Missouri Carpenters union bosses are paid more than actual carpenters

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It doesn't pay nearly as well to be a carpenter in Missouri as it does to work for the Carpenters union.

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Green energy company fights for life after getting billions from feds

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Renewable energy company Abengoa, headquartered in Spain, is fighting for its financial life. The company and its subs ...
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Pennsylvania AG’s use of outside law firms draws scrutiny

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Some believe outside law firms hired by the Attorney General's Office are nothing but hired guns trying to extract pro ...
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. Kane said that criminal charges against her are part of an effort by state prosecutors and judges to conceal pornographic and racially insensitive emails they circulated with one another. Kane is charged with leaking grand jury information to a newspaper reporter as payback to a former state prosecutor and then lying about it under oath. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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Vermont utilities to meet state renewable standard with cheap hydro RECs

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“We’re buying the cheapest hydro RECs and selling the more expensive solar and wind RECs.”
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8 Texas counties list more voters than residents

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No law prevents localities from having more registered voters than voting-age residents, and eight Texas counties do. Now a vot ...
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City rethinks 2K park fee on family property gifts

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“You want to give some land to your child? $2,000 for a piece of property. To me that’s an extorted policy, that’s extortion ...
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Money grab? Tennessee town increased tourist tax for no specific purpose

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Anybody traveling through Columbia, Tenn. now pays a whopping 20 percent hotel tax, and the local politicians responsible for this ...
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Up, up and away: Kemper Project costs increase by $25 million

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Kemper Project costs increased by $25 million in July according to a company filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. T ...
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Councilman predicts Lincoln pension fund gap will swell to $100 million

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A Lincoln city councilman predicts that by early next year, the city’s police and firefighters’ pension fund will be underfund ...
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More evidence mounts against expanding government health care in Idaho

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“Poor people are not lazy. But they are also not stupid,” they wrote. “Like everyone else, they respond to the incentives th ...
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Lawmaker: State can raise $3.9B without taxing most

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Rep. Jack Franks thinks he’s found a path to lead Illinois out of its budget wasteland or least get it well along the way. Fran ...
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IRS rakes in $114 million from sale of seized taxpayer assets

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If there’s anything you take away from this story, make sure it is this: The Internal Revenue Service from 2011 through 2014 ...

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Anti-corruption group’s ethics boards face ethical problems

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Represent.us's quest to get money out of politics comes with all-powerful ethics committees which are already leading to ...

Three-fourths of NJ sheriffs double-dip, led by 25-year ‘retiree’

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The Essex County sheriff has pocketed $1.35 million from a public pension without really retiring. A New Jersey Watchdo ...

Unions hide union label in Missouri right-to-work fight

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When it comes to labor unions' efforts to stop right-to-work in Missouri, it's not enough to look for the union label.

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Survey: Teachers reject union monopolies

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For far too long the real voices of classroom teachers have fallen on deaf ears in favor of the self-preserving agenda o ...

Michigan House passes package repealing outdated laws

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There are over 3,000 criminal statutes in Michigan, but a recent unanimous vote in the Michigan House will trim that num ...

Climate Crisis, Inc — A $1.5-trillion-per-year house of cards

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The Climate Crisis & Renewable Energy Industry has become a $1.5-trillion business and officials are using it to justify ...

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Updated: Wyoming man challenges outrageous EPA fines

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A rancher is taking the EPA to court, asking a judge to stop the agency from fining him more than $16 million because he ...

EPA withholds mine spill documents from Congress

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A congressional committee blasted the Environmental Protection Agency today for blocking release of documents related to ...

Months ago, Colorado town resisted EPA tests that caused toxic disaster

People kayak in the Animas River near Durango, Colo., Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in water colored from a mine waste spill. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said that a cleanup team was working with heavy equipment Wednesday to secure an entrance to the Gold King Mine. Workers instead released an estimated 1 million gallons of mine waste into Cement Creek, which flows into the Animas River. (Jerry McBride/The Durango Herald via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

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The EPA has been stalking the Colorado town of Silverton for years, despite local resistance.