By Karen Zurawski Published 11:50 am CST, Monday, January 7, 2019 Glenn Hegar, Texas comptroller Glenn Hegar, Texas comptroller Photo: Courtesy Glenn Hegar / Courtesy Glenn Hegar Photo: Courtesy Glenn Hegar / Courtesy Glenn Hegar Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Glenn Hegar, Texas comptroller Glenn Hegar, Texas comptroller Photo: Courtesy Glenn Hegar / Courtesy Glenn Hegar SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Katy remains home base for Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Glenn Hegar has served at comptroller for the state of Texas since 2015. Prior to that, he served in the Texas Legislature for 11 years. A sixth-generation Texan, Hegar now calls Katy home with his wife … [Read more...] about SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Katy remains home base for Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar
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Missouri legislators are reeling after voters rejected an increase in the motor fuel tax, leaving the fate of the state’s dilapidated roads and bridges in question.While most legislators contacted by the Missourian acknowledged the importance of addressing the state’s transportation infrastructure concerns, they have yet to come to a consensus on how to do it.Proposition D, which was defeated in a Nov. 6 election 54 percent to 46 percent, would have increased the state’s current tax of 17 cents per gallon by 2.5 cents each year for the next four years. The ballot language of the proposition said proceeds from the higher tax would have gone to the State Road Fund for law enforcement purposes. This in turn would have freed up money for roads and bridges, supporters said.Missouri’s fuel tax, which is the second-lowest in the country, hasn’t increased since 1996. According to the Missouri Department of Transportation’s website, Missouri has the … [Read more...] about No consensus among lawmakers on how to pay for state’s transportation needs
Susan Kaye Quinn joined the Republican Party in her early 20s for its conservative economic policies and said she was a dedicated member over the next three decades. She voted straight-ticket Republican, campaigning for candidates in her home state of Illinois and attending party events around her congressional district in the suburbs north and west of Chicago. "I was a part of the party until they nominated Donald Trump," said Quinn, a 53-year-old novelist and former environmental engineer, in a phone interview. "But I didn't leave the Republican Party, the party left me." Appalled by Trump's rhetoric and many of his policies, Quinn crossed party lines in 2016 to vote for the Democratic candidates for president and Congress, she said. Hillary Clinton carried Illinois' 6th Congressional District by seven points even as the Republican House incumbent, U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, was easily reelected to a sixth term. "The Republicans threw out their principles," Quinn said. "They … [Read more...] about Health Care Vote a Pre-Existing Condition for Illinois GOP Congressman
Stock Image State legislative auditors said Tuesday that more should be done to collect unpaid income and other taxes owed that add up to $552 million over the past five years. SALT LAKE CITY — State legislative auditors said Tuesday that more should be done to collect unpaid income and other taxes owed that add up to $552 million over the past five years. "I was surprised," Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, said after the Utah State Tax Commission audit was reviewed by the Legislative Audit Subcommittee. "It's a lot of money." But both Niederhauser and House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper, said while lawmakers want to ensure the state collects what's owed, they also want to make sure it's not done too forcefully. "We don't want to be too draconian in our practices," the outgoing speaker said. "It's a balancing act. When I saw the charts, while I think there's always room for us to do better, we've got to think of our taxpayers as well." Niederhauser, who is also … [Read more...] about State needs to do more to collect $552 million in unpaid taxes, auditor says
opinion Asbury Park Press Published 5:00 AM EDT Sep 11, 2018 It has been a month since a fiscal reform task force created by New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney released its report. It included more than 30 recommendations on ways to make New Jersey government more efficient and the state more affordable for taxpayers. Will the Legislature and governor act on the recommendations? Will it result in lower taxes? Will Gov. Phil Murphy and state lawmakers take the steps necessary to improve the quality of schools and the services provided by government? Sweeney answers those questions and more that were posed to him by Editorial Page Editor Randy Bergmann: Just how dire is the state’s fiscal outlook? What are the consequences for taxpayers, their communities and the state if action isn’t taken soon on most of the key recommendations in the task force report? The state’s fiscal outlook is quite dire. If nothing is done, pension payments … [Read more...] about Is tax relief, more efficient government on the way in NJ?