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LEGISLATURE: State Sen. Creighton, Rep. Leach file 'Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday Act'

Friday, 19 December 2014 16:54
PreviousNext 2nd Amendment Advertisement Posted: Saturday, December 20, 2014 5:41 pm | Updated: 5:46 pm, Sat Dec 20, 2014. LEGISLATURE: State Sen. Creighton, Rep. Leach file 'Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday Act'Community reportHouston Community Newspapers AUSTIN – Texas State Sen.
Statehouse Beat: Lobbyists change with new Legislature
Friday, 19 December 2014 16:10
With the pending change of control of the state Legislature, it would be reasonable to think that the 300-odd lobbyists who will spend two months trying to persuade the new Legislature to pass (or defeat) particular bills would also be in for a transformation. There are some new faces among the 299 lobbyists who have registered with the state Ethics Commission as of Friday, but for the most part, the 2015 lobbyists’ guide will be…
The Fix: The Associated Press just did something very smart Featured
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 06:17
The State Capitol Building in Richmond, Virginia will undergo renovation. Here's an announcement from the AP that you probably missed today: Building on The Associated Press’ unmatched presence in all 50 U.S. statehouses, we are adding to our competitive advantage by creating a team of state government specialists. As announced today to the AP staff, the specialists will collaborate with statehouse reporters, as well as on their own projects and stories focused on government accountability…
The Associated Press just did something very smart Featured
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 06:17
The State Capitol Building in Richmond, Virginia will undergo renovation. Here's an announcement from the AP that you probably missed today: Building on The Associated Press’ unmatched presence in all 50 U.S. statehouses, we are adding to our competitive advantage by creating a team of state government specialists. As announced today to the AP staff, the specialists will collaborate with statehouse reporters, as well as on their own projects and stories focused on government accountability…
Louisiana tax break programs are 'open-ended' spending, economist says
Sunday, 14 December 2014 12:10
BATON ROUGE, La. -- State officials need to consider Louisiana's long list of tax breaks as spending programs that siphon dollars away from the budget, just like road projects and health care services, the Legislature's chief economist said Monday. But Greg Albrecht said the difference with Louisiana's $7 billion in various tax credits, rebates and exemptions is that the spending comes off the top, with no annual oversight from state lawmakers before the money goes…
Economist: La. tax break programs are 'open-ended' spending
Sunday, 14 December 2014 08:33
By MELINDA DESLATTE Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Legislature's chief economist says state officials need to look at Louisiana's long list of tax breaks as spending programs that siphon dollars away from the budget. Louisiana has $7 billion in various tax credits, rebates and deductions. Greg Albrecht said Monday that the programs take money away from the state treasury just like road projects, health care services and other items included in the…
Gov. Scott's newest appointments winning praise Featured
Sunday, 14 December 2014 01:49
It may be a sign of experience that Scott, a political outsider who came to Tallahassee four years ago vowing to end business as usual in the state government, has gained after four years in office. And it may reflect the realization that it is easier to change large, complicated state programs by relying on administrators who are well versed in the intricacies of those agencies.
Scott's 2nd term moves earn praise Featured
Saturday, 13 December 2014 10:07
It may be a sign of experience that Scott, a political outsider who came to Tallahassee four years ago vowing to end business as usual in the state government, has gained after four years in office. And it may reflect the realization that it is easier to change large, complicated state programs by relying on administrators who are well versed in the intricacies of those agencies.
States worry about trickle-down of oil Featured
Friday, 12 December 2014 14:15
Plummeting oil prices may add a little jingle in the pockets of holiday shoppers and travelers but are raising financial worries in some states that had been tapping into surging oil tax revenues to pay for roads and other government services. With oil prices now around a five-year low, budget officials in about a half-dozen states already have begun paring back projections for a continued gusher of revenues.
GovBeat: Even amid recovery, state budgets bleed red ink Featured
Thursday, 11 December 2014 08:44
Republican Illinois Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner has apologized for the cuts a deep budget shortfall he inherits will require (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) When Bruce Rauner becomes the governor of Illinois next month, the Republican businessman will inherit a budget shortfall so deep he is already apologizing for the painful cuts his administration will have to make. Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan’s (R) priorities may be put on hold as well as he makes cuts necessary to make…
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