Mississippi taxpayers owe $10,700 apiece for mounting debt

By   /  August 27, 2014  /  Constitution, Government Waste, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Pensions, Politics, State Elections, State House, State Politics, State Senate, Taxes  /  No Comments

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Can anyone spare an extra $10,700 for each Mississippi taxpayer?

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Hickenlooper’s veto may benefit unexpected fundraisers

By   /  August 12, 2014  /  Colorado, Elections, Legislature, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

GREAT UNEXPECTATIONS:

By Jackie Moreau | WatchdogWire.com
Colorado’s most recent legislative session was one of “unexpectations.”
Gov. Hickenlooper unexpectedly vetoed a finance-reform bill that kept unexpected fundraisers satisfied, Watchdog Wire’s  Joshua Sharf reports.
House Bill14-1375, which passed with bipartisan support, targeted Tax Increment Financing and developers who have been able to subvert costs of development projects from its revenue. TIF [...]

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Mississippi may eliminate corporate franchise tax

By   /  August 12, 2014  /  Economy, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Elections, State House, State Politics, State Senate, Taxes  /  No Comments

WELCOME, WHERE'S YOUR MONEY: Thoroughfares, including Interstate 20, i-59 and I-10 in Mississippi could have toll booths if a White House transportation bill passes, opening the way for tolls on America's interstates.

If Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves has his way, one of the state’s most onerous taxes may be on the chopping block.

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As Armstrong heads to NM Legislature, conflict-of-interest questions arise

By   /  August 12, 2014  /  Health Care, Legislature, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, Obamacare, State Politics  /  No Comments

CONFLICT OF INTEREST?: Debbie Armstrong runs the day-to-day operations of New Mexico's high-risk insurance pool. She's also about to become a member of the state legislature.

Debbie Armstrong is heading the New Mexico Legislature but her role as manager of the state’s high-risk insurance pool has raised questions.

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Lyft: Killing ride-sharing puts public safety at risk

By   /  August 1, 2014  /  Colorado, Economy, Government Regulation, Legislature, National, News, Public Utilities, Regulations, State Government, State Lobbying, State Politics, Technology, Transparency, transportation, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Uber and Lyft, responding to myths spread by their detractors, are promoting their services as a safer transportation alternative for consumers.

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Double whammy! Home-care workers sue to stop labor union election

By   /  July 30, 2014  /  First Amendment, Free Speech, Legislature, Minnesota, Supreme Court, Uncategorized, unions  /  No Comments

DOUBLE WHAMMY! Gov. Mark Dayton faces a second lawsuit from the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation on behalf of home care workers opposed to a union.
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Days before the scheduled start of the largest-public sector labor union election in state history, nine Minnesota home-care workers filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis aimed at stopping it.
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Home care assistants from throughout Minnesota sued Gov. Mark Dayton and the Service Employees International Union, asking the federal court for an injunction against a controversial 2013 state law authorizing organized labor to target providers for collective bargaining.

“I’m just looking for the union to stay out of my house and not take money out of my wages,” said Scott Price, a plaintiff whose daughter receives care for cerebral palsy.

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