Shutterstock ImageAnalysis by The Liberty Foundation of America of labor participation since 1999 ranks Montana twenty-seventh.

Lawmakers aim to create jobs by cutting occupational licensing red-tape

Published on: March 22, 2017
PHOENIX DOWNTOWN: Much of the developments in downtown Phoenix have received tax relief under the state's GPLET program.

Arizona moves to reform system of tax breaks for developers

Published on: March 22, 2017
AP file photoINVESTIGATION ONGOING: A spokesman for Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel says an investigation into leaked, court-sealed John Doe documents continues.

Attorney general’s office remains silent on John Doe leak probe

Published on: March 22, 2017
AP photoDENIED: The Mississippi Department of Revenue has denied two requests for public records on its sales tax deal with Amazon.

Utah will likely have to reveal terms of its voluntary sales tax deal with Amazon

Published on: March 22, 2017

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ALL-SEEING iPAD: This iPad-like AVIP device has a built-in camera and collects auto inspection data and photos to send directly to the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles.

Vermont DMV’s digital motor-vehicle inspection program passes first week

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Vermont joined the Digital Age this week, at least when it came to performing high-tech, motor-vehicle inspections. Monday served as the kick off day for the state's Automated Vehicle Inspection Program.
Published on: March 23, 2017
Associated Press photosSTAY OR GO? A new federal report is fueling the fight between Gov. Greg Abbott and Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez.

Travis County sheriff cannot verify release of criminal illegals

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says 142 charged suspects on requested immigration detainers were released from the Travis County jail.
Published on: March 23, 2017
Institute for JusticeFIRST AMENDMENT: Mary Lou Wesselhoeft, owner of the Ocheesee Creamery, was told by state regulators that she must inject additives into her all-natural skim milk or call it "imitation milk."

Federal appeals court sides with small dairy farm against state regulators

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Ocheesee Creamery can now call its skim milk exactly what it is -- skim milk -- says the 11th Circuit.
Published on: March 22, 2017
AP photoSLOWDOWN: Sen. Paul Bettencourt says his SB 2 will bring tax relief in future years.

Texas property taxes will keep climbing under SB 2

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Homeowners in just 10 of 34 cities and counties would realize any savings under Senate Bill 2, passed by the Senate Tuesday.
Published on: March 22, 2017
Photo by EdSource.orgHEADED TO HIGH COURT? The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday affirmed a lower court's ruling tossing out a public sector right-to-work lawsuit against two unions. The decision was expected and welcome by the plaintiffs, who intend to seek review before the Supreme Court.

Appeals court tosses forced union dues lawsuit, next stop Supreme Court

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“No one should be forced to pay union dues or fees just for the privilege of working for their own government," Mix said.
Published on: March 21, 2017
SEEING GREEN: Since 2010, at least two Kansas police departments have seen a sudden spike in revenues because of the state's taxation laws on illegal narcotics. From 2010 to 2012, almost 60 percent of all drug incidents involved marijuana, according to statistics provided by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

Joint ventures: Money fuels medical marijuana debate

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Florida's already-licensed dispensaries are spending big bucks to stay involved in the legislative debate on medical marijuana.
Published on: March 21, 2017
Creative Commons photo, user bobistravelingBRIDGING THE DIVIDE: A U.S. senator and FCC commissioner used New River Gorge Bridge, part of a tour of the state last week, as a metaphor for linking the have and have nots in regards to broadband access.

Federal government may study economic impact of broadband

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The co-chairs of the Senate Broadband Caucus both represent states with sizable rural populations.
Published on: March 21, 2017
SERVICE CUTS: Arizona minimum wage increase lead to service cuts for the disabled

Minimum wage hike threatens services for Arizona’s disabled

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Non-profits operating on fixed reimbursement rates from the state have been hit hard by the costs of Propostion 206.
Published on: March 21, 2017

Indiana has top charter school law

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The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools' top 10 is a mix of established charter programs and newer systems.
Published on: March 22, 2017

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Creative Commons / User SteveAlexanderCAMPUS CULTURE: A school expelled a male student even though evidence suggested he may have been the victim.

Judge: Male student expelled for sexual assault may have been victim himself

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Amherst College expelled a male student even though evidence suggested he may have been the victim of a sexual assault.
Published on: March 6, 2017
Photo by Michael Bielawski

Small town of Plainfield adopts sanctuary status for illegal aliens

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The rural community of Plainfield on Tuesday joined an increasing number of Vermont jurisdictions considered to be “sanctuary” communities for illegal immigrants.
Published on: March 8, 2017
FILE - In this July 30, 2009 file photo, Greg Alexander of Dovetail Solar and Wind installs solar panels in Westerville, Ohio. Just two years after Ohio Gov. John Kasich championed a major rewrite of state energy policies, the Republican governor is poised to sign a sweeping bill in an election year that freezes phase-in of Ohio’s renewable energy and efficiency programs and repeals advanced energy goals altogether. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

GOP lawmaker confronts Kasich on Ohio’s green-energy mandates

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State Rep. Bill Seitz is pushing to get rid of the costly regulations altogether.
Published on: March 3, 2017