Taxes and Spending

Unions get temporary reprieve from impending fiscal collapse

I’ve been doing a lot of reporting on the impending collapse of…

 

Michael Gerson: Why is it that most of the states with massive budget problems are run by Democrats?

Former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson has a great column on the fiscal…

 

Buffalo taxpayers cough up $9 million to pay for plastic surgery for teachers

They do it all for the Children: The state-appointed authority overseeing Buffalo…

 

Over $5 trillion in new debt since Pelosi promised ‘No New Deficit Spending’

Terry Jeffrey at CNS News had the bright idea to look up…

UK tax collection agency wants all paychecks to go them first

Well, this sounds utterly terrifying: The UK’s tax collection agency is putting…

Federal workers earning double the average private sector compensation

USA Today has another great analysis on federal pay and benefits. Not…

New York Times: ‘Class war’ over ‘titanic and terrifying’ public pensions

The vaunted New York Times weighs in on the problem of unfunded…

Is Obama going to tell Fannie to write off billions in mortgage debt?

James Pethokoukis at Reuters marshals a great deal of evidence to show…

Leaked emails suggest Colorado state employees plotted to give illegal immigrants unemployment benefits

Colorado’s Independence Institute may have uncovered a big scandal: “Independence Investigates” has…

Progress: San Jose puts public pension reform before voters

San Jose, Cailf. is taking a major step to tackle public pension…

Following pay scandals, California controller says all cities and counties must disclose salaries

The California state controller is ordering all cities and counties to disclose…

Republican ban cuts earmark spending drastically

According to The Hill, earmarks are down 40 percent this year —…

NYT: ‘No more disputing’ economic recovery has slowed down, jobs outlook ‘discouraging’

With the dismal GDP figures that came in today, The New York…

Ding dong! Cap and trade is dead

Well, the job-killing proposal is dead for the time being, anyway: Senate…

New Missouri public employees now have to start paying into their retirement funds

Public employee unions can’t be happy about this. The times, they are…

Washington Post series on intelligence contractors is… pretty good!

When it was leaked last week the the Washington Post was planning…

Indian tribe whose casino earned $1.3 billion last year gets $54 million in stimulus

Good thing that stimulus money is going where its really needed: The…

Looming Senate bill would force states to allow unionization of public safety workers

I wrote about this legislation in my column two weeks ago, but…

Good news: Teachers Unions shaking down kids to pay their exorbitant salaries

A mother in New Jersey got a rude surprise from her child…

Elliot Spitzer: Gettysburg Address says we need a carbon tax or something

The eagle-eyed Radley Balko spots a real gem in Elliott Spitzer’s latest…