U.S. wireless consumers pay an average 17.18% in taxes and fees on their cell phone bill, including 11.36% in state and local charges, according to a newly released study that identifies and calculates wireless taxes and fees.
In Nebraska, the combined federal-state-local average rate is 24.49%, and in six other states (Washington, New York, Florida, Illinois, Rhode Island, and Missouri) it exceeds 20%. Twenty-six states have average state-local wireless taxes and [...]
From Carpe Diem:
The following chart shows the “Coincident Economic Activity Indexes” for the U.S. and a sample of U.S. states (New York, Florida, California, Arizona, Minnesota, Illinois, and Wisconsin). The coincident economic indexes are based on four variables: nonfarm payroll employment, the unemployment rate, average hours worked in manufacturing, and wages and salaries.
While the current economic conditions in most states, and the country as a whole, remain below their pre-recession [...]
About 55,000 immigrants in the U.S. both legally and illegally were in federal prison last year, a 7 percent increase from 2005, government auditors said Thursday.
But the percentage of immigrants charged with federal crimes has been stable over the same period, at about a quarter of the federal prison population, the Government Accountability Office found. The majority of jailed immigrants are Mexican citizens.
The GAO estimates [...]