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Five years later, Act 10 saves taxpayers $5 billion, study finds

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And despite all the dour predictions, Act 10 has proved a smashing success for Wisconsin taxpayers, according to a new analysis by the MacIver Institute.

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Published on: February 11, 2016

Watchdog Podcast: Donald Trump is a pro wrestling villain; Pennsylvania’s budget fight goes to round two

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Donald Trump is the most successful pro wrestling villain in American history. Or, at least, he's the first pro wrestli ...
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Published on: February 12, 2016

$274 million incentive package took 5 hours from soup to nuts

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The Mississippi Legislature only needed five hours in a special session to approve a $274 million incentive package to l ...
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Published on: February 11, 2016

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Marijuana legalization could rewrite employee drug-testing rules

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Pot legalization will change the way employers screen new hires. Lawmakers are trying to decide exactly how.
Published on: February 11, 2016
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Lawmaker wants to take voucher students out of property tax equation

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The speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly wants to make sure school districts don’t raise property taxes to replace funds lost ...
Published on: February 12, 2016
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Kasich promotes Obamacare expansion in Florida, South Carolina

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich had a busy day Friday, advocating for Florida and South Carolina to expand Medicaid under President Obama's ...
Published on: February 12, 2016
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Lawmaker: Public should know before low-performing school bosses get raises

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"My bill in no way impedes a school board from making those decisions at the local level," she wrote. "This bill, is quite simply, ...
Published on: February 11, 2016
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Marijuana legalization could rewrite employee drug-testing rules

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Pot legalization will change the way employers screen new hires. Lawmakers are trying to decide exactly how.
Published on: February 11, 2016
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Net metering renewable energy costly, says retired grid engineer

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The Senate Energy Committee took testimony on a bill that seeks to improve the siting of energy projects and heard that net meter ...
Published on: February 12, 2016
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Marijuana legalization could rewrite employee drug-testing rules

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Pot legalization will change the way employers screen new hires. Lawmakers are trying to decide exactly how.
Published on: February 11, 2016
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Austin voters to decide on ridesharing regs

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In this season of Bernie Sanders, the Austin City Council’s decision to force taxpayers to decide what to do with ridesharing co ...
Published on: February 12, 2016
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Washington charter schools excel while facing closure

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Charter schools in Washington state are providing students with a great education, but face closure in a heated political battle. ...
Published on: February 11, 2016

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Lawmaker proposes requiring gun owners to register with insurance companies

GETTING THROUGH THE HOUSE: New Mexico House of Representatives passes a bill aimed at closing what's called the "gun show loophole."

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A gun bill introduced last week at the Statehouse would require gun owners to report their guns to home insurance compan ...
Published on: February 2, 2016

Milwaukee County DA won’t charge liberal activist accused of sexual assault

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When she asked why the DA's office wouldn't charge given the sexual messages between Wilder and the boy, she was told th ...
Published on: February 3, 2016

Can anything stop the TEX Rail train?

State Sen. Konni Burton wants to put the brakes on a $1 billion commuter train project in Tarrant County.

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Sometimes, state Sen. Konni Burton said, it feels like the people of northeast Tarrant County are being run over by a ru ...
Published on: February 4, 2016

Education

All of Memphis charter school’s graduating class heads to college

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Since 2012, every graduate of Soulsville Charter School in Memphis has headed to a four-year college or university. Of t ...
Published on: February 5, 2016

D.C. school voucher program makes a cameo in the 2016 race

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The Opportunity Scholarship Program, a school voucher program in Washington, D.C., promoted by former Speaker of the Hou ...
Published on: February 5, 2016

The battle over vouchers in Tennessee

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As legislation to allow school vouchers moves forward in the Tennessee legislature, opponents are gearing up to defend t ...
Published on: February 5, 2016

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Resolution greases skids for Burlington charter changes, upsets gun groups

UNDER FIRE: Gun rights groups say a resolution sitting in the House Rules Committee would grease the skids for fast approval of Burlington's controversial gun control charter changes.

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A state resolution that lets municipal charter changes bypass committee and go straight to the House floor has gun right ...
Published on: February 8, 2016

Labor laws for contractors under examination in Vermont

CONTRACTOR REGS: Bills under consideration in the House Commerce Committee could amend the definition of "independent contractor" for workers’ compensation and unemployment compensation purposes.

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The House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development met with labor leaders on Thursday to gauge how new bills regar ...
Published on: February 5, 2016

Energy siting discussion reveals Vermont’s portfolio standards as culprit

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The ongoing struggle between municipalities and the Public Service Board regarding who gets more say in energy siting bu ...
Published on: February 4, 2016