Taxes

Lawyer In Seattle Tax Dispute Says ‘Income isn’t Property’

by Steve MacDonald November 17, 2017

Seattle imposed a high earner tax, and both sides are in court fighting for the right to tax or to not to be taxed. The city wants to take other peoples money. The people who earned money would rather not part with it. And in the midst of this fight, the lawyer for the city […]

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Massachusetts Taxes Ride-Sharing to Pay Off Taxi Companies

by Steve MacDonald November 16, 2017

Last year Massachusetts passed a law taxing ride-sharing services. A portion of the fee, according to the law, is diverted to Taxi companies, to develop “new technologies and advanced service, safety and operational capabilities.” The law levies a 20-cent fee in all, with 5 cents for taxis, 10 cents going to cities and towns and the […]

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Data Point – 2017 Federal Spending and Taxes

by Skip October 22, 2017

We don’t have a revenue problem – we have a spending problem that gives us these huge annual deficits leading to a $20 Trillion national debt (reformatted, emphasis mine). Real federal spending in fiscal 2017, which ended on Sept. 30, was higher than in any year in the history of the United States other than […]

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When college students thought it Bernie’s tax plan….

by Skip October 21, 2017

and didn’t realize it was Trump’s. Pre-conceived world view. (H/T: Campus Review)

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DISQUS Doodlings – Like environmentalists, Treehuggers upset we do things they don’t like

by Skip October 16, 2017

Treehuggers want Government to use force to get the rest of us to get in line. They are just blind to the fact that they keep proving the phrase Watermelon Environmentalists – ostensibly “green” on the outside but Red on the inside (the old political version for communism/socialism): Why plastic straws should be taxed Plastic straws.  […]

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NH Ranked 7th Best Overall for BusinessTax Climate

by Steve MacDonald October 4, 2017

The Tax Foundation has released their 2017 State Business Tax Climate Index, and New Hampshire ranks 7th best in the nation. That’s impressive considering how poorly the Granite State did in some key categories. It ranked 46th for Corporate taxes (this report does not account for the recent reductions in that tax), 43rd for Property […]

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New Hampshire, Vermont, Tax Revenue, Tax Capacity, and Values

by Steve MacDonald October 2, 2017

Art Woolf, an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Vermont, has an interesting piece in the Burlington Free Press. Interesting, because it hints at a problem in a context most progressives typically ignore. First, as part of this research professor Woolf reports that as a percentage of total income earned New Hampshire is […]

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Data Point – Record taxes through August 2017

by Skip September 17, 2017

Running Government beyond our means?  The kicker: “At the same time that the federal government was collecting a record $2,966,172,000,000 in tax revenues, it was spending $3,639,882,000,000—and, thus, running a deficit of $673,711,000,000.” Yet, a deal was made last week to put no limit on the Debt Ceiling – the first day after the bill was […]

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US Senator Jeanne Shaheen – goes full Socialist and anti-Constitution in one breath: Single Payer healthcare

by Skip September 15, 2017

So Jeanne Shaheen shows: Her contempt for the US Constitution Her complete lack of qualification to be a US Senator  due to not knowing what a Right is Her complete willingness to, yet again, make taxpayers further into indentured servants And like the best that Progressives can show – NEVER once has she said ANYTHING about […]

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Did Al Sharpton REALLY go out there and say this?

by Skip August 30, 2017

SHOT: Sharpton Leads ‘Ministers’ March’ to Protest Trump: ‘This Nation Is in Moral Trouble’ …The march was spearheaded by Sharpton, who also made political remarks that addressed what he called “immoral” actions happening in the United States. “We wanted 1,000 rabbis, Sikhs, imams, Christian ministers of all denominations because we wanted to say this nation is in moral […]

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Data Point – Traffic deaths….Colorado….pot

by Skip August 28, 2017

Just thought I’d leave this here: Traffic fatalities linked to pot are up sharply in Colorado Federal and state data show that the number of drivers involved in fatal crashes in Colorado who tested positive for marijuana has more than doubled since 2013. A Denver Post analysis of the data and coroner reports provides the most […]

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Democrats, Nazis, Smoking, and Taxes

by Steve MacDonald August 18, 2017

If it steps like a goose and honks like a goose. While we distance ourselves from the immorality of Nazi medicine, it is ironic that in many ways in Britain and America we now view smoking as the Nazis themselves did in the 1930s and 1940s—we view it as on the one hand a public […]

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NH Fiscal Policy Institute Hides Good News Behind What May Not Even be Bad News

by Steve MacDonald August 8, 2017

In a recent report the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute (NHFPI) hems and haws its way through potential fiscal decline couched in “mights and maybes” and then (Surprise!) we get “substantially more” in paragraph four. While the preliminary accrual revenues for SFY 2017 show no growth over SFY 2016’s preliminary accrual numbers, the figures do […]

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Blogline of Day – the stereotype is reinforced every time the Progressives open their mouths

by Skip July 16, 2017

And summed up perfectly by this: If you want to know what smug liberal superiority and self-righteousness is all about, this is the piece for you. That would be a piece in Pravda on the Merrimac by Rep. Mary Jane Wallner and Sen. Dan Feltes – both Progressive Democrats – which basically tells the rest of us […]

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Data Point – Federal spending breaks $400 Billion / month

by Skip July 15, 2017

Real monthly federal spending topped $400 billion for the first time in June, when the Treasury spent a record 428,894,000,000, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released today. Prior to June, the record for federal spending in a single month was held by March 2017, when the Treasury spent approximately $392,816,000,000. As the Treasury was spending a […]

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If Illinois Had One-Party Rule: House Dems Pass $5 Billion Tax Increase

by Steve MacDonald July 3, 2017

I am fond of pointing out that to Democrats there is no limit to how much of other people’s property they will spend. California is the poster child, but Illinois is vying for the title. If it weren’t for the citizens electing a Republican Governor, they’d be staring into the teeth of a 32% $5 billion dollar […]

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Dannel Malloy Taxed the Rich and The “Rich” Are Leaving Connecticut

by Steve MacDonald June 4, 2017

The government can do nothing without first taking property from someone else. How much government should do cannot be separated from the problem of how much government must take. Who gets to decide what and “how much” is at the very heart of the divide between the left and the right. Progressives always want the […]

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Jessica Chastain: you have to give us free stuff – it’s for our RIGHTS!

by Skip April 19, 2017

Ahem, may I point out that women have received “free stuff” for centuries?  May I also point out that “Rights” have nothing to do with material means unless you are of the Socialist persuasion and have no idea of the difference between an entitlement and a true Right? Actually, the title of the piece at […]

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The Concord Monitor Reminds US What Taxation Means To Progressives

by Steve MacDonald April 17, 2017

The Progressive view care of the Concord Monitor. The state still doesn’t know the full impact of a recent cut in business tax rates, but the Legislature is already considering another reduction. A Republican-backed Senate bill would further lower the business profits and enterprise taxes in 2020, resulting in an estimated loss of $81 million in […]

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To quote a famous Progressive “What difference does it make?”

by Skip April 16, 2017

The TEA Partiers protested their own taxes.  Now Lefties are protesting over someone else’s: Nationwide marches set to protest Trump tax returns. (H/T: Instapundit).  Yeah, I’m not surprised at yesterday’s Tax Day protests by Progressives just like we, as TEA Partiers, did on April 15ths.  However, here’s a YUGE difference between us and them. As a […]

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Why Vote For a Fake Conservative When You Can Get The Real Thing?

by Ed Naile April 13, 2017

Even The Hard Left is Adopting “Taxpayer Friendly” Positions. Hot off the internet! April 12, 2017  Millions of Americans will be spending the weekend preparing their taxes to meet the federal tax filing deadline, which is next Tuesday, April 18th. Tax filing can be a complicated, expensive process. Americans spend more than 6 billion hours […]

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Soros Is An Investor All Right – In the “Right” People

by Ed Naile April 9, 2017

Happy April 15, 2017, taxpayers! Right around the corner is a cause for celebration. “You know who” has to come out from behind his “loophole.” Yes, 2017 is the year George Soros must stop “hedging” his hedge funds and pay 39% in US income taxes on his billions. He can cough up more billions of […]

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Mexico building the Wall? These CongressCritters are too easy

by Skip March 30, 2017

President Trump has often said that Mexico would pay for the Wall where the purpose is to stop (or at least, slow down) illegal immigration on our Southern border.  He’s consistently held to this even as everyone else has either bashed the idea (the Open Borders addicts, “the establishment”, or the illegal alien apologists) or rolled […]

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We’ve Got the Cost Per Pupil for Every School District In New Hampshire

by Steve MacDonald March 29, 2017

The New Hampshire Department of Education has released a document listing the cost per pupil for public school education in New Hampshire. The report provides details for each district (or SAU) in the state based on these parameters. The Cost per Pupil represents, with certain adjustments, current expenditures from all funding sources (local, state and […]

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So why does Government hate on small business?

by Skip March 28, 2017

“Small businesses employ over 57 million Americans. And yet, the government’s taxes and regulations overwhelmingly favor big businesses at the expense of small ones. Why? Find out in this short video.” Hint: go ask your Democrat Federal office holder why – watch them bend like a pretzal. (H/T: Liberty Unyielding)

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Did Trump Pay a Higher Tax Rate Than Warren Buffett’s Secretary?

by Steve MacDonald March 15, 2017

The big news that’s not news at all is that MSNBC and Rachel Madcow reported that in 2005 Donald Trump paid $38 million in taxes on $150 (152.7) Million in income. That’s 24% of his income lost to Uncle Sam. Big whoop.

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The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on New Hampshire

by Steve MacDonald February 28, 2017

  FairUS.org H/T Jane Cormier c/o Susan Olsen

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Another worthless Obama legacy ready to be dissolved

by Skip January 23, 2017

OK, a bit late on this as Prager U posted it on the 16th – 4 days before Trump’s Inauguration so Gina McCarthy (EPA head) and President Obama are now gone.  And I will make the prediction that Trump will cancel this by Executive Order. SURE he can – even though Obama sent $100s of […]

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See, It’s Not Just New Hampshire – California Underestimated Medicaid Costs Too…

by Steve MacDonald January 19, 2017

The incoming Sununu administration discovered a $65 million dollar hole at the New Hampshire Department of Inhumanly High Health Services ((NHD(i)HHS)) thanks mostly to expanded Medicaid costs they had not anticipated. Seriously? We here in our humble shop knew it would happen from day one. We knew that the Federal contribution wasn’t “Free Money™.” And […]

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Here is the EPITOME of Democrat view of small business. Progressive empathy and “listening” on full parade

by Skip January 11, 2017

As I’ve said before, TMEW and I owned a small business – one that was HIGHLY regulated: a daycare center.  We KNOW regulations, good, meh, and “are you freaking serious?” And we were beseeched on all sides by all kinds of “regulators” that absolutely were convinced that they knew what was best for our business […]

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