Opponents of Nevada’s anti-fracking bill say it will hurt education in state

By   /  June 7, 2017  /  Nevada, News  /  No Comments

A proposal to ban fracking in Nevada has been panned as politically driven and shortsighted economically, but the bill’s sponsor says it will protect residents’ health and cap risks to sparse groundwater supplies. Assembly Bill 159, authored by Assemblyman Justin Watkins, D-Las Vegas, would ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in oil and gas […]

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Pennsylvania Senate Republicans work to convert pensions to 401(k)-style plans

By   /  June 2, 2017  /  News, Pennsylvania  /  1 Comment

A bill to reform Pennsylvania’s state pension system will give state workers better retirement security, reduce the state’s financial risks and put the brakes on ballooning property tax bills, supporters say. Senate Bill 1 passed the Senate Finance Committee last week and is now in Appropriations. It would allow new state employees to choose either […]

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Pennsylvania representative sees horse racing subsidy as bad bet

By   /  May 30, 2017  /  News, Pennsylvania, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

Some Pennsylvania legislators would like to see a state fund that benefits the horse racing industry put out to pasture, but others see it as a way to stabilize an industry that generates jobs and other economic rewards. “There may be some who profit or benefit from the subsidy, but that’s not the government’s job […]

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Technology industry: Pennsylvania governor’s proposed tech tax would cost jobs

By   /  May 23, 2017  /  News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed what’s been dubbed a tech tax to help balance the budget this year, but technology firms in the state are booting up an opposition campaign against a revenue plan they see as a job killer. “If adopted, this tax will impact nearly every business in the Commonwealth,” says a […]

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Colorado’s economy shows strong growth, rural communities lag behind

By   /  May 19, 2017  /  Colorado, News  /  No Comments

New numbers crunched by the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office show Colorado is blazing a trail of robust economic growth, business optimism and very low unemployment. But despite numbers that show state economic growth as high as 5.1 percent, some economists and economic development officials in Colorado see challenges on the horizon. These include lagging […]

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Wisconsin wineries say state law limiting hours limits business

By   /  May 11, 2017  /  News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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The growing throngs of Wisconsin wineries are pressing state lawmakers to grant them extended operating hours, but tavern owners in the state hope to put a cork on those efforts. Current regulations that force many wineries to shut their doors at 9 p.m. limits the wineries’ ability to hold events such as weddings, wedding receptions […]

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