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4 blue states sue Washington over GOP tax overhaul

Jul. 17, 2018 2:02 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Maryland sued the federal government over the Republican-led tax overhaul Tuesday, alleging the new law championed by President Donald Trump unfairly singles out high-tax blue states. The lawsuit, filed in the Southern District of New York, was...

Louisiana's sales tax rate is second highest in the nation

Jul. 17, 2018 12:57 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana no longer has the highest average sales tax rate in the nation, but only barely. Tennessee has narrowly edged out Louisiana for the top spot with an average state and local combined sales tax rate of 9.46 percent. That's according to the latest data available from the...

San Francisco to consider tax on companies to help homeless

Jul. 16, 2018 9:46 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco voters will decide in November whether to tax large businesses to pay for homeless and housing services, an issue that set off a battle in another West Coast city struggling with income inequality. The city elections department verified Monday that supporters had...

Editorials from around Oregon

Jul. 11, 2018 1:10 PM EDT

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: _____ The Bend Bulletin, July 10, on Department of Human Services working to delay and conceal progress on foster care: What a terrible time for the Oregon Department of Human Services to conceal what it's doing to improve foster care. The state has paid out millions in...

California lawmakers face dozens of key bills in final month

Jul. 7, 2018 1:44 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers left for summer recess with most of the year's major bills still on their to-do list. So far in 2018, they have passed first-in-the-nation data privacy regulations and a ban on new local soda taxes. But when they return in August, they'll have less than a...

Budget surplus results in $68 checks for thousands in town

Jul. 5, 2018 6:51 PM EDT

LANGHORNE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania township with more money than it anticipated from increased property tax collection has decided to give the dividends to residents. Middletown Township in Langhorne sent 14,361 checks for $68 each to all owners of properties with structures on them. Efforts to keep town...

Land-trust case raises red flags across Indian Country

Jul. 4, 2018 9:55 AM EDT

MASHPEE, Mass. (AP) — A modest courthouse and a fledgling police force, a housing development for American Indian families and a school where students are taught exclusively in the tribe's ancestral language. These are the visible signs of an independent tribal nation that has grown on the famous vacation...

Renovated museum opens as part of $380M Gateway Arch project

Jul. 3, 2018 9:04 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The revitalized Gateway Arch National Park was dedicated Tuesday, the culmination of a $380 million public-private partnership that Missouri political leaders see as a template for the future of the national park system. Several hundred people stood in steamy heat for a ceremony in the...

The Latest: Renovated museum opens at Gateway Arch

Jul. 3, 2018 12:24 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on the Gateway Arch in St. Louis (all times local): 11:30 a.m. The revitalized Gateway Arch National Park has been dedicated, the culmination of a $380 million public-private partnership that some see as a template for the future of the national park system. U.S. Interior...

Special interests use California ballot to flex muscle

Jul. 2, 2018 7:12 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As the deadline approached last week for measures to qualify for California's November ballot, wealthy special interests pushed lawmakers to cut deals to avoid costly ballot measure campaigns in the latest display of money's power over policymaking. In a single day, beverage...