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  • Rhode Island lawmakers pushing reduced state sales tax

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two Rhode Island lawmakers are launching a push to lower the state's 7 percent sales tax in an effort they say will help the economy. Rep. Jan Malik and Sen. Walter Felag Jr. are each introducing two bills. One would lower the tax on all items to 3 percent. The other...

  • 4-cent gas, diesel tax increase before NH panel

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A proposed 4 cent increase in New Hampshire's tax on gasoline and diesel would provide much-needed money to fix deteriorating roads and help finish the expansion of Interstate 93, supporters testified Tuesday. But opponents told the House Ways and Means and Public Works...

  • Maryland lawmakers pass minimum wage increase

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland General Assembly gave final approval to incremental increases in the state's minimum wage over several years to $10.10 in 2018 and to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana possession, as the final regular legislative session of Gov. Martin O'Malley's...

  • Jack Kingston: Washington entangles local schools with 'competitive' grants funded by parents' tax dollars

    Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is coming to Capitol Hill Tuesday to justify the president's 2015 budget request before my committee. In addition to the usual overspending and generally wasteful nature of the federal involvement in our local schools, the Obama administration's penchant for...

  • Time for a national commission to reduce the size of government

    The Fiscal Times reported last week that the State Department has missing files or incomplete files for more than $6 billion in State Department contracts.

  • House Democrats unveil budget plan with tax hikes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats unveiled their response to Paul Ryan's GOP budget on Monday, and it relies on a $1.5 trillion in higher taxes over the coming 10 years and the economic benefits of immigration reform to make the numbers work. The plan by Maryland Democrat Chris Van Hollen...

  • Settlement fails in Rhode Island pension overhaul

    A proposed settlement that would have ended the legal fight over Rhode Island's 2011 landmark pension overhaul, which has been a model for other states looking to rein in runaway pension costs, was rejected by one of the groups voting on it, officials announced Monday. The parties were ordered...

  • Louisiana college leaders push for $40 million incentive fund

    Higher education leaders urged lawmakers Monday to maintain Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan for a new $40 million incentive fund to steer money to high-demand degree and job training programs.

  • Maryland lawmakers approve minimum wage hike

    The House of Delegates voted 87-47 Monday to give final approval to increasing the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $8 in January.

  • Kansas lawmakers back school funding, tenure plan

    The Kansas Legislature on Sunday narrowly backed a plan that would boost funding to poor school districts while eliminating tenure for teachers.

  • Election-year GOP split over home-state projects

    Republicans can't seem to reach an official party line this election year on the old Washington custom of using the federal budget to benefit the folks back home.

  • Tennessee legislative session nearing conclusion

    Legislative leaders are hoping to adopt Tennessee's annual spending plan as early as this week, clearing the way to the conclusion of the legislative session.

  • Illinois' next pension issue: Police and fire funds

    Mayors across Illinois are demanding that state lawmakers address serious shortfalls in local police and fire pension funds. The effort comes after the Illinois Legislature dealt with the state's own pension problem last year.

  • House Republicans this week tackle budget plan while Senate Dems push paycheck fairness

    The House this week will vote on a ten-year Republican budget plan while the Senate debates a bill that Democrats believe will lead to more equal wages for male and female workers. Neither bill has a shot of ever clearing Congress, but both parties are looking to appeal to their base by...

  • Obama: Republican budget would shrink opportunity

    President Obama says the Republican budget proposal would shrink opportunity and make it tougher for hard-working Americans to get ahead.



From the Weekly Standard

  • Why the New York Times Poll Is Bogus

    The Arkansas Senate race has been close in virtually every serious poll. The Republican challenger, Tom Cotton, probably had a small lead a month or so ago; after a massive negative assault on him...

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  • Hustle Is Overrated

    The Bryce Harper-Mike Trout showdown is underway and the outcome is, well, inconclusive. In round one Monday night, the Nationals leftfielder walked and went hitless in three at bats while the...

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  • Kennedy’s Question

    We often think of the Constitution as a two-part document: first the original 1787 text, which primarily establishes the government’s structure; and then the amendments, which primarily set...

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