Higher spending on shrinking Jackson public schools belies complaints about charters

By   /  April 13, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

Despite charter schools and shrinking enrollment, Jackson public schools are receiving more tax revenue rather than less.

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Arizona dental therapy supporters prep for next battle

By   /  April 12, 2017  /  Arizona, Health Care, Legislature, Minnesota, News, Regulations  /  No Comments

A disappointing defeat for dental therapy in Arizona in 2016 has only strengthened the resolve of advocates looking ahead to the next legislative session. Among them is Kristen Mizzi Angelone, a dental policy expert with the Pew Charitable Trusts, which backs dental therapy efforts across the country. “Arizona is big state,” she told Watchdog.org. “There […]

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Mississippi charter schools case hinges on key constitutional question

By   /  April 4, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Judiciary, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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After oral arguments Tuesday, the lawsuit that threatens the existence of Mississippi charter schools hinges on one key constitutional issue.

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Washington tribe beats dental lobby, gets dental therapy

By   /  April 4, 2017  /  Federal Government, Federal government, General, Health Care, Legislature, News, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

After years of failed efforts to pass a dental therapy law in Washington, an Indian tribe took a page from their counterparts in Alaska and exercised their sovereignty to get it done.

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Mississippi Legislature wraps up session by passing key reform bills

By   /  April 3, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice, Crony Capitalism, Economy, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government, Transportation  /  No Comments

The Mississippi Legislature left town last week after passing some key reforms, but left some unfinished budgetary business.

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Who’s watching the watchers? Mississippi licensing boards about to get a new boss

By   /  March 29, 2017  /  Crony Capitalism, Economy, Governor, Jobs + Growth, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

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A bill passed by the Mississippi Legislature could provide supervision for the state’s occupational licensing boards.

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