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Mississippi Legislature considers bills on lottery and civil asset forfeiture

By   /  January 20, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Education, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, Regulations, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo by Steve Wilson

The Mississippi Legislature is considering bills that would create a state lottery and reform the state’s civil asset forfeiture system.

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Gov. Bryant State of the State promises no new taxes, ‘Blue Lives Matter’ law

By   /  January 18, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant promised no tax increases, support for a “Blue Lives Matter” law and a rewrite of the state’s K-12 education funding formula.

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Medicaid managed care not working out for behavioral-health patients

By   /  January 18, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Health Care, News, North Carolina, Regulations, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Medicaid was intended as a safety net for people like Barbara Lee and Cathy Barton of North Carolina. Both are raising acutely disabled children. “My son, Michael, is 25 years old and severely autistic and nonverbal for a large part of his life,” Lee said. “He is very rarely able to string together full sentences […]

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EdBuild unveils recommendations for new K-12 funding formula

By   /  January 17, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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EdBuild revealed its recommendations to the Mississippi Legislature for a new K-12 education funding formula Monday.

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Arlington scores best financials among Texas cities

By   /  January 12, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, News, Pensions, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

Chart for Watchdog.org by Katherine Oxenreiter

Unlike other big Texas cities that are swimming in debt, Arlington has cash on hand to cover its public pension liabilities. The self-proclaimed “American Dream City” ranks No. 7 nationally for its financial health, according to a report by the nonpartisan Truth in Accounting.

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Scariest People of 2016: No. 4 Ron Nirenberg

By   /  December 29, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Legislature, News, Politics & Elections, Taxes, Texas, Transportation  /  No Comments

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His philosophizing on government — including “fiscal objections” to a hard-fought police contract — has some convinced he’s a freedom-loving libertarian. Far from it. City Councilman Ron Nirenberg is the scariest person in San Antonio.

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