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Congress sends payroll tax cut bill to Obama

February 17, 2012 in West Central Tribune

WASHINGTON Congress has passed legislation renewing a payroll tax cut for 160 million workers and jobless benefits for millions more, backing the main items on President Barack Obama’s jobs agenda in a rare burst of Washington bipartisanship.
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Both parties’ leaders hoping to end battle over payroll tax cut as Congress gets ready to vote

February 17, 2012 in West Central Tribune

Congress is getting ready to vote on extending a payroll tax cut for 160 million workers and jobless benefits for people out of work the longest, a showdown that many legislators hope will finally end a standoff that has dominated Washington since the fall. Continue Reading

Both parties’ leaders hoping to end battle over payroll tax cut as Congress gets ready to vote

February 17, 2012 in West Central Tribune

Congress is getting ready to vote on extending a payroll tax cut for 160 million workers and jobless benefits for people out of work the longest, a showdown that many legislators hope will finally end a standoff that has dominated Washington since the fall. Continue Reading

Pres. Obama calls on Congress to act to extend payroll tax cut

February 11, 2012 in West Central Tribune

President Barack Obama is calling on Congress to extend a payroll tax cut for the remainder of the year as another deadline nears for Congress to act or see taxes go up for millions of working Americans. Continue Reading

Conservation acres cut as crop prices rise

January 23, 2012 in Worthington Daily Globe

Contracts for thousands of acres set to expire on Sept. 30
WORTHINGTON According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, an estimated 550,000 acres of Minnesota land will expire from the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) in the next three years. Continue Reading

Obama: Two-month tax cut only option

December 21, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

Boehner remains insistent on a full-year extension
WASHINGTON (AP) Careening toward a politically toxic tax hike, President Barack Obama implored House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday to get behind a two-month stopgap until a longer deal could be struck early next year, calling it the only real way out of a mess that is threatening the paychecks of 160 million workers and isolating House Republicans. Continue Reading

Noem continues support of one-year payroll tax cut over short-term 60-day alternative

December 21, 2011 in The Daily Republic

WASHINGTON, DC Representative Kristi Noem, R-S.D., continued to show her support for a full-year payroll tax cut extension to help families and small businesses by voting for a formal conference with the United States Senate on the issue. Continue Reading

House GOP rejects 2-month payroll tax cut

December 20, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

WASHINGTON (AP) Congress lurched toward Grinch-like gridlock on Tuesday as the Republican-controlled House rejected a two-month extension of Social Security tax cuts that President Barack Obama said was “the only viable way” to prevent a drop in take-home pay for 160 million workers on Jan. 1. Continue Reading

Senate OKs payroll tax cut, huge spending bill

December 18, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

WASHINGTON (AP) The Senate voted Saturday to temporarily avert a Jan. 1 payroll tax increase and benefit cutoff for the long-time unemployed, forcing a reluctant President Barack Obama to make an election-year choice between unions and environmentalists over whether to build an oil pipeline through the heart of the country. Continue Reading

House GOP proposes tax, LGA cuts

March 14, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

ST. PAUL Minnesota income taxes would fall $300 million in the next two years under a House Republican plan, while state payments to local governments drop significantly. Continue Reading