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Texas lawmakers look to overhaul ridesharing regulations

By   /  January 17, 2017  /  Crony Capitalism, News, Regulations, State Government, Texas, Transportation  /  No Comments

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A pair of  state senators are pushing measures that would take the regulation of ridesharing companies out of the hands of Texas cities. One would hand the authority over to the state government. The other would effectively get the government out of the regulatory business. Transportation network companies (TNCs) vacated Austin in May 2016 after the failure […]

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Duplication and the Delta Regional Authority

By   /  January 11, 2017  /  Crony Capitalism, Economy, Federal government, Jobs + Growth, Mississippi, News, Transparency  /  No Comments

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  During NASA’s heyday, the agency used duplication on key systems as a safety feature for space travel. But duplication isn’t always a positive thing, especially when it comes to federal programs such as the Delta Regional Authority, which is under the microscope for what critics say is needless overlap with other programs. In his report titled […]

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Report: Out-of-state greens push Texas anti-fracking laws

By   /  January 10, 2017  /  Crony Capitalism, Energy and Environment, News, Regulations, Texas  /  No Comments

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A group supported by four Texas energy producers is striking back at out-of-state environmentalist groups, arguing that the environmentalists have been hiding their extreme policy goals behind mild rhetoric.

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Florida’s economic development efforts are ‘underperforming’

By   /  January 10, 2017  /  Crony Capitalism, Economy, Florida, News  /  No Comments

Lawmakers already skeptical of providing taxpayer support for private businesses may seize on the bureaucratic euphemism and underlying findings—and they might be right.

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Picking up the pieces of the failed Lamar Power Plant

By   /  January 6, 2017  /  Colorado, Crony Capitalism, Energy and Environment, News  /  No Comments

After the failure of any major project, the participants inevitably begin sorting out who to blame. In the case of the failed Lamar Power Plant, there are plenty of candidates. In 2006, the Arkansas River Power Authority and its constituent cities created the Lamar Repowering Project, a plan to convert a Lamar natural gas power plant […]

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Reform bill targets Enterprise Florida, but will accountability persuade critics?

By   /  January 4, 2017  /  Crony Capitalism, Florida, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Gov. Rick Scott wants to fund it. House Speaker Richard Corcoran wants to abolish it. But a new bill filed over the holiday break would split the difference, keeping Enterprise Florida, Inc.’s “corporate welfare” program alive while subjecting it to greater levels of accountability.

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