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September 25, 2007

Last week, the Tax Foundation filed amicus curiae ("friend of the court") briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court in two cases:

- Staff IT, Inc. v. United States (07-221) - The Tax Foundation's brief supports Staff IT, Inc.'s effort to have its case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. If the lower court ruling stands, the brief argues, "troubled small business that owe taxes and creditors will end up...

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September 25, 2007

Yesterday, Leon County Chief Circuit Judge Charles A. Francis ordered a constitutional amendment that would slash property taxes off the January 29, 2008 Florida ballot.

The proposed amendment would replace the "Save Our Homes" amendment, which currently limits property tax assessment increases on homesteads (primary homes) to 3 percent per year. Each existing homeowner would choose to keep the...

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September 25, 2007

The Tax Foundation has posted new tables to its website that show where the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) hits hardest. Specifically, there are three new tables that show the impact of AMT by county, by congressional district and by major city area. The county table looks very similar to the property tax by county table that was released two...

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September 25, 2007

Congressman Nick Lampson released Monday a package he calls "middle-class" tax relief that would include special tax provisions for numerous groups. From the Houston Business General:

Legislation proposed in a series of six bills by U.S. Rep. Nick Lampson (D-Stafford) would extend tax relief set to expire later this year for teachers, armed forces personnel and other middle-class...

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September 24, 2007

Some stories just write themselves. Here's one courtesy of the Philadelphia Daily News:

PHILADELPHIA NEEDS every dime it can get to pay for services like policing our streets and teaching our students.

Mayor Street knows that.

That's why the city recently cracked down on delinquent taxpayers. What...

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September 24, 2007

The Fox affiliate in Washington, DC reports that over the weekend police in Upper Marlboro, Maryland (pretty ironic) intercepted a van hauling 300 cartons of cigarettes which had been purchased in Virginia.  Authorities suspect that the cigarettes were bound for a high-tax jurisdiction such as New York City or New Jersey.

The...

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September 21, 2007

It appears that in Ohio, doctors are taking the "doctor knows best" approach to a whole new level, suggesting "a broad tax on lifestyle choices that are detrimental to good health" should their proposal to mandate insurance coverage in the state ever be short on revenue.  From the Dayton Business Journal:

The trade group for the state's doctors say giving more...

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September 21, 2007

With all due respect to NBC's smash-success TV show, it's time to play

Biggset loser

Hosted by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley

Who stands to lose the most* if Governor O'Malley's tax changes are enacted? It's a picture of someone who probably...

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September 21, 2007

Democrats in Wisconsin's state legislature have dropped their demand for a $15 billion tax hike to pay for a universal health care system, if Republicans will agree to impose $1 billion in taxes on hospitals and cigarettes. The proposals are part of the delayed state budget, which was due back on July 1.

The health care proposal would have...

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September 21, 2007

As the State of Michigan once again ponders raising taxes, it is nice to see how the rest of the country views Michigan. In particular, here are a few takes from the satirical newspaper The Onion taking shots at the state's economic woes. And everyone knows the best government policy during economic woes -- raise taxes of course.

Thousands Lose Jobs As...

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September 20, 2007

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley's tax hike plan unveiled on Monday included a $1 increase in the state's cigarette tax, which would make the tax $2.00 per pack. A paternalist may think this is a noble exercise for the government to stop people from smoking. A politician who merely wants more money to spend may like it because it increases the government's...

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September 20, 2007

Michigan out 28,000 jobs

Aug. 7.4% jobless rate is 14-year high; auto, construction work shrinks

That is the headline of an article in today's Detroit News. With their economy in shambles, Michigan lawmakers, spurred on by the governor, are currently working to ...

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September 20, 2007

Michigan's elected officials may not get it, but Detroit News editorial cartoonist Henry Payne does:

Exhibit A:

Exhibit B:

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September 19, 2007

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley wants to raise more revenue for the state, and, of course. he is seeking to do it in a way that is most politically feasible. In other words, he wants a tax plan that will tick off the fewest voters. How do you do that? Go after corporations and smokers. From the Baltimore Sun:

Marylanders would pay more in sales...

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September 19, 2007

A Cook County Commissioner is proposing to raise the sales tax again. Cook County contains Chicago, and we blogged about Chicago's sales tax rate a few years back: Chicago Sales Tax Rate Increases.

From...

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