Illinois has nearly 7,000 units of local government. That’s the highest count of any state in the nation, and the runner-up is not even close.
One of those units of government is the Naperville Township Road District, where seven employees maintain less than 20 miles of road at a cost of $116,000 per mile. City officials have said they could maintain the same distance at half the cost, and have moved to take over the road district’s duties on behalf of local taxpayers.
But the final decision on whether to outsource maintenance of those roads to the city rests with Naperville Township Road Commissioner Stan Wojtasiak, who has put local taxpayers on the hook for thousands of dollars in meals and treats, including alcohol, over the course of his tenure, according to the Naperville Sun. Wojtasiak said he spent the money to boost staff morale, and has yet to announce his decision regarding consolidation.
The Naperville case is emblematic of a statewide problem in Illinois: Having thousands...
Study: Taxes are Costliest Part of Providing Telecom Services Johnny Kampis
A study on rural broadband found that — wait for it — taxes are far and away the largest cost involved in providing telecommunications services.
This comes after another report last year indicated taxes could slow down wireless broadband expansion.
Hudson Institute’s “The Economic Impact of Rural Broadband” found that excise-type taxes that providers collect and remit to governments make up $1.3 billion of the “...
Virginia lawmakers are considering a resolution calling for Congress to convene a national convention for the purpose of drafting an amendment to the U.S. Constitution and authorizing the state to participate.
In February, the Virginia House of Delegates approved House Joint Resolution 3, which calls for Congress to convene a convention of the states to propose a constitutional amendment to “impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal...