Photo Courtesy Flickr.comTAXING: Federal, state and local taxes may bog down broadband growth

Illinois takes a bigger piece of local businesses’ profits than all neighboring states

Published on: April 25, 2017

Wisconsin community banks hopeful for Dodd-Frank rollback

Published on: April 24, 2017
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Minnesotans pay fourth highest income tax in country

Published on: April 20, 2017
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Florida residents pay 6th lowest state taxes; some say burden can be still be lowered

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

UW-Platteville whistleblower professor fighting on

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“I wasn't willing to give up my integrity and forego the safety of our students for the carrot they offered,” Burton wrote.
Published on: April 13, 2017
Photo courtesy of Flickr.Tennessee might have 8,500 more hospital beds were it not for state regulators and Certificate of Need laws, a new study says.

Commentary: Certificate of need laws don’t help with charity care

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Virginia has some of the strictest CON laws in the country.
Published on: April 13, 2017
Creative Commons / Hello World MediaRAPE HOAX: Rolling Stone was forced to retract an article alleging a young woman was raped at the University of Virginia.

Commentary: Rolling Stone settles first lawsuit over debunked campus sexual assault story

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Justice has been served for University of Virginia dean Nicole Eramo.
Published on: April 12, 2017

Florida child welfare providers do more with less, but how much less?

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Florida's community-based child welfare system is reckoned one of the nation's best. With insufficient funding, that could change.
Published on: April 11, 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