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Dakotas, Wyoming have lowest combined dividend tax rates

March 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

If you live in the Dakotas or Wyoming and have dividend income, you’re in luck. The three states have among the lowest combined federal and state tax rates on dividends, according to the Tax Foundation.Wyoming and South Dakota don’t have personal inc…continue reading on

Wealthy in ND: 3 counties among the nation’s 15 highest-paying

December 4, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

FARGO The boom in the state’s Oil Patch and strong farm prices have given a big boost to personal incomes in North Dakota, putting per capita pay in some places on par with the most famously rich counties in the U.S. Continue Reading

Survey finds North Dakotans give less

August 20, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A new survey of Americans’ generosity shows North Dakotans have the most per household, but are among the least of these when it comes to giving to charity as a percentage of income. Continue Reading

Becky Ylitalo, Badger, Minn., column: Should song title be ‘America the Hypocritical’?

July 7, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Companies demand more and more out of us, placing unrealistic demands that ultimately hurt families at the core. Incomes drop as taxes and insurance premiums rise. Public education falters due to harsh state and federal mandates.
And as a result, middle-class Americans are the ones who suffer. Continue Reading

Tech billionaire to buy Hawaiian island Lanai

June 21, 2012 in The Daily Republic

Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison hasn’t said what he plans to do with the vast majority of the island’s 141 square miles, but the sellers said he plans substantial investments that will create jobs and stimulate tourism to the island once owned in the 1920s by the founder of Dole Foods Co. Continue Reading

Americans adapt after economy drops

June 18, 2012 in The Daily Republic

Looking back, the financial lives many Americans enjoyed until just a few years ago can seem like a mirage. The Great Recession claimed nearly 40 percent of Americans’ wealth.
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WILL: America’s wealthiest counties in DC area

June 14, 2012 in The Daily Republic

WASHINGTON Montgomery County, Md., on the District of Columbia’s northern border, is a dormitory for the nation’s government, where federal workers’ sleep is disturbed only by dreams of new ways to improve us.
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Edward Halas, Grand Forks, column: Listen, and you’ll hear U.S. ‘Coming Apart’

February 16, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Under the law, we all are born equal but we are not born with the same mental and physical capabilities nor the same social environment. If society cannot find a solution for the Joeys of our country, then the separation into two tribes will become ever greater. The end will not be pretty. Continue Reading

Richest presidents? Romney would rank among top 4

January 28, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Just how rich is Mitt Romney? Add up the wealth of the last eight presidents, from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama. Then double that number. Now you’re in Romney territory. He would be among the richest presidents in American history if elected probably in the top four. Continue Reading

Congress’ wealth outpaces Americans’

December 27, 2011 in The Daily Republic

New analysis shows financial gap between representatives and constituents is growing.

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