The Uber Effect: Why cab companies hate ridesharing

By   /  September 29, 2014  /  Business, California, Government Regulation, National, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

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Taxi cab and limousine companies are fighting against ridesharing startups such as Uber and Lyft, fearing they are cutting into their businesses.

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New Mexico falls 10 places in annual pro-business rankings

By   /  September 25, 2014  /  Business, Economy, Jobs + Growth, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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New Mexico slipped 10 spots in an annual ranking of pro-business states, and the man who has produced the survey for the past 11 years says the Land of Enchantment has some work to do luring companies to set up shop in the state.

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Proposed rules require kitchens for Mississippi child-care centers

By   /  September 18, 2014  /  Business, Economy, Government Regulation, Mississippi, News, Regulations  /  No Comments

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A new regulation being considered by the Mississippi Department of Health might require Mississippi child-care centers to have full-service kitchens.

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It’s unanimous: Nevada rolls dice on Tesla ‘Gigafactory’

By   /  September 12, 2014  /  Business, Economy, Energy and Environment, Jobs + Growth, Legislature, Nevada, State Government, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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The Nevada Legislature unanimously passed all four pieces of a massive $1.3 billion incentive package to bring the Tesla Gigafactory to the Silver State.

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Wheels turn slowly on Tesla deal in Nevada Legislature

By   /  September 11, 2014  /  Business, Economy, Energy and Environment, Finances, Jobs + Growth, Legislature, Nevada, State Government, State Politics, Taxes, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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The first day of the Special Session to consider legislation for the Tesla deal for Northern Nevada contained no votes, but we finally may know all the details.

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Minnesota cafe shows customers the cost of minimum wage hike, Internet gets mad

By   /  August 13, 2014  /  Business, Economy, Issues, Minnesota, National, News, State Government  /  No Comments

MID-DAY AT THE OASIS: The Oasis Cafe is about as nondescript as any other small diner in middle America - you'd drive right past it if you weren't looking for it.  But it's been at the latest epicenter in the national political fight over the minimum wage.

The higher minimum wage means higher costs for many businesses in Minnesota, hitting small restaurants and other mom and pop shops particularly hard. Many likely will increase their prices a few cents to cover those costs. Some may lay off staff or avoid hiring new workers. In either case, there are consequences of a higher minimum wage, but they remain unseen.

At the Oasis Café, owner Craig Beemer decided to make the costs visible — right at the bottom of each customer’s check.

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