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Wisconsin could lead effort to restore states’ rights

By   /  January 9, 2017  /  Accountability, Federal government, Governor, News, Power Abuse, State Budgets, State Government, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

“With recent changes at the federal level, we have a unique opportunity to have more authority delegated back to the states.”

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Darling seeks federal waiver to end ‘benefits cliff,’ reform welfare

By   /  January 6, 2017  /  Federal government, News, State Budgets, State Government, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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“Public assistance should never hold people back from reaching their full potential,”

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Reform bill targets Enterprise Florida, but will accountability persuade critics?

By   /  January 4, 2017  /  Crony Capitalism, Florida, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Gov. Rick Scott wants to fund it. House Speaker Richard Corcoran wants to abolish it. But a new bill filed over the holiday break would split the difference, keeping Enterprise Florida, Inc.’s “corporate welfare” program alive while subjecting it to greater levels of accountability.

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Happy New Year? Five tax and fee hikes for Pennsylvanians in 2017

By   /  December 29, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

Keeping taxes and fees from rising in 2017 isn’t a New Year’s resolution for officials in the Keystone State. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf announced that he will not seek sales or income tax increases in next year’s budget. But even without further hikes, Pennsylvania taxpayers will be shelling out more on other taxes and fees. Here […]

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Mississippi taxpayers footed heavy bill for incentives to corporations

By   /  December 27, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Crony Capitalism, Economy, Governor, Jobs + Growth, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Mississippi taxpayers paid a heavy price with their tax dollars to lure new companies to the state and to keep existing ones “competitive.”

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Scariest People of 2016: No. 9-Jerry Oleksiak

By   /  December 26, 2016  /  Education, Labor, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Part 3 of 10 in the series Scariest People of 2016 2016 might go down as one of the most unusual years in the history of American politics. Voters chose historic change, but in all too many ways, it was business as usual. Too many bureaucrats still put their own interests over the interests of […]

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