Fact check: Leftist group uses bad Connecticut bridge to sell Idaho’s $95M tax hike

By   /  July 7, 2015  /  Idaho, News  /  No Comments

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Better Idaho failed in an effort Monday to support tax hikes on Gem State workers and families.

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Mississippi PSC votes to rescind 18 percent increase for Mississippi Power

By   /  July 7, 2015  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, Government Regulation, Mississippi, News  /  No Comments

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The Mississippi Public Service Commission voted 3-0 to rescind an 18 percent rate increase for Mississippi Power that helped fund the Kemper Project.

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Blindfolded: Group wants more transparency in the Supreme Court

By   /  July 7, 2015  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Finances, Issues, judicial accountability, Judiciary, National, News  /  No Comments

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To the authors of a new study on transparency in America’s highest court, that fact raises concerns about whether justices are disclosing conflicts of interest. More importantly, they want to show how difficult it is for average Americans to learn about the financial interests of the six men and three women who are the final arbiters of the nation’s most important legal issues.

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Republicans make final push for prevailing wage reform this week

By   /  July 7, 2015  /  News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Hutton acknowledged core conservative lawmakers are disappointed in missing a golden opportunity for full repeal of prevailing wage.

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Legislators pressure Minnesota board to license out-of-state teachers

By   /  July 7, 2015  /  Accountability, Education, Legislature, Minnesota, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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It’s been 10 years since Kirstin Rogers moved to Minnesota in hopes of continuing her 12-year teaching career, but state regulations forced her out of the classroom.

Now, new legislation requires the Minnesota Board of Teaching to overhaul the arbitrary licensing process that too often keeps qualified, out-of-state educators like Rogers out of the schoolroom.

“I asked them, explain to me how I could have this many credits and not be qualified to teach? And their response was, ‘It doesn’t work like that in Minnesota.’ I was angry,” said Rogers, who earned a master’s degree and held endorsements from Utah to teach history, English, geography and reading.

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Will union dues bill haunt Byron Cook?

By   /  July 7, 2015  /  National, News, Texas  /  No Comments

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Whatever else he did during the 84th session of the Texas Legislature, Byron Cook failed to keep a promise to Texas business leaders who aren’t about to let him forget it.

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