Source: Detroit Free Press | Michigan |
January 17, 2013
Gov. Rick Snyder called for $1.2 billon in higher gas taxes to help repair the state's crumbling road infrastructure in his third State of the State address, setting up what is sure to be a tough fight for both public support and votes in the Legislature.
Source: Chicago Tribune | Illinois |
January 14, 2013
The state now has an outlook known as "rating watch negative," which could make it more expensive for the state to borrow money. Only California is below Illinois among states on this rating firm's list.
Fast-changing technology has created gray areas in tax laws across the country. Businesses and lawmakers are sparring over whether commercial use of remote computer software and servers should be taxed.
The nation’s top business advocate said Thursday it was time for the federal government to “quit fooling around” with funding the transportation trust that fuels many state and local infrastructure projects and called for an increase in the gas tax.
Source: AP/Idaho Statesman | Idaho |
January 8, 2013
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter proposed eliminating Idaho's personal property tax, a move that would cost $141 million in tax revenue but provide a boost to business leaders who say the tax is a drag on the economy.
A coalition of gay marriage advocates plans to release a letter this week signed by top Illinois executives and companies endorsing same-sex marriage as an economic imperative, giving a powerful push to a bill that state lawmakers could take up as early as Thursday.
The state's first recreational pot den where customers could buy coffee, T-shirts and other items and then go to a private building next door where they could smoke free samples of marijuana, has already closed its doors, after a dispute with its landlord.