At the end of last week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on H.R. 1947, the farm bill for 2014. As usual, the agricultural appropriations bill is an opportunity for particular members of Congress to promote their favorite corrupt or silly ideas. A few sensible ideas in a farm bill typically get crowded out by […]
A list of the U.S. Senators who support creating a special tax-free zone for the children of millionaires and billionaires, while those of us who work continue to have to pay taxes. […]
Last week, Senator Rand Paul “of Kentucky” introduced special legislation, S. 887.
You may notice that I placed “of Kentucky” in quotes in the last paragraph. That’s because, according to Open Secrets’ analysis of Senator Paul’s contributions, he’s not mainly funded by the actual people of Kentucky. In the 2012 election cycle, Rand Paul received […]
Lloyd Doggett has introduced H.R. 1554, the Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act, legislation that would close down tax loopholes that allow wealthy individuals and corporations to send their money to accounts in foreign countries in order to avoid paying their fair share here in the USA. […]
“… the government keeps taking more and more of my money…” – Sarah Peppel
“Exasperated w/govt taking more and more of my money…” – Paul Robb
“My government keeps lying to me, over and over keeps taking more and more of my money…” – A Better Version of Me
“The reason I don’t want to […]
What happens when smoking rates decline in New Hampshire? The answer depends on your vantage point.
If you’re in charge of tax collection in the state of New Hampshire, you’re disappointed:
Administrative Services Commissioner Linda Hodgdon said Wednesday that revenue is $4 million below estimates. She said the biggest disappointment was the tobacco tax which […]
The 501c4 corporation trying to run its own presidential nomination, Americans Elect, keeps insisting that it has no ideology: “Americans Elect doesn’t have an ideology or agenda, either.”
But Americans Elect just can’t keep its ideology from leaking out. Check out its latest “news” post in which it rejects the “extremes” of budget policy and […]
When conservative preacher Rick Warren raked in $2.4 million last December for his “Saddleback Church” (an archipelago of high-tech churches, gymnasium courts, restaurants and even a music school sitting on nine campuses of prime California real estate), the church didn’t pay a penny of tax on that income. Saddleback Church is tax-exempt despite its wealth.
Increasingly, churches are openly campaigning for political candidates, serving as political party organizations, and keeping their tax exempt status anyway. […]
A chart from the Congressional Budget Office shows the likely impact of lowered income taxes on job growth, and compares that impact to the likely result of other policy choices. […]
American politicians love to talk about the importance of jobs for Americans. But when push comes to shove, you have to watch what the politicians do, not what they say.
Right now, in the middle of the worst jobless slump of a generation, the American tax structure perversely rewards corporations that fire American workers, then […]