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Enterprise Florida/Visit Florida backers make their case, lose first vote

By   /  February 9, 2017  /  Crony Capitalism, Economy, Florida, Governor, Jobs + Growth, Legislature, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Watchdog photo/William Patrick

Economic development and tourism marketing beneficiaries from across the state packed the committee room to implore lawmakers to keep the taxpayer-funding flowing – often to enthusiastic applause.

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Another day, another ding for Florida’s economic incentive programs

By   /  February 7, 2017  /  Crony Capitalism, Florida, Governor, Jobs + Growth, Legislature, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

As the debate over whether to fund Florida’s state economic incentive programs rages at the Florida Capitol this week, a new government report offers plenty of fodder for critics of the so-called “corporate welfare.”

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Missouri right-to-work bill awaits governor’s signature

By   /  February 3, 2017  /  Jobs + Growth, Labor, Missouri, News  /  No Comments

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“We aren’t just fighting for more jobs. We are fighting just to be on the list of consideration.”

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Free-market groups support bill to limit Trump’s trade authority

By   /  February 3, 2017  /  Federal government, Jobs + Growth, National, News  /  No Comments

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“This current arrangement gives the Executive Branch virtual carte blanche to raise tariffs or otherwise restrict imports in a manner that could trigger a costly and unnecessary trade war,” the letter states.

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‘Smart cities’ could be next big wireless upgrade – if cities would cooperate

By   /  January 26, 2017  /  Economy, Federal government, Georgia, Illinois, Jobs + Growth, News, Regulations, Technology  /  No Comments

Courtesy of Flickr user Sam Churchill

Smartphones. Smart TVs. Smart watches. And, if the next wave of technological innovation is to be believed, smart cities. That is the premise behind the next wave of wireless deployment. The new technology — “small cells” — would supplement and supplant the giant cell towers that the current network is mostly carried on. But outdated […]

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Duplication and the Delta Regional Authority

By   /  January 11, 2017  /  Crony Capitalism, Economy, Federal government, Jobs + Growth, Mississippi, News, Transparency  /  No Comments

Photo illustration by Steve Wilson

  During NASA’s heyday, the agency used duplication on key systems as a safety feature for space travel. But duplication isn’t always a positive thing, especially when it comes to federal programs such as the Delta Regional Authority, which is under the microscope for what critics say is needless overlap with other programs. In his report titled […]

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