By Tom Steward | Watchdog Minnesota Bureau
MINNEAPOLIS — The extreme-green makeover of the Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building is like an ad on late-night TV. You know, those ads in which the seller fills the offer with so many bells and whistles the customer — the taxpayer in this case — orders way more than he [...]
By Adam Tobias | Wisconsin Reporter
When is local control too much of a good thing?
Supporters of Senate Bill 349 — which limits the ability of local Wisconsin governments to regulate industrial sand and nonmetallic mines, the key ingredients in the hydraulic fracturing boom — say it’s when a billion-dollar industry is being singled out, putting at risk [...]
In a completely expected move, a coalition of natural gas drilling companies in Pennsylvania came out last week against higher taxes on natural gas drilling companies in Pennsylvania.Read More →
By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE – It’s not a sagebrush rebellion, but it’s close.
Five western states — Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming — have set up legislative studies or task forces to consider transferring immense tracts of federal land to the control of state governments.
And there’s talk of exploring the issue here in [...]
By M.D. Kittle | Watchdog.org
One in seven Americans lived below the poverty line in 2012, statistically stuck from the U.S. poverty rate in 2011.
The new Census Bureau data show poverty persisted at near record levels last year, with 15 percent of Americans — nearly 22 percent of children — or some 46.5 million people considered poor.
And five [...]