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Assessing Visit Florida beneficiaries’ assertions, predictions and anecdotes

By   /  February 15, 2017  /  Crony Capitalism, Economy, Florida, Governor, Legislature, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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As the debate over whether to fund or eliminate Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida escalates at the Florida Capitol, it’s important to consider that those who directly benefit from the mostly taxpayer-funded organizations are among their most vocal supporters.

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Reform bills live, but funding formula revamp dies in Mississippi Legislature

By   /  February 14, 2017  /  Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice, Crony Capitalism, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, Regulations, State Government, Transportation  /  No Comments

Photo by Steve Wilson

While some key reform bills are still alive in the Mississippi Legislature, a revamp of the K-12 education funding formula will likely have to wait until next year.

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Enterprise Florida/Visit Florida backers make their case, lose first vote

By   /  February 9, 2017  /  Crony Capitalism, Economy, Florida, Governor, Jobs + Growth, Legislature, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Watchdog photo/William Patrick

Economic development and tourism marketing beneficiaries from across the state packed the committee room to implore lawmakers to keep the taxpayer-funding flowing – often to enthusiastic applause.

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On a roll: Wisconsin Senate passes another labor reform bill

By   /  February 8, 2017  /  Crony Capitalism, Labor, News, Regulations, State Budgets, State Government, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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“(W)e have taken great strides in encouraging open markets and removing government policies that artificially drive up costs,”said Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald.

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Why the Kemper Project clean coal power plant can’t get started

By   /  February 8, 2017  /  Crony Capitalism, Energy and Environment, Federal Government, Mississippi, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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The Kemper Project clean coal power plant is beset with issues that have caused its operational date to be pushed back again and again.

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Another day, another ding for Florida’s economic incentive programs

By   /  February 7, 2017  /  Crony Capitalism, Florida, Governor, Jobs + Growth, Legislature, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

As the debate over whether to fund Florida’s state economic incentive programs rages at the Florida Capitol this week, a new government report offers plenty of fodder for critics of the so-called “corporate welfare.”

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