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Alabama’s ‘Amazon Tax’ is illegal and ineffective

By   /  November 29, 2016  /  Watchdog Arena  /  No Comments

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Alabama’s new ‘Amazon Tax’ is supposed to help small business, but it will likely only benefit the state coffers.

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How a failed infrastructure project dragged down five cities

By   /  October 11, 2016  /  Accountability, Colorado, Energy and Environment, News  /  No Comments

Colorado made frequent national headlines throughout the year

By Joshua Sharf Special to Watchdog.org Eight years ago, it won an industry award for innovative problem-solving. Now, it may bankrupt the power authority it was intended to save. In 2004, the member cities of the Arkansas River Power Authority (ARPA) – a small regional power authority encompassing seven small towns on the plains of […]

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Vermont’s school district consolidation law rewards thinking inside the box

By   /  June 29, 2016  /  Commentary  /  No Comments

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The authors of Act 46 said their goals were educational equity, academic excellence, efficiency and transparency. There’s a serious disconnect between those goals and what Act 46 actually does in Vermont.

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Utah a cautionary tale for municipal broadband

By   /  May 20, 2016  /  Uncategorized  /  No Comments

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By Chris Butler / Tennessee Watchdog A $40 million municipal broadband network in Provo, Utah, iProvo, was designed to lure high-tech companies worth billions. Those companies came to Provo, and the city’s economy is thriving because of it. But these events had nothing to do with municipal broadband, said Brigham Young University economics professor Brennan […]

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House minority leader: Fees bill like taxes, hurts Vermonters

By   /  May 10, 2016  /  News, Taxes, Vermont  /  No Comments

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With the final passage of the fees bill last week, costs will be going up for many Vermonters.

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Advice about school choice: Let it be

By   /  May 9, 2016  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

LOSING CHOICE: School choice has been a great equalizer in Vermont for nearly 150 years, but Act 46 stands to wipe out that tradition, and people need to understand the law before it’s too late.

School choice has been a great equalizer in Vermont for nearly 150 years, but Act 46 stands to wipe out that tradition, and residents need to understand the law before it’s too late.

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