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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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Reform bills live, but funding formula revamp dies in Mississippi Legislature

By   /  February 14, 2017  /  Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice, Crony Capitalism, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, Regulations, State Government, Transportation  /  No Comments

Photo by Steve Wilson

While some key reform bills are still alive in the Mississippi Legislature, a revamp of the K-12 education funding formula will likely have to wait until next year.

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Mixed reactions to Scott’s ‘no fraternization’ with lobbyists, lawmakers

By   /  February 14, 2017  /  Governor, Legislature, News, State Government, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

Republican Gov. Phil Scott reportedly has directed staff and administrative personnel to avoid fraternizing after hours with legislators and lobbyists, but some observers say the directive is unrealistic in tiny Montpelier.

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Juvenile justice reform barely survives its first legislative hearing

By   /  February 14, 2017  /  Criminal Justice, Florida, Legislature, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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Florida sends more children to adult prison than any other state. An attempt to change that is underway at the Florida Capitol, but skeptical lawmakers nearly killed the reform at its very first hearing last week. Sen. Bobby Powell, D-West Palm Beach, introduced legislation that “responds to the concerns of defense attorneys, parents and child […]

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Enterprise Florida/Visit Florida backers make their case, lose first vote

By   /  February 9, 2017  /  Crony Capitalism, Economy, Florida, Governor, Jobs + Growth, Legislature, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Economic development and tourism marketing beneficiaries from across the state packed the committee room to implore lawmakers to keep the taxpayer-funding flowing – often to enthusiastic applause.

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Mississippi Legislature could reduce regulatory burden with new laws

By   /  February 9, 2017  /  Economy, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo illustration by Steve Wilson

Two bills in the Mississippi Legislature could ease the regulatory burden on businesses by forcing agencies to review and eliminate outdated regulations.

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