Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Whitaker contends that the IRS audited both him and his law partner because of their association with various conservative organizations. Whitaker made the allegation while speaking to a few dozen Republican activists Tuesday morning at a Des Moines area conservative breakfast club.
Whitaker and Bill Gustoff, one of the partners in his law firm, are the registered agents for at least three conservative organizations that were established in 2010. Whitaker is listed as the registered agent for Iowans for Prosperity. Gustoff is listed as the registered agent for The Des Moines Tea Party and Iowa Firearms Coalition. Whitaker says that the IRS has recently audited both him and Gustoff.
Whitaker said that he recently settled his audit with the IRS and it was determined that he did not own any additional money.
Judging the effectiveness of economic development incentives requires looking for the unseen effects as well as what is easily seen. It’s easy to see the groundbreaking and ribbon cutting ceremonies that commemorate government intervention — politicians and bureaucrats are drawn to them, and will spend taxpayer funds to make sure you’re aware. It’s more difficult to see that the harm that government intervention causes.
That’s assuming that the incentives even work as advertised in the first place. Alan Peters and Peter Fisher, in their paper titled The Failures of Economic Development Incentives published in Journal of the American Planning Association, wrote on the effects of incentives. A few quotes from the study, with emphasis added:
Given the weak effects of incentives on the location choices of businesses at the interstate level, state governments and their local governments in the aggregate probably lose far more revenue, by cutting taxes to firms that would have located in that state anyway than they gain from the few firms induced to change location.
On the three major questions — Do economic development incentives create new jobs? Are those jobs taken by targeted populations in targeted places? Are incentives, at worst, only moderately revenue negative? — traditional economic development incentives do not fare well. It is possible that incentives do induce significant new growth, that the beneficiaries of that growth are mainly those who have greatest difficulty in the labor market, and that both states and local governments benefit fiscally from that growth. But after decades of policy experimentation and literally hundreds of scholarly studies, none of these claims is clearly substantiated. Indeed, as we have argued in this article, there is a good chance that all of these claims are false.
The most fundamental problem is that many public officials appear to believe that they can influence the course of their state or local economies through incentives and subsidies to a degree far beyond anything supported by even the most optimistic evidence. We need to begin by lowering their expectations about their ability to micromanage economic growth and making the case for a more sensible view of the role of government — providing the foundations for growth through sound fiscal practices, quality public infrastructure, and good education systems — and then letting the economy take care of itself.
Maryland Democrat Party Chair, Yvette Lewis, released the follow statement on the passing of Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee member, Karla Walker: “I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Karla Walker as they mourn her passing. Karla was a wonderful friend, colleague, and committee member. Maryland has [...]
Chip Saltsman, a former Tennessee GOP chairman and manager of Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign, has joined state Rep. Joe Carr’s congressional bid as its “campaign director.”
Saltsman, who also managed U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann’s campaigns in 2010 and 2012, will “manage all facets” of the Lascassas Republican’s 4th Congressional District campaign, a spokesman said. Carr so far faces incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-South Pittsburg, and state Sen. Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyville.
“Chip brings significant firepower and experience to our campaign,” Carr said in a statement announcing Saltsman’s appointment. “His excellent track record of managing both statewide and national campaigns is invaluable.”
My husband and I recently purchased an older house that had so much charm but I am having second thoughts about the whole situation because there seems to be something wrong with the house every day. I had no idea how much work needed to be put into a house like this because we have never owned a home before. Just yesterday my husband had to go to General Steel to pick up some steel pipes because something was wrong with our boiler. It is stuff like this that causes me to loose faith in our home and I do not know what we should do about it. I have tried to figure out how much money we have put into this house but it is just too much to count.
I do not know how we can continue to do this before we realize that it is a waste of money. I am pretty sure he spent a couple of thousand at General Steel yesterday and that is not counting the boiler expert that has to come. I am scared that this house is a money pit and that we will not be able to get any of our money back. I think that we just made a bad investment and it is time to cut our loses and move on to something else. We are down to our last ten thousand dollars and I think we need that for other bills that we have and not this house.
The Google Redirect Virus is a very dangerous form of malware that no one wants to have on their computer, and the reality of it it this, it something that was designed by online crooks with the purpose of messing up a computer user’s specific personal searches using Google search engine. The presence of this virus on your hard drive can allow these crooks to manipulate some of the settings on your computer and it is all done for the shadiest of reasons on their behalf. So, with this said, if you do notice any identifying symptoms of this virus, you do need to get it off of your hard drive as soon as possible. Some of the most notable symptoms of the Google redirect virus do include trying to click on a specific link and your browser takes you straight to a website that is filled with all sorts of pop-ups and advertisements. The Google Redirect Virus isn’t always detected by some of the best anti virus software out there, and this is because it is categorized as being adware, and there has never been a redirect virus of this grand scale ever before.
Okay, if you learn you do have the Google Redirect Virus, how do you get rid of it from your computer? The Google redirect virus not only has the uncanny ability of being able to bypass anti-virus programs, but it is sometimes hard to even detect on a computer, but this doesn’t mean that a Google redirect virus removal cannot take place. If an individual wants to remove this “hijacker” virus, it is something they will have to do very carefully, and with only the best knowledge and or software that can get the job done successfully. Some tools to remove Google redirect virus can be found online, while others may decide to attempt to manually get rid of it on their own. Nevertheless, don’t try to remove a virus of this caliber, if you don’t know what you are doing from the get go. Get all the knowledge possible on this virus, as well as the various ways on how to remove it, before you even touch your computer to purge it free from this annoying virus.
Kern County almond farmer, Fred Starrh, is an unlikely darling of the anti-fracking movement in California.
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is an environmentally risky oil production method of pumping under pressure large volumes of water, sand and chemicals underground to bubble to the surface heavy tar-like oil left in depleted oil wells and to reach deep deposits of oil and natural gas.
Fracking is the method oil companies seek to employ to proliferate drilling in California where the discovered Monterey Shale Deposit is estimated to contain as many as 15.4 billion barrels of crude 11,000 feet deep.