Jackson’s regs offer a lift to ridesharing, but state action could override them

By   /  February 12, 2016  /  Economy, Jobs + Growth, Legislature, Mississippi, News, regulations, State Government, Technology  /  No Comments

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Networked ride providers will be regulated by a new ordinance in Jackson, Mississippi and could be statewide if a bill in the Legislature becomes law.

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$274 million incentive package took 5 hours from soup to nuts

By   /  February 11, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Governor, Jobs + Growth, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo illustration by Steve Wilson

The Mississippi Legislature only needed five hours in a special session to approve a $274 million incentive package to lure a tire plant and a shipyard to the state.

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Pennsylvania’s budget mess is going from bad to worse

By   /  February 11, 2016  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Commentary, Economy, Issues, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

Data provided by Independent Fiscal Office; graphic by Eric Boehm

Pennsylvania will be facing a $2.4 billion budget shortfall by the 2016-17 budget year. Just two years ago, the shortfall in 2016-17 was projected to be $1.7 billion.

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Marijuana legalization could rewrite employee drug-testing rules

By   /  February 11, 2016  /  Economy, Jobs + Growth, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Pot legalization will change the way employers screen new hires. Lawmakers are trying to decide exactly how.

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Idaho Legislature may strengthen ban on local minimum wage laws

By   /  February 10, 2016  /  Economy, Idaho, Jobs + Growth, News, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo: Reina Rodriguez/ IdahoReporter.com

A tale of Idaho two cities might force state legislators to clarify a ban on local governments enacting their own minimum wage laws. The House Business Committee has introduced a bill to affirm that the Legislature alone holds the power to set the state’s minimum wage. Only committee Democrats voted against the bill. The plan […]

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Taxpayers to pick up part of tab for construction of tire plant, shipyard

By   /  February 4, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Jobs + Growth, Mississippi, News  /  No Comments

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Mississippi taxpayers will borrow $274 million to pay for a tire plant and a shipyard.

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