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Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 28, 2015

Internet Sales Tax Fairness — Nevada

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/internet-sales-tax-fairness/internet-sales-tax-fairness-nevada/

In May 2015, Nevada passed an internet sales tax fairness law with provisions modeled after New York’s and Colorado’s. The law creates a sales tax obligation if, as in New York’s law, a retailer generates more than $10,000 in annual sales via in-state affiliates, or if, as in Colorado’s law, a retailer is part of… Continue reading

Rule filed under Banking, The Public Good | Written by ILSR Admin | 1 Comment | Updated on Jul 2, 2015

Public Banks: Bank of North Dakota

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/bank-of-north-dakota-2/

North Dakota is the only state so far that has established a publicly owned bank. Founded in 1919, the Bank of North Dakota has a mission to “promote agriculture, commerce, and industry” and “be helpful to and assist in the development of… financial institutions… within the State.” BND functions primarily as a “banker’s bank” by providing loan participation and other support to local banks. Thanks in large part to BND, community banks are much more robust in North Dakota than in other states. North Dakota has 35 percent more banks per capita than South Dakota, and four times as many as the national average. While locally owned small and mid-sized banks account for only 30 percent of deposits nationally, in North Dakota they have 72 percent of the market. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Apr 20, 2015

Internet Sales Tax Fairness – Washington (Proposed)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/internet-sales-tax-fairness/internet-sales-tax-fairness-washington-proposed/

In February of 2015, an e-fairness bill began working through the Washington state Legislature that goes beyond the online sales tax fairness measures that other states have taken. The bill seeks to define people or businesses as having a substantial nexus with the state, even if they are organized or incorporated outside of the state, if they have more than $50,000 property in the state, more than $50,000 of payroll in the state, more than $250,000 of receipts from the state, or 25 percent or more their total property, payroll, or receipts in the state. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 25, 2015

Investment Cooperatives

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/community-ownership-commercial-spaces/investment-cooperatives/

In the vacuum left by traditional economic development and Wall Street’s approach to finance, investment cooperatives allow communities to put their capital to work in their local economy, catalyze the creation of new jobs, re-imagine their neighborhoods, and earn a return on their investment. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 24, 2015

Community Ownership of Commercial Spaces

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/community-ownership-commercial-spaces/

Community ownership of commercial spaces offers benefits that include new jobs in the neighborhood, strong incentives for people to shop locally, local sources for key goods, closer ties with neighbors, and in some cases, a return on investment. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 11, 2015

Minnesota Border to Border Broadband Awards Announced

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/minnesota-border-to-border-broadband-awards-announced/

The Minnesota Office of Broadband Development recently announced the recipients of the Border to Border Broadband grants, funding established by the state legislature in 2014 to facilitate rural broadband projects. Seventeen public and private entities will share a total of $19.4 million in Greater Minnesota. According the the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) press release,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 11, 2015

Minnesota Border to Border Broadband Awards Announced

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/minnesota-border-to-border-broadband-awards-announced-2/

The Minnesota Office of Broadband Development recently announced the recipients of the Border to Border Broadband grants, funding established by the state legislature in 2014 to facilitate rural broadband projects. Seventeen public and private entities will share a total of $19.4 million in Greater Minnesota. According the the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) press release,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 31, 2015

Local Authority Restrictions One of the “Worst Policy Ideas of 2014” According to Wonkblog

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/local-authority-restrictions-one-of-the-worst-policy-ideas-of-2014-according-to-wonkblog/

We are well into the new year; a look back at 2014 can be instructive if we strive to learn from our mistakes. A December article from the Washington post Wonkblog listed “11 of the worst policy ideas of 2014” and, of course, state barriers restricting local telecommunications authority was on the list: Fed up… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 26, 2015

Massachusetts Towns Consider WiredWest Opportunity

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/massachusetts-towns-consider-wiredwest-opportunity/

Eleven Select boards in Franklin County are ready to take the next step with WiredWest Cooperative. According to the Recorder, the towns of Ashfield, Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, New Salem, Rowe, Shutesbury, Warwick and Wendell have all approved nonbinding resolutions taking them into the financial planning phase. Last fall, the organization and the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI)… Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jan 23, 2015

Internet Sales Tax Fairness – Michigan

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/internet-sales-tax-fairness/internet-sales-tax-fairness-michigan/

In January 2015, Michigan passed legislation that will require out-of-state sellers to collect state sales taxes if they use in-state sales affiliates or otherwise have a nexus to the state, and if 1) they generate more than $10,000 in annual in-state sales via those affiliates, and 2) they generate more than $50,000 in annual sales to Michigan residents. The law received bipartisan support, and was passed by the state’s Republican-controlled legislature, and signed by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder. The law will take effect on October 1, 2015. Continue reading