- Wins, setbacks mark the path to nationwide same-sex marriage Updated: Jul-06-15 3:13 am
WASHINGTON - In 2004, when Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex couples to marry, President George W. Bush declared support for a constitutional amendment "to protect the institution of marriage." Voters in 13 states changed their constitutions to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. In most of those states, the vote wasn't even close.
- Wisconsin budget passes committee, heads to full Legislature Updated: Jul-03-15 2:28 am
MADISON, Wisconsin - The Legislature's finance committee finally completed its revisions to Gov. Scott Walker's state budget plan after a five-week delay early Friday morning, clearing the way for votes in the full Senate and Assembly.
- Lawsuits involving gay marriage cost Kansas taxpayers $100K Updated: Jul-02-15 6:58 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The Kansas attorney general's office says legal disputes involving the state's gay marriage ban have cost taxpayers nearly $100,000 over the past 18 months.
- Federal judge to Louisiana: Make gay marriage changes now Updated: Jul-02-15 6:25 pm
NEW ORLEANS - After waiting about as long as possible, the state of Louisiana began selling marriage licenses to same-sex couples and agreed Thursday that they could file joint income-tax returns and get both parents' names on their children's birth certificates.
- Residents hit by tornado get more time to file tax returns Updated: Jul-02-15 4:06 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois residents affected by last week's tornados in Lee and Grundy counties will get extra time to file state tax returns.
- Gov. Scott's wealth grew after spending millions on campaign Updated: Jul-01-15 2:02 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a multi-millionaire former businessman who dipped into his own fortune last year to help his re-election campaign, continues to get wealthier.
- Kansas collects $22M less in taxes than expected this month Updated: Jun-30-15 6:29 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas collected about $22 million less in taxes than anticipated this month, ending the fiscal year Tuesday with less of a cushion for its next budget, for which lawmakers boosted sales and cigarette taxes to keep it balanced.
- Indiana looks to collect millions with tax amnesty period Updated: Jun-30-15 3:41 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana's government is looking to collect some quick cash from delinquent taxpayers with a two-month tax amnesty period starting in September.
- Cedar Falls voters will decide on $35M school bond issue Updated: Jun-28-15 4:37 pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - Cedar Falls residents will decide Tuesday whether to back a $35 million bond issue that would help increase elementary school capacity.
- Kansas lawmakers approve bill resolving issue with tax law Updated: Jun-26-15 7:40 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas legislators moved quickly Friday to fix a technical problem with a new law for limiting local property taxes starting in 2018, but they're likely to face more debate next year over whether the policy should be modified or repealed before it takes effect.
- Foreign suspect indicted in UPMC identity theft tax case Updated: Jun-26-15 1:22 pm
PITTSBURGH - A federal grand jury has indicted a foreign citizen in a conspiracy to file more than 900 phony federal tax returns seeking $2.2 million in refunds by using employee information stolen from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
- NY legislators approve rent controls, tax rebate Updated: Jun-26-15 12:52 am
ALBANY, New York - New York lawmakers approved legislation Thursday night to continue rent controls in New York City and a statewide property tax cap while providing rebates to homeowners over four years.
- The Latest: NY Assembly votes 122-13 for rent, tax bill Updated: Jun-26-15 12:37 am
ALBANY, New York - The latest in the New York Legislature finishing its session for the year with a broad deal on rent controls, property taxes and education:
- Atlantic City rescue bills approved, sent to Christie Updated: Jun-25-15 3:55 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - New Jersey lawmakers passed a package of bills Thursday to help Atlantic City and its struggling casinos and schools, and sent it to Gov. Chris Christie.
- Senate Democrats advance $4.4B property tax relief plan Updated: Jun-24-15 3:08 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania's Senate Democrats are backing a plan to cut school property tax bills in exchange for higher state taxes on income, retail sales and tobacco products.
- Gas tax group joins effort to block public Olympic funds Updated: Jun-23-15 6:36 pm
BOSTON - The group behind a ballot question that repealed a law linking increases in the state's gasoline tax to inflation is now lending its muscle to an effort to block taxpayer funding of the Olympics if Boston is chosen to host the 2024 Summer Games.
- New York leaders reach agreement on rent regs for 2M tenants Updated: Jun-23-15 6:23 pm
ALBANY, New York - Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state legislative leaders reached broad agreement Tuesday on extending New York City rent controls for more than 2 million tenants and providing $1.3 billion for property tax rebates targeting upstate and Long Island homeowners.
- Davenport tax preparer charged with fraud, stealing refunds Updated: Jun-22-15 12:55 pm
DAVENPORT, Iowa - A Davenport tax preparer is charged with filing false tax returns and diverting clients' refunds to his own bank account.
- Roane reappraisal do-over leaves local governments in limbo Updated: Jun-22-15 11:46 am
OAK RIDGE, Tennessee - Local governments in Roane County have been left unsure of how to set property tax rates, as state employees try to complete a reappraisal that officials say was being done incorrectly at the county level.
- Jindal signs budget and financing measures to pay for it Updated: Jun-19-15 5:34 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Gov. Bobby Jindal signed next year's $24.5 billion budget Friday, along with the package of tax changes to balance the spending plan without steep reductions to public health care and colleges.
- Colorado's economy growing, but small budget shortfall looms Updated: Jun-19-15 5:16 pm
DENVER - Colorado's economy continues to grow and the state is collecting more tax revenue, but the bulk of the increase is going back to taxpayers and possibly to mandated funding transfers to transportation.
- 2 men admit to filing hundreds of false tax returns Updated: Jun-19-15 5:59 am
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - A U.S. attorney says two Charlotte-area tax return preparers pleaded guilty in separate cases to helping file hundreds of false tax returns.
- Conway makes income tax returns available for review Updated: Jun-18-15 3:37 pm
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jack Conway opened up his personal finances Thursday by making three years' worth of income tax returns available for review. Matt Bevin, his Republican opponent in Kentucky's marquee campaign, is steadfastly refusing to release his tax returns.
- Kansas governor says deficit plan is not a tax increase Updated: Jun-16-15 7:10 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Republican Gov. Sam Brownback said Tuesday that Kansas isn't really increasing taxes even though the state will raise its sales and cigarette taxes to balance the budget.
- United Technologies announces exit from helicopter business Updated: Jun-15-15 12:52 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - United Technologies Corp. announced Monday it is shedding Sikorsky Aircraft, and whether it ultimately sells or spins off the helicopter maker, the union that represents its workers and local officials are confident that the exodus of well-paid manufacturing jobs in Connecticut will not play out again.