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Surprising no one, California loses another business to Texas

Posted by: Phineas on July 20, 2014 at 8:03 pm » 2 Comments

**Posted by Phineas This time, Perry’s Poachers have snagged Omnitracs LLC of San Diego, a fleet management firm that will be moving to Dallas and taking 450 jobs with it: Fleet management software company Omnitracs LLC will relocate it headquarters to Dallas from San Diego, creating 450 jobs and $10 million in capital investment, Gov. […]

 

Report: Government may have erroneously paid out $100 billion in 2013

Posted by: ST on July 9, 2014 at 9:32 am » 1 Comment

And people wonder why we think a smaller government is a better government- via the AP: WASHINGTON — By its own estimate, the government made about $100 billion in payments last year to people who may not have been entitled to receive them — tax credits to families that didn’t qualify, unemployment benefits to people who […]

 

America continues the decline into “part time nation” status

Posted by: ST on July 3, 2014 at 11:39 am » 5 Comments

Via the Washington Post: In the new landscape of the American labor market, jobs are easier to come by but hours remain in short supply. New government data slated for release Thursday is expected to show the economy added more than 200,000 jobs for the fifth straight month — the longest streak since the late […]

 

Surprise: Bill & Hillary Clinton are hypocrites on the estate tax

Posted by: ST on June 18, 2014 at 9:48 am » 2 Comments

Bloomberg has an intriguing report detailing just exactly how hypocritical the Clintons are on the issue of the estate tax (hat tip): Bill and Hillary Clinton have long supported an estate tax to prevent the U.S. from being dominated by inherited wealth. That doesn’t mean they want to pay it. To reduce the tax pinch, […]

 

Obamacare penalties to slam low-income Americans

Posted by: Phineas on June 9, 2014 at 7:30 pm » 1 Comment

**Posted by Phineas Wait. I thought the whole point of this rolling fiasco was to make insurance  affordable for the least among us. But, according to the Congressional Budget Office, roughly one million Americans will pay the fine tax whatever the heck Roberts decided it was. Via The Washington Free Beacon: “All told, CBO and […]

 

Half of NYC Council to Walmart: Stop making “dangerous” charitable contributions

Posted by: ST on June 5, 2014 at 9:27 am » 5 Comments

We’ll call this “Stuck on Stupid: NYC Edition” – via the NY Post (hat tip): More than half the members of the City Council have fired off a letter to Walmart demanding that it stop making millions in charitable contributions to local groups here. Twenty-six of the 51 members of the Council charged in the […]

 

Austinite who always votes for raising taxes can’t afford to live there anymore

Posted by: ST on June 4, 2014 at 6:42 pm » 7 Comments

How much do you want to bet this person is a liberal Democrat? On a recent evening, more than 300 homeowners who are worried about their rising property tax bills filled First Unitarian Universalist Church in North Austin for a town hall meeting. If something doesn’t change, many said, they will soon be priced out […]

 

Seattle approves $15 minimum wage, higher unemployment

Posted by: Phineas on June 3, 2014 at 2:01 pm » 1 Comment

**Posted by Phineas I wrote about this last week, when it was still just a proposal, noting how some businesses were already slowing hiring and moving out of the city, and how even progressives were coming to have second thoughts. Well, they did it: Seattle’s city council on Monday unanimously approved an increase in the […]

 

California Senate passes $13 minimum wage, jobs flee in terror

Posted by: Phineas on June 1, 2014 at 1:01 pm » 8 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Perhaps they didn’t want to be left behind by their progressive friends in Seattle, but the California State Senate last Wednesday passed a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $13 per hour by 2017. From the legislative analyst’s summary: SB 935, as amended, Leno. Minimum wage: annual adjustment. Existing law […]

 

Seattle: $15 minimum wage already costing jobs

Posted by: Phineas on May 28, 2014 at 5:20 pm » 4 Comments

**Posted by Phineas And it’s not even in effect, yet. But, it’s not surprising. Business managers have to plan for the future, and a looming huge increase in their labor cost will force many to rethink how they do business in Seattle, if they continue to do business there at all. Writing for the free-market […]