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Pennsylvania prioritizes horse racing subsidies over needy schools like Erie’s

By   /  February 20, 2017  /  Crony Capitalism, Education, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Erie School District officials say they need $30 million from the state to fund basic school programs and close a budget gap, or the city’s schools could face “devastating” cuts. Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget would allocate $1.5 million toward meeting Erie’s request. But Wolf’s budget also includes $250 million in subsidies for the state’s horse […]

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Mississippi could challenge decision that prevents state internet sales taxes

By   /  February 16, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Regulations, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

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A proposed Mississippi Department of Revenue rule that would create an internet sales tax could spark a court challenge to a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court decision.

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Senator wants an audit of federal funding, obligations in state programs

By   /  February 15, 2017  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Federal government, News, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

Craig wants a review of the “federal requirements, regulations, and restrictions which bind the usage of those (federal) funds and tie the hands” of state and local governments.

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Will Mississippi ban state agencies from hiring lobbyists?

By   /  February 15, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

If a bill passed by the Mississippi Senate becomes law, state agencies would be prohibited from hiring outside lobbyists.

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Assessing Visit Florida beneficiaries’ assertions, predictions and anecdotes

By   /  February 15, 2017  /  Crony Capitalism, Economy, Florida, Governor, Legislature, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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As the debate over whether to fund or eliminate Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida escalates at the Florida Capitol, it’s important to consider that those who directly benefit from the mostly taxpayer-funded organizations are among their most vocal supporters.

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Conservatives: Walker’s budget plan is anything but ‘liberal’

By   /  February 14, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Governor, News, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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“The governor has laid out a vision with conservative victories,” Healy said.

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