Gov. Scott firm on Vermont budget impasse: ‘We don’t need a Plan B’

By   /  March 17, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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House members are asking Republican Gov. Phil Scott for ideas on how to fix an $18 million budget deficit, but the governor says he’s sticking by his level-funded budget that honors his promise of no new taxes or fees.

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Dire outlook for internet sales tax in South Dakota may affect Mississippi

By   /  March 15, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Federal government, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Regulations, South Dakota, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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In a possible preview for Mississippi, a South Dakota court struck down the state’s internet sales tax.

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Agency: No disclosure of Amazon sales tax deal since they’re a ‘voluntary’ taxpayer

By   /  March 13, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Crony Capitalism, Economy, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

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The Mississippi Department of Revenue said it won’t surrender details of the Amazon sales tax deal since it considers the retail giant to be a taxpayer.

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Speaker Paul Ryan turns pitchman for GOP plan to nix Obamacare

By   /  March 10, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Federal government, Health Care, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

The Janesville Republican gave an audio version of his sales pitch Friday on the Vicki McKenna Show,

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Former official: Mississippi civil asset forfeiture system lacks transparency

By   /  March 10, 2017  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Criminal Justice, Judiciary, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Open Records, State Government  /  No Comments

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A former Mississippi circuit clerk says that transparency is needed in the state’s civil asset forfeiture system.

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Bill would provide more oversight on costly state leases

By   /  March 10, 2017  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Governor, Legislature, News, State Government, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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“This bill will add appropriate accountability each time the state enters into a leasing contract,” state Rep. Rob Hutton.

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