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Robocars are here; so are the bureaucrats

By   /  September 23, 2016  /  California, Economy, Legislature, Michigan, National, News, Regulations, State Government, Technology  /  No Comments

FULL SPEED AHEAD: The federal government is preparing to release guidelines for driverless cars as more automakers and tech companies are joining the fray to develop the best autonomous vehicles.

Anyone needing more evidence the robocar revolution is here need look no further than government bureaucrats. With sights set on jobs, industry domination or providing an avenue for crony capitalists, states are already legislatively jockeying for an inside track on autonomous vehicles. And now, the feds. In fact, if the New York Times headline writers are […]

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Mississippi’s unfunded debt would cost each citizen $11,800

By   /  September 20, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

DEEP IN DEBT: According to the reform group Truth in Accounting, each Mississippi taxpayer owes $11,800 to cover the state's $8.4 billion in debt. Photo illustration by Steve Wilson

According to a new report by Truth in Accounting, each citizen would owe $11,800 apiece to pay off Mississippi’s debts, which amount to $8.4 billion.

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Indiana ‘cease fire’ could provide a model for Mississippi regulators

By   /  September 14, 2016  /  Crony Capitalism, Economy, Energy and Environment, Indiana, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo by Duke Energy

A deal reached between Duke Energy and several stakeholders over the Edwardsport clean coal power plant could provide a model for Mississippi.

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Conservatives: Find transportation savings at bloated DOT

By   /  September 8, 2016  /  Federal Government, Legislature, News, State Budgets, State Government, Transportation, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

Photo by legis.wisconsin.gov

“The states sold our souls to the devil a long time ago when we started taking this federal money,” Sanfelippo said. “Now we are addicted to it.”

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How many cars is too many cars for state government?

By   /  September 7, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo illustration by Steve Wilson

The number of state vehicles, more than 7,000, has come under fire as some agencies have nearly a vehicle for every employee.

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Shrinking Jackson Public Schools district wants more money

By   /  September 5, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Legislature, Mississippi, News  /  No Comments

Graph by Steve Wilson

Jackson Public Schools superintendent Cedrick Gray says his district, with a shrinking enrollment, is underfunded by the state.

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