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The Oregonian: 5 common myths about Oregon taxes

(Original Post) By Christian Gaston | cgaston@oregonian.com  Email the author | Follow on Twitter  on December 28, 2013 at 9:00 AM, updated December 30, 2013 at 10:06 AM Email Get top news in your inbox every morning. Sign up for...

The Cap Times: What do states with no income tax do for revenue?

(Original Post) December 27, 2013 10:25 am • STEVEN ELBOW | The Capital Times | selbow@madison.com Gov. Scott Walker raised a lot of eyebrows earlier this month when he broached the idea of scrapping the state income tax, joining seven...

Bloomberg: The Worldwide Leader's Taxing Hypocrisy

(Original Post) By Kavitha A. Davidson Dec 27, 2013 4:38 PM ET What does Governor Dannel Malloy really get from keeping ESPN in Connecticut? It turns out professional teams and leagues aren’t the only billion-dollar sports entities getting big breaks...

Mint Press News: Expiring Tax Deductions Prompt Talk Of Reform For State, Federal Tax System

(Original Post) Without congressional action to extend state and federal tax deductions, 11 million taxpayers will lose $17 billion. By Jo Erickson | December 26, 2013 As the year ends nine federal tax provisions will expire, causing some to pay...

Chicago Tribune: ADM's decision delivers a lesson in corporate strategy

(Original Post)   Now we have proof that Chicago doesn't need gimmicks to win a major corporation Phil Rosenthal December 19, 2013 Any out-of-towner can fall in love with Chicago when it's warm. Commit in December to making it your...

Chicago Tribune: Boeing makes sky-high request for states wanting 777X plant

(Original Post) Undaunted, Illinois and 21 rivals compete for share of thousands of jobs linked to project December 15, 2013|Phil Rosenthal When it comes to corporate incentives, leave it to an aerospace company to test the limits of what will...

Financial Times: US states trade tax offers in battle to host Boeing

(Original Post)Excerpt States and localities devote an estimated $50bn to tax incentives every year as they jockey for the promise of jobs related to new company operations or the threat of relocation, according to the Washington-based Institute on Taxation and...

The Capitol Hill Times: Raise the wage? Seattle's income battle is a quagmire with options

(Original Post)  12:06 am December 12th, 2013 by Tyler Mangrum - The Capitol Hill Times - Following the slim victory of a SeaTac measure raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour, the labor organizations that helped push forward the...

Artvoice: Christmas People

(http://artvoice.com/issues/v12n50/news_analysis) by Bruce Fisher The gift economy of New York State In this glorious season of new-fallen snow, warm hearths, and extra hugs, one recalls times past though today’s insanities keep us busy. In our house, away from new reports...

Fox Business: Income Analysis Shows Widening Gap

(Original Post) By Judy Martel Published December 10, 2013 Bankrate.com As Americans continue to climb out of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, many experts are taking note of a widening gap between the "haves" and the "have-nots."...

Miami Herald: Gov. Rick Scott's 'jobs, jobs jobs' is just talk, talk, talk

(Original Post)   BY FRED GRIMM FGRIMM@MIAMIHERALD.COM Rick Scott talks jobs, jobs, jobs for Florida. But Nicolás Maduro delivers. Gov. Scott, the candy man of come-to-Florida corporate incentives, has been doling out state tax breaks, tax credits and other goodies,...

The Orlando Sentinel: Disney triples offshore profits, saving on U.S. taxes

(Original Post) December 9, 2013|By Jason Garcia, Orlando Sentinel The Walt Disney Co. has nearly tripled the amount of profit it is keeping in offshore subsidiaries, saving the company $315 million in U.S. income taxes, new regulatory filings show. The...

USA Today: Why Christie should endorse tuition equity

(Original Post) Raul Reyes, USATODAY 7:12 p.m. EST November 26, 2013 If he signs bill, undocumented high school grads would be able to pay in-state tuition. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is a lawmaker who plays by his own rules....

The Progressive Pulse: Profiles in tax avoidance - Yum! Brands

(Original Post) Post on November 26, 2013 by Allan Freyer When Thanksgiving rolls around, no one wants to watch someone else eat all the turkey and then have to pick up the grocery bill all by themselves. But that’s what’s...

Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Sarasota County's growth report, the KKK and Stephen Colbert

(Original Post)  By Tom Lyons Published: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 5:08 p.m. Last Modified: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 5:08 p.m. Ironic is the kindest description I can think of for the way Sarasota County Commissioner Joe Barbetta is...

Omaha World-Herald: Tax Modernization Committee ideas don't wow business groups

(Original Post) PUBLISHED MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2013 AT 12:30 AM / UPDATED AT 12:15 AM By Paul Hammel / World-Herald bureau LINCOLN — A preliminary proposal to revise Nebraska's tax system is getting a mix of kudos and criticism, generating...

Shreveport Times: Taxes - Where is Louisiana?

(Original Post) Nov. 15, 2013 Written by Tommy Williams Special to The Times Right now, inflation is not meeting expectations — and that may be a good thing. Critics of the prevailing monetary policy and low interest rates have predicted...

The Huffington Post: Biggest Tax Break In U.S. History May Not Be Enough For Boeing

(Original Post) Posted: 11/15/2013 3:56 pm EST  |  Updated: 11/17/2013 5:40 pm EST Jillian Berman Earlier this week, the legislature in Washington state agreed to give Boeing $8.7 billion in tax breaks through 2040 in an attempt to convince the...

CNN Money: Who gets the most federal spending for their tax dollars?

(Original Post) By Jeanne Sahadi  @CNNMoney November 13, 2013: 3:14 AM ET In a report this week, the Tax Foundation attempts to answer the question. It compares how different income groups benefit from federal spending -- directly and indirectly --...

Toledo Blade: Another tax spin

(Original Post) Ohio Sen. Chris Widener (R., Springfield) deserves credit for his key vote to expand Medicaid in Ohio. But his second act — turning the expansion’s estimated savings into an income tax break for Ohioans — is another matter....

Nebraska City News Press: Department of Revenue study shows income tax cut no boon for Nebraska

(Original Post) A tax burden study released last week by the Nebraska Department of Revenue contradicts claims that income tax cuts will lead to economic growth. A hypothetical $100 million personal income tax cut would result in a net loss...

Mother Jones: The Loophole That Allows Facebook to Avoid Paying Taxes on Billions of Earnings

(Original Post) —By Dana Liebelson| Fri Nov. 8, 2013 9:22 AM PST Most Americans assume that Silicon Valley, a shining beacon of US economic growth, will give a lot of dough back to Uncle Sam over the next few years....

The Huffington Post: Twitter Ready To Become The Tax-Dodging Club's Newest Member

(Original Post) By Jillian Berman and Ben Hallman Posted: 11/05/2013 11:26 am EST  |  Updated: 11/05/2013 11:35 am EST Twitter has yet to earn a profit, but if it ever does, the company could use a legal loophole to avoid...

Montgomery Advertiser: While we wait, cost of immigration reform rises

(Original Post) Written by Ben Johnson Nov. 5, 2013 5:26 PM There are few states in the nation with as big a stake in immigration reform as Alabama. Immigrants make up a growing percent of Alabama’s population, and 4.6 percent...

The Diamondback: Amazon.com facility will close tax loophole

(Original Post) Posted: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 1:03 am | Updated: 1:21 am, Tue Nov 5, 2013. With a new Amazon.com facility opening in Baltimore in 2014, online consumers in the state could soon be paying an additional 6 percent...

Politico: IPO shows how Twitter can legally avoid taxes

(Original Post) By KIM DIXON | 11/1/13 2:45 PM EDT Next week Twitter plans to rake in up to $1.6 billion in one of the year’s most highly anticipated initial public offerings. That doesn’t mean the ubiquitous social media company...

Kiplinger Personal Finance: 10 Most Tax-Friendly States in the US

(Original Post) Given a choice of several job opportunities across the country, or several contiguous states in which to live for a job in the area, don’t overlook the impact of state and local taxes on your household finances. These...

The State Journal Register: Costs are too high to not act on immigration reform

(Original Post) By Ben Johnson The State Journal-Register Posted Oct 27, 2013 @ 01:07 AM There are few states in the nation with as big a stake in immigration reform as Illinois. Immigrants make up 14 percent of Illinois’ population,...

Burnt Orange Report: Texas State Senators Call for Preservation of the DREAM Act

(Original Post) by: Emily Cadik Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 10:00 AM CDT Eleven state senators - Rodney Ellis, Sylvia Garcia, Juan Hinojosa, Eddie Lucio, Jr., Jose Rodriguez, Carlos Uresti, Leticia Van de Putte, Kirk Watson, Royce West, John Whitmire,...

New York Times: No to More Casinos in New York State

(Original Post) By THE EDITORIAL BOARD Published: October 24, 2013 New York State is home to five casinos run by Indian tribes and nine casinos that are called “racinos” because they are large slot machine parlors near racetracks. Gov. Andrew...

Think Progress: How The IRS's Shutdown-Induced Delay Will Hurt The Poor

(Original Post) BY BRYCE COVERT ON OCTOBER 24, 2013 AT 12:26 PM Thanks to the government shutdown, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) says it will delay the start of the tax-filing season by a week or two so that it...

Tax Analysts: The Gas Tax Doesn't Work Because Politicians Broke It

(Original Post) OCT. 22, 2013 07:33 PM EDT by Joseph J. Thorndike Big business wants to raise the gas tax and spend the money on infrastructure. Which sounds like a great idea, since that’s what the gas tax is supposed...

CNN Money: Chamber of Commerce- Raise gas tax to fix roads

(Original Post) By Jennifer Liberto  @CNNMoney October 21, 2013: 1:41 PM ET The U.S. should raise federal gas taxes to help fix roads and bridges, according to an influential business group in Washington. "Twenty years. It's been 20 years since...

The Seattle Times: Lawmakers at packed hearing told to pass transportation plan

(Original Post) Originally published October 14, 2013 at 10:32 PM | Page modified October 15, 2013 at 8:49 AM By Mike Lindblom Seattle Times transportation reporter A spectrum of transit riders, construction workers, business owners, pedestrians, bicyclists, freight carriers and...

Bangor Daily News: Higher Sales Tax Hurts Maine's Poor

(Original Post) The Left in Maine take pride in their self-proclaimed “caring for the poor.” However, rhetoric aside, their actions speak louder than their words. Earlier this year, the Democratically-controlled legislature enacted a budget, over Governor LePage’s veto, that raised...

The Economist: How can America pay for its roads?

(Original Post) Oct 14th 2013, 23:50 by T.N. | LOS ANGELES THE fuel efficiency of American vehicles has shot up in recent years, thanks to a blend of government mandates, environmental concerns and consumer fashion. By 2025 new vehicles must,...

Politico: Arthur Laffer is back as GOP tax man

  By RACHAEL BADE | 10/14/13 11:03 PM EDT Four decades ago at the Washington Hotel, a quirky economist made a pitch on the back of a napkin to Ford administration officials Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld: Cutting taxes would...

USA Today: The most tax-friendly states for business

(Original Post) Charley Blaine, 24/7 Wall St. 11 a.m. EDT October 12, 2013 Taxes are necessary for a functioning government, but according to one group, many states are crippling regional business growth with tax structures that are too expensive or...

US News & World Report: An Unhappy Anniversary for the Gas Tax

(Original Post)This article originally appers on www.usnews.com.  The gas tax hasn't been raised in 20 years, and it's hurting the economy By CARL DAVIS October 11, 2013 Last week, as Congress was melting down over funding the government, an unfortunate...

The Daily Californian: Rights for all, not for some

(Original Post) STATE ISSUES: Legislation focused on undocumented Californians who aren’t perfect will aid millions more and address painful stigmas. BY SENIOR EDITORIAL BOARD | STAFFLAST UPDATED OCTOBER 11, 2013 Legislation aimed at immigration reform often focuses on granting rights...

Reno News and Review: Nevada socks it to the working poor

(Original Post) By Dennis Myers  dennism@newsreview.com There is a 6.6 percent difference in the amount paid in state and local taxes by families at the top of Nevada’s economy when compared to those at the bottom, according to the Institute...

Boise Weekly: Business Leaders Push Political Leaders on Immigration

  As the immigration debate drags on, industry advocates for reform by Carissa Wolf Immigration equals big business at El Centro bank in Nampa. Latin radio hits mingle in the background as agents and tellers welcome immigrant farm hands and...

The Hill: Paying the price for 20 years of duct-taping our infrastructure

(Original Post) By Terry O'Sullivan - 10/08/13 05:32 PM ET With much of the focus on the government shutdown and its potential impact on the economy, a critical cost of congressional polarization and paralysis has been overshadowed: Our nation is...

Politico: The Gas Tax's Silver Anniversary Present

Original Post September 25, 2013 by Kevin Robillard Morning Transportation THE GAS TAX’S SILVER ANNIVERSARY PRESENT: One week before the 20th anniversary of the gas tax being set at 18.3 cents per gallon, the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy...

Real Change: Study finds Washington's tax system is the nation's most regressive

(Original Post) October 2, 2013 Vol: 20 No: 40 by: Aaron Burkhalter , Staff Reporter     Washington’s poorest people pay the highest taxes in the entire country. According to a study by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy,...

Green Car Reports: Gas Tax Unchanged For 20 Years Today; Road Costs, However...

(Original Post) BY  Stephen Edelstein Oct 1, 2013 Taxes on gasoline and diesel make up 85 percent of the revenue flowing into the United States' transportation spending account, but that may change. Soon, the gas tax may not provide enough...

National Journal: Happy 20th, Gas Tax!

(Original Post) By Fawn Johnson September 30, 2013 On Oct. 1, the 18.4 cent-per-gallon federal gas tax is 20 years old. And it is likely to remain at that level until it is old enough to drink. The current gas...

Governing: Is Earmarking the Best Way to Fund Projects?

(Original Post) It's not black and white, but understanding the pros and cons increases your chances of coming to the right answer for a particular project. BY: KATHERINE BARRETT & RICHARD GREENE | OCTOBER 2013 There are many issues in...

The Atlantic: We Could Fix America's Highways If Every Driver Kicked In an Extra $4.66 Per Month

(Original Post) ERIC JAFFESEP 25, 2013 Don't let the instinctive uproar over high gas costs fool you: Americans should be paying more to drive. But "more" is a vague and relative word. Exactly how much more would it take to...

PR Newswire: Congress, Not Fuel-Efficient Cars, to Blame for Transportation Funding Shortfall

(Original Post) Sept. 24, 2013, 8:15 a.m. EDT WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- New ITEP Report Shows Obsolete Gas Tax Has Cost $215 Billion, Undermined Infrastructure and Added to Deficit On October 1, the federal gas tax...

The Fiscal Times: You Won't Believe Which State Taxes Its Poor the Most

(Original Post) BETH BRAVERMAN The Fiscal Times  September 23, 2013 Washington State may have one of the lowest overall tax burdens in the country, but its poorest citizens pay more than residents of any other state. The poorest 20 percent...

Washington Post: The state that taxes the poor the most is... a blue one

(Original Post) By Niraj Chokshi, Published: September 21 at 10:00 am The state that easily handed President Obama a victory last November while passing voter-approved referendums legalizing same-sex marriage and marijuana consumption also happens to have the nation’s highest tax...

The Shorthorn: I want to disrupt what you think

(Original Post) Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 12:45 am | Updated: 1:50 am, Wed Sep 18, 2013. Lindsey Juarez The Shorthorn staff  teenage boy rode his bicycle to the DMV 16 years ago to get what many teenage boys dream...

Media Matters: Conservative Media's Misplaced Hysteria Over Immigrants And Welfare

(Original Post) Blog ››› September 18, 2013 6:04 PM EDT ››› SOLANGE UWIMANA Right-wing media have seized on a report noting that American children in Los Angeles County with undocumented parents are receiving millions in benefits to revive the spurious...

News & Observer: America's growing income divide

(Original Post) Published: September 14, 2013  By Ned Barnett The downtown lot where Raleigh’s Occupy movement once camped is now empty. The fast-food workers who picketted over being paid the meager minimum wage of $7.25 an hour have gone back...

Memphis Commercial Appeal: Op-Ed: What FedEx Can Teach Us About Tax Reform

What FedEx Can Teach Us About Tax Reform September 8, 2013 Original Post by Matt Gardner, Executive Director, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy Democratic Senator Max Baucus and Republican Congressman Dave Camp, the chairmen of the tax committees in...

Twin Cities Daily Planet: New reports underscore growing wage and income disparities

(Original Post) By Jeff Van Wychen, Minnesota 2020 September 09, 2013 Two recent reports—the first from the Minnesota Budget Project and the second from Growth & Justice—underscore different aspects of the same distressing economic trend: lower- and middle-income households' deteriorating...

Columbia Journalism Review: Invasion of the Job Snatcher

(Original Post) As the Missouri media takes up arms against Rick Perry, some facts and context get lost in the fray By Deron Lee FAIRWAY, KS — Texas and Missouri no longer square off as Big 12 opponents, but governors...

Card Hub: Should Uncle Sam Take a Toke to Fill His Coffers?

(Original Post)   by John Kiernan on August 27, 2013 When in doubt, look to the founding fathers.  That’s what we do in this country, isn’t it?  We reference the Constitution in order to rationalize legal disputes, questions of fundamental...

The Joplin Globe: Sloppy attempt would lead Missourians into dark hole

(Original Post) August 26, 2013 By Elliott Denniston Special to The Globe WEBB CITY, Mo. — Republican legislators and a handful of self-interested groups are campaigning to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of House Bill 253, a slipshod attempt to...

Huron County View: Immigration reform would boost revenue by $35 million

(Original Post)WASHINGTON — A new analysis estimates that unauthorized immigrants pay Michigan $126 million in state, local taxes. The study also estimates that Michigan would gain $35 million in increased revenue should undocumented immigrants in the U.S. be allowed to...

US News & World Report: Immigration Reform Could Boost U.S. Economy

(Original Post) Study shows immigration bill would create 14,000 jobs in each congressional district By LAUREN FOX August 20, 2013 Opponents to immigration reform have called the Senate's bipartisan and comprehensive immigration reform bill a "job killer," but a new...

Fox & Hounds: Immigration Reformers Must Tell a Better Story

(Original Post) By Joe Rodota CEO and founder of Forward Observer, a research and strategy firm Monday, August 19th, 2013   In a recent column, Washington Post Wonkblog writers Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas ask: “Why hasn’t this been immigration...

The Washington Times: Uneven results with changes to gas tax in Md., Va.

An 18-cent disparity in the cost of a gallon of gas between Maryland and Virginia appears to support predictions of radical price changes after lawmakers in both states took widely different approaches to raising transportation funding through gas taxes this year.

Southtown Star: What's at stake for Illinois in immigration reform?

For instance, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently estimated that the immigration reform bill that passed the Senate in June would reduce the federal budget deficit by roughly $1 trillion over 20 years and would boost the U.S. economy as a whole without negatively affecting U.S. workers in the long run.

Portsmouth Daily Time: To the Ohio House of Representatives, Tax Reform Study Committee

A study by the Joint Economic Committee of the Congress found in the 1970s that state taxes were one of the least driving factors in business location decisions, in part because state taxes could be written off on Federal taxes. Quality of life factors were seen as far more important. The Tax Foundation, set up in the 1930s to combat rising taxes under the New Deal, estimated in a 2006 study of businesses in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific that taxes accounted for 7 to 13 percent of business cost in manufacturing, and just 3 to 7 percent in non-manufacturing. An earlier study, 1998, at Northwestern University, had found that in U.S. manufacturing, state and local taxes constituted 3 to 5 percent of operating costs, while in service industries they were 4 to 6 percent.

The Daily Camera: What's at stake for Colorado in immigration reform?

As Congress takes a summer respite to figure out how to move immigration reform forward in the House, mounting evidence shows that reform would be a plus to the national economy. For instance, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently estimated that the immigration reform bill which passed the Senate in June (S. 744) would reduce the federal deficit by roughly $1 trillion over 20 years and would boost the U.S. economy as a whole without negatively affecting U.S. workers in the long run. In addition, an April report from the conservative American Action Forum, authored by a former director of the CBO, went further, estimating that immigration reform has the potential to decrease the cumulative federal deficit by more than $2.5 trillion over the course of just 10 years.

The Patriot-News: Green energy's unintended consequences: As I See It

The green energy movement -- the effort to switch from fossil fuels to cleaner, renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power, but also biofuels such as ethanol-is driven by good intentions ... mostly. But it is also riddled with unintended, even ridiculous, consequences that often outweigh the good the movement hopes to achieve.

CT News Junkie: The Important Message of the Sales-Tax Holiday

It's that time of year again, folks. Not only are my kids gearing up for a much-needed return to school, but sales tax holidays are sprouting up like weeds across the land of the free.

Think Progress: GOP Governor Inadvertently Makes Case For Immigration Reform: We 'Need To Reach Out To People Who Live In The Shadows'

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) on Thursday made a strong case for creating a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants -- without even knowing that's what he was doing.

Yakima Herald Republic: Advocates press economic argument for immigration reform

Echoing a host of recent reports, a coalition of grower and labor interests presented a new study Tuesday that concludes comprehensive immigration reform would create jobs and pump billions of dollars into the state and national economies.

Associated Press: Liu Calls for Legalized Pot in NYC

New York City Comptroller John Liu is proposing a historic overhaul of the city's marijuana laws, believing that legalizing medical marijuana and allowing adults to possess an ounce of pot for recreational use would pump more than $400 million into the city's coffers.

The Middletown Press: States could see millions more in tax revenues with immigration reform

Throughout the past year, Connecticut was faced with tough choices in passing its budget, and it was forced to do so with tens of millions of dollars less in tax revenue than the state would have had if its undocumented immigrants had been part of the mainstream population.

Daily Hampshire Gazette: Tax-free weekends are bad economic policy and send wrong message

It troubles me that we marched on to last weekend's "tax-free holiday" with so little thinking about the folly and hypocrisies of such a "gift" from the Legislature.

Ballard News-Tribune: Tarleton addresses transportation, environment, revenue

"It is absolutelly regressive, in every which way, with any economist," she said of Washington's tax system. At the beginning of this year, The Washington D.C.-based Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) released a report crowning Washington state with the most regressive tax system.

Policy Shop: Time to Tax Services, Not Just Sales

It's no secret that sales taxes are a regressive way to raise revenues. And the heavy reliance on such taxes across the country explains why state tax systems tend to clobber the poor while asking little of the rich.

The Oregonian: Unions and taxes- A combustible issue with readers

My Wednesday post about the latest tax proposals from Our Oregon -- a political group closely associated with the state's public employee unions -- has drawn more comments than almost any other story on Oregonlive.

Minnesota Post: Minnesota growth formula could help Detroit recover

New residents, immigrants and refugees specifically, hold great promise for reviving places like Detroit, battered by de-industrialization or changing economics.

KHAS TV: Nebraska Tax Committee reviews policy

The Nebraska Tax Committee continued their 6-month review of tax policy Tuesday. Some senators feel the state could be on the verge of major reform.

Journal and Courier (IN): Guest column: Immigration reform more than a map to amnesty

Original Post August 6, 2013 As an Indiana resident, I become more certain every day that immigration reform will benefit our community and our state. As just one sign of the potential rewards, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy...

Cape Gazette: Tax expert speaks to advocacy group

(Original Post) Gardner: DuPont pays no state, federal income tax By Kara Nuzback | Aug 07, 2013 Matt Gardner of the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy said companies such as DuPont do not pay $1 in state or federal...

The Boston Globe: Tax break is no holiday for Mass.

(Original Post) By Tom Keane |  GLOBE CORRESPONDENT     AUGUST 06, 2013 THERE ARE certain things our elected officials do that make easy pickings for a columnist, and right at the top of the list is the Bay State’s...

Portland Press Herald: Immigration reform, a boon for all, should be embraced, not feared

(Original Post) By TOM GAWARKIEWICZ Special to the Press Herald AUGUSTA — Historically, immigrants from Canada came to Maine seeking better job opportunities in the mills. Now Canada is the country attracting immigrants, luring entrepreneurs and high-skill workers to enhance...

The Worcester Telegram: Retailers hopeful to cash in on tax-free weekend

Original Post August 5, 2013By Alli Knothe  Retailers are hopeful that the upcoming tax free weekend will be the incentive needed for shoppers to buy new appliances, furniture and other staples. "All you have is tax tax tax tax tax...

The Spokesman-Review: Immigration reform good for economy

(Original Post) Benjamin Johnson As Congress takes a summer respite to figure out how to move immigration reform forward in the House, mounting evidence shows reform would be a plus to the national economy. For instance, the Congressional Budget Office...

PBS: State Tax Cuts: Is Arthur Laffer All Wet?

The correlation between states having no income tax and their economic growth is not as direct as Reagan White House economic adviser Arthur Laffer says it is, argues tax economist Joel Slemrod.

Shreveport Times: Sales tax holiday runs Friday, Saturday

A chance to beat the state out of four cents sales tax for two days starts at midnight when the annual fall Sales Tax Holiday begins.

The Record: Report sees tax benefits, jobs for N.J. from immigration reform

New Jersey's tax revenue and housing market would get a boost, and its technology and agricultural industry would gain jobs if Congress passes comprehensive immigration reform, according to economic projections released by the White House on Thursday.

The Davis Enterprise: Snippets of energy news

Back in the old days, when you went to the movies, theaters often would show a double feature, and these two movies would be preceded by a cartoon and a newsreel. The double feature is long gone, as is the cartoon, and the newsreel has been replaced with about 20 minutes of previews of coming attractions and, if you get there early enough, a bunch of advertisements.

PBS: How Low Can They Go? Arthur Laffer Defends Slashing State Income Taxes

In this 2012 Making Sen$e report, former Reagan White House economic adviser Arthur Laffer drew his famous curve on a napkin -- just the way he did for the Ford administration -- and explained how it works.

Stateline: MA Joins Sales Tax Holiday Parade

Massachusetts is the 18th state to join the back-to-school tax holiday parade this year. The legislature has authorized a tax-free weekend to begin Aug. 10.

The City Wire: Some studies note impact of tax holiday promote spending

One back-to-school ritual designed to boost consumption will occur this weekend starting Saturday (Aug. 3) and ending Sunday (Aug. 4), as consumers may take advantage of a statewide tax-free holiday.

NPR: As Back-To-School Shopping Begins, Consumers May Turn Frugal

As August begins, retailers are stepping up sales promotions to attract back-to-school shoppers. And several states are offering tax-free shopping to encourage purchases.

The Advocate: Sales tax holiday begins Friday

(Original Post) BY MICHELLE MILLHOLLON mmillhollon@theadvocate.com July 31, 2013 State sales tax will take a holiday this weekend, giving consumers a chance to save on the purchases of clothes, appliances, electronics and other goods. Lifting the 4 percent state sales...

The Birmingham News: Don't sell short the contributions, in culture and in taxes, that immigrants make in the U.S., Alabama

(Original Post) By Joey Kennedy on July 29, 2013 at 9:39 AM, updated July 29, 2013 at 11:54 AM Comprehensive immigration reform appears bogged down in the U.S. House. Imagine that -- the one branch of government controlled by far-right,...

Arizona Daily Star: Legalizing undocumented immigrants makes economic sense

(Original Post) July 28, 2013 12:00 am  •  Ben Johnson Special To The Arizona Daily Star3 As Congress takes a summer respite to figure out how to move immigration reform forward in the House, mounting evidence shows that reform would...

The Gainesville Sun: Florida's stake in immigration reform

(Original Post) Published: Friday, July 26, 2013 at 3:08 p.m. Last Modified: Friday, July 26, 2013 at 3:08 p.m. As Congress takes a summer respite to figure out how to move immigration reform forward in the House, mounting evidence shows...

Jackson Clarion Ledger: A Mississippi sales-tax holiday primer

(Original Post) If you’re looking to save money on many kinds of clothing and footwear – but not school supplies – then the next two days are for you. Friday and Saturday will mark this year’s installment of Mississippi’s sales...

Jackson Clarion Ledger: Drastically differing views on this weekend's sales tax holiday

(Original Post) Mississippi’s annual “sales tax holiday” for clothing and footwear begins Friday, aimed primarily at helping parents with back-to-school purchases. I’ve received two correspondences on the holiday, one from a group saying it’s great, another saying it’s not. The...

Media Matters: Conservative Media Ignore That Immigration Reform Is An Economic Issue

In Fact, Immigration Reform Has Everything To Do With The Economy Immigration Reform Would Increase Revenues ITEP: Newly Legalized Immigrants Would "Increase Their State And Local Tax Contributions By An Estimated $2 Billion A Year." A study by the Institute...

Livingston Daily Press & Argus: Hune, U-M rules could clash

(Original Post)   Written by Christopher Behnan Daily Press & Argus State Sen. Joe Hune’s proposal to block undocumented immigrants from receiving state benefits could clash with the University of Michigan’s decision to grant in-state tuition to undocumented students. The...

McClatchy-Tribune: States expand sales tax holidays beyond back-to-school items

(Original Post) By Elaine S. Povich McClatchy-Tribune Posted July 20, 2013 at 5 p.m. Many states with back-to-school sales tax “holidays” are expanding them to cover almost any purchase, in addition to the usual kids’ clothing, shoes, books and school...

The Progressive Pulse: Facts matter about the tax "reform" debate

(Original Post) Post on July 19, 2013 by Jeff Shaw5 Comments » When making important decisions, people have a right to the best possible information. Facts, not ideology, should drive our policy agendas. This is especially true on budget and...

Think Progress: Two Weeks After Slashing Taxes For The Rich, Ohio Governor Wants More

(Original Post) By Alan Pyke on Jul 19, 2013 at 9:00 am Gov. John Kasich (R) wants to get the top income tax rate in Ohio down below 5 percent, Cincinnati.com reported Thursday. The speech came 18 days after Kasich...

Stateline: Little Financial Aid to States in Immigration Plan

(Original Post)  By Daniel C. Vock, Staff Writer The immigration overhaul passed by the U.S. Senate could put a big squeeze on the budgets of state and local governments. The proposal does not help states pay for costs incurred by...

Floyd County Times: Study examines the value of immigration reform

(Original Post) by Greg Stotelmyer Kentucky News Connection BEREA - A new study shows that Kentucky would get a boost in revenue if the state’s estimated 80,000 undocumented immigrants were allowed to work legally. The analysis by the Institute on...

Hattiesburg American: Fact, fiction of immigration reform remains problematic

(Original Post) Jul. 17, 2013 12:53 PM Written by Sid Salter For more centrist Republicans, the 2012 election cycle was enough to jump start a new discussion of compromise from hard right-wing dogma on immigration reform both at the national...

KSFR: Nuestra America July 16

(Original Post)Gerry Bradley, Research Director of New Mexico Voices for Children, discusses a new report on Tax Contributions of undocumented immigrants in the United States and New Mexico...

Think Progress: North Carolina Lawmakers Ram Through Plan That Would Increase Taxes On Poor People

(Original Post) By Igor Volsky on Jul 16, 2013 at 12:45 pm Gov. Pat McCrory (R-NC) (Credit: Takaaki Iwabu/The News & Observer) North Carolina lawmakers rammed through massive tax reforms on Tuesday that would disproportionately benefit higher-income earners, bringing the...

San Antonio Express-News: The economic case for immigration

(Original Post) EXPRESS-NEWS EDITORIAL BOARD : JULY 16, 2013 : Updated: July 16, 2013 5:14pm The U.S. House wants to embark on piecemeal efforts on immigration reform that are to comprehensive what a handful of sand is to a beach....

Crain's Detroit Business: Immigrants pay taxes, too

(Original Post) Now that the U.S. Senate has approved a bipartisan immigration bill, and it is all but dead in the Republican-controlled U.S. House, those supporting reform are pointing to a report released last week by the Institute on Taxation...

About.com: Unauthorized Immigrants Paying Plenty in Government Taxes

(Original Post) By Dan Moffett, About.com GuideJuly 15, 2013 A nonpartisan Washington think tank says that unauthorized immigrants generally pay as much in taxes as U.S. citizens and they would pay a lot more to the state, local and federal...

Capital Journal: What South Dakota is doing seems to be working

(Original Post) Posted: Sunday, July 14, 2013 10:46 pm David Rookhuyzen  Dakota voices As a born-and-raised Arizonan I will always have a special place in my heart for the Grand Canyon State. But I have to say, in the past...

NY Daily News: Republicans give immigrants a reality check on expecting immigration reform

(Original Post) Forget about a comprehensive immigration bill. And so much for a bipartison bill out of the House. By Albor Ruiz / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS A reality check. That’s what the Republican tactic on immigration reform, announced last...

CBS Denver: Immigration Changes Will Help Colorado Revenue

(Original Post) July 13, 2013 3:59 PM DENVER (AP) – An analysis by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy says Colorado would gain almost $43 million in tax revenue if people in the state who entered the country illegally...

OPB: Undocumented Immigrants In Oregon Paid About $94 Million In Taxes

(Original Post) OPB | July 12, 2013 3:38 p.m. | Portland, Oregon A new national report indicates that undocumented immigrants in Oregon paid about $94 million in state and local taxes in 2010. The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy...

Ashbury Park Press: Columnist dead wrong on economic equality

(Original Post) 5:58 PM, Jul. 12, 2013 Patrick Buchanan’s July 7 column, “The top threat to liberty: Freedom lost when the state mandates equal outcomes,” is peppered with fallacies, distortions and paranoia. Exactly which state programs or policies “mandate equal...

Business First: Immigration reform would add $56M to Kentucky, Indiana coffers

(Original Post) Staff Business First A newly released study shows that national and state tax revenues in Kentucky and Indiana would increase by nearly $56 million annually if immigration reform passes. As The Courier-Journal reports, the study by the nonpartisan...

Public News Service: Supporters say Immigration Reform Would Boost Ark. Economy & Tax Revenue

(Original Post) LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Supporters of immigration reform say it would not only help the Arkansas economy, it would also bring in millions more in state and local taxes. According to the non-partisan, non-profit Institute on Taxation and...

Bloomberg BNA: Sales Tax Slice: Attention Shoppers - A Sales Tax Holiday is Occurring in a State Near You

(Original Post) Thursday, July 11, 2013 by Rebecca Helmes Your kids may have just finished school for the summer, but it’s time to start devising your back-to-school shopping plan.  A break from sales taxes may come as a welcome respite...

NJ Spotlight: Immigration Reform Could Boost NJ Tax Revenues by $80M Yearly

(Original Post) Higher wages, more spending, increase in income taxes and sales taxes expected if undocumented workers became legal By Hank Kalet, July 11, 2013 Local and state tax coffers could gain see an injection of more than $80 million...

Art Voice: Making Believe in Big

(Original Post) by Bruce Fisher Issue v12n28 (07/11/2013) A future based on the rich entertaining the poor? When the Indianapolis Colts play the Denver Broncos on October 20, 2013 in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, the average ticket price, according...

Michigan Radio: Two plus two isn't five

(Original Post) Lessenberry commentary for 7/11/2013 I have nothing against the Theater of the Absurd. I was taught French years ago by an odd method based on the comedies of Eugene Ionesco, the master of irrational dialogue. But absurdity doesn’t...

MSN Money: Legalized immigrants could add $2 billion in taxes

(Original Post) A nonpartisan study shows that granting them such status would allow them to pay a great deal more. By Jason Notte Undocumented immigrants are robbing taxpayers, you say? Well, you could get $2 billion of that back each...

Philadelphia Inquirer:Study shows financial gains if immigrants can work legally

(Original Post) Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer POSTED: Thursday, July 11, 2013, 1:08 AM With the cost to revamp immigration law looming large in the national debate, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), a left-of-center nonprofit in Washington,...

Yakima Herald Republic: Undocumented immigrants paid $292M in state, local taxes in 2010

(Original Post) POSTED ON JULY 11, 2013 By Mike Faulk Yakima Herald-Republic YAKIMA, Wash. — Undocumented immigrants paid $292 million in state and local taxes in Washington in 2010, according to a new study. Released this week by the Washington,...

WHYY Radio: Study shows N.J., Pa. and Del. could profit from immigration reform

Original PostJuly 10, 2013By Ann Marie AwadAudio File at the linkImmigration legislation pending in Congress could boost revenue for New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware, according to a study released today by the nonpartisan Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP).ITEP...

Bergen Record: News Immigrant tax study sees $81M gain for N.J.

Original Post Tuesday, July 9, 2013  BY  MONSY ALVARADONew Jersey immigrants living in the country without legal permission are paying sales tax, and some pay property taxes and even personal income tax.Those state and local taxes totaled $476.4 million in...

Arkansas Times: Immigration reform would be good for the economy

Original Post July 10, 2013by Max Brantley Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families cites the benefits of immigration reform that would legalize more of the people already at work and building families in the U.S. With fiscal costs and benefits...

US News & World Report: Immigration Reform Would Boost Tax Revenues

(Original Post) States with no sales tax have the most to gain from immigration reform By LAUREN FOX July 10, 2013 The economic impact of legalizing 11 million immigrants who entered the country illegally is one of the main stumbling...

The Star-Ledger: Immigrants in N.J. illegally still paid $475M in taxes in 2010, study says

(Original Post) By Jeff Goldman/The Star-Ledger  on July 10, 2013 at 12:00 PM, updated July 10, 2013 at 12:24 PM Immigrants living illegally in New Jersey contribute hundreds of millions of dollars to the economy, according to a report released...

Michigan Radio: Michigan tax revenues would increase with comprehensive immigration changes

(Original Post) By STEVE CARMODY Credit Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio Michigan could get a boost in new tax revenues if the federal government approves proposed changes to immigration laws. That’s according to a new report.   The Institute on Taxation and...

KY Forward: Fifty-state study shows immigration reform would boost Kentucky revenues $23.2 million

(Original Post) With fiscal costs and benefits figuring large in the immigration reform debate, a new analysis from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) estimates that unauthorized immigrants are already paying $10.6 billion a year in state and...

Stateline: Immigration Overhaul Could Bring States, Localities $2 Billion a Year

(Original Post)   By Daniel C. Vock, Staff Writer Fiso Kilifi of western Samoa stands for the Pledge of Allegiance during the ceremony to become a U.S. citizen. (AP) States and localities could collect an extra $2 billion a year...

Think Progress: Immigration Reform Would Be A Boon To Federal And State Economies

(Original Post) By Marina Fang, Guest Blogger on Jul 10, 2013 at 2:30 pm Two new reports released today illustrate that granting a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants would lead to numerous economic benefits on the federal,...

US News & World Report: Gas Taxation Without Representation

(Original Post) By GREGG LASKOSKI July 10, 2013 Effective in July, eight states increased their gasoline tax rates. 11 others are said to be considering similar action, according to Transportation for America, a Washington D.C.-based public advocacy group. According to...

Reuters: Immigration overhaul could boost U.S. states' revenue

(Original Post) By Kim Dixon WASHINGTON | Wed Jul 10, 2013 12:03am EDT (Reuters) - Granting citizenship to 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States could boost state and local government coffers by about $2 billion annually, said a...

KCEC News: ContribuciĆ³n de inmigrantes

(Original Post)En medio del debate migratorio, el reporte recién publicado por el instituto de política económica y tributaria, indica que colorado se beneficiaría de decenas de millones de dólares en impuestos adicionales a miles de inmigrantes legalizados bajo una reforma....

The Courier-Journal: Immigration reform would net $23M more for Kentucky

(Original Post) Jul. 10, 2013 11:48 PM Written by James R. Carroll WASHINGTON — Calling it “flawed” and “rushed,” House Republican leaders Wednesday snubbed sweeping immigration reform legislation, even as a new study showed that state and local tax revenues...

UALR: Immigration Reform Could Boost Arkansas Revenues

(Original Post) By MALCOLM GLOVER A recent analysis by a liberal-leaning think tank estimates that undocumented immigrants pay $72.4 million a year in state and local taxes in Arkansas. Supporters of immigration reform efforts in the U.S. hold a rally...

Santa Fe New Mexican: Immigration reform would boost state's tax revenues by $6M

(Original Post) Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 7:00 am By Adele Oliveira The New Mexican A study released Wednesday by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy says comprehensive immigration reform would increase New Mexico’s annual tax revenue by $6...

Accounting Today: Immigration Reform Expected to Increase State Tax Revenues $2 Billion

Unauthorized immigrants are already paying $10.6 billion a year in state and local taxes, according to a new analysis that estimates an additional $2 billion revenue increase for the 50 states and the District of Columbia if undocumented immigrants who...

PR Newswire: Undocumented Immigrants Pay $11 Billion Annually In State And Local Taxes; Immigration Reform Would Increase State Revenues By $2 Billion

  NEW 50-STATE STUDY FROM THE INSTITUTE ON TAXATION AND ECONOMIC POLICY WASHINGTON, July 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With fiscal costs and benefits figuring large in the immigration reform debate, a new analysis shows that unauthorized immigrants already pay $10.6...

NJ News Commons: Undocumented NJ Immigrants Pay Nearly $500M in State and Local Taxes

(Original Post) By TERRENCE MCDONALD Undocumented immigrants living in New Jersey pay nearly $500 million in state and local taxes, and would pay an additional $81 million more if they are granted legal status under a proposed overhaul of the...

Crain's Chicago Business: Why immigration reform is a tax boon for Illinois

(Original Post) By Paul Merrion July 10, 2013 Immigration reform eventually would increase state and local tax collections in Illinois by almost $150 million a year, a new study has found. Undocumented immigrants in Illinois paid about $563 million in...

The Record: Immigrant tax study sees $81M gain for N.J.

(Original Post) TUESDAY JULY 9, 2013, 11:05 PMBY  MONSY ALVARADOSTAFF WRITER New Jersey immigrants living in the country without legal permission are paying sales tax, and some pay property taxes and even personal income tax. Those state and local taxes...

Newsday: Immigrant status change could mean millions in tax revenue for NY

(Original Post) Originally published: July 9, 2013 8:56 PM Updated: July 9, 2013 9:31 PM By VÍCTOR MANUEL RAMOS  victor.ramos@newsday.com Granting legal status to immigrants who entered the United States illegally could net New York $224 million in additional state...

The Huffington Post: Undocumented Immigrants Would Pay Billions More In Taxes If Allowed To Work Legally

(Original Post) Posted: 07/10/2013 12:01 am EDT Allowing undocumented immigrants to work legally in the U.S. would boost their state and local tax contributions by an estimated $2 billion annually, a new study finds. The study, conducted by the Institute...

New Haven Register: Reconfigure tax system for transportation

(Original Post) Published: Tuesday, July 09, 2013 Some middle-class and wealthy Connecticut people point to government aid programs and services and say that poor people get a lot for nothing. But the working poor pay about 11 percent of their...

Stateline: States Expand Sales Tax Holidays Beyond Back-to-School Items

(Original Post)   By Elaine S. Povich, Staff Writer A crowd of about 100 line up outside of the Apple Store in the Saddle Creek shopping center in Germantown, Tenn., to get a head start on last year’s tax free...

Off the Charts: Getting the Whole Story in State Tax Debates

(Original Post) July 8, 2013 at 9:02 am Posted by: Nicholas Johnson This year’s state tax debates have revealed a very important flaw in how states typically make tax policy.  Fortunately, it’s a flaw that can be fixed. In most...

Gulf Coast News Today: We are conservative, Republican, religious

(Original Post) Posted: Friday, July 5, 2013 12:24 pm Steve Flowers Inside the Statehouse A recent survey rated Alabama as the most conservative state in the Union. More than half of our residents describe themselves as politically conservative. The poll...

The Philadelphia Inquirer: N.J. highways cost most, study says

(Original Post) By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer POSTED: July 05, 2013 New Jersey's roads may not be paved with gold, but they certainly are expensive. The state ranks highest in the nation in the cost of maintaining its roads,...

Honolulu Magazine: Dependence Day

(Original Post) The IRS scandal reached even Hawaii. But why worry when the IRS asks for a list of everyone who ever attended your events? Honolulu Magazine's editor A. Kam Napier. The scandals have been piling up pretty deep this...

Cincinnati CityBeat: Bad News Budget

(Original Post) State Republicans lower taxes for the rich, defund Planned Parenthood and try to block health care for the poor in Kasich-signed budget BY GERMAN LOPEZ · JULY 3RD, 2013 With Gov. John Kasich’s signature, Republican state officials on June...

MSN Money: 8 states where the gas tax just went up

(Original Post) From Connecticut to Wyoming, lawmakers are turning to these hikes to fund long overdue road and infrastructure projects. By Bruce Kennedy It's the summer driving season, and while gas prices traditionally rise this time of year, they've been...

City Pulse: Michigan's tax unfairness

(Original Post) Wednesday, July 3,2013 by Walt Sorg In 2011, Gov. Rick Snyder defended his $2.6 billion in tax increases on families, coupled with a $1.6 billion business tax cut, as “tax fairness.” The reality, according to a study by...

CNN Money: Just in Time for the Holiday, 8 States Raise Gas Taxes

(Original Post) POSTED BY RYAN HOLEYWELL | JULY 1, 2013 Drivers hitting the road for the Independence Day holiday will encounter higher gas taxes in eight states, according to data compiled by Citizens For Tax Justice. While the changes could...

Minneapolis Star Tribune: Major player in Anoka calls it a career

(Original Post) Article by: JIM ADAMS , Star Tribune Updated: July 2, 2013 - 1:46 PM Bob Kirchner, a persistent community development director, retires after 35 years with Anoka. After negotiating development deals in Anoka for three decades, Bob Kirchner...

Triangle Business Journal: N.C. gas tax rises to 37.6 cents a gallon

(Original Post) Jul 1, 2013, 3:57pm EDT Logistics & Transportation Chris Bagley Staff Writer- Triangle Business Journal North Carolina increased its motor fuels tax to its second-highest level in history on Monday. The increase was small, just one-tenth of a cent...

The Wichita Eagle: Average Kansan probably won't notice small dip in sales tax rate on most purchases, lawmaker says

(Original Post) By BRENT D. WISTROM Eagle Topeka bureau Published Saturday, June 29, 2013, at 5:18 p.m. TOPEKA — The state’s portion of the sales tax is about shrink a little. Today, the state would collect $31.50 in sales tax...

The Barre Montpelier Times Argus: Kids count

  June 28,2013 Once again Vermont finished high in the ranking of children’s well-being released earlier this week by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The foundation’s Kids Count survey of the states measures children’s well-being in 16 categories relating to...

The Columbus Dispatch: Top 1% of earners fare best in proposed Ohio tax plan, study says

(Original Post) By  Jim Siegel The Columbus Dispatch Wednesday June 26, 2013 8:58 AM A new analysis yesterday added fuel to criticism of a new tax plan that would decrease Ohioans’ income tax but increase the state sales and commercial...

MSNBC: Putting the lie to gross Hispanic stereotypes by Gohmert, 'Top Gear'

(Original Post) Martin Bashir, @bashirlive 5:56 PM on 06/24/201 As the battle over immigration intensifies, some of the rhetoric against any kind of reform is heating up. Last week at a rally against immigration reform, Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert said, “If...

Paul Harris Show: Raising The Gas Tax

(Original Post)The federal gas tax (18.4¢/gallon) hasn't changed since 1993, but the cost of maintaining America's roads has increased substantially. Today on my America Weekend show, I talked with Matthew Gardner of the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy about...

Paul Harris Show: Raising The Gas Tax

(Original Post)The federal gas tax (18.4¢/gallon) hasn't changed since 1993, but the cost of maintaining America's roads has increased substantially. Today on my America Weekend show, I talked with Matthew Gardner of the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy about...

News & Observer: NC tax reform will have major implications for next generation

(Original Post) Published: June 22, 2013  By Christopher Gergen and Stephen Martin There are times when stark choices about the future of our state arise – and we seem to be at one of these crossroads now. The debate is...

Las Vegas City Life: Notes on inequality and the screwing of the little guy in Las Vegas

(Original Post)6:47 pm - June 19, 2013by LAUNCE RAKELas Vegas is one of those American cities where intense inequalities of wealth and status aren’t just obvious, they are rubbed in your face. Wealth and power brings with it the luxury...

US News & World Report: What's the Matter with Kansas' Tax Policy?

(Original Post)By Pat GarofaloJune 13, 2013Kansas Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has presided over one of the most rightward lurches of any state in the nation, on issues such as health care, abortion and education. But the crown jewel of his...

Business Insider: The Chart That Eviscerates Five Terrible Talking Points About Taxes

(Original Post)Discussions of tax progressivity tend to have a low ratio of signal to noise. The following chart should clear up a few things.Here are the big takeaways: Our tax code is highly progressive. Almost everybody pays something. Even the...

The Birmingham News: The tax you pay for what you use every day

(Original Post)By Mike D. Smithon June 14, 2013 at 4:49 PM, updated June 15, 2013 at 11:08 PMI know I can tell you to the cent what I gave Alabama Power last month. Same goes for my cellphone bill, car...

US News & World Report: What's the Matter with Kansas' Tax Policy?

(Original Post)By Pat GarofaloJune 13, 2013Kansas Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has presided over one of the most rightward lurches of any state in the nation, on issues such as health care, abortion and education. But the crown jewel of his...

The Progressive Pulse: 90% of benefits from Corporate Income Tax repeal to go out of state

(Original Post)Post on June 12, 2013 by Allan FreyerOne of the most eye-popping parts of the Senate tax reform plan is the proposed elimination of the state’s Corporate Income Tax, for a cost of $1 billion in foregone revenue each...

Associated Press: States look to tax hybrid and electric car owners to recoup road funding

(Original Post)Published June 09, 2013Associated PressRALEIGH, N.C. –  North Carolina is joining a growing number of states exploring new fees for hybrid and electric car owners to help make up for revenue those drivers aren't paying in gas taxes on...

The Capital Times: Out with progressive, in with regressive state taxes

(Original Post)June 08, 2013 4:45 am  •  JOEL McNALLY | state columnistRemember back when Wisconsin was proud to be one of the most progressive states in the nation?Even more importantly, do you remember the states we all held in contempt...

Bloomberg Businessweek: Electric-Car Owners Get Taxed for Not Paying Gas Taxes

(Original Post)By Alison VekshinJune 06, 2013Hugh Joyce, a contractor in Richmond, Va., owns three plug-in cars, and like many green-car evangelists, he’s unabashed about his love for them—especially his new $80,000 Tesla (TSLA) Model S. It’s “the most important vehicle...

Las Vegas City Life: It only took 121 days for lawmakers to ignore tax reform, be good to gays and fawn over the Ghost Rider

(Original Post)4:00 pm - June 05, 2013by LAUNCE RAKEThe Nevada Legislature met in 2013, aware that its solemn duty was to address the profound issues affecting every citizen of the state, most especially a tax and funding system that everyone,...

Huffington Post: 18 Of America's Biggest Companies Using Tax Havens To Skirt $92 Billion In U.S. Taxes

(Original Post)The Huffington Post  |  By Jillian Berman    Posted: 06/03/2013 1:58 pm EDT  |  Updated: 06/03/2013 5:05 pm EDT Apple may be getting all the attention from lawmakers and the news media for its offshore tax practices, but a new...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: GOP lawmakers may hike school funding, expand vouchers

(Original Post) School choice expansion would be limited By Patrick Marley and Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel May 30, 2013 3:31 p.m. Madison — Republicans who control the Legislature are working on a deal that would increase funding for...

Hays Daily News: Costly session

(Original Post) 5/29/2013    With conservative super-majorities in place on both sides of the Kansas Statehouse, Gov. Sam Brownback had to have been expecting a relatively cooperative and short session this year. Rubberstamp a few more tax cuts for those...

Workday Minnesota: Education funding, tax reform highlight gains made in 2013 session, unions say

(Original Post)By Michael Moore, Union Advocate editor23 May 2013ST. PAUL - Minnesota’s working families will see the most obvious fruits of the 2013 legislative session in their public schools and property-tax bills, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg...

Lawrence World Journal: GOP tax plans would increase taxes on low-wage Kansans, decrease taxes for high-income Kansans, report says

(Original Post)Posted by Scott Rothschild May 23, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. Topeka — Taxes will increase for low-wage Kansans and decrease for those with higher incomes under plans being considered by Republican state legislators, according to a Washington, D.C.-based think...

Reno News & Review: It happens

(Original Post)By Dennis Myersdennism@newsreview.comThis article was published on 05.23.13.Nevada has a crappy tax system. Here's why.It was sweltering. Januaries in Carson City are cold, of course, but the Nevada Assembly hall was jammed with bodies and television lights. Even on...

The Huffington Post: One Tax Loophole Apple's Tim Cook And Lawmakers Didn't Talk About

(Original Post)The Huffington Post  |  By Jillian Berman    Posted: 05/21/2013 3:30 pm EDTWhen Apple CEO Tim Cook appeared before a panel of Senators Tuesday, much of the questioning centered around why so much of the company’s money sits untaxed overseas....

The Progressive Pulse: Blowhard lobbyist for corporations and the rich in town to promote tax increases on average North Carolinians

(Original Post)Post on May 16, 2013 by Rob SchofieldHow low have things sunk in the Raleigh policy debate? This low: A front group for corporations and greedy billionaires is bringing a has-been Washington lobbyist to town to promote higher taxes...

Pryor Creek Times: Income tax reduction done deal

(Original Post)The plan to reduce Oklahoma’s income tax from 5.25 percent to 5.00 beginning in 2015 is a done deal. We know it means losing $200 million from state revenues that could have gone to hire more teachers and properly...

The Progressive Pulse: 'Modest' or 'Bold,' Nebraska Tax Cuts Could Not Be Sold

(Original Post)This is an additional contribution to the blog series that presents voices from other states that have unsuccessfully pursued comprehensive tax reform. (See Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3)Commentary provided by Renee Fry, Executive Director of the OpenSky...

Campus Progress: Here's One Way to End Poverty

(Original Post)Posted Thursday, May 16, 2013 in Opinions by Chris LewisThere’s been a lot of hand-wringing lately about bloating, excess, and abuse of government assistance programs like disability insurance and food stamps. For taxpayers anxious about whether public assistance dollars...

International Digital Times: Tommy Chong Cancer Goes Up In Smoke; Veteran Funnyman Says Weed Saved His Life And Could Save America, Too

(Original Post)Now that Tommy Chong's cancer has been cured, the Grammy Award-winning comedian is setting his sights on another challenge: saving America. In a recent interview with CBS News, Chong talked about how legalizing marijuana could solve the country's fiscal...

New America Media: Data Reveals Immigrants' Financial Contribution to States

(Original Post)Asian Journal, News Report, Posted: May 16, 2013LOS ANGELES – In California, Asian and Hispanic immigrants pay nearly $30 billion in federal taxes, $5.2 billion in state income taxes, and $4.6 billion in sales taxes each year.In New York,...

San Antonio Express: Internet racket: Nat'l providers reap obscene profits

(Original Post)By Timothy Karr, Guest CommentaryPublished 1:22 pm, Wednesday, May 15, 2013Is your Internet bill too high? You can thank the phone and cable companies for that.Today, high-speed broadband services offered by these national carriers cost more than $500 a...

Boston Globe: Big seller Boston Beer asks for small-brewer tax break

(Original Post)By Noah Bierman|  Globe Staff  May 13, 2013WASHINGTON — It’s early to be drinking, but just after 10:30 a.m. on a weekday, Jim Koch, the founder of Samuel Adams beer, pops open a bottle of lager and regales his...

The Morning Sentinel: Bipartisan plan to overhaul state income taxes unveiled today

(Original Post)By Steve Mistler smistler@pressherald.comState House BureauAUGUSTA -- A Maine family of four earning $50,000 a year would save about $647 on its state income taxes under a sweeping tax reform proposal to be aired in a public hearing today...

Alabama 13: Taxing the Dinner Table

(Original Post)Posted: May 09, 2013 6:25 PM EDT Updated: May 09, 2013 11:10 PM EDTBy Jon Paepcke BIRMINGHAM, AL -With every bar code swipe, the numbers add up in Alabama.Did you know that for every dollar you spend on groceries four...

Go Local Prov: Rhode Islanders Speak In Favor of Raising Income Tax

(Original Post)Wednesday, May 08, 2013GoLocalProv Politics TeamAn assemblage of Rhode Islanders, including labor leaders, municipal leaders, wealthy Rhode Islanders, Providence public school students, small business owners, economists and others, testified today in support of bill H-5751, sponsored by Representative Maria...

Progress Illinois: Online Retailers May Soon Lose 'Unfair Advantage' As Marketplace Fairness Act Heads To House, Proponents Say

(Original Post)Ashlee Rezin Wednesday May 8th, 2013, 1:11pmThe U.S. Senate voted to approve the Marketplace Fairness Act, a bill that would require online retailers to comply with sales tax laws of states where they sell and ship goods. According to...

WFAE: N.C. GOP Leaders Unveil Plan To Cut, Expand Taxes

(Original Post)5:13 pm, Tue May 7, 2013By Michael Tomsic    "The largest tax cut in North Carolina history." That's how Republican state senate leaders describe the tax plan they unveiled Tuesday. But that plan also expands the sales tax to many...

Governing: Senate Passes Online Sales Tax Bill; House to Decide Its Fate

(Original Post)Posted By Ryan Holeywell | May 7, 2013The U.S. Senate passed the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) 69 to 27 Monday night, marking a historic victory for state and local leaders who have long advocated for Congress to give them...

USA Today: Consumers, advocacy groups largely silent on sales tax

(Original Post)Jayne O'Donnell USA TODAY9:30 p.m. EDT May 6, 2013Shoppers may flock to free shipping offers, but the online sales tax debate hasn't interested consumers nearly as much.Maybe it should.Sales taxes, after all, can cost as much or more than...

The American Prospect: You've Got Sales Tax

(Original Post)Jeff SaginorMay 6, 2013The Marketplace Fairness Act, which would finally require online retailers to charge sales tax, is hitting the Senate floor this week.In 1984, CompuServe launched the first “Electronic Mall,” a Pleistocene-era Amazon with which owners of a...

Chattanooga Times Free Press: Some lawmakers say they may kill Georgia's income tax next year, but there would be a cost

(Original Post)published Sunday, May 5th, 2013 by Tim OmarzuA group of Republican lawmakers in Atlanta wants to do away with Georgia's 6 percent income tax and replace it -- mainly by increasing taxes on sales and services.State Rep. Tom Kirby,...

Winston-Salem Journal: Lights, camera ... and a $69 million N.C. rebate to movie industry

(Original Post)Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013 8:13 amJ. Andrew Curliss/News & ObserverState leaders blamed each other in October 2011 after Continental Tire chose South Carolina for a large new factory that will employ 1,600 workers.The biggest hang-up, according to documents...

The Star-Ledger: Putting up a fight with the internet racket

(Original Post)By Star-Ledger Guest Columniston May 02, 2013 at 7:16 AM By Timothy KarrIs your internet bill too high? You can thank the phone and cable companies for that.Today, high-speed broadband services offered by these national carriers cost more than...

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Tax calculator for Missouri legislation doesn't give the full picture

(Original Post)I’m writing in response to Virginia Young’s “Tax shuffle could shake up Missouri” article (April 29) but specifically regarding the tax plan calculator that accompanies it online. The chart in the article comparing current law, the Senate and House...

The Huffington Post: Executive Pay Of Austerity Advocates Saves Companies More Than $1 Billion Via Tax Loophole

(Original Post)Zach Carterzach.carter@huffingtonpost.comPosted: 05/02/2013 12:00 am EDT  |  Updated: 05/02/2013 8:26 am EDTWASHINGTON -- Companies in the Fix the Debt coalition, which advocates for federal austerity policies, qualified for $1 billion or more in tax breaks tied to executive pay...

Sussex Countian: Hundreds rally in Georgetown for immigration reform

(Original Post)Posted May 1, 2013 midnightHundreds of people gathered at the Georgetown Presbyterian Church on May 1 to rally for immigration reform. This effort is one of many May Day protests against immigrant deportation that occurred across the country. Of...

The Dallas Morning News: Texas Legislature weighs change to power companies' 'phantom taxes'

(Original Post)By JAMES OSBORNEStaff Writerjosborne@dallasnews.comPublished: 01 May 2013 08:56 PMUpdated: 01 May 2013 09:01 PMIt’s an arcane corner of state law through which utility corporations nationwide can charge their customers for federal taxes they never paid.And under a bill moving...

Charlotte Observer: On N.C. state sales tax, a special deal for many businesses

(Original Post)By Dan Kanedkane@newsobserver.comPosted: Monday, Apr. 29, 2013In the thick of the Great Recession four years ago, state lawmakers fought into the evening over a proposed one-penny increase in the state’s sales tax to prevent further cuts to schools, courts...

The Huffington Post: McDonald's, Starbucks, Apple Reaping Billions Of Dollars From Little-Known Tax Break

(Original Post)By Jillian Berman    Posted: 04/24/2013 3:38 pm EDT  |  Updated: 04/24/2013 3:44 pm EDTHundreds of Fortune 500 companies are reaping billions at the expense of Uncle Sam because of a legal tax break that critics claim defies "common sense."Over...

MSN News: Two-thirds of Americans oppose gas tax hikes

(Original Post)According to Gallup, Americans may object to increasing gas prices while the economy is still unstable.By Douglas NewcombAs state legislatures across the U.S. debate whether to raise gas taxes to repair crumbling roads, a new Gallup poll finds that...

Reuters: State tax reform efforts snarled by politics but backers persist

(Original Post)By Nanette ByrnesTue Apr 23, 2013 2:19pm EDT(Reuters) - From Louisiana to Ohio, Massachusetts and Nebraska, bold proposals to upend state tax laws are losing momentum in the face of political squabbles and special interest opposition.Just a short time...

The Badger Herald: 'Free market fundamentalists' wrong on minimum wage

(Original Post)By Aaron LoudenslagerThe Badger Herald Apr 22, 2013 6:00amSome debates are perpetual in nature. The never-ending debate about whether or not the minimum wage is good economic policy is one of them. Regardless, it is a debate I find...

Indianapolis Star: Indiana suffers from bad tax system, bad tax cuts

(Original Post)Written by Dan CarpenterDo Hoosiers even want Gov. Mike Pence’s income tax cut?And should they, considering that Indiana has one of the most regressive, elitist, tax systems in the nation, and what’s on the table will only make matters...

San Marcos Mercury: Tax misconceptions that distort our perceptions

(Original Post)by LAMAR W. HANKINS“Now a petty, narcissistic, pridefully ignorant politics has come to dominate and paralyze our government, while millions of people keep falling through the gaping  hole that has turned us into the United States of Inequality.”  – ...

Think Progress: Christie Revives Tax Cut That Would Give 40 Percent Of Its Benefit To The Top 1 Percent

(Original Post)By Travis Waldron on Apr 18, 2013 at 5:00 pmNew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is reviving a once-failed income tax plan that will give a 10 percent tax cut to all of the state’s residents but will grant...

The Motley Fool: The 7 States With the Lowest Gasoline Taxes

(Original Post)The price of gasoline is constantly on people's minds. The prices you see on those gas-station signs everywhere you drive are tough enough to swallow, but what you may not know is the extent to which gas taxes contribute...

The Wichita Eagle: Brownback 'tax swap' plan facing stiff opposition

(Original Post)By Brad CooperKansas City StarPublished Sunday, April 21, 2013, at 6:54 a.m.Eliminating or slashing the income tax is a romantic idea for many politicians.Getting there is much less dreamy.Just ask Republican Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and a handful of...

The Huffington Post: Legalizing Marijuana Would Generate Billions In Additional Tax Revenue Annually

(Original Post)By Caroline Fairchild    Posted: 04/20/2013 9:13 am EDT  |  Updated: 04/20/2013 9:19 am EDT As Washington lawmakers struggle to find ways to balance the national budget, a significant source of revenue may be burning away right before their eyes.The...

Hartford Courant: Rich Paying More Broadens Opportunity For All

(Original Post)April 19, 2013|By WADE GIBSON | COMMENTARY, The Hartford CourantMost people would agree that Connecticut's wealthiest residents should pay a greater share of their income in taxes than middle- and working-class residents. With 100, 1,000 or even 10,000 times...

The Plain Dealer: Kasich's income-tax plan would save taxpayers more than House proposal

(Original Post)By Brandon Blackwell, The Plain Dealer on April 15, 2013 at 8:00 PM, updated April 15, 2013 at 8:03 PMCOLUMBUS, Ohio - Gov. John Kasich's plan to slash income taxes would allow Ohioans to keep more of what they...

The Plain Dealer: Firetrucks, productive workers and strong communities

(Original Post)By Plain Dealer guest columniston April 14, 2013 at 3:00 AM  On April 13, 2001, my son's preschool was closed for Good Friday, and I was very pregnant, not done with my tax return and facing a mountain of...

ABC News 2: Institute says quarter percent income tax cut would save most Oklahoma residents about $39 a year

(Original Post)Posted: 04/13/2013By: Max ResnikTULSA - According to the non-partisan, non-profit Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, the proposed income tax cut currently being discussed by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and legislative leaders would add little cash to the pockets...

The Lansing State Journal: Cutting earned income credit hits families

(Original Post)Apr. 12, 2013 12:45 PMWritten by Gilda Jacobs is president and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy.Tax day is right around the corner — and if you are a hardworking family in a low-paying job, you may...

The Fiscal Times: Bobby Jindal's Failure Ruins Chances of Tax Reform

(Original Post)By BRUCE BARTLETT, The Fiscal TimesApril 12, 2013Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has been a rising star in the Republican Party for some years. But this year he made a serious misstep on reforming the state’s tax system that has...

The Kansas City Star: Kansas legislation would cost the poor most, critics say

(Original Post)April 12By BRAD COOPERThe Kansas City StarTOPEKA — This could be, for better or worse, the year of the poor in Kansas.The dominant powers in the Statehouse — Republicans controlling the legislative and executive branches — regularly press bold...

The Wall Street Journal: Is Raising the Federal Gasoline Tax the Best Way to Pay for Highways?

(Original Post)Updated April 12, 2013, 11:48 a.m. ETThe federal gasoline tax is broken.Our highways and bridges are in desperate need of improvement and repair and revenue collected from the 18.4 cent per-gallon tax—the main source of funding for roadways—is falling...

MSN Money: Cut corporate taxes? First figure out what they are

(Original Post)It's pretty clear that US businesses are socked more than their global peers, but just how much they actually pay is quite murky.By Jonathan Berr Fri 10:58 AMDemocrats and Republicans, who agree on very little anymore, are united in...

The Huffington Post: RILA Business Group Urges Congress To Cut Corporate Taxes

(Original Post)The Huffington Post  |  By Jillian Berman    Posted: 04/08/2013 6:29 pm EDT  |  Updated: 04/09/2013 11:53 am EDTWalmart, Apple, J.Crew and scores of other famous retailers are members of a group pushing for changes in the corporate tax code...

The Huffington Post: Bait and Switch, CEO Style

(Original Post)Posted: 04/08/2013 8:12 amAs the U.S. Commerce Department released a report late last month showing corporate profits at a 60-year high, suddenly the big news was about how cheating surely must be rampant in social security disability.Wait, what?Also late...

The Plain Dealer: Ohio lawmakers to introduce revamped version of Kasich's budget proposal

(Original Post)By Brandon Blackwell, The Plain Dealer on April 07, 2013 at 12:01 AM, updated April 07, 2013 at 12:05 PMCOLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio lawmakers have spent weeks poring over hundreds of proposed amendments to Gov. John Kasich's "Jobs Budget...

The Times-Picayune: Behind Jindal's tax plan, an old debate that still rages

(Original Post)By Andrew Vanacore, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune In pushing for an end to income taxes in Louisiana, Gov. Bobby Jindal is calling upon an economic theory about taxes and economic growth that is almost four decades old. So you...

Fox News Latino: Potential Amnesty Program Requires That Undocumented Immigrants Pay Taxes

(Original Post)By Kacy CapobresPublished April 04, 2013The federal government wants everybody earning money in the country to file their taxes — whether they're in the country legally or not.For undocumented immigrants who don't have legitimate Social Security numbers with which...

MSNBC: Jindal's radical tax plan not yet dead

(Original Post)By Steve Benen - Wed Apr 3, 2013 11:45 AM EDTIt's been about three months since Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) unveiled his plan to eliminate all income taxes and corporate taxes in the state, replacing the lost revenue...

The News-Herald: Senate Democrats blame GOP for increases in state income taxes

(Original Post)Published: Wednesday, April 03, 2013“Governor Snyder and the Republican-led legislature have given away more than $1.8 billion in tax breaks for big businesses at the expense of hardworking individuals, which is a burden that is simply too much for...

The Times Picayune: Gov. Bobby Jindal's tax plan not 'dead on arrival,' House Ways and Means chairman says

(Original Post)By Jeff Adelson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayuneon April 01, 2013 at 9:17 PM, updated April 01, 2013 at 11:05 PMGov. Bobby Jindal's controversial tax swap plan shouldn't be considered "dead on arrival," the chairman of the House Ways and...

Southern Maryland Online: Business Owners Say They'll Suffer with Higher Gas Taxes

(Original Post)Posted on March 31, 2013By AMBER LARKINSANNAPOLIS -- Charlie Kidwell, who has owned FreeState Auto and Truck Service in Capitol Heights for nearly 25 years, said his business will be hurt by Gov. Martin O’Malley’s gas tax hike, which...

Toledo Blade: A fairer tax system

(Original Post)Published: 3/30/2013 Gov. John Kasich’s proposed changes to Ohio’s tax system, which include broadening the sales tax base and slashing income and business taxes, would reward Ohio’s wealthy but do little for poor and working-class families. Even if Mr....

USA Today: Wyo. named most tax-friendly state; N.Y. worst

(Original Post)24/7 Wall Street6a.m. EDT March 30, 2013According to Census data released this week, state and local tax revenue rose in the U.S, for the 13th quarter in a row. With April 15 less than three weeks away, America's business...

Governing: The Risks of Relying on User Fees

(Original Post)In the past three years, states and cities have brought in billions of dollars in additional user fees. But there are pitfalls to this form of revenue boost.BY: Katherine Barrett & Richard Greene | April 2013 The political debate...

Albuquerque Journal: Tax package came out of thin air at last minute

(Original Post)By Stephanie S. Maez / Executive Director, Center for Civic Policy on Fri, Mar 29, 2013Shock and awe would be a fair description of the surreal feeling experienced by those who witnessed the waning moments of the 2013 legislative...

Governing: How to Talk About Tax Expenditures

(Original Post)There are ways to take some of the partisan heat out of the discussion.BY: Justin Marlowe | April 2013 Tax reform is, with apologies to Twitter, a trending topic this legislative season. A few governors have grabbed headlines with...

The State: How SC taxes balance out each other

(Original Post)Published: March 27, 2013By CINDI ROSS SCOPPE — Associate EditorColumbia, SC — WHEN THE liberal Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy released its latest “Distributional Analysis of the Tax Systems in All 50 States” earlier this year, Republican tax...

Associated Press: Ark. panel advances income, capital gains tax cuts

(Original Post)By Andrew De Millo on March 27, 2013LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Proposals to cut Arkansas' income and capital gains taxes won a House panel's support Tuesday, as legislative leaders say they're nearing agreement on a $100 million package...

Arkansas Times Record: Arkansas Legislature: Bill To Cut State Income Tax Advances

(Original Post)2:07 pm - March 26, 2013 — Updated: 12:14 am - March 27, 2013By John LyonArkansas News Bureau jlyon@arkansasnews.comLITTLE ROCK — A proposed $57 million state income tax cut cleared a House panel Tuesday.House Bill 1585 by Rep. Charlie...

Kalamazoo Gazette: Michigan tax increases hitting more Kalamazoo-area families this April

(Original Post)By Yvonne Zipp | yzipp@mlive.comon March 25, 2013 at 5:10 PM, updated March 26, 2013 at 8:57 AMKALAMAZOO, MI – As Kalamazoo-area residents fill out their Michigan income tax returns ahead of the April 15 filing deadline, many are...

The Reading Eagle: Pa. tax policies skewed against poor

(Original Post)The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy recently released a study of taxing policies in all 50 states.It found that the tax system in every single state is unfair. It also concluded that some states are more unfair than...

The Lens: If everyone wins, as Jindal claims, his tax plan math is bogus

(Original Post)By Tyler Bridges, Staff writerGov. Bobby Jindal says everyone wins under his plan to eliminate personal income and corporate taxes in Louisiana and jack up the state’s annual take from sales taxes.He also insists the tax revamp will be...

Toledo Blade: Taxing services

(Original Post)Published: 3/21/2013Gov. John Kasich’s proposal to expand Ohio’s sales tax is provoking a high degree of bipartisanship in Columbus. Unfortunately for the governor, most of it is in opposition to his plan.The governor wants to lower the sales tax...

Public News Service: Pump Prices Could Increase By Summer

(Original Post)March 21, 2013ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Proposals to increase the gas tax in Maryland appear to be gaining steam. The House of Representatives is debating legislation this week that could increase the tax by nearly four cents a gallon by...

The Washington Post: Paul Ryan wants to cut income taxes. Bobby Jindal wants to kill them dead.

(Original Post)Posted by Dylan Matthews on March 20, 2013 at 11:45 amMost conservative policymakers at the federal level just want to sharply reduce the income tax, not eliminate it entirely. But more and more Republican-controlled states are deciding to go...

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Missouri Senate declares class war against citizens

(Original Post)By the Editorial BoardMidway through the first session of the 97th Missouri General Assembly, the state Senate — in the name of tax “reform” — has declared class war on at least 80 percent of the state’s 6 million...

The Daily Advertiser: Lawmakers ponder tax reform

(Original Post)Mar. 19, 2013 1:07 AMWritten by Bill DeckerIf Gov. Bobby Jindal's tax reform plan hurts working people, state Rep. Joel Robideaux doesn't see how."I have yet to find a situation where a working individual in a working family will...

The Atlanta Journal Constitution: Bill would hinder Georgia's future

(Original Post)Posted: 6:02 p.m. Sunday, March 17, 2013 By Jay BookmanThe Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionIf you want to pay higher taxes, state Sen. David Shafer, the Senate president pro tem from Gwinnett County, has just the plan for you. He has proposed two...

San Jose Mercury News: California's gas tax and what we do with it

(Original Post)By Gary Richards grichards@mercurynews.comPosted:   03/14/2013 12:01:00 AM PDTQ Gary, here's your chance to be an unbelievable hero. I'm a senior and remember back in the '50s when California had the best roads in the U.S. But back then, all...

The Atlanta Journal Constitution: Jay Bookman Ga. 'tax reform' will mean big tax hike for many

(Original Post)7:54 am March 15, 2013, by JayIf you want to pay higher taxes, state Sen. David Shafer, the Senate president pro tem from Gwinnett County, has just the plan for you. He has proposed two amendments to the state...

Reuters: Road funds on empty; more states weigh gasoline tax hikes

(Original Post)By Nanette ByrnesThu Mar 14, 2013 11:50am EDT(Reuters) - Tight state budgets and jammed roadways this year are prompting some state governments to make one of the most politically unpopular moves imaginable: raising gasoline taxes.Because they hit everyone, gas...

The Journal News: New York drivers pay highest gas taxes

(Original Post)At $4 per gallon of fuel, 69 cents in tax is paid at the pumpMar 14, 2013 Written by Theresa Juva-BrownAs if the yo-yoing of gasoline prices isn’t puzzling enough, try understanding all the fuel taxes drivers pay in...

The Star Democrat: Jacobs reports on busy session

(Original Post)Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 12:41 pmBy CRAIG O'DONNELL codonnell@thekentcountynews.comANNAPOLIS - When the week began, there was just one month left in the General Assembly session.On Monday, Del. Jay Jacobs, R-36-Kent, summed up the session.“Looking at what we have...

WPRI: Labor, liberals push income tax hike on wealthy in RI

(Original Post)Paiva Weed, Fox, Chafee skeptical about 7.99% rateUpdated: Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013, 10:07 PM EDTPublished : Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013, 5:25 PM EDT    By Ted Nesi, WPRI.com Reporter PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - A coalition of political progressives and labor...

The Hartford Courant: Cutting Tax Credit Socks It To Hard-Working Poor

(Original Post)March 11, 2013|By JIM HORAN | OP-ED, The Hartford CourantJust two years ago, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy proposed, and Connecticut adopted, a state Earned Income Tax Credit, known as EITC, to help hard-working parents meet their basic needs and...

The Advocate: Tax overhaul linked to business rankings

(Original Post)By Mark Ballardand Michelle MillhollonCapitol news bureauMarch 11, 2013At the top of a “talking points” memo handed to legislators, Gov. Bobby Jindal justifies overhauling the state’s tax system in order to increase the state’s ranking on an index drafted...

Steamboat Pilot and Today: Steamboat joins growing group of cities looking to grow their stake in the outdoor manufacturing industry

(Original Post)By Scott FranzSunday, March 10, 2013There’s nothing modest about Outdoor Retailer’s winter trade show in Salt Lake City.#For four days in January, the downtown Salt Palace Convention Center becomes a dizzying labyrinth of booths manned by the world’s most...

The Austinist: Texas Economy Trails Slowly Behind Income Tax States

(Original Post)A new report just released by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy shows the Lone Star State economy lagging far behind states that have income taxes. Reviewing economic data over the past decade In measures of growth per...

The Lawrence Journal-World: ITEP report says race to no income tax based on flawed theory

(Original Post)Sunday, March 3, 2013By SCOTT ROTHSCHILD, The Lawrence Journal-WorldThe effort by Gov. Sam Brownback and several other Republican governors to eliminate personal state income taxes is based on an economic theory that is "extremely flawed," a new report by...

The Daily Kos: Republican tax shifters wrong about states with no income taxes performing better

(Original Post)Meteor Blades for Daily Kos EconomicsAcross the South and Midwest—in Georgia, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Louisiana, Indiana, Kansas and elsewhere—Republican-dominated states seek to eliminate income taxes and replace part of them with regressive sales taxes. Thus would be the tax...

Think Progress: Contrary To GOP Rhetoric, Low-Tax States Have Worse Economic Growth

(Original Post)By Pat Garofalo on Feb 28, 2013 at 3:45 pmRepublicans love to claim that low-tax states such as Texas enjoy a disproportionate amount of economic success, while higher-tax states like California are economic basket cases. Republican governors in several...

The Huffington Post: States Without Personal Income Tax Experience Slower Growth

(Original Post)By Bonnie Kavoussi    Posted: 02/28/2013 5:47 pm EST  |  Updated: 03/01/2013 12:21 am EST Small-government advocates often claim that high taxes hold the economy back. But a new report finds that states without a personal income tax have experienced...

Campus Progress: Is Your City Miserable? Ask Forbes

(Original Post)Posted Thursday, February 28, 2013 in Opinions by Chris LewisForbes Magazine's annual list of “America’s Most Miserable Cities” is out, measuring the (lack of) wellbeing in America's 200 largest metro areas.The Forbes list is a close cousin to quality-of-life...

Bloomberg BNA: Virginia Transportation Package Relies On Federal Sales Tax Legislation for Funding

(Original Post) Subscription Required‘Cobbled Together Package.’Carl Davis, a senior analyst at the nonpartisan Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, said the state Legislature approved an unnecessarily “complicated” package for a relatively simple funding issue.“There are much more straightforward options then...

Campus Progress: What ALEC's Arthur Laffer Wants to Do To Your Tax Code

(Original Post)Posted Tuesday, February 26, 2013 by Chris LewisArthur Laffer might just be the Doctor Nick of taxes—all that's missing is a degree from Upstairs Economics College.Earlier this month, we reported on the “Brownback Experiment,” a wild plan by Gov....

NPR: What Idaho Lawmakers Know - And Don't - When Making Tough Tax Policy Decisions

(Original Post)February 25, 2013 | 6:30 AMBy Molly MessickA left-leaning tax policy group recently put out a short little report about the state corporate income taxes paid by IDACorp. That’s the holding company of Idaho’s largest electric utility, Idaho Power. ...

Honolulu Star Advertiser: Staring Down Poverty

(Original Post)The recession has hit many hard, throwing more Hawaii families and individuals on the edge of poverty, if not completely onto the streets....

The Fiscal Times: State Income Taxes- One Piece of a Complex Revenue Pie

(Original Post)By BRUCE BARTLETT, The Fiscal TimesFebruary 22, 2013State taxes are once again making headlines. When California recently raised its top income tax rate to 13.3 percent, pro golfer Phil Mickelson threatened to leave the state for the no-income tax...

Associated Press: Walker's income tax cut helps rich more

(Original Post)MADISON, Wis. -Gov. Scott Walker's proposed income tax cut would give more money back to the rich than it would the poor, despite his billing it as targeting the middle class.Related ContentThe Wisconsin State Journal reported that the tax...

The Daily Iowan: Raise the gas tax to increase revenue

(Original Post)BY DI EDITORIAL BOARD | FEBRUARY 22, 2013 5:00 AMThe Iowa Legislature has considered a proposal that would increase by 10 cents Iowa’s motor-fuel tax, more commonly called the gas tax. This proposal is politically unpopular, given that gases...

Wisconsin State Journal: Experts see no big gain for economy, taxpayers in Scott Walker's budget proposal

(Original Post)DEE J. HALL | Wisconsin State Journal | dhall@madison.com | 608-252-6132Gov. Scott Walker's proposed income tax cut is likely too small to help individual taxpayers or the Wisconsin economy but could be large enough to harm the state's future...

WFAE: As N.C. Considers Tax Overhaul, How Does Current System Work?

(Original Post)By Michael Tomsic    Governor Pat McCrory and state lawmakers are considering major changes to North Carolina's tax structure. So we decided to take a closer look at a report released Wednesday detailing the effective tax rates currently in place....

Reno News & Review: Enough with myths. Here are some facts.

(Original Post)By Sheila LeslieThis article was published on 02.21.13.“There’s a woman in Chicago. She has 80 names, 30 addresses, 12 Social Security cards and is collecting veteran’s benefits on four non-existing deceased husbands. And she is collecting Social Security on...

VT Digger: Hoffman- Who pays?

(Original Post)by Opinion | February 20, 2013Editor’s note: This op-ed is by Jack Hoffman, a senior policy analyst at Public Assets Institute, a non-profit, non-partisan organization focusing on state fiscal issues and based in Montpelier. It was first published in...

Toledo Blade: Regressive taxes

(Original Post)When he delivers his State of the State message in Lima tonight, Gov. John Kasich is likely to argue that Ohio’s tax code is not keeping up with changes in the state’s economy. But the governor’s new budget proposal...

Times Argus: Jack Hoffman- Who pays?

(Original Post)February 18,2013Vermont has long been known for its progressive income tax system. For a couple of reasons, it makes sense to tax higher incomes at higher rates. Those who benefit most from society have a responsibility to contribute more,...

MSNBC: The '47%' pay more of their income in taxes

(Original Post)Ned Resnikoff, @resnikoff3:51 PM on 02/15/2013“There are 47% who are … dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health...

The Star-Ledger: Sticking to the Republican playbook

(Original Post)By Star-Ledger Editorial Boardon February 15, 2013 at 6:30 AM, updated February 15, 2013 at 10:58 AMNew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (left) with then-Ohio gubernatorial candidate John Kasich as they sit at a lunch counter during a live webcast...

The Economist: The price isn't right

(Original Post)Corporate profit-shifting has become big businessFeb 16th 2013DURING THE TAX-EVASION trial of Leona Helmsley, a flamboyant hotelier, a former housekeeper testified that she heard her employer say: “We don’t pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes.” These days,...

New York Times: The Alluring Myth of the Tax-Fleeing Millionaire

(Original Post)By JAMES B. STEWARTPublished: February 15, 2013Last month, Vladimir V. Putin hugged his newly minted fellow Russian citizen, the actor Gerard Depardieu, posing for cameras at the Black Sea port of Sochi. “I adore your country,” Mr. Depardieu gushed...

Politifact: Dick Saslaw says all states, except Virginia, "keep raising their gas tax"

(Original Post)Sen. Minority Leader Richard Saslaw has spearheaded the opposition this winter to Gov. Bob McDonnell’s plan to raise transportation revenues by abolishing the state gas tax and replacing it with a sales tax increase.Saslaw, D-Fairfax, says the only way...

Burlington Free Press: Who pays in Vermont? The bottom

(Original Post)Lowest-income Vermonters bear heavier tax burden by percentage, despite progressive income tax systemFeb 14, 2013Written by Jack HoffmanVermont has long been known for its progressive income tax system. For a couple of reasons, it makes sense to tax higher...

The Daily Nebraskan: Legislators stall Gov. Heineman's tax reform plans

(Original Post)Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2013 12:00 amDaniel WheatonGov. Dave Heineman thought tax reform could be realized by the end of this year’s legislative session.Now, legislators aren’t so sure.Heineman announced in January his plans to overhaul the Nebraska tax system...

NP Telegraph: Neb. tax overhaul- Who wins?

(Original Post)Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 9:30 am, Mon Feb 11, 2013. By Martha Stoddard World-Herald News ServiceLINCOLN - Gov. Dave Heineman has pitched his tax overhaul proposal as a way to make Nebraska a winner...

Goshen News: Sen. Carlin Yoder discusses immigration bill

(Original Post)Tax cut proposalAmong many other issues discussed at Saturday’s Third House was Gov. Mike Pence’s proposed 10 percent cut in the state income tax.Jeremy Bernstein, an organizer for Americans for Democratic Action, spoke out against the cut. He said...

Twin Cities Daily Planet: National report confirms- Minnesota has more work to do on tax fairness

(Original Post)By Nan Madden, Minnesota Budget BitesFebruary 08, 2013A national report confirms what many Minnesotans already know: Minnesota’s tax system does not share the responsibility for funding public services fairly. The Minnesotans with the highest incomes pay the smallest share...

The Business Insider: 10 States With The Best Tax Breaks For The Wealthy

(Original Post)There's no better evidence of the growing chasm between America's rich and poor than state tax rates. On average, the nation's lowest-income residents pay tax rates that are twice as high as the wealthiest 1 percent of taxpayers, according...

The Atlantic: Do D.C. Residents Pay More Taxes Than Their Neighbors?

(Original Post)Katherine Toran11:55 AM ET I recently had a conversation with a friend who was moving and said she preferred to live in Maryland than in D.C. because D.C. residents pay higher taxes. She wasn’t the first local to tell me...

Moorcroft Leader: Tax Report for Wyoming Inspires proposed Gas Amendment

(Original Post)Tax season is getting underway, and a new report lays out the percentages taxes take out of family incomes in Wyoming. The "Who Pays?" study shows that taxes a percentage of income are the lower for the reich and...

Bristol Herald Courier: Non-wealthy Tennessee families face high tax burdens, report says

(Original Post)Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 12:02 pm | Updated: 2:27 pm, Wed Feb 6, 2013.BRISTOL HERALD COURIERPosted on February 6, 2013by Roger BrownBRISTOL, Tenn. - Poor and middle-class families in Tennessee spend nearly 12 percent and 9 percent, respectively,...

The Stranger: We're Number One at Taxing the Poor

(Original Post)Study Finds Washington State Maintains Nation's Most Regressive Tax Systemby GoldyWashington State may be progressive when it comes to gay marriage, pot, and electing Democratic governors, but when it comes to our tax system, not so much. According to...

Dayton Daily News: Governor coming to Dayton to discuss plan to lower taxes, but expand what can be taxed

(Original Post)Updated: 11:43 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 | Posted: 6:25 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 By Jackie BorchardtCOLUMBUS —Ohio Gov. John Kasich will be in Dayton on Thursday to have a panel discussion with small business owners and economic policy...

The Town Talk: Jindal's plan to drop state income tax stirs debate

(Original Post)Feb 4, 2013Written byMike HastenGannett LouisianaBATON ROUGE -- If legislators agree with Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to switch from personal and corporate income taxes, Louisiana would be in line with several states showing job growth.But it could prove to...

The Sheridan Press: Who Pays?

(PDF of Original Post)National study examines tax system in all 50 States: Wyoming rates comparatively low...

Gambit: Louisiana's poor use more of their income for taxes

(Original Post)A national survey of state and local tax codes by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), a Washington, D.C., think thank, shows Louisiana's poorest residents pay comparatively high state and local taxes as a percent of income....

Statesman Journal: Examine land value taxation as solution to property tax problems

(Original Post)Written by Kris NelsonCommentaryThe flaws in Oregon’s property tax structure have begun to receive widespread attention.The tax rate limitations and use of taxable assessments emanating from Measures 5 and 50 have resulted in economic distortions and disparities in tax...

Anniston (AL) Star: Alabama makes the 'Terrible Ten' because we are not fair Read more: Anniston Star - Alabama makes the 'Terrible Ten' because we are not fair

(Original Post)by The Anniston Star Editorial BoardFeb 04, 2013A nonpartisan research organization in Washington, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, says Alabama’s system of taxation was placed on its list of states with the most regressive tax systems.Why are...

Indiana Public Media: Indiana Taxes Disadvantage Low-Income Groups

(Original Post)By Brandon Smith, IPBSPosted February 4, 2013A new study from a national research group suggests Indiana’s overall tax structure is disadvantageous to middle- and low-income Hoosiers.The report from the Institute on Taxation and Fiscal Policy says, taking into consideration...

Tulsa World: Fallin Hopes to KISS tax issue goodbye

(Original Post)BY WAYNE GREENE World Senior WriterSunday, February 03, 20132/3/2013 6:10:41 AMIn the debate over state personal income tax rates this year, look for Gov. Mary Fallin to adopt the KISS method - Keep It Simple, Senator.Last year, her proposal...

Charlotte Observer: State Sen. Bob Rucho says North Carolina tax system needs an overhaul

(Original Post) By Jim Morrilljmorrill@charlotteobserver.comPosted: Saturday, Feb. 02, 2013RALEIGH Republican state Sen. Bob Rucho is screening his PowerPoint to yet another audience, watching slide after slide build a case for changing North Carolina tax law.All the charts and numbers add...

Minnesota Post: Study confirms Minnesota's tax system is unfair

(Original Post)By Jeff Van Wychen | 03:52 pmA new report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) provides fresh insight on who is paying state and local taxes in the United States. "Who Pays? A Distributional Analysis of...

Public Radio Tulsa: Two Reports Detail Low Savings Rate, Higher Tax Burden for Poor Oklahomans

(Original Post)By Catherine Roberts    Two new reports are out this week about Oklahomans and their money: one (read it here) is about how many people save their money and to what extent, and the other (read it here) is about...

Hawaii Star Advertiser: Poor in Hawaii are taxed liberally

(Original Post)A new study by the nonpartisan Institute of Taxation and Policy ranks Hawaii fourth highest among the states in taxes on the poor, challenging the state's reputation of being politically liberal....

Public News Service: Tax Report for WYO Inspires Proposed Gas Tax Amendment

(Original Post) January 31, 2013CASPER, Wyo. - Tax season is getting underway, and a new report lays out the percentages taxes take out of family incomes in Wyoming. The "Who Pays?" study shows that taxes as a percentage of income...

The Town Talk: Louisiana's tax code and proposal draw warning

(Original Post)Written by Mike HastenGannett LouisianaBATON ROUGE -- Louisiana's current tax structure is unfair to low- and middle-income families, a study examining tax structures says, and the tax revision plan pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal would make it worse.Matthew Gardner,...

Kake TV: KS Revenue Chief Not Moved By National Tax Study

(Original Post)Friday, February 1, 2013Kansas Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan says he doesn't put much stock in a recent study from a non-partisan research group suggesting the state's tax system is unfair to the poor.Jordan said Thursday the Washington-based Institute on...

The Kansas City Star: With state tax reform, first do no harm

(Original Post)February 1By MATTHEW GARDNERAfter a presidential election campaign during which tax fairness debates figured prominently, the battle has now emphatically shifted to the states. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, for instance, recently announced his support for a "flatter, fairer" tax...

CBS Philly: Pa. Named One Of 'Terrible Ten' States In Tax Equity

(Original Post)February 1, 2013 5:33 AMBy Kim GlovasPHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A new study on taxes shows Pennsylvania has the distinction of being in the “Terrible Ten”, the ten worst states in terms of tax equity.The study by the Institute on...

The Badger Herald: Study shows uneven distribution of income tax

(Original Post)By WebmasterThe Badger HeraldJan 31, 2013 7:00amAn independent state nonprofit that addresses tax- and budget-related issues released figures Wednesday showing taxes among lower, middle and upper class families are unequally distributed in Wisconsin. The report from the Wisconsin Budget...

WHBY: Study compares income, taxes

(Original Post)A study shows people with smaller incomes spend a larger share of their money, on all taxes.Jon Peacock is with the Wisconsin Budget Project. He says for those who make less than $21,000 a year, almost 10 percent of...

Wisconsin Public Radio: POOR PAY MORE OF THEIR INCOME IN TAXES

(Original Post)Thursday January 31, 2013 by Shawn JohnsonA new national study says poor people in Wisconsin, as in most states, devote a larger share of their incomes to taxes than do wealthier residents. The study's author says an income tax...

The Paris Post-Intelligencer: The poor paying more, study of taxes declares

(Original Post)Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013 11:29 AM CSTIt’s hardly new information, but it bears repeating from time to time to make sure we don’t forget: Tennessee’s tax system punishes the poor.When taxes are calculated as a percentage of income,...

The Philadelphia Post: When it Comes to Taxes in Pennsylvania, It's Good to be Rich

(Original Post)When everybody comes out to vote, (i.e. presidential elections) Pennsylvania’s a blue state. And at least in certain pockets, it behaves much like the northeastern liberal states the surround it, like New Jersey, Maryland, and New York. When it...

Business Insider: There's A Reason Bill Gates And Jeff Bezos Both Call Washington State Home

(Original Post)Megan Durisin    | Jan. 31, 2013, 3:43 PMWhy does the wealthiest man in America live in Washington?The answer is in a report released this week by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.Washington’s tax system is the most disjointed...

Birmingham Business Journal: Alabama tax system lands in 'terrible 10'

(Original Post)Jan 31, 2013, 2:21pm CST Staff Birmingham Business JournalAlabama has one of the nation's 10 most regressive tax systems, according to a new report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.The institute claims the lack of a graduated...

The Huffington Post: 10 States Placing Tax Burdens On The Poor

(Original Post)By Bonnie Kavoussi    Posted: 01/31/2013 11:23 am EST Don't need another reason why it's so good to be rich? We're giving it to you anyway.State and local governments on average tax the bottom 20 percent of households by income...

The Daily World: Study claims state tax structure unfair

(Original Post)Jan 31, 2013Written by Mike HastenBATON ROUGE — Like many states, Louisiana's current tax structure is unfair to low- and middle-income families, a study examining tax structures released today says.But the tax revision plan pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal,...

The Advocate: Low-income taxpayers pay larger share in La.

(Original Post)Capitol news bureauJanuary 31, 2013Louisiana’s tax system takes a much-larger share from middle-and-low income residents than the wealthy just like most states, according to a national report released Wednesday.The state did not make it into the Institute on Taxation...

Bloomberg: How Republican Governors Are Pretending to Cut Taxes

(Original Post)By Deborah Solomon Jan 31, 2013 10:37 AM ET Republican governors across the U.S. are engaged in an income tax-cutting frenzy, moving to reduce or even eliminate individual income taxes in their states. The changes will increase economic growth...

Daily Kos: The Republican Land of Oz

(Original Post)Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 05:44 AM PSTI am sure that Kansas is a wonderful place, but if Leavenworth Penitentiary is your best known landmark and a fictitious 12 year old girl from the "Land of Oz" is your...

The Examiner: Poorer Kansans pay higher percentage of taxes than wealthier Kansans

(Original Post) January 31, 2013By: James JordanA study by a non-partisan research group says the poorest Kansans pay a higher percentage of their income in state and local taxes than do the state's wealthiest residents.The study, released Wednesday, Jan. 30,...

MSNBC: And the rich pay less

(Original Post)By Laura Conaway - Wed Jan 30, 2013 4:05 PM ESTJust about every state's tax system treats the rich better than the poor, writes the nonpartisan Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy in a new report today. The Institute says...

The Town Talk: Tax expert warns that Jindal's tax plan will hurt lower-income earners

(Original Post)Jan. 30, 2013 4:27 PM,   |  Written byMIKE HASTENGannett LouisianaBATON ROUGE – Like many states, Louisiana has a tax structure that is unfair to low- and middle-income families, a study examining tax structures released today says.But the tax revision...

Gambit: La.'s poorest pay more than 10% of income in state, local taxes

(Original Report) Posted by Charles Maldonado on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 4:31 PMA national survey of state and local tax codes by Washington think tank the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) shows that Louisiana's poorest residents pay...

Pacific Business News: Hawaii's poorest residents pay highest share of income in taxes

(Original Post)Jan 30, 2013, 12:17pm HST Staff Pacific Business NewsLow- and middle-income families in Hawaii pay a larger share of taxes than the top 20 percent of earners in the Islands, ranking the state the fourth worst in the nation...

WEKU: Report Says Kentucky Tax System Unbalanced On Backs of the Poor

(Original Post)4:51pm Wed January 30, 2013By Kenny Colston, KPR-FrankfortA new report by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy shows a big gap between Kentucky’s income levels on who pays taxes. The report says Kentucky’s top 1 percent income bracket...

Arkansas Times: Who pays taxes?

(Original Post)Posted by Max Brantley on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 9:56 AMArkansas is on the cusp of a Republican-led charge to reshape taxation. Where they don't want to cut taxes, they want to dramatically reduce the burden on wealthy...

Great Falls Tribune: Legislature considers bill to cut taxes on top income earners

(Original Post) Jan. 30, 2013 10:18 AMWritten byJOHN S. ADAMSTribune capital bureauHELENA — The Senate Taxation committee on Wednesday heard testimony on a measure that would reduce the income tax rate for the highest income earners by one percent.Senate Bill...

Honolulu Star Advertiser: Hawaii among most regressive states for taxation

(Original Post)By Erika EnglePOSTED: 08:07 a.m. HST, Jan 30, 2013LAST UPDATED: 08:07 a.m. HST, Jan 30, 2013 Hawaii has been declared one of the "Terrible Ten" most regressive states for tax laws, by the nonpartisan Institute on Taxation and Economic...

CBS 42: Ala. among 'Terrible 10' most regressive tax states

(Original Post)BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) -- Low and middle-income Alabamians pay more than twice as much of their incomes in state and local taxes as the state’s richest households pay, according to a report released by the Institute on Taxation and...

Montgomery Advertiser: Alabama's tax system among most regressive in nation, says report

(Original Post) State not alone: 'Virtually every state's tax system is fundamentally unfair'Written byBrian LymanJan. 30, 2013 11:17 AM,   | Alabama’s tax system ranks as one of the ten most regressive in the country, according to a report issued Wednesday...

Chicago Magazine: Illinois- The Fourth Most Regressive Taxes in America

(Original Post)Posted today at 11:21 a.m.By Whet Moser One of the ongoing complaints about Illinois's tax system—besides general complaints about it being too high for everything—is its prairie flatness, which is unusual among states. One complaint is that it hits low-income...

Nashville Scene: We're No. 6 in Unfair Taxes

(Original Post)Posted by Jeff Woods on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 12:54 PMTennessee might rank near the bottom nationally in education spending, per capita income and nearly every other quality-of-life category ever devised. But we remain near the top in...

Keystone Politics: Pennsylvania's Tax Code is Hideously Regressive

(Original Post)Pennsylvania’s crazy regressive tax code is an issue I think it would be worth picking a Constitutional amendment fight over:    Pennsylvania is one of the “Terrible Ten” states with the most regressive tax structures nationwide, hitting the poor hardest...

WFPL: Kentucky Tax System Unbalanced On Backs of the Poor

(Original Post)By Kenny Colston    A new report by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy shows a big gap between Kentucky’s income levels on who pays taxes.The report says Kentucky’s top 1 percent income bracket pays roughly 5 percent of...

Philadelphia Business Journal: Pa. tax system among 'Terrible 10' for working families

(Original Post)Jan 30, 2013, 1:27pm EST Staff Philadelphia Business JournalPennsylvania is among the 10 states with the most regressive tax systems in the United States, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy says.The group says families in the state earning...

Knox News: TN Taxes Hardest on Middle and Low-income Families

(Original Post)Nashville, Tennessee - Like most state tax systems, Tennessee takes a much larger share from middle- and low-income families than from wealthy families, according to the fourth edition of Who Pays? A Distributional Analysis of the Tax Systems in...

The Tennessean: New study calls Tennessee's tax system 'unfair'

(Original Post)Written by Bobby AllynThe TennesseanTennessee is often championed as a low-tax state. But for struggling families, it might not be among the fairest.As a percentage of income, state and local governments tax low-income families four times as much as...

New Jersey News Record: Poorest NJ Families Have Greater Tax Burden Than Wealthy

(Original Post)January 30, 2013STATE – New Jersey’s poorest families spend a greater percentage of their income on taxes than the state’s wealthiest, according to a report released this week by the Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy in Washington.According to...

The Providence Journal: Study says Rhode Island is one of 10 states with highest taxes on poor

(Original Post) January 30, 2013 12:01 amBy Katherine GreggPROVIDENCE, R.I. -- As the tax debate begins anew at the State House, a new study has identified Rhode Island as one of ten states with the highest taxes on the poor.The...

The Star-Ledger: Poorest N.J. residents face biggest tax burden

(Original Post)By Ryan Hutchins/The Star-Ledgeron January 30, 2013 at 6:35 AM, updated January 30, 2013 at 6:38 AMTRENTON — New Jersey’s poorest families pay more than 11 percent of their income toward state and local taxes, while the tax bite...

The Lens: Louisiana's poor pay higher tax rate than the rich

(Original Report)By Tyler Bridges, Staff writerJanuary 30th, 2013The poor in Louisiana pay twice as much of their income in state and local taxes as do the rich, a new study shows.The report, released Wednesday by the Institute on Taxation and...

Philadelphia City Paper: Top 1 percent don't pay in PA

(Original Post)POSTED: Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 10:39 AMFollow on Twitter @DanielDenvirPennsylvania is one of the "Terrible Ten" states with the most regressive tax structures nationwide, hitting the poor hardest while taking the least from the rich, according to a new...

Wichita Eagle: Poor Kansans hit harder by taxes than rich

(Original Post) Published Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at 9:23 a.m.TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A new study by a non-partisan Washington research group says the poorest Kansans pay a much higher percentage of their incomes in state and local taxes than...

Kansas City Business Journal: State taxes take bigger bite from lower earners

(Original Post)Staff Kansas City Business JournalAn analysis released Wednesday by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy reveals that state taxes take a bigger toll on low- and middle-income families than the wealthy.The report combines the average overall effective state...

The Hill: State tax systems regressive

(Original Post)By Bernie Becker - 01/30/13 07:02 AM ETPractically every state charges a higher share of taxes from lower- and middle-class families than the highest earners, a new study from a liberal-leaning group found.The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy...

WPRI: RI taxes take most from poorest, least from the top 1%

(Original Post) January 30th, 2013 at 12:01 am by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes, On the Main SiteThe Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy is out with its latest look at how much of their incomes different Rhode Islanders pay...

Charlotte Observer: Will reform unfairly target the vulnerable?

(Original Post)By Meg WieheSpecial to the ObserverPosted: Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013By all accounts, North Carolina’s tax system will come under heavy scrutiny this year. Gov. Pat McCrory and House and Senate leadership have signaled their intentions to overhaul the way...

MSNBC: GOP governors increase burden on poor with regressive tax plan

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Associated Press: Kan. Senate panel reviewing governor's tax plan

(Original Post)By JOHN HANNA, AP Political WriterUpdated 7:18 am, Tuesday, January 29, 2013TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators will on Tuesday consider conservative Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's tax proposals amid questions on whether it's fair to the state's poorest residents...

Jefferson Post: The rigged debate on tax reform

(Original Post)by Chris FitzsimonN.C. Policy Watch The current debate over tax reform in North Carolina is the latest reminder of how far out of the mainstream some of the political leadership of the state now is. But it’s also serving...

New York Times: Makers, Takers, Fakers

(Original Post)By PAUL KRUGMANPublished: January 27, 2013Republicans have a problem. For years they could shout down any attempt to point out the extent to which their policies favored the elite over the poor and the middle class; all they had...

USA Today: Time to tweak gas taxes? States weigh options

(Original Post)Larry Copeland, USA TODAY7:47a.m. EST January 25, 2013A great tax debate is breaking out in state capitals from Vermont to Texas: How do we maintain and expand our vital-but-aging networks of roads, bridges and urban transit systems?For nearly a...

The American Prospect: Sam Brownback's Kansas is a Resort Town for "Makers"

(Original Post)Jamelle BouieJanuary 24, 2013Over the last two years, Governor Brownback has transformed the state in a laboratory for ultraconservative policies.Much like Bobby Jindal in Louisiana, Governor Sam Brownback is busy turning Kansas into a right-wing paradise, with low wages,...

WUNC: Deputy Budget Director Distances Himself From Tax Code Idea

(Original Post)Politics & Government5:32 pmThu January 24, 2013By Jessica Jones    It’s clear that North Carolina’s political leaders want to make big changes to the state’s tax code, but exactly what route they’ll choose to follow has been called into question....

WRAL: McCrory still open to dumping state income tax

(Original Post) By Laura LesliePosted: January 24Tags: Pat McCrory, Taxes, Art Pope, Budget and Tax CenterRaleigh, N.C. — Despite the reservations of his budget director, Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday that he still wants to look at the possibility of...

New York Times: Kansas' Governor and G.O.P. Seek to End Income Tax

(Original Post)By JOHN ELIGONPublished: January 23, 2013 TOPEKA, Kan. — President Obama stood on the steps of the Capitol in Washington on Monday afternoon and laid out an expansive liberal agenda for the nation. Inside the Kansas State Capitol here...

MSNBC: Jindal eyes end to state hospice care

(Original Post)By Steve Benen - Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:01 AM ESTLouisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) recently unveiled an ambitious new approach to tax policy, in which his state would eliminate income and corporate taxes altogether, and replace the revenue through...

The Journal Gazette: Pence leads charge with education, tax-cut call

(Original Post)Last updated: January 23, 2013 10:38 a.m.State of stateNiki Kelly | The Journal GazetteINDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence preached optimism in his first-ever State of the State speech Tuesday night, specifically calling on lawmakers to cut taxes and improve...

Politico: Ambitious governors dominate tax debate

(Original Post)By: Rachael BadeJanuary 22, 2013 04:41 PM ESTLooking for the next big tax debate? Talk to a governor — preferably one with presidential ambitions.From Louisiana to New York, and Wisconsin to Massachusetts, some of the nation’s most prominent governors...

All Gov: Louisiana Gov. Jindal Proposes Raising Taxes for 80% of State's Citizens

(Original Post)Sunday, January 20, 2013A proposal backed by Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-Louisiana) to abolish the state income tax on individuals and on corporations would amount to a tax hike for 80% of Louisianans that would hit working families and the...

The Advocate: Tax plan needs more details

(Original Post)by mark ballardCapitol news bureauJanuary 20, 2013Gov. Bobby Jindal is right about his theory that eliminating corporate and personal income taxes could spur business growth.His lack of details led to a growth industry among so-called “think tanks” and “good...

The Omaha World Herald: Other states also target income tax to spur growth

(Original Post)By Paul HammelWORLD-HERALD BUREAU LINCOLN — Nebraska isn't the only state looking to eliminate state income taxes.Republican leaders in both Louisiana and North Carolina are pushing plans similar to Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman's pitch — elimination of income taxes...

Bloomberg: New Orleans Mayor Says Congress Should Back Obama, NRA on Police

(Original Post)By Jonathan D. Salant on January 18, 2013  Congress should seize on a rare area of agreement between President Barack Obama and the National Rifle Association in the gun-violence debate and provide funds to hire more police officers, the...

The American Independent: The conservative push to end NC's income tax

(Original Post) Siddhartha Mahanta | 01.18.13 | 4:33 pm | Republishposted in Economy/Finance | Government Accountability/Reform | PoliticsRepublicans in North Carolina haven’t had it this good since 1870. That’s the last time they controlled both the state’s legislative and executive...

Blog of the Century: Republican Governors Promise Tax Cuts for "Job Creators" Financed by Higher Taxes on the Poor

(Original Post)Blog Post by: Benjamin Landy, on January 16, 2013In the days and weeks after Mitt Romney’s electoral defeat, there was what seemed like an endless stream of hand-wringing and soul-searching among Republican elites. The political landscape had changed overnight,...

Indy Week: Republicans propose eliminating income tax, expanding sales tax

(Original Post)by Will Huntsberry @willhuntsberryRepublican leaders believe North Carolina is sick and they have the cure. The most vital remedy, they believe, is tax reform.Personal and corporate income tax make up roughly 60 percent of annual state revenues. The plan...

Think Progress: Nebraska Gov. Proposes Elimination Of State Income Tax At Expense Of Poorest Residents

(Original Post)By Travis Waldron on Jan 16, 2013 at 2:15 pmNebraska Gov. Dave Heineman (R) became the latest Republican governor to propose the elimination of his state’s income tax during his State of the State speech last night, a move...

South Bend Tribune: Better to pass on this tax cut

(Original Post)January 16, 2013Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is pressing on with his campaign pledge to lower the state's flat income tax rate from 3.4 percent to 3.06 percent.Saving taxpayers money and carrying through on promises are laudable goals. Yet cutting...

Think Progress: Louisiana Governor's New Plan Would Raise Taxes On Bottom 80 Percent Of Residents

(Original Post)By Pat Garofalo on Jan 15, 2013 at 3:10 pmLouisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) recently rolled out a plan to replace his state’s personal income and corporate taxes with an increased sales tax. Such a move would shift taxes...

Think Progress: North Carolina Mulls Taxing The Poor To Pay For Tax Cuts For The Rich

(Original Post) By Pat Garofalo on Jan 14, 2013 at 9:25 amGov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) last week tentatively endorsed a plan that would eliminate his state’s income and corporate taxes, replacing them with an increased sales tax. Such a move...

Think Progress: Virginia Governor Promotes 'New, Innovative' Plan To Tax The Poor To Pay For Roads

(Original Post)By Pat Garofalo on Jan 14, 2013 at 5:30 pmGov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA)Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R) was on Fox News today to discuss his new plan to shift the cost of highway construction from drivers to the poor,...

Think Progress: Louisiana GOP Governor Suggests Eliminating Corporate Tax, Paid For By Taxing The Poor

(Original Post)By Pat Garofalo on Jan 11, 2013 at 11:45 amLouisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) wants to eliminate both his state’s income tax and its corporate income tax, giving a big gift to the richest Louisianians and the state’s businesses....

Urban Milwaukee: Robin Hood in Reverse

(Original Post)By Bruce Murphy    - Jan 11th, 2013 10:54 amRepublican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos lives in the tiny village of Rochester, WI, population 3,682, whose website boasts of a “unique small town charm that mixes urban, farming and country life...

Bloomberg/BNA: Virginia Transportation Proposal Signals Shift in National Funding Conversation

Original Post (by subscription only)January 10, 2013 by Heather Caygle Key Development: Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell proposes eliminating state's gas tax and using additional dedicated sales tax revenue to fund transportation programs. Next Steps: Federal and state governments will examine...

WBRZ: Jindal calls for elimination of La. income, corp. taxes

(Original Post)Posted: Jan 10, 2013 2:57 PM by Russell JonesUpdated: Jan 10, 2013 2:57 PMBATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal called today for the elimination of all state income and corporate taxes as a way to boost Louisiana's economy.The governor's...

Kansas City Business Journal: Missouri looks to Kansas for economic guidance

(Original Post)Jan 8, 2013, 7:59am CST Updated: Jan 8, 2013, 8:33am CSTStaff Kansas City Business JournalMissouri lawmakers are looking to Kansas for ways to increase taxes in some areas to offset tax cuts in others, The Independence Examiner reports.The Institute...

CNN: By the Numbers- Politics in 2013

(Original Post)By Amy Roberts, CNN Libraryupdated 11:14 AM EST, Thu January 3, 2013(CNN) -- Two-thousand-thirteen promises to be an interesting political year -- with two governors races that will be closely watched, the very real possibility of another special Senate...