State Government Watchdog

Robocars are here; so are the bureaucrats

By   /  September 23, 2016  /  California, Economy, Legislature, Michigan, National, News, Regulations, State Government, Technology  /  No Comments

FULL SPEED AHEAD: The federal government is preparing to release guidelines for driverless cars as more automakers and tech companies are joining the fray to develop the best autonomous vehicles.

Anyone needing more evidence the robocar revolution is here need look no further than government bureaucrats. With sights set on jobs, industry domination or providing an avenue for crony capitalists, states are already legislatively jockeying for an inside track on autonomous vehicles. And now, the feds. In fact, if the New York Times headline writers are […]

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Legislators to Evers: Worry more about students, less about dollars

By   /  September 22, 2016  /  Education, News, State Budgets, State Government, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

NEW VENTURE: The left-leaning New Venture dumped a lot of cash into the fight over a school funding initiative.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers says Wisconsin schools need more money. His critics say he should spend less time worrying about funding and more time working to overhaul a failing system. In his annual state of education address last week, Evers said, “each year that we kick the can down the road instead of […]

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Toting up the winners and losers under Minter’s sales tax expansion

By   /  September 21, 2016  /  News, State Government, Taxes, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of Vermont Agency of Transportation

Democrat gubernatorial candidate Sue Minter says she wants to expand the sales tax to services while lowering the rate, a move critics say could be both inefficient and costly.

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PSC commissioners answer questions from constituents on Kemper Project

By   /  September 21, 2016  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, Mississippi, News, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo by Steve Wilson

The three Mississippi PSC commissioners held an “open mic” night in Meridian Tuesday to answer utility questions, mainly about the Kemper Project.

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Mississippi’s unfunded debt would cost each citizen $11,800

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

DEEP IN DEBT: According to the reform group Truth in Accounting, each Mississippi taxpayer owes $11,800 to cover the state's $8.4 billion in debt. Photo illustration by Steve Wilson

According to a new report by Truth in Accounting, each citizen would owe $11,800 apiece to pay off Mississippi’s debts, which amount to $8.4 billion.

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Big labor spending big to buy a Dem-controlled state Senate

By   /  September 20, 2016  /  Labor, News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Transportation, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Three-dozen unions had dumped nearly $220,000 into campaign coffers benefiting seven Democrats running for state Senate, according to campaign finance records through earlier this month.

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