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Five charts explain Mississippi’s budget ‘crisis’

By   /  February 24, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Crony Capitalism, Economy, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

Graph by Steve Wilson

Mississippi’s so-called budget crisis is a matter of the state’s revenues not meeting projections coupled with large spending increases each year.

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Lawmakers to insurers, pharmacy benefit managers: Stop pulling drugs

By   /  February 23, 2017  /  Florida, Health Care, Legislature, News, State Government  /  No Comments

Convisum/Dreamstime

Florida lawmakers look to bar insurers from removing drugs from their medical formularies during the policy year.

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Southern Company earnings slide thanks to Kemper Project woes

By   /  February 22, 2017  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo by Mississippi Power

The Southern Company’s earnings were hard-hit in the fourth quarter of 2016 as costly problems and delays plague the Kemper Project clean coal power plant.

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Amid Republican row, some House Democrats voice disapproval of Enterprise Florida

By   /  February 22, 2017  /  Crony Capitalism, Florida, Governor, Legislature, News, State Government  /  No Comments

Watchdog Photo/William Patrick

Round 2 in the fight over Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida – two heavily taxpayer-supported pubic-private partnerships – is in the books, with the organizations’ strongest critics picking up another win.

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Mississippi House committee sets aside possible tax increase bill

By   /  February 21, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes, Transportation  /  No Comments

A dummy bond bill that could have allowed Mississippi lawmakers to pass a tax increase on gas, diesel and cigarettes was set aside by a committee chairman Tuesday.

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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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