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Idaho prosecutors question governor's plan for federal funds

Jul. 10, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Prosecutors from more than half of Idaho’s counties questioned whether Gov. Brad Little’s plan to use $200 million in federal aid for property tax relief is legal under the federal coronavirus aid package. Prosecutors in 16 counties signed a letter that asks...

Whitmer vetoes bills to further delay taxes during pandemic

Jul. 9, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday vetoed bills that would have further delayed tax payments amid the coronavirus pandemic, citing harm to local budgets across Michigan and saying one measure related to property taxes was “blatantly" unconstitutional. The legislation had won...

Mayor proposes $30M replacement fund for Seattle transit

Jul. 8, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The mayor of Seattle has proposed creating a fund that would generate up to $30 million each year for city public transit over the next six years. Mayor Jenny Durkan said Tuesday that the measure would replace a previous one set to expire at the end of this year and would maintain a 0.1%...

Editorial Roundup:

Jul. 7, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

South Bend Tribune. July 2, 2020. St. Joseph County health officials make the right call on masks This week, in the midst of a pandemic that shows no signs of going away any time soon, St. Joseph County public health officials made a common-sense, responsible, science-based decision. They extended the...

FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2019, file photo, a campaign poster for Seattle City Council incumbent candidate Kshama Sawant is posted outside her campaign headquarters in Seattle. The City Council on Monday, July 6, 2020, approved a new tax on big businesses two years after the council repealed a similar tax amid pressure from corporations such as Amazon. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Seattle City Council approves new tax on big business

Jul. 6, 2020 8:53 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council on Monday approved adopting a new tax on large businesses, two years after the council repealed a big business tax amid pressure from corporations such as Amazon and the prospect of a voter referendum. The new tax called “JumpStart Seattle,” from lead...

Emilyanne Wade, 12, left, looks on as Tricia Nora, a pediatric nurse practitioner, examines Sophia, Wade's baby doll, Wednesday, June 17, 2020, in a medical clinic at Mary's Place, a family homeless shelter located inside an Amazon corporate building on the tech giant's Seattle campus. The facility is home to the Popsicle Place shelter program, an initiative to address the needs of homeless children with life-threatening health conditions. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Amazon homeless shelter boosts unique program for sick kids

Jul. 4, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — After becoming homeless, Connie Wade realized she'd be missing something critical to care for her daughter. She and 12-year-old Emilyanne couldn't camp in a car or on the streets because they need to plug in a machine that helps the girl breathe easier. Emilyanne has Down syndrome and her...

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham speaks about the uptick in confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state and her decision to hold off on opening more of the economy during a news conference at the state Capitol on Thursday, June 25, 2020. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal via AP)

Home deliveries don't get food-tax exemption during pandemic

Jul. 2, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Taxes are being levied on home-delivered groceries that are tax free when purchased at stores in New Mexico, undercutting incentives to stay at home during the coronavirus pandemic, tax policy experts warned Thursday. A panel of government income experts including Taxation Secretary...

Seattle City Council panel votes to advance businesses tax

Jul. 1, 2020 6:52 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council has taken a key step toward adopting a new tax on big businesses just two years after the council buckled under pressure from corporations such as Amazon and the prospect of a voter referendum and repealed a big business tax. The council voted in a budget committee...

Washington state court hears arguments over car-tab tax cuts

Jul. 1, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state Supreme Court heard arguments about whether a voter-approved car-tab tax cut was legal or if its ballot title misled voters. The state Legislature and Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee suspended some projects and shuffled budgets as if the tax reduction will take effect, but...

New gun laws, other Democratic priorities to go into effect

Jun. 30, 2020 1:58 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Marijuana will be decriminalized, local governments will have the ability to take down Confederate monuments, and Virginians will pay more in taxes for gasoline and cigarettes starting Wednesday. July 1 is the start date for most of the new laws passed earlier this year by the General...