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New Jersey: Pension Promises are Meaningless, Unenforceable

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If you are relying on pension promises for your retirement, maybe you need to reconsider. No matter what is promised and no matter what the law says, if the money does not exist, you will not be paid. I am

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Illinois Income Tax Cut? GOP Governor Promised but No

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It looks like Bruce Rauner won’t lower the Illinois income tax. It was great that Illinois got a Republican governor. What is not so great is the false hope that fueled his campaign. Megan McArdle writes, “Land of Lincoln Scrounges

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Police Militarization Financially Harmful to Locals

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While it is offered “for free,” police militarization equipment can be costly. While the worries about police militarization have become entangled in the whole Ferguson controversy, the concerns have been raised long before that issue. One of the reasons to

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Republican Traitors Already Ready to Tax Us More

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We get one bit of relief in this fake “recovery” and Republican traitors want to punish us for it. Senate Republicans are signaling that they want to reward us for giving them the Senate by raising our taxes. No good

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California Taxing Taxes during Freezing Winter because Global Warming

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Not a misprint: the state government is actually taxing taxes—forcing Californians to pay taxes on paying taxes. California gets away with charging taxes on people for paying taxes by ignoring the fact that taxes on businesses for products being sold

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Obamacare Subsidies Are Going to Hurt Half the Recipients

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People receiving Obamacare subsidies are about to go through financial pain. The point of Obamacare subsidies was that people needed to be helped in order to avoid financial pain. People applied for insurance and filled out their information and were

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Pennsylvania Alcohol Revenue Regime Grabs Wine Collection

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The Keystone State’s alcohol revenue regime means that couples can be robbed for building and sharing a wine collection. Prohibition is alive and well. At Reason.com, Baylen Linnekin writes about the seizure of an $160,000 wine collection from a married

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Editorial Shows Hatred of Corporations is really Hatred of People

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A columnist lets loose on cheap oil, showing hatred of corporations. Which, it turns out, means hatred of consumers. I’m not exactly shocked by this editorial, because it matches up with news I have read. But the sheer hysteria of

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Ferguson Doubles Down on Municipal Piracy

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Ferguson plans more municipal piracy: to increase revenue by increasing police ticketing. As I wrote about awhile back, much of the anger at police in Ferguson was arguably not driven by stories of police brutality or excessive force. The anger

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Is the IRS Spying on Taxpayers for the White House?

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There may be yet another IRS spying scandal. I have already argued that the IRS should be abolished on Fourth Amendment grounds. The agency has access to private details of your life and, over and over again, they have been

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IRS Never Looked for Lois Lerner Emails

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As you are probably aware, the IRS claimed that the Lois Lerner emails got lost, without any back up, through a computer hard drive crash. In fact, this happened to several other employees. The idea that federal records could disappear

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IRS Commissioner Whines about His Budget

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The IRS Commissioner John Koskinen is worried about the 2015 tax filing season. Hey, Mr. Koskinen… calm down. Really. From Forbes.com: “IRS Commissioner Predicts Miserable 2015 Tax Filing Season.” Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen warned that close to half the

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