Mississippi drops four spots in economic ranking

By   /  April 14, 2014  /  economic development, Economy, Mississippi, News, Tax Reform  /  No Comments

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The Magnolia State fell four spots from 10 to 14 in The Rich States, Poor States: American Legislative Exchange Council-Laffer State Economic State Competitiveness Index report.

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Philadelphia economic development program audit finds poor results, bad record keeping

By   /  March 31, 2014  /  Accountability, City Government, economic development, Issues, News, Pennsylvania, State Government  /  No Comments

DANGER ZONES: The 3,000 acres of KOZs in Philadelphia are scattered across the city, but they are concentrated along the rough Market Street neighborhood west of Center City and in several areas in north Philly.

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
Dotted across Philadelphia are nearly 3,000 acres where businesses get a free pass on paying state and local taxes.
But the investment in special tax breaks is not paying off for the city.
These select parcels are part of the joint city-state program known as “Keystone Opportunity Zones,” and locating inside one [...]

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Mississippi rolls dice on green energy with taxpayer money

By   /  March 25, 2014  /  economic development, Energy, Environmental, Mississippi, News  /  No Comments

FROM TREES TO FUEL: KiOR's Columbus, Mississippi plant is designed to turn biomass into gasoline and diesel fuel. PHOTO BY: KiOR

By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog

Companies have placed high-risk wagers with Mississippi tax dollars on green energy. Now, those bets are coming due.

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Lt. Gov. urges Vermont Legislature to focus on job creation

By   /  March 11, 2014  /  economic development, Economy, Legislature, News, State Government, State House, Vermont  /  No Comments

Vt. Legislature

By Jon Street | Vermont Watchdog
BURLINGTON, Vt. — The trend of recent layoffs across the state are “proof” Vermonters can’t wait any longer for their legislators to turn around the economy, argues Lt. Gov. Phil Scott.
Scott said he’s been calling on lawmakers for the past two years to prioritize legislation that would help grow the economy and [...]

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Companies race to take advantage of LNG boom

By   /  February 28, 2014  /  economic development, Economy, Energy, Free Market, Louisiana, Mississippi, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

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By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog
Companies, start your investments.
An energy boom might be headed for the Gulf Coast region thanks to increased demand in Asia for liquified natural gas. Already, the permitting process is filled with companies eager to reconfigure older facilities for LNG exports, with several of them on the Gulf Coast.
Houston-based Cheniere Energy is nearing completion of [...]

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