Friday May 3, 2019 12:38 PM Uganda targets journalists on World Press Freedom Day after coverage of opposition leader Written by By ELIAS MESERET and RODNEY MUHUMUZA, Associated Press ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — As World Press Freedom Day is celebrated, television and radio stations in Uganda are being targeted over coverage of an opposition figure's appearance in court. Journalists are protesting the ordered suspension of news leaders at 13 stations over what the Uganda Communications Commission calls "repeated breach of minimum broadcasting standards." The commission accuses them of carrying "extremist or anarchic messages, including incitement of violence." The local association of broadcasters indicates it will oppose the directive. The Committee to Protect Journalists urges authorities to rescind it. The crackdown is thought to be related this week's coverage of pop star and opposition lawmaker Bobi Wine, a powerful voice for young people disenchanted with … [Read more...] about Uganda targets journalists on World Press Freedom Day
Tax freedom day
It’s April 30, the day New Jerseyans can rest easy.We’ve worked enough days in the year - 119 days - to pay our total tax burden.For N.J., Tax Freedom Day - the day when residents of the state as a whole earned enough money to pay our total tax bill for the year - comes later than the most of the country.That’s no surprise, given that we pay higher taxes on average than pretty much everyone else.Only New York has a later Tax Freedom Day this year, on May 3. Connecticut’s was on April 25. New Jersey as a whole takes 77 days to pay its share of federal taxes and 42 days to pay its share of state and local taxes, according to the Tax Foundation. “Because New Jersey is a higher-income state, it pays a relatively higher share of federal taxes due to the progressivity of the federal tax code,” said Erica York, an economist with the Tax Foundation, noting that Tax Freedom Day is not a measure of the average tax burden, but for the state’s tax burden … [Read more...] about It took 119 days for N.J. to work off this year’s tax burden. It’s Tax Freedom Day!
The Empire State has become a tax hell for many, with some New Yorkers looking for the exits. That’s because this year the state is once again the most taxing in the nation, a new study says. To demonstrate the draconian burden New Yorkers have to endure, the Tax Foundation, in its new study, found that Tax Freedom Day will arrive here the latest of any state — May 3. That’s almost three weeks later than the national average of April 16. Tax Freedom Day is the number of working days each year it takes the average American to earn the money to pay his or her tax bill. There are several reasons New Yorkers are the last to reach tax freedom. “New York’s tax burden is incredible,” said Garrett Watson, special projects manager with the Tax Foundation. Some of it is a high state tax. Some is a city tax combined with a state tax. Some is the effect of federal policies. But the Tax Foundation said the result is the same: The average New Yorker’s … [Read more...] about New Yorkers last to hit tax freedom
The U.S. Capitol. Mark Wilson/Getty Images Monday was the deadline to file your federal and state taxes. But if you live in New Jersey, you won’t actually be done paying off your full tax burden for another couple weeks.Tax Freedom Day—the day when New Jersey workers have earned enough money to pay off all their federal, state and local taxes, falls on April 30—according to a report on NJ101.5.com. That places New Jersey 49th among the 50 states, and means residents here work about two weeks more per year to pay off their taxes than most other Americans. April 16 is the day the country as a whole has earned enough to pay its tax burden, according to the report.In New Jersey, it takes residents about 82 days to earn enough to pay their federal taxes, and another 43 days to pay state and local taxes.Quote of the Day: “I believe that we can build a country where no one is forgotten, no one is left behind; where parents can put food on the table; where there are … [Read more...] about NJ Politics Digest: For NJ, Two More Weeks Until Tax Freedom Day
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Laura Crimaldi Globe Staff August 11, 2018 CAMBRIDGE -- The state sales tax holiday returned Saturday after a two-year hiatus, and this time, the annual, two-day shopping event is here to stay.“It makes you feel like you’re living in New Hampshire for the day,” said Devon Ziminski who accompanied her boyfriend to Best Buy at CambridgeSide, a mall in Cambridge. Governor Charlie Baker signed legislation on Friday that established the weekend break on the 6.25 percent sales tax for goods costing up to $2,500. Advertisement Beginning next year, the weekend tax holiday will be an annual event under a new law that also raised the hourly minimum wage to $15, mandated paid medical and family leave, and eliminated premium pay for Sunday workers. Get Fast Forward in your inbox: Forget yesterday's news. Get what you need today in this early-morning … [Read more...] about Sales tax holiday returns after two-year hiatus