Do consumer ratings sites make occupational licensing irrelevant?

By   /  February 24, 2015  /  Economy, National, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

Screenshot of Yelp by Kathryn Watson

The tools now at the tips of consumers’ fingertips, however, have not only revolutionized the way Americans evaluate and use services. With their rise, they have also rendered the argument for government-mandated occupational licensure requirements in fields from cosmetology to interior design less and less relevant.

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No Kemper refunds for ratepayers in Mississippi power cooperative

By   /  February 24, 2015  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, Government Regulation, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Technology  /  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 difference between getting a Kemper Project refund and finding cobwebs in your mailbox depends on who regulates your utility.

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Vermont to lose 3.4 percent of manufacturing jobs due to federal climate regs

By   /  February 24, 2015  /  Economy, Jobs + Growth, News, Regulations, Vermont  /  No Comments

The Wisconsin state Senate on Wednesday took up a controversial bill aimed at streamlining the mining process. But while the bill's passage is all-but-certain, the rights and requirements of Native American tribes and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers call into question the future of the northern Wisconsin that is the impetus for the bill.

Vermont will lose 3.4 percent of its manufacturing jobs by 2023 due to Obama administration climate regulations, according to a report on the impact of EPA rules on labor.

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Tax cut package could help boost Mississippi’s flagging business climate

By   /  February 20, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Politics, Taxes  /  No Comments

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A plan to eventually cut the onerous franchise tax won’t fix Mississippi’s economy, but the move could help brighten a dismal business climate.

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Budgets for Mississippi, Louisiana are flush with federal money

By   /  February 19, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Legislature, Louisiana, Mississippi, News, Politics  /  No Comments

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In a report on federal aid to states, Mississippi topped the nation in the percentage of its general fund budget from federal funds. Louisiana was second.

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PA a ‘target’ for business poachers such as Florida

By   /  February 19, 2015  /  Economy, Florida, Jobs + Growth, News, Pennsylvania, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott will visit Pennsylvania next week in an attempt to lure job creators south, and policymakers here have given him a heckuva weapon to use against the Keystone State — an onerous corporate net income tax.

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