Today, for the first time in ten years, the U.S. House of Representatives has voted to repeal the federal estate tax. The final vote on HR 1105 was 240-179, with 233 Republicans and 7 Democrats voting yea. The bill was...
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State Budgets: Ohio Governor Expands Tax Incentives, Threatens "Washington Monument" to Get Federal Aid
Gov. Ted Strickland (D) has instructed state agencies to cut a total of $1.9 billion from the current biennial $116 billion state budget, including a recent order to close a $640 million shortfall. Strickland has also warned that the 2010-11 biennial budget faces a $7.3 billion shortfall, outlining a "worst-case scenario" of closing six prisons, slashing education subsidies and hiking tuition, stopping nursing home inspections, and pushing hundreds of mentally disabled individuals out of state care facilities. Strickland has used this "Washington Monument" ploy to push for $5 billion in federal aid, but doesn't plan to roll back some recently phased-in income tax reductions. Additionally, state officials are seeking a reorganization of school funding and $1.57 billion in subsidies to favored businesses as stimulus.
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