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Analysts have raised the possibility that the campaign against Proposition 13 in California may be aimed at achieving another public sector labor goal: persuading Gov. Jerry Brown to support an extension of the five-year tax increase under Proposition 30 by using the split-roll threat as a bargaining chip. (Associated Press)

Jerry Brown in cross-hairs as Prop 13 foes push 'split roll' in California

By Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times

Ever since Proposition 13 ignited a nationwide tax revolt in 1978, the California measure has been regarded as politically untouchable -- until now. Published May 31, 2015

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Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the center of a controversy over how the agency treated conservative political groups, listens during a House Oversight Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 22, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

IRS erased Lois Lerner's emails even after subpoena, audit says

- The Washington Times

The IRS erased backup takes with Lois G. Lerner's emails even after the messages were subject to a congressional subpoena, but it was an "unbelievable" chain of coincidences rather than a malicious intent to subvert Congress, the tax agency's inspector general said Thursday.

President Obama faces a key Supreme Court decision this month on his health care initiative. The Congressional Budget Office says a full repeal would be complicated. (Associated Press)

CBO cautions Obamacare foes about full repeal

- The Washington Times

Obamacare stretches into much of the U.S. economy, and outright repealing it, as Republicans are gearing up to try one last time, would be a tricky proposition, according to the latest estimates from Congress' official scorekeeper.

Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during a stop at Panora Telecom Solutions, Monday, June 8, 2015, in Panora, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Rick Santorum signs ATR tax pledge

- The Washington Times

Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, a 2016 GOP presidential candidate, has signed Americans for Tax Reform's Taxpayer Protection Pledge committing to oppose and veto any efforts to raise taxes, the group said Thursday.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 2, 2015, before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee hearing examining the IRS data breach. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

IRS missed chances to stop cyberattack: Auditor

- The Washington Times

The IRS ignored repeated warnings from its own inspector general that could have made it much harder for the cyberattackers who stole the private taxpayer information of 100,000 Americans earlier this year, the agency's inspector general testified to Congress on Tuesday.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 15, 2015, before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing to examine IRS challenges in implementing the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ** FILE **

IRS bilked for billions in bogus refunds: audit

- The Washington Times

The IRS has gotten better at detecting fraud but still paid out $2.1 billion in potentially bogus refunds in 2012, according to a new audit Thursday that found the agency paid refunds on nearly 600 tax returns filed to the same address in Kilkenny, Ireland.

The Internal Revenue Service headquarters building is seen in Washington on April 13, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

IRS wasted $5.6B on bogus Obama stimulus tax credits, audit finds

- The Washington Times

The IRS doled out more than $5 billion in potentially bogus college aid payments in 2012 under an Obama stimulus tax credit, according to a report Tuesday from the agency's inspector general that said the administration still doesn't have a good handle on how to root out erroneous claims.

Scott Veley of Kensington, Conn., holds a Gadsden flag during a tea party protest at the Capitol in Hartford, Conn., on April 15, 2010. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

IRS still targeting tea party: Nine groups awaiting agency approval

- The Washington Times

Nine tea party groups were still awaiting IRS approval for nonprofit status nearly two years after the political targeting program was exposed, the inspector general said in a report Thursday that, despite hiccups, claimed the tax agency has generally done a good job of cleaning up its act.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addresses the media at a news conference at the NFL Annual Meeting in Phoenix on March 25, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

NFL to drop tax-free status after complaints

- The Washington Times

The National Football League said Tuesday it will give up its tax-exempt status, with Commissioner Roger Goodell saying complaints that the wealthy league was skimming millions of dollars from taxpayers had become a "distraction."

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In this Oct. 20, 2014, file photo, Maryland Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan answers questions during an interview with The Associated Press in Baltimore. Gov.-elect Hogan says he remains committed to pursuing tax relief in his first year as governor, despite a projected budget shortfall of more than a half a billion dollars. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

A bad tax law puts the government in the preaching business

Flawed and cumbersome tax laws afflict taxpayers everywhere, but few are as irksome, as silly and as constitutionally dangerous as Maryland's "stormwater remediation fee," also known as "the rain tax," including whatever penumbras and emanations that followed. Gov.-elect Larry Hogan, a Republican, vowed during his campaign to free taxpayers from the overreaching state law that claims to protect the Chesapeake Bay and other waterways from polluted runoff, flooding and erosion. Together with others, he argues persuasively that it amounts to little more than a weather levy, with accompanying clouds.

Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Lame-duck Congress may lay golden eggs for crony capitalists

The lame-duck Congress that will meet after the Nov. 4 election could lay a few golden eggs that will hatch into a new flock of crony capitalist ducklings. The gold would actually come from taxpayers. The politically well-connected are especially eager about an $18 billion giveaway to wind farms, a tax credit that benefits mostly millionaires and billionaires.

DUBAY: How to make a promising tax reform even better

Republican Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Marco Rubio of Florida recently laid out their vision of tax reform. They are right to push for reform. Our burdensome tax code is one of the major obstacles holding the economy back from reaching its potential. In the process, it is denying countless American families the opportunities they deserve.