Texas lawmakers mull tax breaks for disaster-struck property

U.S. 05/06/19, 17:21

Lawmakers are considering a bill that could grant Texas homeowners a tax break when their property has been damaged by disasters such as Hurricane Harvey in 2017.Bill sponsor Sen. Paul Bettencourt said it would allow homeowners to challenge unjust property tax bills after a natural disaster, the Houston Chronicle reported."Nothing ...

GOP governor pushes Texas’ first sales tax hike in 30 years

U.S. 04/10/19, 16:48

Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday called for Texas' first sales tax increase in nearly 30 years as Republican leaders who promised to boost money for classrooms and cut property taxes struggle to achieve both with just weeks left to deliver.The plan would push the sales tax rate to 7.25%, tying ...

Texas mulls school finance overhaul, but tax fight may loom

U.S. 04/03/19, 16:27

The Republican-led Texas House is debating a bipartisan school finance bill that would pour $9 billion into the state's public education system — lawmakers' latest attempt to revamp a funding structure the state Supreme Court has deemed barely constitutional.Houston Republican Rep. Dan Huberty's proposal would pump $6.3 billion into the ...

Farmers back Ricketts property tax plan; others opposed

Business 02/27/19, 18:47

Farmers who have seen their property taxes surge rallied Wednesday behind Gov. Pete Ricketts' property tax plan, but local governments voiced opposition to parts of the plan that would hamper their ability to collect extra tax revenue.Ricketts acknowledged that his plan alone won't fix all of the financial pressures on ...

Evers says budget will include closing ‘dark store’ loophole

Business 02/05/19, 12:55

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers promised Tuesday that his first state budget proposal will close the "dark stores" loophole that allows big box retailers to save millions of dollars in property taxes by assessing the value of their active stores as if they were vacant.Local governments have been leading the push ...

Property tax reform a key issue for GOP legislative leaders

Business 01/10/19, 16:21

Iowa GOP legislative leaders said Thursday they plan to go into the 2019 session challenging the way things are done in state government focusing on several issues including property taxes and picking judges.Senate Republican leader Jack Whitver said at a legislative forum hosted by The Associated Press that Iowans expressed ...

Social issues could take back seat in new Texas Legislature

U.S. 01/08/19, 00:08

The Texas Legislature opens with Republicans having smaller majorities in both chambers as a result of electoral defeats, which suggests that hot-button social issues could take a back seat to such matters as fixing the state's flawed school finance system, cutting property taxes and paying for Hurricane Harvey recovery.That might ...

Ricketts considering tax plan to help struggling farmers

Business 11/11/18, 10:53

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is considering a proposal to change the way agricultural land is taxed to help farmers dealing with low crop prices.The governor mentioned the idea in an Associated Press interview as a way to prevent property taxes from sharply increasing even as the state's agricultural economy is ...

Nebraska Gov. Ricketts rolls to victory over Democrat Krist

U.S. 11/07/18, 00:33

Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts sailed to a second term in Nebraska on Tuesday, prevailing over a Democratic state lawmaker who promised to govern as a centrist and reduce partisanship at the Capitol. Republicans typically are favored in Nebraska, given the GOP's large voter registration edge, and Ricketts had reason to be ...

Blake Earns Third Term

Business 10/31/18, 00:44

John Blake is a state senator but he retains another title that he earned even before he began his legislative career — “the adult in the room.” The Times-Tribune editorial board endorses the Archbald Democrat for a third term representing the 22nd Senatorial District, covering all of Lackawanna County and ...

Where do Pa. candidates for governor stand on property taxes?

Pennsylvania 10/11/18, 06:31

By StaffAsked in a recent poll which issue was most important in the Pennsylvania gubernatorial race, voters’ most popular answer was: taxes.Property taxes have historically been Pennsylvania’s most unpopular levy and nearly always a priority for voters. But this year, there’s been little heat around the issue in the race between ...

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