected $2.9 million in fines last year from students convicted of multiple unexcused absences or tardy arrivals, according to the...
  • The Autocrat Accountants (Mark Steyn)

    05/18/2013 12:13:34 AM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 17, 2013 | Mark Steyn
    Speaking at Ohio State University earlier this month, Barack Obama urged students to pay no attention to those paranoid types who “incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity.” Oddly enough, in recent days the most compelling testimony for this view of government has come from the president himself, who insists with a straight face that he had no idea that the Internal Revenue Service had spent two years targeting his political enemies until he “learned about it from the same news reports that I think most people learned about this.” Like you, all he knows...
  • Democrats Propose $10,000 Fine For Gun Owners Who Don’t Have Insurance

    04/02/2013 6:54:42 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 81 replies
    http://dailycaller.com/ ^ | April 2,2013 | Alex Pappas
    A contingent of liberal Democrats in Congress is proposing a new federal gun control idea: mandatory liability insurance for gun owners. When New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney introduced the legislation last month with eight other Democrats, she boasted that it is “the first bill to require liability insurance of gun buyers nationwide.”
  • IRS Estimates Cheapest Insurance Available under Obamacare

    02/02/2013 12:10:08 PM PST · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 2 Jan 2013 | John Semmens
    This week the IRS issued its estimate for the projected annual cost of a “bronze” package of benefits when the system is fully implemented in 2016. The bronze package is the lowest level of benefits that will be allowed by law. It is expected to cost $20,000 per year. With the median family income around $50,000 per year, this health insurance bill may be out of reach for many. Not to worry says IRS Acting Commissioner Steven Miller, “families that can't afford to pay the $20,000 premium will have the option of going without insurance and paying an annual fine...
  • Obama '08 campaign fined $375,000 by FEC

    01/06/2013 8:01:26 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    One News Now ^ | 1-6-13 | AP
    <p>Commission for reporting violations related to a set of donations received during the final days of the campaign.</p> <p>The fines are among the largest ever levied on a presidential campaign by the FEC and stem from a series of missing notices for nearly 1,200 contributions totaling nearly $1.9 million.</p>
  • Fined Church Cited Again

    12/12/2012 10:15:23 AM PST · by MA~Bear · 8 replies
    Northeast Columbia Patch ^ | 12/10/2012 | Jessie Gabel
    Police interrupted a church service Sunday morning when neighbors called about noise--again. Just last week Rehoboth United Assemblies Church was fined $700 for noise citations. At that time, church leaders said they would monitor the noise during their worship.
  • EDITORIAL: The District’s latest scamera swindle

    10/20/2012 5:14:53 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 19, 2012 | The Washington Times
    The D.C. Council is poised to lower the cost of speed camera tickets from a maximum of $250 to just $50. The plan unveiled on Tuesday is meant to create the impression that the District has seen the light and has finally decided to go easier on motorists. Considering the source of the latest plan, that’s hardly likely. The District and the for-profit vendor in charge of the robotic cameras dish out more tickets in a year than the city has residents. This has created a pile of loot so lofty that it’s only a matter of time before it...
  • Medicare fines over hospitals' readmitted patients

    09/30/2012 4:20:05 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 64 replies
    Google AP ^ | Sept 30, 2012 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — If you or an elderly relative have been hospitalized recently and noticed extra attention when the time came to be discharged, there's more to it than good customer service. As of Monday, Medicare will start fining hospitals that have too many patients readmitted within 30 days of discharge due to complications. The penalties are part of a broader push under President Barack Obama's health care law to improve quality while also trying to save taxpayers money. About two-thirds of the hospitals serving Medicare patients, or some 2,200 facilities, will be hit with penalties averaging around $125,000 per...
  • EPA Levies $40,000+ Fines on Landlords Who Fail to Provide ‘EPA-Approved’ Pamphlets to Tenants

    08/25/2012 12:41:46 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 45 replies
    CNS News ^ | 8/24/2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    (CNSNews.com) – “Thinking of renting or selling a home or apartment?” asks the Environmental Protection Agency. “Make sure you disclose its lead-based paint history. Mr. Wolfe Landau did not and it cost him a $20,000 fine.” Landau is one of the many landlords and realtors fined by the EPA for failing to provide an “EPA-approved” pamphlet to tenants seeking to rent or buy a house built before 1978. And for the EPA, the non-compliance business is booming. Juan Hernandez of Bridgeport, Conn., faces seven “Level 1” violations for failing to provide seven tenants with a copy of the “Protect Your...
  • ‘ObamaCare Catch-22': Crushing Fines for Religious Institutions Under Mandate

    07/16/2012 2:57:55 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 16, 2012 | Bridget Johnson
    Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) talks to PJM about his new bill to counter provisions that could "tax religiously affiliated schools, hospitals, universities and soup kitchens right out of existence." Before the House repealed ObamaCare once more last week, another bill was introduced to stop the Department of Health and Human Services from charging religious institutions steep fines for noncompliance with the mandate to provide birth control without an insurance co-payment. Under President Obama’s healthcare law, the HHS can levy $100 per employee, per day against institutions that won’t comply with the mandate. Therefore, religious employers with hundreds of employees could...
  • Not buckling up your pet in the car can mean big fines (NJ)

    06/01/2012 5:45:03 AM PDT · by chickadee · 112 replies
    NorthJersey.com ^ | May 30, 2012 | JOHN CICHOWSKI
    Judging from the alarming number of summonses issued so far for failing to buckle up in the back seat, motorists don’t seem overly concerned about the current Click It or Ticket crackdown. After all, most unrestrained drivers and passengers can afford a measly $46 fine. But if you drive with an unrestrained pet, don’t expect a slap on the wrist. Penalties range from $250 to $1,000 and as much as six months in jail.
  • A Fine for Not Using a Biofuel That Doesn’t Exist

    01/10/2012 8:49:41 AM PST · by epithermal · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | Jan 9, 2012 | Matthew L Wald
    WASHINGTON — When the companies that supply motor fuel close the books on 2011, they will pay about $6.8 million in penalties to the Treasury because they failed to mix a special type of biofuel into their gasoline and diesel as required by law. But there was none to be had. Outside a handful of laboratories and workshops, the ingredient, cellulosic biofuel, does not exist. In 2012, the oil companies expect to pay even higher penalties for failing to blend in the fuel, which is made from wood chips or the inedible parts of plants like corncobs. Refiners were required...
  • Trash Can Tickets In Queens

    12/20/2011 8:30:14 AM PST · by massmike · 18 replies · 3+ views
    myfoxny.com ^ | 12/20/2011 | n/a
    A Queens man is very upset after trying to put his trash out for collection and ending up with a ticket. He, and others, are getting snared in an enforcement of a law that few people even know exists. The scrooge award goes to the New York City Sanitation Department for the $100 tickets. Raymond Janson says he received the $100 fine for putting his garbage cans at the curb 30 minutes early. It is legal to put out the trash cans the day before pick-up but the time of the day matters. City sanitation rules say the cans can...
  • Government fines jailed Border Patrol agent’s family

    11/10/2011 9:55:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 11/11/11 | Stephen Dinan
    After successfully winning a two-year prison sentence against U.S. Border Patrol Agent Jesus E. Diaz Jr., the Justice Department is now trying to collect a $6,870 fine from his wife, saying it should be paid “immediately” — even though the judge signaled she would have a grace period. In a notice sent last week the Justice Department said the fines were imposed by the court that found Agent Diaz guilty and sentenced him to prison for improperly restraining a 15-year-old suspected of drug smuggling. “We strongly urge you to pay this debt immediate,” said the notice,
  • State mum on latest ‘Romneycare’ fines (Romney's legacy of taxes, socialism)

    10/22/2011 9:03:08 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 10 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | 2011-10-20 | Hillary Chabot
    State officials refused to say yesterday how many families they’ve fined this year for buying too little health insurance under former Gov. Mitt Romney’s controversial health-care reform after blistering criticism from GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich thrust the issue into the national spotlight. “We are releasing the 2009 report at the end of the year,” Health Insurance Connector Authority spokesman Richard Powers said. He said officials haven’t sorted the data to identify why the 2010 and 2011 fines were handed out but said between 46,000 to 49,000 people were fined in 2009 for having no insurance or having less insurance...
  • EPA to property owner: 'Your land is our land' $40 million in fines pending over plan to build

    09/26/2011 8:45:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    wnd ^ | 9/26/11 | Bob Unruh
    Just imagine. You want to build a home, so you buy a $23,000 piece of land in a residential subdivision in your hometown and get started. The government then tells you to stop, threatens you with $40 million in fines and is not kidding. That's the case now before the U.S. Supreme Court, with briefs being filed today by the Pacific Legal Foundation on behalf of a Priest Lake, Idaho, family, Chantell and Mike Sackett. Attorney Damien Schiff, who will be arguing before the high court in the case, said it's simply a case of a government run amok, and...
  • Companies Could Challenge ObamaCare Employer Fines

    09/19/2011 10:00:42 AM PDT · by Slyscribe · 5 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 9/16/2011 | David Hogberg
    Another ObamaCare glitch could result in some businesses being exempt from fines for not providing their workers with health insurance. A company would have to challenge the fine in court. But if one does, that could eliminate employer penalties in many states and make residents in those areas ineligible for premium tax credits. Under ObamaCare, a company with 50 or more employees faces a $2,000 annual fine per employee if it does not provide insurance. But it's only fined if one of its employees applies and qualifies for a premium tax credit via a health insurance exchange.