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What we have been seeing at the Legislature in terms of bills proposing new taxes has been relatively tame. Until now, that is. Senate Bill 56, with the ominous title “Relating to Revenue Generation,” has been granted its first hearing by...
Travel is not on the agenda these days. However, I'm eternally optimistic and, as a travel writer, I like to stay ahead of the curve. I figured it was in my enlightened self-interest to check out Aviator Jeans, which are made for travelers....
I get it. No government or law enforcement agency, especially ones engaged in gathering and providing intelligence, wants to get caught flatfooted. To that extent, caution is the prescription for the ailment. But seeing symptoms where there are none isn’t caution, its hypochondria. The...
We have been railing for some weeks now about the goings-on at our Legislature.  This week we spotlight the Department of Taxation. On February 16th, the Department published a Tax Information Release, a public statement of interpretation of the law, relating to the TV...
At the top of my list of pending legislation this week is the “maintenance of effort” bill, House Bill 611 and Senate Bill 815.  What it says is if the appropriated budget of the Department of Education (DOE) drops from one year to the next, the difference...
It is with sincere condolences that I extend my thoughts and prayers to the Limbaugh Family on the passing of Rush Limbaugh early morning on February 17, 2021. As they are family it almost seems intrusive to say that we all feel a stinging loss, but the...
This week, we continue coverage of our legislature by highlighting some of the more unusual or remarkable tax bills being considered.  We focus on bills that not only have been introduced, but that have gotten a hearing before a legislative committee and are actively moving toward enactment.
We on the conservative Right are quick to castigate “The Swamp” and the “Deep State” in Washington, DC, and rightly so. Neither serve the American people, Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Green, whatever denomination. But just under the indignation is a reluctant acceptance. We love to complain but when...
In the beginning of February each year, the Japanese celebrate the Setsubun festival. The festivities typically include roasted beans.  Family members throw them out the door, or start pelting one of their own members who is dressed up like a demon, to represent driving out the bad...
There were two things that the Framers understood to be abundantly clear. One, the United States would necessarily be a nation comprised of individuals. And two, those individuals, no matter how strong in their beliefs, had to respect each other through the embrace of compromise.