House Panel Holds Hearing on Sales Tax

The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing today on the issue of collection of sales taxes from remote retailers.  During the hearing, Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) came across as supportive of authorizing the collection of all sales taxes.  In addition, Smith’s questions were generally framed so as to create a record that the collection […]

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CDBG: Back to the 80s

The FY 2012 HUD Budget recently approved by Congress brings funding for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) formula grants below the symbolic $3 billion mark.  As the chart below shows, funding for formula grants held steady through the middle of the previous decade, declined considerably for several years before seeing a brief reprieve in FY […]

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