Pennsylvania Outsleazes the Bill Collector
The state of Pennsylvania has a new commercial out for those who haven’t paid their taxes yet. Just tell me this doesn’t creep you out a little. Now, I don’t doubt for a minute that “Tom” is a fictitious person. However, if he were not, the state of Pennsylvania just used tactics that debt collectors have been barred from using for over 30 years now | Read More »
Want to Cure Your State’s Budget Ills? Attract the Millionaires
If you live in a state that is having budget problems (Hint: You are living in a state that has budget problems), your legislature is probably trying to figure out how to fix said problems. There’s lots of ways to do this, but only some of them actually make sense. One of the politically least popular (especially in Purple to Blue states) is to cut | Read More »
If the Death Tax Wasn’t Bad Enough Already
Legislators in the state of Oregon have proposed a tax on the distribution of a life insurance policy’s death benefit. Oregonians who purchase life insurance and annuity products to assure the financial security of themselves and their loved ones would be hit with a tax that undermines their carefully-made financial protection, long-term savings and retirement income. H.B. 2854 would impose a tax on the life | Read More »
What Criteria Are They Using?
Much has been written over the past few weeks on the impending stimulus pork-laden, debt bill. Unfortunately, it seems that the Democrats in charge of the Senate see fit to ram this bill down the throats of the American public. With that in mind, I’m wondering what criteria they are using when they consider projects. I wonder this, because I’ve been reading through the spending | Read More »
Missouri News and Notes January 5, 2008
A round up of the recent news from the twenty fourth state.
The Rich Do Not Benefit Disproportionately
As many of you know, I often guest on AOL Political Machine blogger Tommy Christopher‘s Blog Talk Radio program Unusable Signal. Tommy has been making a claim for a while now that the rich benefit disproportionately from the government. He has made this claim yet again in a blog entitled “I’m Tommy the Elitist”.Therefore he says that they should pay more in taxes, their “fair | Read More »
Missouri Ballot Initiatives
This November 4 there are many other issues on the ballots beside who the next President is going to be. There are countless other politicians up for election (U.S. Senators, U.S. Congressman, Governors, etc.). Many states also have ballot initiatives to consder. Missouri is one of those states. Five ballot initiatives will be on your plate in two weeks. Below is a run down of | Read More »
Senator Obama Isn’t Serious About Social Security Reform
Ask any economist and many of the politicians and those that pay attention on the right what they say is the single biggest problem facing this country. The answer will likely be the unfunded liabilities of the federal government’s entitlement programs of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Serious action needs to be taken now to keep those three programs from swallowing the entirety of the | Read More »