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Georgia bill would offer tax incentives in broadband-ready communities

By   /  February 20, 2017  /  Georgia, News, State Government, Technology  /  No Comments

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Providers who build or expand networks in broadband-ready communities would be exempt from the state’s sales and use tax on equipment used for the construction as long as minimum download speeds of 10 megabits per second are offered.

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Low-tax economists say taxpayers won major legislative battles in 2016

By   /  February 13, 2017  /  Alaska, Budget and Spending, Economy, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, State Budgets  /  No Comments

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Economists for the American Legislative Exchange Council said taxpayers won some significant policy battles — while losing some others — in 2016 legislative sessions.

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New bill would allow Mississippi brewers to sell beer at their breweries

By   /  January 31, 2017  /  Economy, Georgia, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

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A new law that would allow Mississippi brewers to sell their beer on premises passed a key committee hurdle Tuesday and is headed to the full House for a vote.

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‘Smart cities’ could be next big wireless upgrade – if cities would cooperate

By   /  January 26, 2017  /  Economy, Federal government, Georgia, Illinois, Jobs + Growth, News, Regulations, Technology  /  No Comments

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Smartphones. Smart TVs. Smart watches. And, if the next wave of technological innovation is to be believed, smart cities. That is the premise behind the next wave of wireless deployment. The new technology — “small cells” — would supplement and supplant the giant cell towers that the current network is mostly carried on. But outdated […]

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Shareholders sue Southern Company over Kemper Project delays

By   /  January 24, 2017  /  Crony Capitalism, Economy, Energy and Environment, Federal government, Georgia, Mississippi, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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A class action lawsuit was filed by stockholders against the Southern Company over its repeated delays with the Kemper Project clean coal power plant.

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Georgia politicians not getting the message on school choice

By   /  January 12, 2017  /  Education Blog, Georgia  /  No Comments

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Kyle Wingfield wonders how much clearer Georgia voters need to make it that they are in favor of more school choice, because the state’s politicians don’t seem to be taking notice. “The electorate could hardly speak more clearly about the issue,” he writes. “The latest cry comes from the AJC’s pre-legislative session poll, which […]

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