taxes (page 4)

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    Sugar-coating a bitter pill

    It’s tax-free weekend. That means I’ll be headed to the department stores to supplement my wardrobe. Sure, I know that the tax-free weekend is a gimmick. It was established in 2001 as a sugar-coating of a bitter pill. That year, the General Assembly raised a significant amount of taxes to…
    Barry Smith, August 3, 2012
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    The solution to low-turnout second primaries: Instant runoffs

    They seemed thrilled when I walked in this morning. “We have a customer,” I heard one of the precinct officials at my Alamance County polling place say as I entered the polling place to cast my vote in the runoff primary around 10 a.m. “You’re No. 3,” that same official…
    Barry Smith, July 17, 2012
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    Fiscal realities

    Live Blog Clive Crook in this morning's Financial Times forgets how we got to this point in state and federal budgets. The federal stimulus was mostly absorbed in offsetting the automatic tightening of fiscal policy by individual states, whose borrowing is strictly constrained. … Now the federal stimulus…
    Joseph Coletti, April 4, 2011
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    Amazon skips North Carolina

    Illinois became the latest state to impose an Amazon Tax. If you remember, North Carolina’s attempt to tax the retailer led Amazon (and, Blue Nile, and others) to end relationships with affiliate businesses in North Carolina that drove business to the site. That meant North…
    Joseph Coletti, March 14, 2011