Employment Battles Continue as More States Preempt

A growing number of states around the nation are exercising control of minimum wages by preempting the establishment of local minimums, paid sick leave and other employment mandates, according to a new report. In “City Rights in an Era of Preemption”, the National League of Cities laments the proliferation of state preemption and alleges that…

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Punishing Success

We told you over the past several issues about the successful ballot initiative in Maine to add a 3% surtax to incomes over $200,000, clearly a misnomer in that it is referred to as a “Millionaire’s tax”, but a new policy nonetheless.  Well, the city of Portland Oregon has gone Maine one better in its…

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How About a Mulligan?

As the dust settles from the November elections and new legislatures begin to take office, some seem to want to take a second look at what voters did on individual ballot initiatives.  One case in point is the state of Maine, where the voters approved a dramatic increase in the state minimum wage as well…

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Maine Recount on Millionaire’s Tax Withdrawn

Opponents of the so-called “Millionaire’s Tax”, who had formally requested a recount of the measure, passed by voters on Election Day, have since changed their minds and withdrawn the recount request.  The measure, which mandates a 3% surcharge on any individual income over $200,000, was favored by voters by a margin of just over 1%…

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Maine Voters Pass Surcharge, Recount Requested

Final results were close and late coming in on some ballot issues and the Maine so-called “Millionaire’s Tax” is one of them.  On Election Day, voters approved Question 2, a citizen initiative that reinforces a 2004 law requiring the state to fund 55% of K-12 education costs, a mandate the Legislature failed to meet.  Question…

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Mass Millionaire’s Tax Clears Hurdle

Seems the ‘Punish the Prosperous Parade’ continues unabated with approval of a proposal at the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention this week to assess an additional 4 percent tax on incomes over $1 million.  Under the state constitution, which currently prohibits a graduated income tax, any proposed amendment to the constitution must be approved by two consecutive…

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Punishing Success

One of the next frontiers for the tax and spend advocates is very likely to be extra taxes on those who have enjoyed some degree of financial success.  Advocates in Massachusetts want to bring the hammer down on those who are financially successful, pushing for an amendment to the Massachusetts Constitution that would allow for…

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Cuomo Expected To Push Business Tax Cuts

On the flip side of the Cuomo push for increasing minimum wages, he is expected to propose some $300 million in business tax cuts when he gives his budget and State of the State address this week in Albany.  Those small businessmen and women who pay their taxes at the personal income tax rate will…

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And Maryland Governor Wants Them As Well

Maryland isn’t going to be left out of the tax cut basket if Governor Larry Hogan has his way.  He is planning to advocate for moderate tax cuts from the $300 million surplus the state is expected to realize in the current fiscal year.  Hogan, who was elected in 2014 on a tax-cutting and smaller…

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Massachusetts Millionaires in the Crosshairs

Speaking of Massachusetts laws, the front group behind many of the minimum wage issues in the state, Raise Up Massachusetts, is also pushing a new ballot initiative that seeks to impose a Millionaire’s Tax on those individuals earning $1 million or more per year.  The group held a rally earlier this week at the State…

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