According to the "Tax Fairness Commission" appointed by Beacon Hill, middle- and lower-income families are paying too much in taxes. Our state's combination of sales, income and property tax rates can result in low-income households paying a higher share of what they earn in taxes than high-income earners.
So the solution is for Massachusetts state government to stop spending so much money and lower the tax burden on working families.
I was kidding, of course. The actual recommendation by the "Tax Fairness Commission" is to drastically raise taxes on people who work hard and earn a lot of money. That money will then be "shared" with people who don't.
The state of Florida is requiring that a disabled, dying 11-year-old boy complete a standardized test. Ethan Rediske, who was born with cerebral palsy and has severe brain damage, has been in hospice care for the past month and is likely nearing the last days of his life. His parents could ignore exemption requirements, but if they do not go through the proper channels, Ethan's special education teacher will likely be penalized -- something the family does not want to happen. "They're asking him questions about the way a peach tastes, and he's fed through a tube in his stomach, and he will never taste a peach. They ask him about shoes and staplers and alarm clocks and school buses. Ethan doesn't interact with any of those things," said his mother, Andrew Rediske.
Tens of thousands of people who discovered that HealthCare.gov made mistakes as they were signing up for a health plan are confronting a new roadblock: The government cannot yet fix the errors.
An item from Chuck Shepard's News of the Weird: Jim Howe, father of two children at South Cumberland Elementary School in Crossville, Tenn., was handcuffed and briefly detained by a sheriff's deputy in November after mistakenly believing that he could walk his kids home when class let out at 2 p.m. Actually, the school allows 2 p.m. departure only for kids being picked up in cars; pupils who leave on foot must wait until 2:35. (Howe assumed that the waiting period was only to protect young pedestrians from pick-up traffic.) Deputy Avery Aytes said a rule is a rule and that if Howe failed to cooperate, he would be jailed. read more
We don't know yet the final numbers on the winter of 2013-2014, but suffice to say it will go into the record books as a cold and snowy one for much of the nation.