Mississippi charter schools case hinges on key constitutional question

By   /  April 4, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Judiciary, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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After oral arguments Tuesday, the lawsuit that threatens the existence of Mississippi charter schools hinges on one key constitutional issue.

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Mississippi Legislature wraps up session by passing key reform bills

By   /  April 3, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice, Crony Capitalism, Economy, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government, Transportation  /  No Comments

The Mississippi Legislature left town last week after passing some key reforms, but left some unfinished budgetary business.

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Why a lone Republican voted ‘no’ on Vermont’s $5.8 billion House budget bill

By   /  April 3, 2017  /  News, State Budgets, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

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It took just one legislator to rain on the parade of Vermont House members’ 143-1 vote on the state’s $5.8 billion fiscal year 2018 budget plan last week.

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Gov. Scott: ‘A lot of work left to do’ as House debates budget ahead of vote

By   /  March 30, 2017  /  Governor, News, State Budgets, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Republican Gov. Phil Scott and Democratic leaders in the House appear close to an agreement on the state budget plan.

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West Virginia Senate backing away from soda tax increase, House still entertaining it

By   /  March 29, 2017  /  State Budgets, State Government, Taxes, West Virginia  /  No Comments

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West Virginia House and Senate Republicans introduced a slew of soda-tax bills that stand to increase taxes on soft drinks by 500 percent.

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Lawmakers look to codify Ducey’s ban on agencies hiring lobbyists

By   /  March 28, 2017  /  Arizona, Governor, Issues, News, Power Abuse, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Arizona might soon become the 11th state in the nation to ban governmental entities from using taxpayer money to hire outside lobbyists.

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