Business tax breaks cloud Virginia’s spending transparency

By   /  April 9, 2014  /  Business, News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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By Kathryn Watson | Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — To see a person’s priorities, just take a look at his checkbook, some would say.
The same rings true for states, transparency advocates say. What if, however, the public is blocked from seeing that entire checkbook?
A new report by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund, a good government [...]

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Supreme Court lets ruling stand on NM wedding photographer and same-sex couple

By   /  April 7, 2014  /  Business, Free Speech, individual rights, National, New Mexico, News, Supreme Court  /  No Comments

YOU GOTTA DO IT: The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from New Mexico wedding photographer Elaine Huguenin, who lost a case after she refused to photograph a same-sex wedding. Photo from the Alliance Defense Fund.

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE, N.M. — It looks like a same-sex couple has won and the wedding photographer has lost.
The legal dispute over a wedding photography studio in New Mexico that declined to photograph a ceremony involving a same-sex ceremony will not be heard in the U.S. Supreme Court after all.
The justices on [...]

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Nanny-state state of the week: CA lawmaker wants to ban certain facial scrubs

By   /  April 4, 2014  /  Business, California, Capitalism, Featured, National, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org

Holy zits.

For the first of installment in this weekly Watchdog.org series, it seems appropriate our attention is focused on California, a state with a well-known and well-deserved reputation for leading the way when it comes to governmental regulations, bans and general you-can’t-do-that-ism.

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Kemper Project costs rise another $177 million

By   /  April 3, 2014  /  Business, Capitalism, Climate Change, Energy, Environmental, Global warming/climate change, Mississippi, News, Politics, State House, State Lobbying, State Politics, State Senate, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

UP, UP AND AWAY: Costs continue to rise on the Kemper Project, a power plant designed to convert lignite coal into natural gas-like syngas to feed its generators. PHOTO BY: SOUTHERN COMPANY

Mississippi Power said its Kemper power plant project will cost another $177 million and that ratepayers won’t be footing the bill.

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AARP working with state to sell government retirement accounts

By   /  March 27, 2014  /  Business, Economy, Minnesota, News, Pensions, public sector, State Government, unions  /  No Comments

RETIRE THIS: Should state governments be getting into the business of selling and administering retirement accounts for private sector workers? Photo copyright MN House of Representatives.

The state government may struggle to balance a budget and fix insolvent pension accounts, but that isn’t stopping it from thinking about hawking a state-run retirement savings account.

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