Small businesses see financial growth in first year of tax overhaul, but the cause remains unclear

Words by: Caelin Mills and Nicholas Hunter Less than a year after President Donald Trump introduced his overhaul of the tax system, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, Portage County businesses are seeing an uptick in business growth and revenue. It is unclear, however, whether the bill is the cause for this success. The bill, to be first implemented in fiscal year 2018, passed with the notion it would alleviate financial burdens on small business owners and middle class workers throughout the country. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by on Scribd “The biggest winners will be the everyday American workers as jobs start pouring into our country, as

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Tax Overhaul Threatens Negative Financial Impact On Graduate Students

By Anthony Calvaruso The United States House of Representative and Senate have both passed bills proposing a massive overhaul to the current tax system in the United States. As House and Senate Republicans prepare to meet in conference committee, graduate students around the country fear that the House provision removing the existing tuition waiver will be included in the finalized version of the bill. Once a cohesive bill is drafted, both chambers will again have to pass it in order for it to become law. Mark Rhodes, a Ph.D. Candidate and Teaching Assistant at Kent State University, explained that on average a Kent State graduate assistant receives $12,000 a year as

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New signs in downtown Kent provide direction, character

Story by J. Tyler Singleton Video by Mike Drake All throughout downtown Kent, new signs now direct visitors to the nearest parking lot or farmer’s market and tell them “You are beautiful!” or that “Graffiti goes here.” Downtown Kent signs have character from Michael Drake on Vimeo. The city of Kent placed the new signs as part of the Signage and Wayfinding program which started in 2011. The city of Kent paid $230,000 for the new signs and the banners coming to downtown Kent in spring. Jim Bowling, the superintendent of engineering in the city of Kent, said the city utilized a tax increment-financing (TIF) program to generate the funds

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Brimfield plans new fire department, raises safety and cost concerns

Anchor Intro: Brimfield Township residents discussed a new fire station at last night’s town hall meeting. Though many admitted the fire department is in need of a new facility, the likely location is stirring up controversy. TV2’s Kaitlynn LeBeau has more on the citizens’ concerns. “This is going to impact every one of you,” Brimfield Township Trustee Mike Kostensky told residents at Wednesday’s Town Hall meeting. “Whether we go forward or we don’t, it’s going to involve a bond issue.” Brimfield Township trustees are asking residents to weigh in on plans for a new fire station. The cost of the new property has residents on edge – $385,000 for 1.7

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Taxpayer money funds gender biased medical research

Your tax dollars help pay for a lot of different federally-funded industries. One of them is medical research – a billion-dollar industry that looks for cures and answers to fight serious and even fatal diseases. But the agency that receives the most federal dollars in the medical research industry is fighting a big issue. TV2’s Kaitlynn LeBeau explains how a key area of medical research is studying men more than women. “The majority of them use male subjects,” Sean Veney, Kent State University Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, said. “Which is completely counterintuitive; it’s completely wrong.” When you pay your taxes or pick up a prescription from your local pharmacy,

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Streetsboro Schools hope for passage of bond issue on November 5

[rpavideo caption= “In this video, TV2  reporter Jennifer Harvey reports on the Streetsboro School Levy.”]RPA_02_HARVEY_WAIT[/rpavideo] Streetsboro Schools Plan for Levy by: Emily Moran STREETSBORO, OH- Streetsboro City Schools are hoping for the passage of a $38.7 million bond issue on November 5 that would raise property taxes for its residents but bring major changes to the school district. The state is offering the district $24 million to renovate, build and improve Streetsboro’s facilities. If the bond issue is passed in November, Streetsboro City Schools will build a new high school, auditorium, all-weather track, stadium, and generally upgrade or renovate its facilities. Denise Baba, Board of Education President for Streetsboro City

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