Nebraska lawmakers quietly amend bill to send more subsidies to arenas

By   /  May 26, 2015  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

Courtesy photo

An amendment quietly tacked onto a bill in the waning days of the legislative session would give even more state subsidies to arenas such as Lincoln’s Pinnacle Bank Arena and CenturyLink Omaha.

Read More →

Erie shows wrong way to shop for economic growth solutions

By   /  May 26, 2015  /  Accountability, Economy, Government Waste, Jobs + Growth, News, PA Independent, Pennsylvania, Transparency  /  No Comments

Tumblr photo, user gregador

Erie provides several prominent examples of how not to hand out money. Research shows the benefits of economic development programs are murky. And the Erie examples show the hit taxpayers can take, whether the intended economic development is for sprawling dreams or economic hostage-taking.

Read More →

On eve of high court hearing, Sweet Briar records bare new story

By   /  May 26, 2015  /  Education, News, Open Records, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

END OF THE TRAIL? Sweet Briar College, an all-women's school, exhibited the trappings of prosperity -- before it didn't.

In a curious twist to the closing of Sweet Briar College, records show the school’s financial position was more precarious a decade ago.

Read More →

Study: More freedom leads to better results for charter school students

By   /  May 26, 2015  /  Education, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

charter schools

Allowing schools greater independence to make important policy decisions leads to better results for students, according to a new study from the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty.

Read More →

Bills designed to protect individuals, businesses fail this session

By   /  May 26, 2015  /  Accountability, Colorado, Judiciary, News, Power Abuse, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo By Arthur Kane

Bills that would have prevented police seizures of money and property without a criminal charge and helped people who say court receiverships ruined their businesses failed in this year’s Legislature.

Read More →

Texas business group slams EPA water grab

By   /  May 26, 2015  /  Government Regulation, News, Texas  /  No Comments

WATER WAR: Opponents say the EPA's "Waters of the United States" could even regulate cattle ponds like this one in Texas.

A state business alliance is accusing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of seeking to control “every pond, puddle and ditch in Texas.”

Read More →