| Jan 15, 2014
| 8:15 AM
Well, hardly anyone seems to like that $64 a year license tax on hybrid electic cars included in last year's transportation funding deal -- the Senate Finance Committee voted to repeal the tax, after consolidated five separate proposals to repeal the tax,...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 6:46 PM
WASHINGTON — Sixteen Senate Democrats met with President Obama on Wednesday to urge that he right his foundering healthcare website, warning of a "crisis of confidence" if he doesn't act quickly.
The president's team acknowledged struggling with...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 5:11 PM
NEW ORLEANS — Administration officials scrambled Friday to find a quick fix to a problem President Obama said would never come about — millions of insurance policies canceled for people who have health plans they want to keep.
But as the...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 9:16 AM
WASHINGTON — Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Wednesday that she had considered shutting down the problematic Obamacare website, but has no intention of delaying implementation of the nation’s new healthcare law....
| Jan 14, 2014
| 9:08 AM
Buried in today's budget briefing to the Senate Finance Committee is word on the cost of the statewide recount that confimed Attorney General Mark Herring's election:
The sum will be included in the so-called "caboose" bill that includes...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 9:55 PM
WASHINGTON — President Obama intends to nominate Montana Sen. Max Baucus as his next ambassador to China, officials said, a move that may bolster the Democratic Party's chances of holding the Senate seat in 2014 and signal that the tax reform effort...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 5:37 PM
METAIRIE, La. — In the months before Congress passed the president's healthcare law, Sen. Mary L. Landrieu faced a deluge: The office phones rang off the hook, the mail was heavy and a few restive constituents — well aware of the cameras...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 9:30 AM
Seems like an easy enough question, doesn't it: how many buildings do you own?
Turns out, for the state government there are five different answers, the state Senate Finance Committee learned Friday. Nobody seems to know which is right.
| Nov 26, 2013
| 7:54 PM
WASHINGTON — In a long-anticipated move to restrict the flood of secret money in campaigns, the IRS for the first time proposed rules to rein in the political activities of tax-exempt groups that have emerged as heavyweight players in American...
| Nov 23, 2013
| 2:56 PM
More than 3,500 inmates in Virginia jails have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness.
"Mental Illness in Jails," a report released this month by the state's Compensation Board, showed a 17 percent increase in the number over last year.
| Dec 2, 2013
| 12:36 PM
Sen. Max Baucus, a Democrat from Montana and the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, wants to cut corporate tax rates. But he's finding that corporations are lining up to criticize his proposal.
As it happens, they're right to: Baucus' misplaced...
| Dec 13, 2013
The budget agreement reached by the House and Senate this week is a small step forward in restoring some sanity and order to the process. By putting in place a bipartisan plan for the next two years, the agreement represents a much-needed improvement over...