Government finance

Dorenne Hansen, of Glenville, Minn., stands on a rural highway near a wind turbine in a field, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, near Northwood, Iowa. Opponents of wind power are successfully stalling or rejecting wind-farm projects across the country. Criticism of wind turbines is nothing new, but this latest rebellion is raising a host of issues and halting developments. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
February 20, 2018 - 12:43 pm
GLENVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Wind turbines have become as commonplace in parts of the rural Midwest as tree-sheltered farmhouses, gray-metal grain bins and deeply furrowed fields. The slowly spinning blades are a sign of investment in a region that often has few growth opportunities to brag about. But...
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In this Jan. 26, 2018 photo, passengers wait on the QLINE transit train in Detroit. Some cities and regions are dangling racial diversity along with positive business climates, competitive tax rates and available land in pitches to lure tech companies and high-paying jobs to town. Places such as Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Detroit are touting their populations of people of color to chief executives and other corporate officials as part of being open for business. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
February 18, 2018 - 5:33 pm
Some cities and regions are highlighting racial diversity along with positive business climates, competitive tax rates and available land in pitches to lure tech companies and high-paying jobs to town. Places such as Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Detroit are touting their populations of people of...
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February 18, 2018 - 9:01 am
Tax returns surge over Presidents Day weekend, with the IRS saying it receives more phone calls on the day after Presidents Day than on any other day of the year. That can mean long waits for filers trying to get through on the phone. So where should you turn if you have a question? ONLINE Getting...
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February 17, 2018 - 12:35 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Stunned by a horrific shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead, the Florida Legislature is grappling with what to do in the aftermath. Legislators have just three weeks left in their annual 60-day session. Normally, lawmakers are trying to wrap up work on...
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In this Feb. 13, 2018, photo, budget director Mick Mulvaney testifies before the Senate Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Trump administration is pushing a “bold new approach to nutrition assistance: ” Replacing the traditional cash on a card that food stamp recipients currently get with a pre-assembled box of canned foods and other shelf-stable goods dubbed “America’s Harvest Box.” Mulvaney likened the box to a meal kit delivery service, and said the plan could save nearly $130 billion over ten years. The idea, tucked into President Donald Trump’s 2019 budget, has caused a firestorm, prompting scathing criticism from Democrats and food insecurity experts who say its primary purpose is to punish the poor. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
February 16, 2018 - 4:25 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is pushing what it calls a "bold new approach to nutrition assistance": replacing the traditional cash-on-a-card that food stamp recipients currently get with a pre-assembled box of canned foods and other shelf-stable goods dubbed "America's Harvest Box."...
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President Donald Trump speaks in the Diplomatic Room at the White House, in Washington, Thursday, Feb 15, 2018, about the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Fla. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
February 16, 2018 - 12:42 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is calling for a focus on mental health and school safety in response to shootings like the one that took 17 lives in Florida, but his budget would cut funding in both areas. Trump's latest budget would slash the major source of public funds for mental...
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President Donald Trump speaks in the Diplomatic Room at the White House, in Washington, Thursday, Feb 15, 2018, about the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Fla. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
February 15, 2018 - 7:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is calling for a focus on mental health and school safety in response to shootings like the one that took 17 lives in Florida, but his budget would cut funding in both areas. Trump's latest budget would slash the major source of public funds for mental...
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February 15, 2018 - 2:17 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Sears Holdings Corp. says sales dropped during the critical fourth quarter, but the ailing retailer expects to earn a profit, helped by a windfall from U.S. tax reform. Sears, which operates Kmart stores and its namesake, said Thursday in a regulatory filing that comparable revenue...
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President Donald Trump, joined by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, right, speaks to media during a meeting with bipartisan members of congress about infrastructure in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
February 14, 2018 - 5:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday signaled his openness to a 25-cent fuel tax increase to help pay for his infrastructure proposal. Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware said Trump told lawmakers in a White House meeting that he would be willing to provide leadership on such an increase...
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February 14, 2018 - 12:55 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — As Virginia has emerged as a top global market for data centers, tax breaks to attract some of the world's richest companies to the state have exploded, new records show. Enacted a decade ago, sales and use tax exemptions for the large warehouses full of computers that function...
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