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  • Clinton wants 'mass movement' on climate change

    03/23/2014 2:38:25 PM PDT · by yoe · 40 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | March 23, 2014 | KEN THOMAS
    Hillary Rodham Clinton says young people understand the significant threat of (climate change) and that she hopes there will be a mass movement that demands political change. The potential 2016 presidential candidate says at a Clinton Global Initiative University panel that young people are much more committed to doing something to address climate change. Clinton says it isn't "just some ancillary issue" but will determine the quality of life for many people. The former secretary of state cited global warming as a major issue that students could face in the future.
  • Obama: More Tax Increases Possible to Reduce the Deficit

    01/06/2013 2:03:15 PM PST · by lowbridge · 38 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | january 5, 2013 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    President Barack Obama said he’s willing to consider more spending cuts to lower the deficit, as long as they’re coupled with more tax reforms. Using Saturday’s weekly address to praise Congress’ last-minute deal to avert the “fiscal cliff,” Obama said it’s “just one more step” in the larger effort to boost the economy and reduce federal deficits. He said this week’s deal raised taxes on the wealthiest Americans while preventing a middle-class tax hike that could have thrown the country back into recession. “I believe we can find more places to cut spending without shortchanging things like education, job training,...
  • Debbie Wasserman-Schultz: These tax hikes on the rich are just first step of “the balanced approach”

    01/02/2013 7:49:09 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/02/2013 | AllahPundit
    Via Mediaite, "balanced approach" is Obama's Orwellian term for selling tax hikes to the public as a condition of spending cuts even though there's nothing remotely balanced about our fiscal problems. Spend 10 seconds looking at the graphs in Yuval Levin's new post at the Corner. That's the reality that the "balanced approach" pretends to address. As Levin said in another post today, “The fiscal trajectory of our welfare state is not sustainable, no matter how much taxes go up.”But okay. The left’s new talking point, pushed by The One himself, is that they absolutely positively won’t negotiate over the...
  • Bachmann says all Americans should pay taxes

    11/03/2011 6:39:14 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 65 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 11-3-11 | Philip Elliott
    DES MOINES, Iowa - Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann is telling college students in politically important Iowa that all Americans should pay taxes since they all benefit from services such as roads and bridges, national defense and the courts. Her position, which she was outlining today at Iowa State University in Ames, is a direct challenge to rivals Rick Perry and Herman Cain, who are advocating plans that would allow low-wage earners to continue paying no taxes while implementing a form of a flat tax on all other workers. The Tax Policy Center estimates that some 46 percent of households...
  • Bold, Brash, and Wrong [9-9-9]

    10/17/2011 3:25:58 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 33 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 10-17-11 | The Editors
    Herman Cain deserves credit for proposing a tax-reform plan that is specific, promotes economic growth, and has captured the imagination of conservatives nationwide. His 9-9-9 plan builds on the insight that one of the chief defects of the current tax code is its bias toward consumption over savings. But his plan’s peculiarities of design, substantive weaknesses, and political naďveté render it unworthy of conservative support. Cain’s ultimate objective is a 30 percent national sales tax, but his interim plan is to replace the current income, payroll, and corporate tax codes with three new taxes. A 9 percent income tax would...
  • Cain’s 9-9-9 Plan Gain’s Big-Name Backers

    10/14/2011 11:03:38 AM PDT · by casablanca · 50 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 10.14.11 | Martin Gould
    Herman Cain’s catchy 9-9-9 tax overhaul system is gathering major supporters as the former pizza magnate consolidates his position at the top of the Republican field in the race for the White House. House budget committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan and Ronald Reagan’s economic guru Art Laffer both expressed their support for the plan which would replace the current tax code. The anti-tax Club for Growth also came out in favor of Cain’s plan which would cut income and corporate taxes to 9 percent and institute a new national sales tax at the same level. Payroll, capital gains and estate...
  • NY Times: The Rich Can Afford to Pay More Taxes

    08/23/2011 4:07:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 52 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 23, 2011 | By BRUCE BARTLETT
    (Bruce Bartlett held senior policy roles in the administrations of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and served on the staffs of Representatives Jack Kemp and Ron Paul.) ... It is not class warfare to suggest that the richest 1 percent of people in society pay one-third of their income to the federal government, as they did under Ronald Reagan. Keep in mind that dividends were taxable as ordinary income every year of his administration, and in the Tax Reform Act of 1986 he supported taxing capital gains as ordinary income as well. Higher effective tax rates on the rich...
  • Tax Everything Tax

    10/27/2010 7:01:24 AM PDT · by ADSUM · 62 replies · 1+ views
    World Net daily ^ | 10/26/2010 | Drew Zahn
    U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., has proposed a plan for eliminating the multi-trillion-dollar national debt: Tax everything. Earlier this year, Fattah introduced H.R. 4646, the "Debt Free America Act," which would impose a massive new tax for a period of seven years, while the national debt is being paid off. And once the debt is paid, the bill would eliminate the individual income tax, supplanting it with the new, "transaction" tax instead. Specifically, H.R. 4646 would levy a 1-percent tax on every transaction of any kind that uses check, cash or credit cards (with a path in place for also...
  • Tea Party Express PAC Outlines 2010 Targets

    04/16/2010 1:04:55 AM PDT · by Cindy · 42 replies · 979+ views
    Blogs.ABC NEWS.com - The Note ^ | April 15, 2010 2:09 PM | ABC News’ Teddy Davis and Matt Loffman report
    SNIPPET: "The leadership of the Tea Party Express PAC came to the National Press Club on Thursday to herald its early successes and to unveil its expanded list of 2010 electoral targets." SNIPPET: "In an effort to show that the Tea Party Express PAC is not a “tool” of the Republican Party, but instead is an independent political force, Russo announced that the PAC is getting behind one conservative Democrat who has opposed President Obama’s agenda: Rep. Walt Minnick (ID-01). The decision to get behind Minnick is attention-grabbing because Republicans have fielded a strong candidate in that race: Iraq war...
  • You know what I did today? [I got Zotted! That's what!]

    04/13/2010 4:08:14 PM PDT · by bonidee · 137 replies · 3,038+ views
    I woke up this morning to the sound of my alarm clock, which is powered by electricity provided by the public power monopoly that is regulated by the US Department of Energy. I then proceeded to take a shower in clean, drinkable water from the Municipal Water Utility. After that, I watched on of the FCC regulated channels on my TV to see what the National Weather Service of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration determinded the weather would be like by usinc satellites launced, maintained, designed and built by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. I watched this while...
  • Rosie Optimism Writes Obama Budget

    02/02/2010 2:33:25 PM PST · by Patriot1259 · 5 replies · 171+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 02/02/2010 | Bill Turner
    B. Hussein Obama has allowed Rosie Optimism to draft the federal budget. The budget proposal is based on 5% unemployment (Fantasy Island Edition). Obama’s budget is based on back door taxes set to slam the middle class, the very people Obama has been saying he will protect. And, worse yet, the budget contains a black hole of undisclosed revenue created by HUGE tax increases compliments of Cap & Trade. Obama is throttle down, hell bent on destroying America.
  • Miles-traveled tax being scrutinized (Texas)

    12/28/2009 12:04:12 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 41 replies · 1,101+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 12/28/2009 | Peggy Fikac - Express-News
    AUSTIN — If you don't like gasoline taxes, here's an alternative: a tax on the number of miles you drive in a year. The Texas Transportation Commission has directed a fresh study of the idea, and it's not alone. There are pilot projects in other states and nationally to gauge how such a tax would work. Texas transportation officials suggest it's meant to help give lawmakers information on funding options before their next regular session in 2011, when they confront a funding squeeze that's expected to drain the highway fund of money for new construction contracts by 2012. “We need...
  • Obama to surrender US sovereignty at UN global warming conference

    10/19/2009 1:23:16 AM PDT · by unspun · 109 replies · 5,734+ views
    examiner.com ^ | 10/19/2009 | James Simpson
    Not content with his humiliation at Copenhagen, Denmark this past September, President Obama will be traveling there again in December to attend the UN COP15 Climate Change Conference. This agreement would commit the United States to punitive and expensive greenhouse gas regulations dictated by the United Nations without recourse. COP stands for "Conference of the Parties" and the December Copenhagen conference will be the 15th under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), hence COP15. According to their website, it will be one of the largest conferences ever held outside the New York or Geneva headquarters, with an...
  • Freep This Poll (Should we tax soda pop?)

    07/29/2009 5:20:15 PM PDT · by gitmo · 17 replies · 683+ views
    http://www.parade.com/news/intelligence-report/archive/090726-the-push-to-expand-bottle-bills.html
  • NOW THEY'RE COMING AFTER YOUR FOOD

    07/29/2009 5:16:17 AM PDT · by shortstop · 71 replies · 1,878+ views
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 07/29/09 | Bob Lonsberry
    I told you so. Years ago I said the next target was food. In its tireless quest for power and money – done in the name of protecting you – the government has gobbled ever-larger chunks of the economy. Tobacco, health care, communication, energy, banking, the automotive industry. And now food. A national soda-pop tax has been proposed, the Urban Institute wants to go after food producers and family budgets the way it went after tobacco companies and smokers, and food is about to be called a hazard to your health. Ostensibly, because you’re fat. Actually, because the government wants...
  • 2010 - (When adults again take over) Great article by a good author.

    07/15/2009 5:03:52 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 13 replies · 906+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 7/15/09 | Peter Ferrara
    Next year's elections are going to produce a political earthquake. That is because we currently suffer the most left-wing government in our nation's history. After just 6 months in office, the flower children that rule Washington in overwhelming numbers are already smashing through all records regarding federal taxes, spending, deficits, and debt. Obama and his ultra-left Democrats adopted a so-called stimulus bill raising spending a trillion dollars that never had a prayer of actually creating jobs and promoting long-term economic growth, because it was based entirely on old-fashioned, brain dead, proven to fail, Keynesian economics. Though we would have to...
  • Obama White House putting muscle behind Chicago 2016 Olympic bid (helping his Chicago base)

    06/17/2009 8:54:30 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 27 replies · 831+ views
    Chical Sun Times ^ | 6-16-09 | Lynn Sweet
    With Chicago officials in Switzerland promoting Chicago's 2016 Olympic bid at an important site selection meeting, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned that President Obama is creating a new White House Office of Olympic, Paralympic and Youth Sport. According to the White House, 'this permanent White House office will promote the values of the Olympic Movement and encourage increased youth participation in athletics. The primary function of the Office will be to enhance awareness of the Olympic Movement through promotion of its fundamental principles at the federal level." From the White House... President Obama Announces New White House Office of Olympic,...
  • Inhofe Calls Cap-And-Trade a 'Hidden, Sneaky Tax'(Obama to raise taxes on ALL Americans)

    05/19/2009 2:47:40 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 11 replies · 510+ views
    RTT News ^ | 5/19/2009 | RTT News
    Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) spoke out against cap-and-trade as a policy to establish new green jobs during the Senate Environment and Public Works Full Committee hearing on Business Opportunities and Climate Policy Tuesday. Cap-and-trade spending is a policy of controlling pollution by providing economic incentives for achieving reductions in the emissions of pollutants, and is strongly supported by the Obama administration. "I am opposed to increasing taxes," Inhofe said. "And cap-and-trade is, plain and simple, a tax. It's an indirect, hidden, sneaky tax, but it's a tax." He said it's a tax that will "fall more heavily on poorer people...
  • Cap and Trade is a Costly Experiment (Average family to pay $3100 more a year in energy cost)

    05/19/2009 3:47:33 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 26 replies · 946+ views
    American Chronicle ^ | 5/19/2009 | Tom Cole
    Most Americans agree that our country must do more to achieve energy independence and to produce cleaner sources of energy. There are steps we need to implement over time to change the way we use energy and reduce our use of some types of carbon-based fuels. But if a radical proposal being organized by the President and liberals in Congress becomes law, American families and businesses will see tax hikes, skyrocketing energy costs and fewer jobs. Under the guise of creating environmentally responsible "green" jobs, the Obama Administration has proposed a policy known as "cap and trade." Under such a...
  • Why Does The Government Spend Millions of Dollars on AIDS Research?

    05/12/2009 8:51:15 PM PDT · by The Patriot RWC · 5 replies · 624+ views
    Homosexual lobbyists have successfully convinced the federal government to spend hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars on AIDS research (when people are dying or suffering from usually non-preventable diseases like pediatric cancer or neurological disorders).
  • Where we go from here (Fair Tax)

    11/06/2008 4:11:01 PM PST · by Man50D · 22 replies · 670+ views
    Americans For fair Taxation ^ | November 5, 2008 | Ken Hoagland
    There is much to say in these, the days after the election so I'll be brief as I share a few thoughts about the FairTax in the days ahead.FairTax.org is non-partisan, but I know the same cannot be said for many of our supporters. And, as such, I suspect yesterday's results came as a disappointment for some. For me, I look at things through many lenses--as a father, as a taxpayer, as an American, as National Communications Director for FairTax.org. For my FairTax.org role in particular, I see both challenges and incredible opportunities in the days ahead for our great...
  • Can Obama really rescue America?

    06/15/2008 6:16:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies · 242+ views
    The Irish Examiner ^ | June 16, 2008 | Karen McCarthy
    HE exploded into US politics with a message of hope and change that has people around the world believing President Obama will save America and the planet. He’s running a veritable Santa’s Grotto stacked with promises of health care reform, protectionism in trade, cheaper petrol, more money for schools, the space program, veterans, students, infrastructure, as well as lower taxes. He’s promised energy security, an end to the Iraq war, to befriend America’s enemies and remain unindentured to big business and lobbyists. A less optimistic panel of Harvard thinkers at the Centre for Public Leadership recently said the problems facing...
  • Senior citizen property tax work-off program is a winner

    01/13/2008 11:08:08 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 10 replies · 61+ views
    Link below: Senior citizen property tax work-off program is a winner due to copyright issues.
  • Forecast: Lots more highway traffic and trucks by 2035

    11/05/2007 10:45:59 AM PST · by george76 · 24 replies · 134+ views
    Post Independent ^ | November 5, 2007 | Dennis Webb
    By the year 2035, Interstate 70 between Glenwood Springs and Silt can be expected to join Highway 82 as a congested road with rush-hour delays. Those projections are included in a draft 2035 transportation plan for Colorado's Intermountain region... That plan is part of a draft statewide plan that forecasts a $151 billion funding gap between anticipated transportation needs and projected revenue from 2008 to 2035. Absent new funding, the plan says, the average driver on the state's congested routes would experience daily delays of nearly 70 minutes, up from 22 minutes today. Only a quarter of the state's roadway...
  • State lawmakers betray voters with Ref C shell game

    09/17/2007 8:21:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies · 183+ views
    pueblo chiefain ^ | September 16, 2007 | Mark Hillman
    Two years ago, lawmakers asked voters for a "time-out" from the spending restrictions of the Taxpayers Bill of Rights in order to allow the state budget to rebound from the recession of 2001-2002. Referendum C, which passed by a narrow 52-48 percent margin, erased the TABOR spending limits for five years and permanently increased spending caps thereafter. Following the 2005 vote, Colorado Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald said, “‘We already agreed, if Ref D failed, it would be (one-third each) for schools, colleges and health.” But a funny thing happened after the election. Spending on programs not associated with Ref C...
  • George: Historic tax increase could meet road needs ( and Mass Transit : $103 Billion )

    06/29/2007 7:14:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies · 897+ views
    The Daily Sentinel ^ | June 29, 2007 | MIKE SACCONE
    Colorado could face its largest tax increase in history if state officials choose to ask voters in 2008 for new revenues to meet future transportation needs, Colorado Department of Transportation Director Russell George said Thursday. George, whose comments came at the 85th annual Colorado Municipal League conference, told a group of more than 170 local government leaders that the state’s projected needs are “mind boggling.” George said by 2030, just to maintain the current level of road and bridge quality, the state is projected to face a shortfall of $59 billion. If Colorado were to get everything the state wants...
  • Legislative focus again on revenue woes, Ref C ( $ 6 Billion not enough )

    06/25/2007 7:46:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies · 283+ views
    pueblo chieftain ^ | June 25, 2007 | CHARLES ASHBY
    special interest groups from higher education to prisons to capital construction are demanding more state aid, many saying they've waited long enough for funding, and now it's their turn. At the same time, opponents of Referendum C are saying, "we told you so," over the proposed changes. Several said the ballot question that allowed the state to keep billions of dollars it otherwise would have returned to taxpayers should be more than enough to handle the state's needs. Senate Minority Leader Andy McElhany, R-Colorado Springs, said he fears the new Democratic governor and the now Democratic-controlled Legislature will go hog...
  • NH Kayak Tax Close To Becoming Law

    03/16/2007 11:24:34 AM PDT · by Aglooka · 15 replies · 621+ views
    SB 255-FN-A "AN ACT requiring non-motorized vessels to display conservation decals issued by the fish and game department." This bill will be voted on next Thursday, March 22. You can contact the NH State Senate at: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/senate/ It is a sad fact that out of the three sponsors for this bill, two are Republicans. This includes the bill's primary sponsor. Sen. Barnes, Dist 17; Rep (Primary) Sen. Gallus, Dist 1; Rep Sen. D'Allesandro, Dist 20 Dem There would likely be more opposition to this legislation but the public appears to be unaware of it.
  • O'Malley's plans need more revenue (MD)

    02/01/2007 11:37:50 AM PST · by JZelle · 17 replies · 406+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 2-1-07 | Tom LoBianco
    ANNAPOLIS -- Gov. Martin O'Malley called for more spending on public schools, health care and the environment yesterday in his first State of the State address, but acknowledged that Maryland will need new sources of revenue to make his plan work. "We will never be able to multiply bread and fishes to cover the multitude of needs without new revenue," said Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat. "It's a big, big challenge that we have for our future."
  • Unhappy Days - Has Arnold Schwarzenegger jumped the shark?

    01/22/2007 9:48:59 AM PST · by ElkGroveDan · 27 replies · 792+ views
    Opinion Journal WSJ ^ | Monday, January 22, 2007 12:01 a.m. EST | John Fund
    When politicians break their pledges not to raise taxes, they come up with the darnedest evasions. Take Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who wants to levy new charges on California doctors, hospitals and employers to help pay for his $12 billion health-care plan. "It is not a tax, just a loan, because it does not go for general [expenditures]," he told the Sacramento Bee last Thursday. "It goes back to health care." A loan? The first reaction of many Californians was: What state office will I be able to go to and get my loan back--perhaps with interest? It's preposterous, for example,...
  • Taxes is taxes - ‘Bipartisan’ statism [CA Schwarzenegger]

    01/17/2007 10:05:19 AM PST · by ElkGroveDan · 60 replies · 726+ views
    California Political Review ^ | January 17, 2007 | Bill Saracino
    A lame-duck governor morphs into a Bill Clinton-Phil Angelides composite on policy and rhetoric. “That depends what the definition of ‘is’ is.” — Soon-to-be-disbarred William Clinton, speaking to the Lewinsky grand jury and showing that weasels know well how to use weasel words. Of the many indignities Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has inflicted of late on common sense and fundamental Republican principals, his support for the long-held socialist dream of state-run health insurance is perhaps the worst. As if his support for this deformed monster of public policy weren’t enough, he adds the insult of hiding behind weasel words as shamelessly,...
  • Now a tax just for living in a nice area [UK descends even further into madness]

    10/29/2006 4:53:50 PM PST · by John Jorsett · 79 replies · 1,725+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | October 29, 2006
    Families who live in desirable areas face massive increases in their council tax bills under plans being drawn up by Labour, it was revealed. Homeowners in affluent neighbourhoods with good schools, low crime rates and clean streets could be charged thousands of pounds extra than those in more run down places. Ministers have purchased sophisticated 'Big Brother' computer systems which calculate the desirability of an area based on the quality of local services and the types of people who live there. The software, which will be used in the forthcoming revaluation of all 21 million homes in England, contains astonishingly...
  • Secret green tax blitz planned for cars, air travel and consumer goods (Great Britian)

    10/29/2006 5:23:01 PM PST · by Risha · 19 replies · 714+ views
    dailymail ^ | 28th October 2006 | SIMON WALTERS
    Secret green tax blitz planned for cars, air travel and consumer goods By SIMON WALTERS, Mail on Sunday Secret plans for a multi-billion-pound package of stealth taxes on fuel, cars, air travel and consumer goods have been drawn up by the government to combat global warming. The proposals, leaked to The Mail on Sunday, show that the Government is considering introducing a raft of hard-hitting 'eco-taxes' that will have a devastating effect on the cost of living. Families with big cars could end up paying more than Ł1,000 a year extra in tax. And nearly every household in Britain will...
  • Sen. Clinton Calls for Global Plan for Poor Women

    09/22/2006 5:21:33 PM PDT · by neverdem · 66 replies · 1,338+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 22, 2006 | PATRICK HEALY
    Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton made a star turn this morning at former President Bill Clinton’s conference on global challenges, calling for a concerted attack on the “feminization of poverty” by destroying cultural, political, and economic barriers that trap women and children in desperate conditions. Before a standing-room-only audience in a ballroom of the Sheraton hotel in midtown Manhattan, Mrs. Clinton gave opening remarks at the conference session “Women and the Power of Economic Opportunity” then moderated a panel that included President Bush’s former secretary of agriculture and three leaders in the development and anti-poverty fields. “Far too many women are...
  • Plasma Screens Threaten Eco-Crisis!

    09/04/2006 1:01:25 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 69 replies · 1,577+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 8/13/2006 | David Smith and Juliette Jowit
    The energy demands of Britain's obsession with flat televisions could require two nuclear plants Our insatiable appetite for the big picture is threatening the planet. A scientist has warned that if half of British homes buy a plasma-screen TV, two nuclear power stations would have to be built to meet the extra energy demand. Britons were buying flat-screen TVs every 15 seconds from Currys and its online sister company Dixons during the build-up to the World Cup, and subsequent price reductions have ensured they remain hugely popular. Article continues But plasma sets can use up to four times as much...
  • Nearly 1,000 new state laws

    07/02/2006 8:41:30 PM PDT · by george76 · 43 replies · 1,147+ views
    TIMES-DISPATCH ^ | Jul 2, 2006 | PAMELA STALLSMITH, JEFF E. SCHAPIRO AND MICHAEL HARDY
    Statutes on matters that range from death to taxes now in effect... An annual sales-tax holiday for Virginians, cracking down on underage drinking and raises for state employees are among the nearly 1,000 state laws that went into effect yesterday. Virginia's civil-service-type workers will see a 4 percent increase in their paychecks starting in early December, though the budget authorizing the raise took effect yesterday. Some of the laws were emergency measures and had already taken effect, while others will at a later date. But the bulk of the legislation became effective a little more than 24 hours ago. The...
  • Small-biz owners fuming over ‘plethora’ of rules

    05/07/2006 8:36:03 AM PDT · by Radix · 179 replies · 2,947+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 7 May 2006 | O’Ryan Johnson
    Peabody businessman Bruce Lerner is joining the fast-growing list of entrepreneurs “frustrated out of business” by strict state and local regulations that small-business advocates say are choking the lifeblood of America’s economy.     “It’s the sheer plethora of regulations,” said Carolyn Logue, a state director with the National Federation of Independent Businesses. “It seems many were just drafted to give someone, somewhere a job to do. Nobody looks at the goals and whether they’re actually accomplishing anything.”     Three weeks ago, the North Shore Tobacco Control Program sent a 17-year-old decoy into Lerner’s Main Street Smoke Shop in Peabody. She made it...
  • U.S. Planning Base on Moon To Prepare for Trip to Mars

    03/25/2006 10:58:20 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 36 replies · 1,036+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 26, 2006 | Guy Gugliotta
    For the first time since 1972, the United States is planning to fly to the moon, but instead of a quick, Apollo-like visit, astronauts intend to build a permanent base and live there while they prepare what may be the most ambitious undertaking in history -- putting human beings on Mars. President Bush in 2004 announced to great fanfare plans to build a new spaceship, get back to the moon by 2020 and travel on to Mars after that. But, with NASA focused on designing a new spaceship and spending about 40 percent of its budget on the troubled space...
  • California: The Bond Deal - Look closely at it, and be prepared to vote NO

    03/10/2006 12:36:43 PM PST · by Amerigomag · 34 replies · 545+ views
    Flash Report ^ | March 10, 2006 | Jon Fleischman & Tom McClintock
    Today and over the weekend, high-level nogotiations are taking place among the legislative leadership and the Governor - the focal point of these discussions - infrastructure investment. LOOK CAREFULLY at what comes out of the negotiations. Were the Republican Governor and Republican legislative leaders able to hold the 'line in the sand' against the big-government, spend-a-holic Democratic leaders? Does the plan: 1) HAVE A SIGNIFICANT PAY-AS-YOU-GO COMPONENT FOR FY '07-'08 AND BEYOND?2) HAVE A 6% BORROWING CAP?3) CONTAIN CEQA AND OTHER NEEDED REFORMS?4) LIMIT THE BORROWING TO MORTOR-AND BRICK REAL INFRASTRUCTURE?*From Senator McClintock:5) LIMIT GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDING TO STATE SCHOOL...
  • Hawaii residents paid highest taxes in the nation in 2004

    02/08/2006 6:19:46 PM PST · by george76 · 31 replies · 965+ views
    Associated Press ^ | February 8, 2006 | Associated Press
    Hawaii residents paid more state taxes in 2004 than residents of any other state in the country... Hawaii residents paid an average of $3,050 per person in 2004, while Texans paid the least — an average of $1,368. Every state but one collected more taxes per person in 2004 than it did a decade earlier... State taxpayer burdens increased by an average of 41 percent from 1994 to 2004. Only Alaska saw the amount it collects per person decline. Even when the numbers are adjusted for inflation, the individual tax burdens increased in 43 states. Rising education and Medicaid costs...
  • Burden of taxes up over 10 years

    02/09/2006 11:22:15 AM PST · by JZelle · 6 replies · 433+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2-9-06 | Tarron Lively
    Taxes were up in the past 10 years for Maryland and Virginia residents, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, disappointing both lawmakers and anti-tax advocates. The tax burden in Virginia increased by 55 percent in that period, with a per capita amount of $1,903 in 2004. In Maryland, the tax burden increased by 46 percent, with an individual tax burden of $2,214 in 2004. The District's tax statistics are computed with cities' and local governments' financial data, which won't be available until April, the Census Bureau said.
  • Corzine advisers calling for taxes

    01/27/2006 7:27:42 AM PST · by randita · 55 replies · 1,170+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 1/27/06 | Kaitlin Gurney
    Posted on Fri, Jan. 27, 2006 Corzine advisers calling for taxes Their transition report has outlined unpopular budget solutions. N.J. lawmakers joined in a chorus of boos. By Kaitlin Gurney Inquirer Trenton Bureau TRENTON - Expand the sales tax to include clothes and online purchases. Tax 401(k) retirement accounts. Raise the gas tax. Consider a temporary increase in the state income tax. With New Jersey's finances "perilously close to ruin," Gov. Corzine's budget advisers have recommended these unpopular solutions and more to fill what they estimate to be a $6 billion hole in the state's budget. The grim transition report...
  • N.Y., Mass., R.I. lose population as rest of the nation grows

    12/23/2005 2:09:00 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 92 replies · 1,929+ views
    WSTM.com ^ | 12/23/05
    BOSTON New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island were the only states to lose population from 2004 to 2005. The U-S Census reports that New York lost 26-thousand residents, a tenth-of-a-percent decrease. Massachusetts also had a tenth-of-a-percent decline, losing 8-thousand. Rhode Island lost about 3-thousand, or three-tenths of a percent. Experts attribute the trend to soaring housing costs, a stagnant job market and the arrival of fewer immigrants. Most of the states with the largest population growth are in the South and West. Nevada, with an estimated population increase of 3-point-5 percent, was the fastest growing state for the 19th consecutive...
  • Half-cent Laguna Beach sales tax increase passes

    12/15/2005 8:41:03 AM PST · by george76 · 5 replies · 275+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | December 13, 2005 | LAYLAN CONNELLY and WILLIAM WHEELER
    The sales tax in town will increase ... "I don't think now is the time to put the squeeze on other things just because we have additional expenses," (Hans Scharer) said. That's just what Tom Ahern, who owns Latitude 33 bookshop, is proposing. He worries shoppers will now head elsewhere with higer taxes in Laguna. "Why do they always have to consider raising taxes, rather than cutting taxes from a fat government?"
  • Day After: Lawmakers Squabble Over Ref C Booty

    11/03/2005 9:15:31 AM PST · by george76 · 19 replies · 474+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | November 2, 2005 | ABC 7
    Republicans, Democrats Disagree On What To Do With Money One day after voters agreed to let the state keep an extra $3.7 billion in taxes...Democrats and Republicans were already disagreeing on how to spend it. GOP Gov. Bill Owens said the money should be used to shore up transportation, fix crumbling schools, hold down college tuition increases and strengthen police and fire pensions. Democrats said the state should restore Medicaid programs and ... Referendum C suspends the tax limits in the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, a constitutional amendment, for five years, allowing the state to keep money that otherwise would...
  • Never enough

    10/06/2005 12:58:01 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies · 318+ views
    Rocky Mt. News ^ | 10/1/05 | Peter Blake column
    Already looking beyond Referendums C and D. At this week's meeting of the interim committee on school finance, she proposed what she called Referendum E, for 2006 or 2007. It would provide additional money ... She already had a sales pitch based on the letter E: "Everyone's Effort for Equity and Excellence in Education." Much of the money ... Committee Republicans were appalled. Sen. Nancy Spence, R-Centennial, described the proposal Friday as "absolutely ludicrous." Her party would never go for anything like that unless Amendment 23 were removed from the state constitution first... Republican opposition might be predictable, but even...
  • State may not find way out of income tax (Texas of course)

    05/01/2004 8:13:06 AM PDT · by FITZ · 134 replies · 355+ views
    El Paso Time ^ | Saturday, May 1, 2004 | Gary Scharrer
    AUSTIN -- No two issues in state government can provoke as much passion as public education and taxes. A collision, then, seems inevitable as state leaders struggle to change the way Texas pays for public education. Texas relies primarily on two taxes: property and sales. Property taxes pay for most of the state's $30-billion-a-year public education system. Lawmakers want to lower school property taxes by 30 percent to 50 percent, which means a huge shift elsewhere to replace up to $8 billion a year in revenue. Some fear that the shift will land on increased sales taxes and a new...
  • Single-Object Rule: If Unconstitutional, 'Budget Poses Problems" (Va budget illegal?)

    04/09/2004 9:01:23 AM PDT · by iceskater · 26 replies · 139+ views
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | April 8, 2004 | Dick Black
    <p>What if the budget is ruled unconstitutional once the budget impasse ends? The Governor's deliberate mixing of taxes and appropriations in the same bill makes this a distinct possibility - one that we must avoid.</p> <p>The constitutionality of the budget bill is a pressing issue because, unlike any other legislation, there are substantial consequences if the budget is not enacted. Time in which to resolve the legal uncertainty is short: Local school divisions must know by May 1 the amount of funding the Commonwealth will provide for fiscal year 2005 in order to finalize contracts with teachers and other employees.</p>
  • DeWine Wants Answers On Gasoline Prices

    03/29/2004 7:27:04 AM PST · by TonyRo76 · 65 replies · 522+ views
    Newscenter 6 ^ | 3-29-04
    DeWine Wants Answers On Gasoline Prices Ohio Senator Mike DeWine asked the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday what it's doing about high gasoline prices. The Ohio Republican and Wisconsin Senator Herb Kohl have written the agency requesting a confidential briefing on what the commission's monitoring of gas prices has found. The agency confirmed it has received the letter but couldn't say when a briefing may be scheduled. DeWine is chairman of the Senate Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights Subcommittee. He said he may consider formal hearings if prices keep rising. The average price of regular unleaded in Ohio is...
  • During a time of huge deficits, spending bill shouldn't be filled with pork

    12/09/2003 9:25:01 PM PST · by Holly_P · 2 replies · 184+ views
    The Daily Sentinel ^ | 12/09/03 | Editorial
    Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay calls his party's $373 billion spending bill "worthy of the national challenges it meets." Republican House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bill Young says it's "the best product we could provide.” Democratic Rep. David Obey says it's not only "a bad bill" but "a gratuitous insult to every worker entitled to overtime pay." The president of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, Tom Schatz says not only are the Republicans three months behind in presenting the bill, they've apparently spent the time to "pile on the pork." DeLay says the bill is an "achievement in...