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- EPA Postpones Setting Standards For Biofuel Blends November 24, 2014The Environmental Protection Agency quietly announced on Friday that, after much delay, it had been unable to decide this year on a rule setting levels for the amount of biofuel it would require to be blended into conventional vehicle fuels. The post EPA Postpones Setting Standards For Biofuel Blends appeared first on Washington State Wire.
- About That Audit: Business, Tax Collectors Talk Ideas For Resolving Appeals Issues November 24, 2014The Association of Washington Business (AWB) has had concerns about the Department of Revenue’s (DOR’s) internal appeal system for years, including basic questions of transparency, said Amber Carter, director of governmental affairs for tax and fiscal policy at the AWB. One of the biggest concerns is the lack of transparency that permeates the internal proce
- Q&A With Gil Brewer, Senior Director of Tax Policy For DOR November 24, 2014Gil Brewer is senior director of tax policy at the Department of Revenue (DOR). He provided an interview to the Washington State Wire for a story about criticisms that the agency’s appeals division was “rubber stamping” decisions against the taxpayer. Brewer explains that the internal – and low-cost – appeals process is not designed to […] The post Q&A W
- Top 3 International Stories I’m Watching Today November 26, 20141) Today in Nigeria, 2 female suicide bombers killed 21 people in a busy market in the Northeastern part of the country, an area known for being the center of a Islamic insurgency. While people attempted to help the victims of the first bomb, the second attack happened. Boko Haram is suspected of being behind […]
- 3 Major Differences Between Acceptable and Unacceptable Risks November 20, 2014Life is a risk. Everything we do and everywhere we go are all fraught with risks. You could get hit by a car while walking the dog, or slip in your bathroom and crack your hip. The point is everything in life, relationships, the workplace and in our hobbies all contain an element of risk. […]
- Top 3 International Stories I’m Watching Today November 12, 20141) Tens of thousands of people have come out to protest in Mexico City in response to the 43 missing (most likely massacred) students. Today President Nieto condemned the protests after they took a violent turn which involve setting fire to the door of the presidential palace. 2) Today the U.S. has blacklisted 2 Houthi […]
- Hagel Tells Congress He is Unaware if Cash Paid in Failed Hostage Release November 25, 2014Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has told to a member of the House Armed Services Committee that the Pentagon has no information about a covert U.S. Special Forces ransom payment earlier this year that was made in a failed bid to win the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
- #SmartTakes November 25, 2014
- NFL Star Buys Pizza for Houston Police and Firefighters November 25, 2014Star Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt decided to show his appreciation to the men and women of the Houston Police and Fire Departments by sending them pizza.
- Transit-Oriented Developments Not So Transit Oriented November 25, 2014The evidence continues to grow that so-called transit-oriented development (TOD) is more oriented to subsidies than it is to transit. A new GAO report found lots of places where rail transit failed to stimulate new development. In many if not most of the places it found TODs, “supportive zoning, planning, infrastructure investments, and tax incentives” […]
- Increasing Outputs, Not Inputs November 24, 2014John Naviaux, an undergraduate student at UC Irvine, compared the greenhouse gas benefits of getting people out of their cars and onto buses and found that, while it saved a little carbon dioxide, it wasn’t worth the huge subsidies required. As his faculty mentor, David Brownstone, comments, “there are no significant CO2 emissions benefits from […]
- Skeptical about Streetcars? You’re a Racist! November 21, 2014Count on someone at the Washington Post to play the race card in the postmortems over the Arlington streetcar. “Lower-income, racially diverse South Arlington has been counting on the Columbia Pike and Crystal City streetcar projects to deliver a jolt of growth,” says Post columnist Robert McCartney. The county board’s decision to kill the streetcar […]