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Renewable energy’s economic model collapsing as REC prices plummet

By   /  December 9, 2016  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

POLITICAL POWER: The world's largest solar array is in Nevada, Sen. Harry Reid's home state. Solar projects receive the biggest federal tax subsidies per megawatt of any form of energy.

Green energy projects are often said to be cost-effective, but one of the financial aids that makes them viable has lost significant value, and appears to be on the verge of collapsing.

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Surgeon general’s e-cigarette report panned as ‘truly terrible’

By   /  December 8, 2016  /  Economy, Federal Government, Federal government, National, News, Regulations  /  No Comments

GET YOUR VAPE ON: A store in south Minneapolis advertises its selection of e-cigarettes. Lawmakers in St. Paul are working on a variety of regulations restricting where the devices can be used and sold.

Critics blasted U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy’s first report on e-cigarettes, saying it ignores science and potential vaping benefits.

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Midnight in the garden of good intentions: Small biz fears end-of-administration regulations

By   /  December 6, 2016  /  Accountability, Economy, Federal government, National, News, Regulations  /  No Comments

Ciara Stockeland, Owner & Founder, MODE Boutique

While ironing out tax deals to keep Indiana-based Carrier and its 1,000 jobs in the United States, President-elect Donald Trump discovered something — taxes aren’t necessarily the biggest problem for job creators. “Believe me,” Trump said last week. “These great leaders of industry, and even the small business people who are just being crushed, if […]

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Kemper Project likely to miss December start date

By   /  December 5, 2016  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, Federal Government, Jobs + Growth, Mississippi, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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The Kemper Project clean coal power plant won’t meet its December 31 start date, costing the company $250 million in federal tax benefits.

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Arlington plays the stadium game with fear and arrogance

By   /  December 5, 2016  /  Crony Capitalism, Economy, News, Politics & Elections, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

For the third time in 25 years, Arlington wants to hit up taxpayers for a new stadium.

It’s that Bart Giamatti time of year. Baseball, the late commissioner and professor Renaissance literature, famously observed, “is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it […]

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Sanford Burnham doubles down against state efforts to recoup incentive money

By   /  December 1, 2016  /  Crony Capitalism, Economy, Florida, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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Rather than pay back some of the tax incentive money, the research institute is doubling-down on its refusal to comply with the state’s accountability efforts – even goading state officials “to help preserve and create more jobs.”

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