Dodging taxes? You might be keeping U.S. economy afloat

By   /  April 18, 2014  /  Economy, Federal Government, IRS, Issues, National, News, Tax Reform, Taxes  /  No Comments

CAN'T SEE IT: The IRS can't get its grubby hands on the fruits of the shadow economy. Maybe that's why it's become a larger and larger share of the American economic pie in recent years.

Each April 15, millions of Americans dutifully trudge to the local Post Office to mail their tax returns to federal, state and local governments.

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Kansas outpacing surrounding states for brighter economic future

By   /  April 15, 2014  /  Economy, Kansas, News  /  No Comments

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By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog

OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — Kansas has a better future than any other surrounding state, according to a report released Tuesday by the American Legislative Exchange Council.

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Mississippi drops four spots in economic ranking

By   /  April 14, 2014  /  economic development, Economy, Mississippi, News, Tax Reform  /  No Comments

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The Magnolia State fell four spots from 10 to 14 in The Rich States, Poor States: American Legislative Exchange Council-Laffer State Economic State Competitiveness Index report.

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Minimum wage increase means higher costs for MN small businesses

By   /  April 10, 2014  /  Economy, Minnesota, News, unions  /  No Comments

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By Eric Boehm | Minnesota Watchdog
MINNEAPOLIS — At Minnesota’s oldest Dairy Queen, owner Troy DeLeon frets about what a higher minimum wage would do to his business, where he has been serving customers for more than 20 years.
DeLeon sells small cones for $1.50 out of the front window of one of the few remaining old-style Dairy [...]

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Green energy striking out in Mississippi

By   /  March 31, 2014  /  Climate Change, Economy, Energy, Environmental, Federal Government, Free Market, Global warming/climate change, Mississippi, News, venture capital, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

IDLE: The Kior plant in Columbus, Mississippi is designed to turn wood chips into gasoline. The state loaned the company $75 million with a no-interest loan to build the Columbus facility and a larger plant in Natchez in 2010.

With Major League Baseball’s opening day in full swing Monday, it’s easy to make a parallel with green energy projects in Mississippi, and the scorecard isn’t a pretty one.

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