Wednesday, December 31, 2003

From the State Capitals

Storm brews over riverboat casino tax

INDIANAPOLIS - A tug of war is forming in the General Assembly over an estimated $2.1 million in annual state tax revenue affecting riverboat casinos.

One side argues that every little bit of money helps alleviate the state budget crisis. The other side says a 6-month-old tax that generates few tax dollars might be driving away business.

Sen. Patricia Miller, R-Indianapolis, has filed a bill to end the tax on free hotel rooms that casinos provide to their best customers and other hotels use largely as marketing tools.

Fletcher urges tax code overhaul

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Gov. Ernie Fletcher on Tuesday said he hoped the 2004 General Assembly would at least lay the groundwork for an overhaul of Kentucky's tax code.

Speaking exactly one week before the legislature convenes, Fletcher said there was no need for further study of the tax system, which has been scrutinized by consultants and task forces for years. The legislature has riddled the tax code with exemptions, and critics say it is incapable of expanding with the economy.

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Urban League CEO retires
Dispute could leave Anthem users in lurch
Deters fills in for Cunningham; Green Twp. trustee undecided
West Chester Twp. trustee to run for commissioner
Wyoming man says he was abducted, robbed
Fairfield's $50M budget hires more city workers
Killings at 26-year high
Swimming pools cut from city funding
Neighbors briefs
Ohio moments
Nuns' eatery faces eviction
Public safety
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Today is deadline for donations to Wish List

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Charges dropped against traveler
Church revives Sunday night cafe
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