REINS Act headed to Wisconsin Assembly for a vote

Published on: April 28, 2017

Wisconsin in focus: Wisconsin Trump voters give him A+ to C

Published on: April 28, 2017
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New regulations could mean longer waits for medicine

Published on: April 27, 2017

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.OOPS! Turns out Gov. Scott Walker is not at the center of some sinister "criminal scheme." A John Doe prosecutor is force to correct the record Thursday.

Wisconsin in focus: U.S.-Canada trade battle heats up

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: U.S. slaps Canada with tariffs on lumber A week after President Donald Trump called Canada a “disgrace” for policies that hurt Wisconsin dairy farmers, he’s slapping tariffs on Canadian lumber. “It has been a bad week for US-Canada trade relations,” U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Tuesday. The tariffs, of up to […]
Published on: April 26, 2017

Wisconsin community banks hopeful for Dodd-Frank rollback

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The 2010 Dodd-Frank Act was sold as a way to rein in a freewheeling Wall Street, but Wisconsin bankers say the law has burdened community banks to the point of accelerating mergers and consolidation. “2016 saw a significant jump in merger activity here in Wisconsin,” Rose Oswald Poels, president and CEO of the Wisconsin Bankers Association […]
Published on: April 24, 2017
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Minnesotans pay fourth highest income tax in country

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SAINT PAUL – Minnesota workers shoulder the fourth highest individual income tax burden in the country, according to a recent report from WalletHub report. According to statistics provided by WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez, Minnesota’s individual income tax rate is 3.59 percent. Gonzalez said that rate is not entirely bad news for the state because “Minnesota actually offers the […]
Published on: April 20, 2017
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Florida residents pay 6th lowest state taxes; some say burden can be still be lowered

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By Carrie Salls – Watchdog.org contributor TALLAHASSEE – Florida residents have the sixth lowest state tax burden in the U.S., according to a recent WalletHub report. “Florida has the sixth lowest total tax burden at 6.79 percent mostly because the state has no income tax,” WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez said. “One of the advantages is that […]
Published on: April 20, 2017
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Obamacare repeal-and-replace efforts revived

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Efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare are gaining new momentum in Washington D.C. weeks after House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., pulled a replacement bill from the floor after it failed to gain enough Republican support. U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, said he has been asked by the White House to revive plans to change the nation’s health […]
Published on: April 20, 2017

Michigan business groups oppose proposed border tax

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By Michael Carroll Michigan business organizations want to put the brakes on a section of the GOP tax reform plan that would tax goods imported into the country, arguing that the measure could burden import-dependent companies such as car makers. A study released this month by Freedom Partners, a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy institute, found that […]
Published on: April 18, 2017
Shutterstock imagePAPER OR PLASTIC; PUBLIC OR PRIVATE: A referendum on California’s ballot will ask voters whether stores or the state government should get to keep the revenue from selling plastic bags.

Florida cities closer to banning the bag

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Environmental groups push bag bans as a necessary planet-saving step. But do they work?
Published on: April 17, 2017
SHRINKING: The number of students enrolled in the Jackson Public Schools district is at a 12-year low for the 2016-2017 school year, according to data from the Mississippi Department of Education. Graph by Steve Wilson

Higher spending on shrinking Jackson public schools belies complaints about charters

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Despite charter schools and shrinking enrollment, Jackson public schools are receiving more tax revenue rather than less.
Published on: April 13, 2017

Probes into troubled Social Security offices crawling along

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Meanwhile, investigators were at the Milwaukee ODAR office last month looking into an alleged breach of an employee’s private records.
Published on: April 13, 2017

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Nanny State of the Week: Bad science guides Novato nannies

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Anti-smoking nannies have pushed their crusade further and further, and in California they’re increasingly reaching into peoples’ lives. Next up? They’re trying to prohibit smoking inside your own home.
Published on: March 27, 2017
Photo by Steve WilsonREDUCTION: State regulatory agencies could be forced to sunset outdated regulations if a new law is passed by the Mississippi Legislature.

Who’s watching the watchers? Mississippi licensing boards about to get a new boss

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A bill passed by the Mississippi Legislature could provide supervision for the state's occupational licensing boards.
Published on: March 29, 2017

Is the ocean ‘land owned or controlled’ by feds? Antiquities Act lawsuit aims to find out

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A lawsuit argues that President Obama's creation of a national monument in the Atlantic Ocean is beyond the reach of the Antiquities Act.
Published on: March 24, 2017