Whacky bills litter agenda for Mississippi Legislature

By   /  January 19, 2015  /  Government Regulation, Legislature, Mississippi, Politics, Regulations, Technology  /  No Comments

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Out of 612 bills authored by the Mississippi Legislature, there are some that would be best described as whacky.

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Will new Congress take on ethanol?

By   /  January 9, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Federal Government, Iowa, Kansas, National, News, Politics, Regulations  /  No Comments

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The ethanol mandate in the nation’s Renewable Fuel Standard has come under fire. Will the new Congress attempt to eliminate it?

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Congressional leaders charge ‘potentially deceptive sales tactics’ by SolarCity, others

By   /  January 8, 2015  /  Arizona, California, Energy and Environment, Mississippi, National, New York, Regulations, Texas, U.S. House of Represenatives, West Virginia, Wyoming  /  No Comments

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By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org
Solar contractors including SolarCity and Sunrun are in the crosshairs of  Republicans and Democrats in Congress who seek an end to what they call “potentially deceptive sales tactics” associated with the companies’ zero-down, 20-year lease business model.
Spurred by consumer complaints that the massive savings they were promised never materialized, 12 Republicans […]

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14 examples of how government meddled in your life in 2014

By   /  January 5, 2015  /  Government Regulation, Government Waste, Minnesota, News, Regulations  /  No Comments

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Cameras banned at public debates sponsored by a good government group?

An indie documentary banned by a festival supported by taxpayer funding? A $2 million-plus wind turbine touted as a national model under the federal stimulus program though it didn’t work? OK, no surprise there.

This may be the most off-beat list of 14 stories from 2014 that you encounter as you look back on 2014. Frivolous, funny or even infuriating, these Watchdog stories of real life Minnesota sometimes slip under the radar of the mainstream media.

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Minnesota companies score Obamacare exemptions

By   /  December 24, 2014  /  Health Care, Minnesota, News, Regulations  /  No Comments

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Do you believe in miracles? Ask Greg Hall, whose company supplied technology and know-how that helped rescue 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for more than two months in 2010.

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Big government wants its share of the sharing economy

By   /  December 10, 2014  /  Audio, Jobs + Growth, Media, National, Regulations, Video, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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By Benjamin Yount | Watchdog Radio
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. —  Whether it is using an app to get a ride home or find a place to stay, the so-called sharing economy in the United States has blossomed in the past few years.
But, as a new report from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University explains, government regulators in […]

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