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Mississippi Legislature gives Bryant authority to tap further into reserves

By   /  June 29, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Governor, Mississippi, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Graph by Steve Wilson

The Mississippi Legislature passed a bill giving Gov. Phil Bryant the ability to dip further into the state’s rain day fund by $60 million.

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Mississippi will further dip into its rainy day fund to fix budget woes

By   /  June 28, 2016  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Economy, Governor, Jobs + Growth, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

Photo by Steve Wilson

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant called the Legislature into special session to apply a fix on the state’s budget, which has fallen short of revenue forecasts.

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Nanny State of the Week: State lawmakers to decide where you can get an Uber in Boston

By   /  June 27, 2016  /  Accountability, Issues, Massachusetts, Nanny State of the Week, News, Regulations, State Government, Transportation  /  No Comments

Screenshot by Eric Boehm

A bill passed by the Massachusetts House would ban ride-sharing services from operating at the Boston airport or within the city’s Seaport district.

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Texans pay to be No. 1 in wind energy

By   /  June 27, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, News, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

Texas is home to the nation’s largest wind energy industry. Thanks, taxpayers.

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10 times harder to be a barber than an EMT under Wisconsin licensing law

By   /  June 27, 2016  /  News, Regulations, State Government, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

barbershop

“Legislators have delegated their authority to the licensing board which has the power to put its competition out of businesses.”

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Ignoring the real scandal at the University of Texas

By   /  June 25, 2016  /  Accountability, Education, Federal Government, Judiciary, News, Open Records, Power Abuse, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

The University of Texas' use of political favoritism in admissions is an aberrant practice, a new study finds.

The Supreme Court upheld affirmative action at the University of Texas in a 4-3 decision Thursday by openly ignoring the facts of the case. In his opinion for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy dismissed a bombshell report on admissions corruption at UT as mere “extrarecord materials” which “the Court properly declines to consider.” The excuse […]

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