The least consequential government shutdown we can recall may be near a resolution. All of the tiresome partisan fingerpointing and blame shifting aside, there are a few items to recall about shutdowns, none of them good:
After years of waiting, the Pentagon is finally going to produce an audit of its operations. While this might not seem like a big deal to some -- what could an audit possibly tell us that hasn't already made headlines -- this item tells us why an audit may be a very good thing:
What do federal bureaucrats think of the private sector workers they regulate? According to an investigation by the Cause of Action Institute, not much. Following a tip from a whistleblower, the Institute put in a freedom of information request to NOAA, and got a copy of the agency's secret internal newsletter.
Even as the federal tax reform law takes effect, bringing with it lower tax bills for millions of Americans, states have been tinkering with their tax odes as well. In some cases, the results are tax increases, either for individuals or businesses. The Tax Foundation has a run down on some key changes that went into effect on January 1: