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Lawmaker: Vermont hospitality industry would suffer from $15 minimum wage

By   /  February 17, 2017  /  Labor, Legislature, News, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

A lawmaker from Stowe is sending up a warning flare to Vermonters that two minimum wage bills being considered in the state House are bad ideas.

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Mississippi could challenge decision that prevents state internet sales taxes

By   /  February 16, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Regulations, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

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A proposed Mississippi Department of Revenue rule that would create an internet sales tax could spark a court challenge to a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court decision.

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Florida certificate of need law stalls growing community’s quest for a hospital

By   /  February 16, 2017  /  Florida, Health Care, Legislature, News, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

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In 2003, the city of North Port looked at its rapidly growing population and made a decision: Sometime soon, it was going to need a hospital.   Unfortunately for North Port, Florida is a certificate of need state, which means that a state regulatory board determines what services, technologies and facilities are allowed to enter the […]

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Bill would refund taxes on homes sold under appraised value

By   /  February 16, 2017  /  Legislature, News, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

Homeowners whose properties sell at prices below the values set by the local appraisal district would get a tax refund under legislation proposed in the Texas House.

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Will Mississippi ban state agencies from hiring lobbyists?

By   /  February 15, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

If a bill passed by the Mississippi Senate becomes law, state agencies would be prohibited from hiring outside lobbyists.

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Assessing Visit Florida beneficiaries’ assertions, predictions and anecdotes

By   /  February 15, 2017  /  Crony Capitalism, Economy, Florida, Governor, Legislature, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments


As the debate over whether to fund or eliminate Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida escalates at the Florida Capitol, it’s important to consider that those who directly benefit from the mostly taxpayer-funded organizations are among their most vocal supporters.

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