Signed, sealed and sold: Controversial legislative fix gone with the wind

By   /  April 15, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Government Regulation, Legislature, Lobbying, Minnesota, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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After signing most — but not all — landowners to new leases, Geronimo Energy has dropped a controversial move over a state deadline, which threatened construction of the Black Oak Getty wind farm.

The breakthrough with leaseholders coincides with an announcement the wind and solar energy developer has sold the $135 million venture to a California company — Sempra U.S. Gas and Power.

“Geronimo has formally withdrawn the legislation on leases because we have achieved our goal of signing the critical landowners in the project to new leases,” said Betsy Engelking, vice president of Geronimo Wind Energy, in an email.

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Union lobbyist who worked one day as a teacher suing Illinois over $30,000 pension

By   /  March 19, 2015  /  Education, Finances, Illinois, Lobbying, News, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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After working one day as a substitute teacher in Illinois, David Piccioli could be entitled to an annual pension of more than $30,000.

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Stupid country? ‘I-Squared’ immigration lobby hammers U.S. technology workers

By   /  March 18, 2015  /  California, Connecticut, Federal Government, Immigration, Iowa, Lobbying, National, New York, Technology, Utah, Washington  /  No Comments

RUNNING DOWN AMERICA: Sen. Orrin Hatch says the United States is a "stupid country" to deny entry to skilled tech workers from overseas

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org
If it’s good for Google, is it good for America?
Under pressure to bring more foreign technology workers into the country, Congress is weighing a bipartisan bill to triple the number of skilled-work visas and expand other immigrant programs.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is all in. On Tuesday, the bill’s sponsor called the […]

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Elvis Presley’s birthplace, Jackson Zoo could get more state money

By   /  March 4, 2015  /  Economy, Legislature, Lobbying, Mississippi, News, Politics, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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Without state money, a couple of tourist attractions in Mississippi may be headed to the “Heartbreak Hotel.”

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Dueling tax-cut plans set up showdown in Mississippi Legislature

By   /  March 2, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Jobs + Growth, Legislature, Lobbying, Mississippi, News, Politics, Taxes  /  No Comments

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Three Mississippi tax cut plans are competing for passage, with one of them phasing out the state’s income tax and the other the corporate franchise tax.

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Mississippi lawmakers may give terminally ill patients ‘right to try’ experimental drugs

By   /  February 26, 2015  /  Government Regulation, Legislature, Lobbying, Mississippi, News, Politics, Regulations  /  No Comments

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Terminally-ill patients in Mississippi might gain the “Right to Try” experimental medication if a bill in the Mississippi Senate is signed into law.

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