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Economists discuss ‘grim’ jobs report as Shumlin spins outlook in Vermont

By   /  October 6, 2015  /  Economy, Jobs + Growth, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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The U.S. Department of Labor on Friday released its September jobs report to near universal groans. The gloomy reception from economists was in stark contrast to upbeat comments about jobs made by Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin.

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Two recent studies won’t reverse New York fracking ban

By   /  October 5, 2015  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, Jobs + Growth, National, New York, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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Two studies showing no damage to water quality in the Marcellus Shale formation won;t reverse New York’s fracking ban.

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Mississippi PSC commissioner accused of accepting illegal contributions

By   /  October 1, 2015  /  Accountability, Economy, Energy and Environment, Mississippi, News, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

FUNDRAISER: A fundraiser for Mississippi Public Service Central District commissioner was hosted by several contractors on the Kemper Project in violation of state law.

A Mississippi PSC commissioner is accused of taking illegal campaign contributions from companies involved with work on the Kemper Project power plant.

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Unpaid bill comes back to bite Minnesota muni-broadband network

By   /  September 30, 2015  /  Economy, Minnesota, News  /  No Comments

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Two counties and twelve cities were blindsided in early September by a $120,000 lawsuit they never saw coming, for legal fees for a controversial taxpayer-funded broadband network that never got going, as originally envisioned.

But a proposed agreement quietly circulating among the parties now calls for a settlement of $75,000, ironically to be paid from $8 million in bonds issued this summer to start construction on a scaled-back network.

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Vermont jobs outlook possibly worse than college students think

By   /  September 30, 2015  /  Economy, Jobs + Growth, News, Vermont  /  No Comments


A recent survey shows college graduates are leaving Vermont because they think the state has a bad jobs outlook. Depending on which employment data they look at, the situation may be even worse than they think.

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Mississippi attorney general downplays possible school funding lawsuits

By   /  September 18, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Mississippi, News, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Mississippi’s Democrat attorney general said a ballot initiative that would allow lawsuits over school funding passes this November won’t be that dramatic.

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