Government finance

FILE - This July 19, 2016, file photo shows the Google logo at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. New Zealand's government announced plans on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, for a new tax targeting online giants like Google and Facebook that earn plenty of money in the country but pay little tax. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said there's a gap that needs to be closed. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
February 18, 2019 - 8:37 pm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's government plans a new tax targeting online giants like Google and Facebook that earn plenty of money in the country but pay little tax. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said there's a gap that needs to be closed. "Our current tax system is not fair in the...
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Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at an organizing event Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
February 18, 2019 - 5:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren is planning to unveil a universal child care plan that would guarantee American families access to child care. The Massachusetts Democrat, a 2020 presidential candidate, would use part of the revenue from her proposed tax on the ultra-wealthy to fund her...
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February 17, 2019 - 1:38 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel said Sunday it will withhold over $138 million from the Palestinian Authority for payments given to families of Palestinians who carried out attacks against Israelis. The government's security Cabinet said it is implementing a law passed last year allowing Israel to withhold...
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President Donald Trump speaks during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall along the southern border, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
February 16, 2019 - 1:55 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defiant in the wake of a stinging budget defeat, President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border, moving to secure more money for his long-promised wall by exercising a broad interpretation of his presidential powers that is certain to draw stiff...
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In this Feb. 14, 2019 photo provided by Newark Alliance, Laurie Ross, an actor with the event planners at Life 'O the Party, holds a message reading "NJ & Newark Still Love U, Amazon!" while arriving at an Amazon office in New York. The love note came despite Amazon saying it's not seeking a new site. (Matthew Cossel/Winning Strategies for Newark Alliance via AP)
February 15, 2019 - 1:42 pm
Amazon's breakup with New York was still fresh when other cities started sending their own valentines to the online giant. Officials in Newark, New Jersey, one of the 18 finalists that Amazon rejected in November when it announced plans to put its new headquarters in New York and northern Virginia...
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Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez delivers a statement at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Sanchez has called early general elections for late April, the third such ballot in less than four years. (AP Photo/Andrea Comas)
February 15, 2019 - 11:37 am
MADRID (AP) — Spain will elect its third government in less than four years after Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's fragile socialist government acknowledged Friday its support had evaporated and called an early general election. Sanchez's eight-month-old administration met its end after failing to...
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FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2019, file photo, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, waves to the crowd after speaking at Women's Unity Rally organized by Women's March NYC at Foley Square in Lower Manhattan in New York. On Thursday, Feb. 14, newly-elected Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez led a chorus of cheers as Amazon announced it was abandoning plans to build a sought-after headquarters in New York City. Activists berated the online giant for a $3 billion package of tax breaks she said the city could better invest in hiring teachers or fixing the subway. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
February 15, 2019 - 8:59 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — What is happening to the Democrats? Captivated by a handful of liberal superstars, they are venturing where the party has long feared to tread: Steep taxes on the rich. Abolishing an immigration enforcement agency. Proposing "economic transformation" to combat climate change...
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FILE - This Sept. 11, 2018, file photo shows a marijuana plant at SLOgrown Genetics in the coastal mountain range of San Luis Obispo, Calif. When California voters broadly legalized marijuana in 2016, they were promised that part of the tax revenue from pot sales would be devoted to programs to teach youth how to avoid substance abuse and "prevent harm" from marijuana use. But more than a year after the start of sales, there's no money for those programs and looming questions about how they might operate in the future. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
February 14, 2019 - 8:27 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When California voters legalized marijuana, they were promised that part of the tax revenue from pot sales and cultivation would be devoted to programs to teach youth how to avoid substance abuse. But more than a year after the start of sales, there's no money for those programs...
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Illinois state Rep. Will Guzzardi, D-Chicago, testifies before the Labor and Commerce Committee Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 on his proposal to increase the minimum wage to $15 by 2025. (AP Photo/John O'Connor )
February 14, 2019 - 6:54 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois legislators moved quickly Thursday to deliver one of new Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker's top campaign promises, a gradual hike in the statewide minimum wage from $8.25 to $15 an hour — more than double the pay floor that most of its Midwestern neighbors require...
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FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2018, file photo, media, left record people entering the KC Mart in Simpsonville, S.C., after it was announced the winning Mega Millions lottery ticket was purchased at the store. Unless the winner chooses to come forward, the world may never know who won. The winner of a $1.537 billion lottery jackpot in South Carolina has yet to come forward. That means the state of South Carolina might be a big loser too. With the prize unclaimed, the state Board of Economic Advisors is expected Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, to suggest removing the $61 million windfall from the state spending plan. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins, File)
February 14, 2019 - 1:45 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The winner of a $1.54 billion lottery jackpot in South Carolina has yet to come forward. That means the state of South Carolina might be a big loser too. Economic officials estimated the winner would pay $61 million in state income taxes, and put that money into the budget...
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