Mississippi Republicans face key issues in 2015 statewide elections

By   /  November 28, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Economy, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Pensions  /  No Comments

Photo illustration by Steve Wilson

Since 2012, Mississippi Republicans have been in charge of both houses of the Legislature and the governor’s seat.

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‘Green’ lobby pushes to extend lucrative tax breaks

By   /  November 28, 2014  /  Congress, Lobbying, National, Nevada, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

POLITICAL POWER: The world's largest solar array is in Nevada, Sen. Harry Reid's home state. Solar projects receive the biggest federal tax subsidies per megawatt of any form of energy.

As the lame-duck Congress limps to the finish line, billions of dollars in dubious federal energy subsidies remain in limbo.

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Why did this teachers union ban Coca-Cola?

By   /  November 28, 2014  /  Education, National, News  /  No Comments

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American Federation of Teachers, one of the largest teachers unions in the United States, passed a resolution last week to ban Coca-Cola from its facilities and events.

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Medicaid expansion could be among issues facing 2015 TN General Assembly

By   /  November 28, 2014  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

The Tennessee State Capitol.

Tennessee Republicans, after just having increased already existing majorities in the state’s General Assembly, will likely have a fight with Democrats over whether to expand Medicaid in the upcoming 2015 legislative session.

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How unions and council members derailed Phoenix’s efforts to stop pension abuse

By   /  November 28, 2014  /  Arizona, Budget and Spending, Elections, Finances, National, News, Pensions  /  No Comments

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Cities and states across the country are facing a difficult financial future because of growing pension obligations.

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US Steel keeping its headquarters in Pittsburgh — for a price

By   /  November 28, 2014  /  News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

Image courtesy of US Steel and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Pittsburgh icon U.S. Steel announced on Monday that it will be building its new headquarters in Pittsburgh, at the site of the former Civic Arena, which is currently a sprawling parking lot.

But the deal didn’t spring from any mere loyalty. A currently fuzzy picture of financial incentives helped to sweeten the deal.
Pittsburgh icon U.S. Steel announced on Monday that it will be building its new headquarters in Pittsburgh, at the site of the former Civic Arena, which is currently a sprawling parking lot.
But the deal didn’t spring from any mere loyalty. A currently fuzzy picture of financial incentives helped to sweeten the deal.

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