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New coal mine operator behind on federal, county taxes

Jan. 24, 2020 12:10 AM EST

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The newest operator of three coal mines has fallen behind on federal and county mineral taxes, federal officials said. The Navajo Transitional Energy Company owes the federal government more than $10 million in unpaid taxes accrued from mining coal in three Powder River Basin mines in...

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2019, file photo passengers find their rides at the Ride Share point as they exit Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. A new $4 fee on Uber and Lyft rides to and from the Phoenix airport is

Phoenix halts rail-hailing fee hike at airport until ruling

Jan. 22, 2020 8:29 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The city has decided not to move ahead with higher fees for ride-hailing companies at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport until the Arizona Supreme Court rules on a petition challenging the constitutionality of the ordinance, the state attorney general said Wednesday. The increased...

Editorial Roundup: Tennessee

Jan. 22, 2020 2:44 PM EST

Recent editorials from Tennessee newspapers: ___ Jan. 21 The Johnson City Press on a push to have lawmakers ban businesses from relocating to different districts for tax-break incentives: Should government protect a private business from competition? That's what Steve Johnson, developer of The Pinnacle shopping...

Jersey City acting quickly on parking tax increase

Jan. 21, 2020 10:33 AM EST

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey community is taking quick steps to raise parking fees for out-of-towners under a law signed recently by Gov. Phil Murphy. Jersey City's council will consider a measure to increase parking fees by 3.5 percent in the next few weeks, Mayor Steven Fulop said Monday. ...

Report: Tax collections in Hawaii increased by about 5%

Jan. 18, 2020 12:03 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Tax collections in Hawaii were up by about 5% last year, a report said. The state Department of Taxation sent the annual report in December to Democratic Gov. David Ige and the state Legislature, Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports. The report showed that $8.2 billion was collected in fiscal year...

FILE - This April 6, 2018, file photo shows the leaves of a marijuana plant inside Ultra Health's cultivation greenhouse in Bernalillo, N.M. New Mexico would legalize recreational marijuana sales without exceptions for dissenting cities and counties under a rebooted proposal form legislators that emphasizes small business opportunities and ready access to pot for 80,000 current medical cannabis patients. Legalization for the first time enjoys the full throttled support of second-year Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who set up a volunteer commission last year to vet health and public safety concerns about recreational cannabis and on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, pitched the benefits of the pot economy to a gathering business leaders. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Cities can't opt out of legal pot under new state proposal

Jan. 18, 2020 10:53 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico would legalize recreational marijuana sales without exceptions for dissenting cities and counties under a rebooted proposal from legislators that stresses small business opportunities and ready access to pot for 80,000 current medical cannabis patients. Legalization for the...

SC judge rules emergency must be proven before agenda change

Jan. 18, 2020 10:38 AM EST

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (AP) — A judge in a Freedom of Information Act case has ruled a two-thirds vote isn't enough for city and county councils to change an agenda during a meeting. The North Augusta City Council was sued after it added work on a dam to a list of items to be covered by the extension of a...

Washington state can’t tell if housing tax exemption working

Jan. 18, 2020 10:02 AM EST

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — It’s hard to tell whether a tax exemption used to build more than $4 billion in multifamily housing projects across Washington over the past four years is working as intended as a prime motivator to drive development, both affordable and market rate. A 2019 legislative audit of...

Moody's says Kansas layoffs threaten government tax revenues

Jan. 17, 2020 3:56 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Moody's Investors Service said Friday that layoffs at Spirit AeroSystems are “credit negative” for the city of Wichita, Sedgwick County and local communities because the workforce reduction threatens retail sales, lowering sales tax revenues that support government...

Tiny community struggles to find residents to help run it

Jan. 17, 2020 2:56 PM EST

MOUNT CARBON, Pa. (AP) — A 44-acre Pennsylvania community with fewer than 90 residents may soon end up absorbed by an adjacent city because there isn't enough citizen interest to keep its government functioning. No one except the newly elected mayor of Mount Carbon showed up this month for a...