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Fitch, Reeves continue battle over bond bill, state’s fiscal health

By   /  May 4, 2016  /  Economy, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Mississippi’s treasurer said the state will need money to cover debt obligations after passage of bond bill, but the lieutenant governor disagrees.

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Retail project tax incentive could harm existing retailers

By   /  May 3, 2016  /  Economy, Jobs + Growth, Mississippi, News, Taxes  /  No Comments

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“Retail doesn’t grow economies,” Tarczynska said. “What you’re doing when you bring in retailers, you’re bringing in temporary construction jobs and then you’re getting low-paying jobs at the retail stores.”

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Vermont House asks Congress to let student-loan borrowers file for bankruptcy

By   /  May 3, 2016  /  Economy, Education, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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With national student loan debt tripling to more than $1 trillion over the past decade and Vermont’s graduates stuck with the highest debt-to-earnings ratio, state lawmakers are urging Congress to let students file for bankruptcy.

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Kemper Project faces $60 million cost increase and another delay

By   /  April 27, 2016  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, News, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

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Mississippi Power reported a $51 million cost increase with the Kemper Project clean coal power plant in March according to an SEC filing released Wednesday

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Nanny State of the Week: A state license for breast-feeding advice?

By   /  April 25, 2016  /  Accountability, Economy, Issues, Jobs + Growth, Minnesota, Nanny State of the Week, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

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While some states take a hard look at the cost of occupational license laws, Minnesota might mandate more government-issued permission slips.

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Daily fantasy sports, Jackson airport, asset forfeiture now in governor’s hands

By   /  April 22, 2016  /  Economy, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

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The Mississippi Legislature checked out for the year on Thursday, leaving a pile of measures on Gov. Phil Bryant’s desk, including a bill that would legalize daily fantasy sports in the state, another that would turn control of Jackson’s airport over to the state and one that would create a task force to investigate civil asset […]

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