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Mississippi Legislature hits on tax cuts, whiffs on election reform

By   /  April 25, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Politics & Elections, Regulations, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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The Mississippi Legislature passed a tax cut and some educational reforms, but missed on campaign finance and election reform.

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Welfare, other reform bills survive key deadline in Mississippi Legislature

By   /  March 23, 2016  /  Accountability, Education, Food Stamp/SNAP, Governor, Jobs + Growth, Kansas, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Open Records, Politics & Elections, Regulations, State Government, Transparency, Transportation  /  No Comments

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A welfare reform bill, a civil asset forfeiture bill and others survived another deadline in the Mississippi Legislature as the session winds down.

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State spends $2.7 million a year on membership fees, memo shows

By   /  March 7, 2016  /  Accountability, Colorado, Governor, Illinois, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Legislative records show the state paying millions for associations fees, including $148,000 to the Illinois Migrant Council, nearly $15,000 from the governor’s office to an arts agency assembly and thousands to various chambers of commerce.

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Lawmakers slam brakes on governor’s alt-fuel program

By   /  February 25, 2016  /  Colorado, Energy and Environment, Governor, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Lawmakers, citing lower fuel costs, blocked the state’s purchase of new compressed natural gas vehicles Thursday. State’s mismanagement of the program was exposed by in 2014.

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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

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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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Free-market group targets ‘slush funds’ buried in state budget plan

By   /  December 11, 2015  /  General, Governor, Legislature, PA Independent, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent State lawmakers could sock Pennsylvanians with a $1.2 billion tax increase just in time for the Christmas holiday, but they’re making sure to stuff their stockings as they try to end the five-month-long budget impasse, according to one group’s analysis. The Commonwealth Foundation, a free-market think tank based in […]

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