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PA – We have a Budget!!

Dear Fellow Pennsylvanians

The following article was just reported in the Tribune Review On-line. I’ve posted verbatim. As one who’s working to improve local government across the state, I’m ecstatic that we have a budget. This is long overdue. So congratulations to all.

The absence of a budget puts communities, school districts and other […]

March 24th, 2016|Government, Pennsylvania, turnKey Taxes Blog|0 Comments

United States – Divided

Does the picture disturb you?

It should. We are a divided nation. Why? Simple, division sells. Pick a topic, create polarization, write a book and, before too long, there’s money to be made.

Disagree?  If so, name a few people that are promoting the ‘United’ States. Better yet, name even one. (I can’t). Tell me about the […]

February 19th, 2016|Government, President, Taxes, turnKey Taxes Blog|0 Comments

It happened. You owe $1 million dollars

A student of numbers, I’ve always had a side interest in U.S. macro economics. Back in the early 1980s, the national debt was approaching $1 trillion dollars and the Debt/GDP ratio was in the low 30 percent range. I remember thinking “How could that ever be repaid?” Imagine having a credit card with 30% interest. […]

January 14th, 2016|Government, National Debt, Taxes, turnKey Taxes Blog|0 Comments

Issues for Candidates

What are the issues being debated today, or better yet, what should those issues be? What’s being talked about and what should be talked about are not necessarily one in the same. Decisions are being ‘made’ in the press, social media and around the dining room table with little scientific basis and heavily weighted on […]

September 7th, 2015|Flat, Government, National Debt, Taxes, turnKey Taxes Blog|0 Comments

PA K-12 Taxes To Rise

The Declaration of Independence turned 239 years old yesterday. One of the primary reasons was forced taxation (without representation) on items such as sugar, paper, glass, paint and tea. The colonists rebelled and eventually fought to gain their own country.

Fast forward to 2015 and tax increases have become an established way of life.

In June, the […]

US Debt – new perspective

 

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This was one of the best reads ever on our national debt crisis – and yes, it is indeed a national debt crisis. I’m a numbers guy and have been […]

Illinois Tosses Pension Reform

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“Crisis is not an excuse to abandon the rule of law.” So says Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier.

That’s a scary statement. I say, “If not during a crisis, then when?” Illinois is in dire straits. Their state pension fund is around $111 billion in the […]

May 11th, 2015|Taxes, turnKey Taxes Blog|0 Comments

Is there a fair tax?

Taxes are an undesirable necessity. They are required to provide the minimum resource levels to maintain a society – a monetary supply and national defense to name a few. The amount of resources is usually when the arguments begin. Do we pay for healthcare for all, have deductibles, provide scaling based on wealth, etc.? While […]

April 11th, 2015|Government, turnKey Taxes Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Strange Taxes

Previously, I’d thought that Steven Forbes was on to something. Wouldn’t a flat tax be easier to administer, provide faster cash for our communities and really hold our legislators accountable? I’m still leaning that way, but……there is something to be said about bipartisan cooperation that can produce meaningful legislative code like some of the items […]

March 2nd, 2015|Strange, Taxes, turnKey Taxes Blog|0 Comments

Forbes is right – go FLAT !

Below is an excerpt from Steve Forbes 2014 article “Make it flat”. Perhaps it’s now the time to listen. His proposal first came into prominence when he ran for President in 1996 and warned of the strain on the nation’s economy if the national debt continued to increase. He was shot down from both sides […]

February 3rd, 2015|Flat, Taxes, turnKey Taxes Blog|0 Comments