State Government Watchdog

Report: Kemper Project is more economical to run on natural gas

By   /  February 23, 2017  /  Crony Capitalism, Economy, Energy and Environment, Mississippi, News, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo illustration by Steve Wilson

It might be cheaper to run the Kemper Project clean coal power plant’s turbines on natural gas, but Mississippi Power wants customers to pay most of the cost for the coal gasification part of the plant.

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Lawmakers to insurers, pharmacy benefit managers: Stop pulling drugs

By   /  February 23, 2017  /  Florida, Health Care, Legislature, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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A Florida House subcommittee unanimously approved a bill that would bar insurers from removing drugs from their medical formularies during the policy year. State Rep. Ralph Massullo, R-Lecanto, sponsor of HB 95, said the bill would still allow generics to be added to a formulary, or for substitutions to be made if OK’d by a physician. But […]

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Federalism message echoed by Florida health subcommittee members

By   /  February 23, 2017  /  Federal Government, Florida, Health Care, News, State Government  /  No Comments

A day after Florida’s House Education Committee voted to send a memorial to Congress seeking fewer strings tied to federal education funding, a health policy panel made the same request for health care funding. The House Health Innovation Subcommittee on Wednesday approved sending a memorial to Congress asking lawmakers to consider giving Medicaid funding to the states […]

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What is a sanctuary city? Lawmakers, locals have a difference of opinion

By   /  February 23, 2017  /  Immigration, News, Pennsylvania, State Government  /  No Comments

While Republican lawmakers in Harrisburg are pushing a bill that would crack down on sanctuary cities and counties in the commonwealth, some western Pennsylvania localities potentially targeted by the measure are complaining that they are not sanctuaries for illegal immigrants.

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Southern Company earnings slide thanks to Kemper Project woes

By   /  February 22, 2017  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo by Mississippi Power

The Southern Company’s earnings were hard-hit in the fourth quarter of 2016 as costly problems and delays plague the Kemper Project clean coal power plant.

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Amid Republican row, some House Democrats voice disapproval of Enterprise Florida

By   /  February 22, 2017  /  Crony Capitalism, Florida, Governor, Legislature, News, State Government  /  No Comments

Watchdog Photo/William Patrick

Round 2 in the fight over Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida – two heavily taxpayer-supported pubic-private partnerships – is in the books, with the organizations’ strongest critics picking up another win.

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