Policy experts: Politicians hold on to control of liquor industry for profit, power

By   /  March 27, 2015  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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The bloody arrest of University of Virginia junior Martese Johnson by alcohol enforcement agents has some asking the age-old question in Virginia — why does the state control the liquor industry at all?

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Ohio’s reliance on food stamps remains near record high

By   /  March 26, 2015  /  News, Ohio, State Government, Stimulus  /  No Comments

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Ohioans’ reliance on food stamps decreased last year, yet it remains higher than at any time before the 2007-09 recession.

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New Mexico moves to abolish civil asset forfeiture

By   /  March 25, 2015  /  New Mexico, News, Power Abuse, State Government  /  No Comments

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In 2010, Stephen Skinner and his son got lost driving through New Mexico on their way from Chicago to Las Vegas. After pulling them over for an improper lane change, Albuquerque police officers seized $17,000 in cash and their rental car, and dropped them off at the airport with only the change in their pockets. What most people would call highway robbery – literally in this case – federal and state law enforcement agencies call civil asset forfeiture.

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Republicans remain largely silent as Dems, others question role of ABC

By   /  March 25, 2015  /  News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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It’s Democrats, not Republicans, who are speculating the government may be overstepping when it comes to the state agency with a liquor monopoly.

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Bipartisan property tax reform tangled in partisan Pennsylvania budget debate

By   /  March 25, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, News, Pennsylvania, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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Based on some of the political rhetoric pouring from the Capitol, it’s easy to think Lake Erie separates Democrats and Republicans when it comes to property tax reform.

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Foreign firms soak up Virginia tax breaks

By   /  March 25, 2015  /  Accountability, Jobs + Growth, New York, News, State Government, Transparency, Virginia  /  No Comments

TOASTING TAXPAYERS: Gov. Terry McAuliffe hoists a glass to bringing Stone Brewing Co. to Richmond, amid questions about the public costs and benefits of trickle-down economics.

Half of the corporations receiving Virginia’s biggest public subsidies are headquartered outside the country. In all, $410,150,107 in state and local incentives, including cash, have been pledged to companies to do business in Virginia.

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