Taxpayers foot bill for state’s two baseball stadiums

By   /  August 28, 2014  /  community, Economy, Government Waste, Lobbying, Local Government, Mississippi, Misuse of funds, Politics, Taxes  /  No Comments

Photo by Steve Wilson

If you say “play ball” in Mississippi, taxpayers pick up the tab.

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Alderman: Ocean Springs mayor using Kemper as excuse for tax increase

By   /  August 28, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Economy, Local Government, Mississippi, News  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy City of Ocean Springs

According to a long-serving alderman, Ocean Springs mayor Connie Moran is using a controversy involving park lighting and amateur soccer to ram through a tax increase.

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How much should NM invest in new companies?

By   /  August 27, 2014  /  Economy, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of the New Mexico State Investment Council

The New Mexico State Investment Council and a business organization are fighting over the amount given to New Mexico startups.

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Outdoorsmen get better deal than school kids on sales tax holidays

By   /  August 20, 2014  /  Economy, Mississippi, News, Politics, Regulations, Taxes  /  No Comments

PHOTO BY: Steve Wilson

Hunters are getting a better deal on their sales tax holiday than school children.

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Do we need the government’s jobless rate?

By   /  August 20, 2014  /  Audio, Economy, Media, Podcasts, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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By Benjamin Yount | Watchdog Radio
Unemployment is up across the country, but economists say the job market is improving. Is the monthly jobless rate the best way to measure the strength of the economy? The latest edition of Watchdog Radio puts that questions to Veronique de Rugy, a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center. 
Plus we [...]

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Kemper rate increases even felt on the soccer pitch

By   /  August 18, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Energy and Environment, Local Government, Mississippi, State Politics, Technology, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION: The Kemper Project, a first-of-its-kind power plant that converts pulverized coal dust into natural gas-like syngas to fuel power-generating turbines, has ballooned from an original cost of $2.4 billion to nearly $5 billion. The plant is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of this year, according to the Southern Company. PHOTO BY: THE SOUTHERN COMPANY

The battle over Mississippi Power’s Kemper Project $5.53 billion first of its kind “clean coal” power plant has been waged in the hearing room at the Public Service Commission and in the Mississippi Supreme Court.

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