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Extensions keep ‘cultural retail attraction’ program alive

By   /  April 28, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Legislature, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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All 3 unbuilt projects authorized to receive sales tax incentives under the defunct “cultural retail attraction” program have received four-year extensions.

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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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Mississippi treasurer blasts ‘reckless’ $308 million bond bill

By   /  April 20, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

CORNUCOPIA: Mississippi will take on $250 million in debt to fund various projects if House Bill 1729 is signed by Gov. Phil Bryant.

Mississippi treasurer Lynn Fitch is speaking out against a pork-laden bond bill passed by the Legislature in the final days of the session.

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Walker says tuition freeze or reduction still on the table

By   /  April 20, 2016  /  Education, News, State Budgets, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

UPWARD AND ONWARD: Fort Hays State University joins the University of Kansas in having raised tuition every year for the last three decades.

Gov. Scott Walker said a tuition freeze or even a reduction might be in the next state budget for University of Wisconsin System students, contradicting an assessment earlier in the week from UWM Chancellor Mark Mone. “Those are all things that are certainly on the table,” Walker told Watchdog. On Monday, Mone said he expects tuition […]

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California’s price-setting proposal draws fire from patient advocates

By   /  April 20, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, California, Health Care, Issues, News, Politics & Elections, Regulations, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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A measure that will appear on the state’s ballot in November will ask Californians if they want to impose new regulations aimed at curbing high drug prices.

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Ingalls Shipbuilding to receive $45 million from state taxpayers

By   /  April 19, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Jobs + Growth, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Regulations, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Pascagoula-based Ingalls Shipbuilding, a builder of U.S. Navy warships and Coast Guard cutters, is likely receive $45 million from Mississippi taxpayers.

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