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Virginia Gov. Wants To Remove Early Sales Tax Payments

Virginia businesses may get a break from paying up-front sales tax if the legislature passes a provision from Gov. Bob McDonnell's proposed budget. 

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Despite Protests, Michigan Is A Right-To-Work State

Michigan is now the nation's 24th right-to-work state, where unions cannot automatically collect dues or fees from workers. The governor signed the law just hours after it was approved by the state's legislature in a day marked by protests.
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Farm Bill Becomes Fodder In 'Fiscal Cliff' Wrangling

Farm-state lawmakers are urging leaders to include a farm bill as part of any budget deal to avert year-end tax increases and spending cuts. But others argue that Congress shouldn't toss the farm bill into a giant package because it would very likely stifle debate and amendments.
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Analysis: Maryland Lawmakers Look To Bring In Federal Disaster Funds

President Obama has submitted a supplemental spending request calling for $60 billion in relief funds for Hurricane Sandy. Maryland lawmakers are looking to secure funds for ravaged areas on the Eastern Shore and elsewhere.

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Boehner Sends 'Fiscal Cliff' Counteroffer To White House

The offer from the speaker follows his remarks on the House floor in which he said the White House was slow-walking the process. Unless a deal is reached, automatic across-the-board spending cuts and sweeping tax increases are scheduled to go into effect at the first of the year.
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'Paris Hilton Tax' Vs. 'Death Tax': A Lesser-Known Fiscal Debate

The estate tax is yet another piece of the fiscal cliff that needs to be worked out. Those who want to the raise what they call the "Paris Hilton tax" say it applies only to the very rich, who can afford to pay. Opponents of the increase, however, brand it the "death tax" and say it hurts farmers and small-business owners.

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