Natural gas boom boosts companies from coast-to-coast

By   /  September 17, 2014  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, Jobs + Growth, National, News  /  No Comments

SUPPLY CHAIN: Lots of natural gas production means lots of new pipes being manufactured. And that means lots of business for Chris Wysong's company, which makes gages that ensure the pipes will fit together properly.

By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org
There are no drilling rigs in Holland, Mich., but the local economy is still feeling the effects of America’s natural gas drilling boom.
The same is true in Newton, N.C., which is hundreds of miles from the rich natural gas deposits being tapped in North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Texas.
In those places and [...]

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Mississippi license plates hit taxpayers in the wallet

By   /  September 16, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Economy, Government Regulation, Government Waste, Mississippi, News, Taxes  /  No Comments

Photo illustration by Steve Wilson

New residents in the Magnolia State often get a taste of sticker shock when they have to pay for their license plates, and those costs are going up.

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Lawmakers say conservation measure could hurt tax relief efforts

By   /  September 15, 2014  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, News, North Dakota  /  No Comments

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By Rob Port | Watchdog.org North Dakota Bureau
BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota lawmakers are divided over what sort of tax relief should come out of the 2015 legislative session, but one area of agreement is that a ballot measure could have a big impact on whether tax relief passes at all.
Rep. Scott Louser, a Republican [...]

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It’s unanimous: Nevada rolls dice on Tesla ‘Gigafactory’

By   /  September 12, 2014  /  Business, Economy, Energy and Environment, Jobs + Growth, Legislature, Nevada, State Government, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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The Nevada Legislature unanimously passed all four pieces of a massive $1.3 billion incentive package to bring the Tesla Gigafactory to the Silver State.

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Wheels turn slowly on Tesla deal in Nevada Legislature

By   /  September 11, 2014  /  Business, Economy, Energy and Environment, Finances, Jobs + Growth, Legislature, Nevada, State Government, State Politics, Taxes, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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The first day of the Special Session to consider legislation for the Tesla deal for Northern Nevada contained no votes, but we finally may know all the details.

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State-funded KiOR embroiled in dispute with former board member

By   /  September 11, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Energy and Environment, Government Waste, Mississippi, News, Taxes  /  No Comments

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By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog
A Texas-based biofuels company that owes Mississippi more than $69 million is involved in a bitter dispute with a former member of its board of directors
In documents brought to light by Biofuels Digest and provided to the federal Securities and Exchange Commission, former  KiOR board member Paul O’Connor assailed the company’s research and [...]

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