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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Liquor licenses in New Mexico definitely top-shelf

By   /  March 26, 2014  /  Free Market, New Mexico, News, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

THROUGH THE ROOF: Critics say a quota system on liquor licenses in New Mexico has hurt small businesses who cannot afford the prices.

Restaurant owner Raul Aboytez would love to serve margaritas at Jalapeño’s, the Mexican grill he and his wife, Janet, own just steps from the state Capitol.

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KiOR filing raises doubts about Columbus biofuel plant

By   /  March 18, 2014  /  Energy, Free Market, Global warming/climate change, Legislature, Mississippi, News  /  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.

By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog
Green energy might be turning into red ink for Mississippi.
The state might be on the hook for most of a $75 million no-interest loan after green fuel company KiOR idled its biofuel production plant in Columbus, according to a a 10-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission released [...]

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Democratic lawmaker says Vermont’s single-payer health care plan has already flatlined

By   /  March 17, 2014  /  Affordable Care Act, Economy, Free Market, Governor, Health Care, Legislature, State Government, State House, State Politics, Top State News, Vermont  /  No Comments

Rep. Jim Condon, a Democrat, urges his own party to forget single-payer efforts in Vermont

By Jon Street | Vermont Watchdog
BURLINGTON, Vt. – In 2011, while the rest of America argued the merits of the president’s Affordable Care Act, Vermont jumped the progressive curve, promising to launch the nation’s first health single-payer system, in which state government pays providers to care for all residents.
Now, even Democrats say that plan, called Green [...]

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Total war: MN liquor lobby takes on wine superstore

By   /  March 17, 2014  /  Free Market, Minnesota, News  /  No Comments

TOTAL COMPETITION? Co-owner Robert Trone in Total Wine's first store in MN, where the chain face it most "organized and fierce" opposition of the 16 states Total operates in.

Its members may be in the liquor business, but the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association might as well be a teetotaler when it comes to increased competition, says one player entering the Twin Cities market.

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