School choice scholarships pick up steam in Virginia

By   /  January 29, 2015  /  Economy, Education Blog, News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Virginia has long received poor marks for its approach to school choice. Those marks, however, could be ready to trend upward.

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HUD wants action on Port of Gulfport job numbers

By   /  January 26, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Government Waste, Jobs + Growth, Mississippi, News, Transparency  /  No Comments

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The Port of Gulfport must meet its job creation numbers specified by a HUD grant or face unspecified consequences.

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Regulators delay pipeline to prosperity for impoverished northern Minnesota

By   /  January 19, 2015  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, Government Regulation, Minnesota  /  No Comments

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It has all the hallmarks of the Keystone XL pipeline controversy, except it’s in Minnesota and the national media doesn’t seem to care.

The proposed Sandpiper pipeline for newly found shale oil flows with promises of thousands of construction jobs and millions in tax revenue. But Sandpiper is up against vocal environmental opposition and regulators slow-walking the approval process.

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Mississippi tops states in federal aid; Louisiana second

By   /  January 14, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Legislature, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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Mississippi tops states for federal aid to state budgets, with Louisiana a close second.

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Lawmakers want taxpayer money for tourist rail, hotel renovations

By   /  January 8, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Government Waste, Legislature, Local Government, Mississippi, News  /  No Comments

WELCOME, WHERE'S YOUR MONEY: Thoroughfares, including Interstate 20, i-59 and I-10 in Mississippi could have toll booths if a White House transportation bill passes, opening the way for tolls on America's interstates.

If a couple of state lawmakers have their way, Mississippi will spend money on a tourist rail line and incentive the renovation of hotels.

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It’s last call for some Minnesota muni bars, liquor stores

By   /  January 8, 2015  /  community, Economy, Government Regulation, Minnesota, News  /  No Comments

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Minnesotans in 2013 spent more than ever on booze at local government-owned bars and liquor stores. But in Howard Lake, the taps have run dry.

After collecting about $400,000 in losses over the past decade, the Howard Lake City Council voted in October to shutter the on-sale outlet responsible for most of the red ink. The day after Christmas, city officials announced the last call for alcohol at the town’s 80-year-old bar.

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