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Vermont on track to miss out on direct-pay health care revolution

By   /  March 25, 2015  /  Health Care, Issues, News, Regulations, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Direct-pay medicine offers top-notch health services at rock-bottom prices everyone can afford. Unfortunately, Vermont is set to miss out on this medical miracle.

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Texting ban could lead to more car crashes in Mississippi

By   /  March 19, 2015  /  Government Regulation, Mississippi, News, Regulations  /  No Comments

Photo by Steve Wilson

Could a ban on LOL and LMAO lead to more crashes in Mississippi? A study from a research organization that supports a texting-while-driving ban, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, has shown an increase in crashes in three of four states examined after texting bans took effect.

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Mississippi Power wants rehearing in front of state Supreme Court

By   /  March 13, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Mississippi, News, Regulations  /  No Comments

Photo by the Southern Company

Mississippi Power filed a motion Thursday asking for a rehearing in front of the Mississippi Supreme Court to reverse a Feb. 12 decision.

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Two coal ash spills, two very different penalties assessed

By   /  March 12, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Federal Government, National, News, North Carolina, Regulations, Tennessee  /  No Comments

Photo from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Duke Energy is about to get hit with a $102 million federal penalty for a coal ash spill. But the Tennessee Valley Authority had a much bigger spill and did not get a federal fine.

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Professionals in Pennsylvania feel special enforcement hammer

By   /  March 9, 2015  /  Finances, Pennsylvania, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

Chart by Rachel Martin; data from Department of State

The Pennsylvania Department of State each month publicizes its list of professionals who’ve been disciplined by the state’s myriad boards. A closer look, however, shows a special enforcement mechanism that has nothing to do with consumer well-being – the reason that’s given for states restricting who can participate in certain fields.

“The absurdity is visible on its face,” economist Donald Boudreaux told Watchdog.org.

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Study: Beverage tax would grab millions from the poor, do nothing to stop obesity

By   /  March 6, 2015  /  Issues, News, Regulations, State Budgets, Vermont  /  No Comments

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As lawmakers in Vermont consider a tax to help end obesity, a study by economists at George Mason University finds that raising taxes on “unhealthy” foods hurts the poor financially and does nothing to lower consumption.

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