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Weekly wrap: States, locals have spent a quarter of stimulus funds

States and localities spent a quarter of the money they are set to receive from the federal stimulus package – an amount that tops $69.1 billion – by late November, according to a report released by federal auditors.

National Organization for Marriage faces IRS probe

Right on the heels of last week’s vote on gay marriage in the New York State Senate, Maggie Gallagher’s National Organization for Marriage could well be facing its 3rd investigation into its two-year-old operation.

LGBT households remain more optimistic about finances

When it comes to bargain shopping, LGBT adults list it as less of a priority than non-LGBT adults. Only one-third (35%) of LGBT adults said finding the best sales and discounts is important when they are shopping for gifts this holiday season, compared to 65% of heterosexual adults.

Weekly Wrap: Taxpayers in 29 States Hit with Hikes

Eleven states upped their personal income taxes, accounting for $10.7 billion in new revenue. But a closer look reveals that most of that comes from just two states: California and New York, which raised payroll taxes for a combined $8.4 billion. California also accounted for $4.4 billion of the $6.1 billion in new sales taxes nationally.

Lawmakers Propose Carve-out to 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-FL) yesterday introduced legislation to allow gay members of the armed forces to testify openly at Congressional hearings. If it becomes law, it will allow gay troops to testify openly without risk of discharge or other punishment.