House Democrats squash Scott’s executive order merging liquor and lottery agencies

By   /  April 13, 2017  /  News, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Gov. Phil Scott’s plan to merge the state liquor and lottery agencies sounded like a good way to streamline government, but on Wednesday House Democrats said no.

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Higher spending on shrinking Jackson public schools belies complaints about charters

By   /  April 13, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

Despite charter schools and shrinking enrollment, Jackson public schools are receiving more tax revenue rather than less.

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Animal rights group gives Vermont D-plus for animal slaughter practices, state cries foul

By   /  April 11, 2017  /  News, Regulations, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

The Animal Welfare Institute has given Vermont a near failing grade when it comes to enforcing humane treatment of animals at slaughterhouse facilities, but the state’s agriculture agency disagrees with the rating.

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Florida child welfare providers do more with less, but how much less?

By   /  April 11, 2017  /  Florida, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Florida’s community-based child welfare system is reckoned one of the nation’s best. With insufficient funding, that could change.

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Lawmakers turning against Scott’s $35 million housing bond

By   /  April 10, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Governor, News, State Budgets, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Gov. Phil Scott’s proposed $35 million bond for affordable housing seemed to have broad support only months ago, but now the proposal appears to be on life support.

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Will conservative reforms survive Republican infighting?

By   /  April 7, 2017  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, News, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government, Transportation, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

Walker and Vos have of late been sniping at each other in a very public feud that has titillated the left and the usual suspect press.

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