Corruption scandal engulfs Mississippi utility authority

By   /  December 17, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Government Waste, Local Government, Mississippi, Misuse of funds, Politics, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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A corruption scandal involving federal grants led a guilty plea and a federal indictment of 2 members of the Harrison County Utility Authority Tuesday.

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Timeout! Minnesota city passes moratorium on solar craze

By   /  December 15, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, Government Regulation, Local Government, Minnesota, News  /  No Comments

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The future is bright for solar power in Minnesota, thanks to a slew of subsidies toward requiring big utilities to generate 1.5 percent of their power from solar by 2020.

Despite a rush by some cities to get on the bandwagon, Monticello was the first municipality in the state to impose at least a temporary moratorium prohibiting installations to generate solar power.

“Given this emerging technology, it would be wise for the city to be proactive and take the opportunity to understand this issue for development and for regulations,” said Angela Schumann, Monticello community development director in recommending the moratorium to the City Council on Nov. 24.

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One PA ecosystem enters the court fray over fracking waste

By   /  December 15, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, Local Government, Local News, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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In sparsely-populated Grant Township, in western Pennsylvania, one ecosystem is attempting to enter a court battle in its own name. A power company has sued the township, after it passed a Community Bill of Rights to try to prevent fracking waste disposal wells.

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Study says Mississippi corruption isn’t nation’s worst

By   /  December 11, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Legislature, Lobbying, Local Government, Mississippi, Misuse of funds, Politics, Transparency, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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Perception is reality, and when it comes to Mississippi corruption, the state’s not immune.

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Property tax levies climb despite increased state aid

By   /  December 4, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Finances, Legislature, Local Government, Minnesota, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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Minnesota legislators boosted the local government aid program for cities by $80 million in 2013 and sold it as a slam dunk toward lowering property tax levies.

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Supervisor, others charged in alleged corruption scheme

By   /  December 4, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Government Waste, Local Government, Mississippi, Misuse of funds, News, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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An Alcorn County supervisor and several alleged conspirators were arrested in connection with a 259-indictment on Wednesday.

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