By Patrick May | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: August 20, 2018 at 4:53 pm | UPDATED: August 20, 2018 at 4:53 pm Meet Lee Olson, chairman of the Committee to End Slavery. Using a Huntington Beach post-office box, Olson has submitted a statewide ballot proposal that, if passed into law, would exempt California residents without children in public schools from having to pay school-related taxes. “Parents pursuing alternative education are penalized unfairly by having to not only pay for their children’s education but also by being forced to pay for the education of other children,” Olson writes in his proposal, “the California Education Tax Relief Act,” which was submitted in November. On his website, Olson argues that forcing non-parents to pay for the education of kids that aren’t theirs is essentially forcing taxation “at gunpoint” and he compares it to theft. It’s not Olson’s first trip to the … [Read more...] about Do childless and senior Californians need an end from ‘slavery’ — and taxes?
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0 Have your say Finance Secretary Derek Mackay’s controversial suggestion that local authorities could give rates relief to private schools risks harming the state education sector, it was claimed yesterday. The warning was issued by Murray Lyle, leader of Tory-run Perth and Kinross Council, which has a large number of private schools including Kilgraston, Glenalmond, Strathallan and Craigclowan in its area.Speaking to Scotland on Sunday, Lyle argued that financing rates relief for private schools would put a squeeze on other budgets including those for comprehensive schools in his local authority area.Lyle made his comments as Scottish Labour warned that Mackay and Education Secretary John Swinney would face questions over the controversy when the Scottish Parliament returns next month. The row erupted last week when it emerged Swinney had written to Mackay on behalf of a constituent who is a governor of Kilgraston, the £10,000-per-term girls’ … [Read more...] about Private schools tax relief ‘could hit state pupils’
LINCOLN — Signature-gathering has started on a petition seeking to provide some $1.1 billion worth of savings to Nebraska property tax payers.The Yes to Property Tax Relief drive must collect nearly 85,000 valid signatures from registered voters by July 5 to get the proposal on the November ballot.“We’re launching and ready to go,” Trent Fellers, spokesman for the committee, said Monday. Opponents also are ready. Gov. Pete Ricketts and business groups have criticized the property tax proposal, saying it would raise taxes to cut taxes.Others have warned that it could force “devastating” cuts in needed government services.The petition proposal would give income tax credits to Nebraska property owners equal to 50 percent of the school property taxes they pay. The credits would amount to about $1.1 billion annually statewide, or 30 percent of the total property tax bill.The credits would be refundable, meaning that people would get a check for the amount … [Read more...] about Petition drive to let Nebraskans vote on $1.1 billion in property tax savings collects 1st signatures
The writer is governor of Nebraska.Tax relief is long overdue for Nebraska taxpayers. Farm income has been cut in half since 2013, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts it will go down again in 2018 — making it difficult to sustain the family farm or ranch.Douglas County homeowners are coming off a tumultuous period of valuation increases, a big driver of property taxes. As states like Missouri and Iowa lower their tax rates, Nebraska is becoming regionally less competitive, which will make it more difficult to grow Nebraska and to attract more great job opportunities in the future. A recent guest editorial (“Tax-cut bill before Nebraska Legislature is reckless,” March 26 Midlands Voices) argued that cutting taxes just isn’t possible. I couldn’t disagree more with this argument, which is promoted by special interests that want to spend taxpayer money. This is the mindset that has led Nebraska to achieve the unhappy distinction of having the … [Read more...] about Midlands Voices: Measure would provide much-needed tax relief
“I think that we have to do something for those who very quickly end up in the highest tax category,” Angela Merkel told the Rheinische Post on Thursday. She added that she saw a particular need to provide tax relief to skilled workers, whose incomes quickly push them into the top tax bracket when they work overtime. Germany places one of the highest tax burdens in the developed world on its workers. Single childless Germans pay 49 percent of their income on taxes and social security payments, second only to Belgium. Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble announced in January the he plans to have a €15 billion cut to the state's yearly tax intake after the September elections, and Merkel said that this measure was sufficient to provide relief to those who need it. She went on to reject calls from within her own party for a yearly cut in the state's tax income by €30 billion. At the same time, she said there would be no tax increases in the coming … [Read more...] about Merkel rejects tax cuts, despite ‘record’ €54 billion surplus