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Separating fact from fiction on Texas school spending

By   /  October 26, 2016  /  Commentary, Education, Federal Government, State Budgets, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

NO. 20 AND RISING: An annual study done by the National Education Association shows New Mexico jumped from 25th to 20th in per-pupil spending in the past year.

“For many schools the recession never ended.” With the media in Texas turning its attention to what will be a full-throated debate on school finance reform in this next legislative session, the grim headline on a National Public Radio website story demanded attention. The point of the story came in the single quote from Michael Leachman, […]

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Swanton Wind developer wants board to speed things up

By   /  October 25, 2016  /  Crony Capitalism, Energy and Environment, News, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo by Michael Bielawski

Developers are demanding that residents who want a say on the Swanton Wind Project be given two weeks to decide whether they will participate. Opponents of the project say that’s not nearly enough time.

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Mississippi regulators concerned about Kemper Project operational costs

By   /  October 25, 2016  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, Jobs + Growth, Mississippi, News, State Government  /  No Comments

ICEBERG: While Mississippi Power's Kemper Project clean coal power plant was costly to build, it might even be more costly to operate and maintain.

Mississippi regulators are expressing concern about the Kemper Project clean coal power plant after the utility admitted it will cost far more to operate.

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Developer to get $500,000 from state to help build Vicksburg water park

By   /  October 21, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Crony Capitalism, Jobs + Growth, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo by Steve Wilson

The state of Mississippi will give $500,000 in bond money to help a developer build a $12.95 million Vicksburg water park

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State officials, Entergy provide rate cut on Katrina-related debt

By   /  October 20, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Energy and Environment, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Treasurer Lynn Fitch and the Public Service Commission announced the early retirement of Katrina-related debt will save Entergy customers $30.6 million.

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Skeptical residents engage with Zuckerman on wind project

By   /  October 20, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor David Zuckerman ventured into politically unfriendly territory to hear residents’ concerns and frustrations about the Swanton Wind project.

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