$274 million incentive package took 5 hours from soup to nuts

By   /  February 11, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Governor, Jobs + Growth, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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The Mississippi Legislature only needed five hours in a special session to approve a $274 million incentive package to lure a tire plant and a shipyard to the state.

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Full-time lawmakers dominate legislature, with fewer attorneys and ranchers

By   /  February 10, 2016  /  Colorado, Legislature, News, Politics & Elections, State Budgets  /  No Comments

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Colorado’s legislature is dominated by people who identify themselves as full-time lawmakers despite a session that last a third of a year and low pay.

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Free-market group targets ‘slush funds’ buried in state budget plan

By   /  December 11, 2015  /  General, Governor, Legislature, PA Independent, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent State lawmakers could sock Pennsylvanians with a $1.2 billion tax increase just in time for the Christmas holiday, but they’re making sure to stuff their stockings as they try to end the five-month-long budget impasse, according to one group’s analysis. The Commonwealth Foundation, a free-market think tank based in […]

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The price of legalizing Uber, Lyft in Pennsylvania? A new tax

By   /  December 2, 2015  /  Legislature, PA Independent, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

An Uber ride from Center City to Lincoln Financial Field might soon be legal, but it will come at a higher cost. Legislation to legalize the operation of ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft passed the state Senate last week, but buried inside the 45-page bill is a new tax that would apply to rides […]

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Property tax elimination vote on horizon in Pennsylvania Senate

By   /  November 20, 2015  /  General, Governor, Legislature, PA Independent, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent Next week could be a big week for proponents of eliminating Pennsylvania’s hated school property tax. Then again, this week was supposed to be a big week, until Senate Republicans postponed a plan to vote on legislation that would abolish the school property tax. “We want to send the […]

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Bill shielding identities of police who use force passes Pennsylvania House

By   /  November 18, 2015  /  General, Legislature, PA Independent, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent Police officers are public employees paid with public money, but when they pull the trigger in the line of duty, Pennsylvania lawmakers say their privacy should be paramount, at least until an investigation is completed. The state House on Tuesday passed a controversial bill that would shield — at least […]

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