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Politics over trade likely to hurt local industries

Politics over trade likely to hurt local industries

Royal Purple, Editorial Staff Opinion

April 23, 2018

Amidst a whirlwind of trade-war threats, increased tariffs and retaliatory economic measures, many media jobs and a number of local farms could be at serious risk of struggling to survive. The United States government recently announced plans to up the tariff rates on imports of Chinese steel and...

Dark stores drop tax on homeowners

Dark stores drop tax on homeowners

Janis Ringhand

April 2, 2018

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) has been trying to defend the Dark Store property tax loophole in Wisconsin that has allowed Big Box Stores to shift millions of dollars in property taxes onto local homeowners. WMC, the state’s corporate lobby, paints the Big Box stores as victims of gre...

Room tax ordinance amendments approved

Room tax ordinance amendments approved

Nicole Aimone, News Editor

February 26, 2018

Airbnb consumers in Whitewater are likely going to be paying more to stay at the short-term lodging services, thanks to the approval of amendments to the city’s room tax ordinance Feb. 22. The approved amendments proposed to the room tax ordinance have raised the room tax from its original 5 pe...

Taxes are in season with VITA

Taxes are in season with VITA

Garrett Kluever, Biz and tech Editor

February 6, 2018

Death and taxes are certainties in life. While death is inevitable, struggling through your taxes doesn’t have to be. As in previous years, the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) will run the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program in correlation with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (UW...

GOP tax bill will burden lower and middle class families

Royal Purple Editorial Staff, Staff

December 7, 2017

 The tax plan that passed through the U.S. Senate last Saturday will not save American citizens an extra $4,000, as promised. Instead it will cost many of us in the long-run through increasing taxes on middle-class Americans and adding $1.4 trillion to the national debt. Meanwhile massive corporations will receive...

Property tax pending council approval

Kimberly Wethal, Editor-in-Chief

November 15, 2017

City of Whitewater residents will see an increase in the property tax mill rate in the fiscal year of 2018, should the Common Council approve the budget in the form it was presented at the Nov. 7 meeting. Several operations within the city took a decrease in their proposed budgets from the current fi...

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