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In response to a Congressional Budget Office report projecting ruinous increases in spending and taxes to maintain promises in the Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid programs, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced A Roadmap for America’s Future, which he said he will turn into legislation.

“Washington is broken, and has yet to face up to our most pressing domestic challenges. My Roadmap for America’s Future will fulfill the promise of health and retirement security, lift the crushing burden of debt we’re passing to our children, and will strengthen American jobs and competitiveness for the twenty-first century,” Ryan said in announcing his plan.
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As Alabama legislators headed home after the end of a special legislative session on June 1, many feared they’d soon be back to address a tax debate they had hoped was put to rest in the regular session.

The matter reaches back to September 2007, when the state Department of Revenue determined ExxonMobil was due $41 million for deductions it should have been granted, but was not, for processing natural gas off the Gulf Coast.
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Worries about violating Major League Baseball rules–and probably bigger worries about violating Internal Revenue Service rules–apparently have killed the latest proposal for an Illinois agency to buy Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball team.

Tribune Co. and Cubs owner Sam Zell rejected a second offer from the state in May.

Former Illinois governor James Thompson (R) has been trying to acquire Wrigley Field for the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority (ISFA), a state agency Thompson serves as chairman. Although ISFA has been tight-lipped concerning the deals, some of the basic facts are known.
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Taxes are an unpopular necessity of government, and elected officials have to communicate their concerns to gain voter support for increased levies. However, the actions of one North Carolina county are raising questions about the use of public funds to promote a tax hike.

Commissioners in Orange County, North Carolina recently committed more than $110,000 in tax dollars toward passage of a controversial real estate tax that had been soundly rejected by voters in every county that suggested it.

In the wake of the measure’s two-to-one rejection in May, Orange County commissioners pondered a second attempt come November. However, state lawmakers from both parties are calling for the option’s repeal, saying repeated efforts to gain approval have only agitated voters with little hope of passage.
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Iowa Gov. Chet Culver (D) has vetoed a bill aimed at expanding the matters subject to collective bargaining for public school teachers throughout the state.

The bill, HF 2645, would have required negotiation for supplemental pay, evaluation procedures, preparation time, class size, discipline processes, certain retirement benefits, and dues checkoff, among other topics.
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Massachusetts could boost its economy and increase investment by taxing all business entities similarly and adopting unitary reporting, single-sales-factor apportionment, and other reforms, according to the Beacon Hill Institute (BHI) at Suffolk University.

“Business Taxes in Massachusetts: Toward Fundamental Reform” concludes the commonwealth’s hodgepodge of poorly conceived measures violates the most fundamental principles of tax equity and efficiency and is a drag on economic activity. The report also notes Massachusetts levies the fourth-highest statutory state corporate income tax rate in the United States, at 9.5 percent.
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More than 1 million households across Connecticut state tuned in to a lively debate over why public school costs keep rising and what can be done to stop the increases, making it clear they’re very concerned about property tax increases.

“Debate ’08–Balancing the Cost of Education with Property Taxes” was broadcast statewide May 15 on The Talk of Connecticut’s four-station radio network and Connecticut Network (CT-N), which provides television and Webcast coverage of Connecticut state government and public policy.
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