Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Two More Reasons Not to Have an Income Tax in New Hampshire
School, local, state and federal Governments have a spending problem and not a funding problem. Today's economic woes are due in part to bad legislation and pandering to the unions within all levels of these said governments. Below are two articles that point out why New Hampshire should not get an income tax. No matter how much money said governments have they always either want more tax dollars, carry a deficit and/or carry a debt. If all these governments had lived within their means and not signed Ponzi Schemed labor contracts our governments would not be in the state that they are today. Governments exist to serve the people unfortunately many government employees believe people exist to serve the government.
Now is the time for all levels of governments to cut spending or go bankrupt. Taxpayers should not have to bail out irresponsible government leaders. It is time for taxpayers to take back their government that has been hijacked by government employees, unions and leaders.
The following pieces appear at The Witch Eagle on Kansas.com and The Sacramento Bee.
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Kan. suspends income tax refunds, may miss payroll
By JOHN HANNA
Associated Press Writer
TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas has suspended income tax refunds and may not be able to pay employees on time, the state's budget director said Monday.
The state doesn't have enough money in its main bank account to pay its bills, prompting Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to suggest transferring $225 million from other accounts throughout state government. But the move required approval from legislative leaders, and the GOP refused Monday.
Budget Director Duane Goossen said that without the money, he's not sure the state can meet its payroll. State employees are due to be paid again Friday.
Goossen said the state stopped processing income tax refunds last week.
GOP leaders are hoping to pressure Sebelius into signing a bill making $326 million in adjustments to the budget for the fiscal year that ends June 30.
Legislators approved that bill last week, but it has not reached her desk.
Goossen said the state might also have to delay payments to public schools and to doctors who provide care to needy Kansans under the Medicaid program.
The state has transferred funds before when it has been short of cash in its main bank account. Most recently, the state issued the special certificates required in July and December for transfers totaling $550 million.
Each certificate requires the approval of the State Finance Council, which consists of the governor and eight top legislative leaders.
The council was scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. Monday, but Goossen said Sebelius canceled the meeting because Republican leaders told her that they would not authorize the internal borrowing.
Some Republicans question whether that borrowing would be legal. When the state issues a certificate, it must promise that the money can be paid back by the end of the fiscal year. But the state already is projected to have a deficit in the current budget.
The legislation approved last week is designed to fix that.
Goossen said Republicans told Sebelius they want her to sign that bill first. Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, a Topeka Democrat, called the tactic "blackmail."
Republican leaders planned a news conference to discuss what happened.
The following story appears in The Sacramento Bee.
California lawmakers fail to pass budget deal
By Steve Wiegand and Dan Smith
Published: Monday, Feb. 16, 2009 | Page 1A
California legislators tried and failed for a second day Sunday to close a $40 billion hole in the state's budget, still one Republican vote short of approving a package that contains $14.3 billion in tax increases.
State Sen. Abel Maldonado, a moderate Republican from Santa Maria, indicated in an interview with The Bee that he was willing to consider casting the decisive vote if he was satisfied with the final version of the tax proposal.
"I'm very concerned with the tax package," said Maldonado, who early Sunday had been quoted as saying he was adamantly opposed to the tax hikes. "We're still working on that. Everything's fluid. I don't like tax increases. … let me just work on the tax issue. I'm working on that. I don't want my state to go off the cliff, OK? I don't want that."
To view the rest of the story go to the Sacramento Bee.