What’s he got to say? Kemper Project manager remains muzzled

City wary of Internet company’s ‘free’ broadband report

By   /  February 18, 2015  /  Local Government, Minnesota, News  /  No Comments

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OK, he’s from Alcatel-Lucent, not the government, but business development director Michael Brayen was still here to help.

For nothing. For now.

“Why would a company, a multi-billion dollar company, essentially Bell Labs, come to your community and tell you something like this?” Brayen asked council members in a Feb. 9 pitch in the southeastern Minnesota city.

Good question.

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Did a strict fracking ban take a small New Mexico county for a ride?

By   /  February 13, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Local Government, New Mexico, News  /  No Comments

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An ordinance that was tossed out of federal court banning hydraulic fracturing may cost a small county in New Mexico thousands in court costs.

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Bikers and bureaucrats debate state takeover of Minnesota trail

By   /  February 11, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Local Government, Minnesota, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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For many bikers and hikers, it was too good to be true. A makeshift natural surface public trail along a 12-mile stretch of the Minnesota River in suburban Bloomington, largely self-managed and maintained for years with little cost to taxpayers or government intervention.

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Water woes: No matter what happens, customers will pay

By   /  February 9, 2015  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, Local Government, Mississippi, News, Regulations, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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Jackson officials say a proposed wastewater treatment plant in Rankin County would result in rate increases for customers in Jackson and in Rankin County.

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State waives $625K in taxes for wind turbine manufacturer

By   /  February 6, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Jobs + Growth, Local Government, Minnesota, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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Thousands of Minnesota businesses experienced tough times without getting a break on paying state taxes. But that’s just business. Or is it?

The Job Opportunity Benefit Zone economic development program allows the state to waive repayment of taxpayer-funded benefits for businesses under certain conditions, including “unforeseen industry trends.”

Good luck trying to get the specifics from the Minnesota Department of Revenue.

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Clock ticks on failing Minnesota municipal broadband network

By   /  February 3, 2015  /  Local Government, Minnesota, New York, Technology  /  No Comments

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Two years and counting.

That’s how long the controversial Fibernet Monticello municipal broadband network may have to turn things around, as time, patience and money run out on the 5-year-old system.

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