Budgets (page 260)

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    Prisons failing

    Live Blog North Carolina sends 40 percent of ex-offenders back to prison for new crimes, but almost none back for technical violations of parole or probation according to a new report from the Pew Center on the States. Recidivism in North Carolina was lower for inmates released in…
    Joseph Coletti, April 13, 2011
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    Barone wants to stop the bickering and squabbling

    Michael Barone has a bone to pick with fellow political pundits. He explains in his latest Washington Examiner column: Let’s ban the verbs “bicker” and “squabble,” not for a month but forever. You’ve seen those verbs often if you’ve been reading about…
    Mitch Kokai, April 13, 2011
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    Tax Foundation expert targets aggressive state tax practices

    A day after commemorating Tax Freedom Day, the Tax Foundation’s Joseph Henchman heads to Capitol Hill this afternoon to testify in connection with a bill targeting “aggressive” state tax practices. Here are some highlights from Henchman’s upcoming testimony on the Business Activity Tax Simplification Act: About half the states now assert "economic nexus" in corporate taxation, claiming the power to tax corporations with no property or employees in the state. Six states have adopted aggressive sales tax stands, including Arkansas earlier this month. These trends result from states' incentive to shift tax burdens from physically present individuals and businesses to those who are beyond their borders. Recent examples have included door-to-door salesmen, credit card companies, franchised fast food operations, cell phone providers, online travel companies, car rental companies, and affiliate- and franchise-based operations. Businesses must consequently deal with: Complex tax statutes Uncertainty about what activities create tax obligations in different states Lack of uniformity between different states in tax rules and formulas Generally, wasting significant time, wealth, and brainpower navigating tax compliance rather than doing more productive things.
    Mitch Kokai, April 13, 2011
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    In case you missed it …

    WTVD asked the John Locke Foundation for its initial reaction to new budget numbers released from the Republican-led N.C. General Assembly.
    Mitch Kokai, April 13, 2011
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    Samuelson: "Obama urges an ‘adult’ conversation and acts like a child"

    Live Blog Robert Samuelson's latest column is worth reading in its entirety, but his description of President Barack Obama is particularly noteworthy.
    Joseph Coletti, April 12, 2011
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    Cato expert tackles bill that would help IRS ‘run amok’

    Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute uses his latest video to expose “a reckless IRS proposal to force American banks to put foreign tax law above American tax law – even though it will cause capital to flee the American economy.” Mitchell also offers some analysis of…
    Mitch Kokai, April 12, 2011
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    If the election were held today …

    Whenever you see something like that in a polling story, remind youself: It never is. Case in point — a just-released poll from the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling titled “Bad news for congressional Republicans,” noting that after a little more than 3 months in charge House Republicans have…
    Rick Henderson, April 12, 2011
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    Happy national Tax Freedom Day … with an asterisk

    The Tax Foundation says North Carolina reached Tax Freedom Day April 6. Today marks national Tax Freedom Day. This means the average taxpayer has worked long enough to pay his tax bills and now can turn his attention to working to meet other needs: food, clothing, shelter, and…
    Mitch Kokai, April 12, 2011