Mississippi’s pension system improves, but unfunded liability still tops $14 billion

By   /  October 31, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Economy, Legislature, Mississippi, Pensions, Politics, State Elections, State House, State Politics, State Senate  /  No Comments

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Thanks to some improved returns on its investments, the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi is in much better shape, according to the newest financial report. But it still has more than $14 billion in unfunded liabilities.

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Democratic control on the line in Minnesota on Election Day

By   /  October 31, 2014  /  Elections, Minnesota, News, Politics, State Government, State House  /  No Comments

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Regardless of whether Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton holds on to his job next week as polls suggest, Minnesota voters appear poised to topple one party rule in St. Paul on Tuesday.

Even as Governing magazine moved the race for control of the Minnesota House of Representatives into the toss-up column, political pundit David Schultz raised eyebrows by predicting the GOP will turn over the seven seats needed to retake power — and then some.

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Auditor’s report raises issues on MAEP formula

By   /  October 22, 2014  /  Audits, Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Mississippi, News, Politics, State Elections, State House, State Lobbying, State Politics, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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The MAEP formula might be an even bigger fiscal drain on Mississippi, according to a brief by the state auditor.

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Medical marijuana bill unlikely to pass this year; faces House scrutiny, Corbett opposition

By   /  October 14, 2014  /  Issues, Pennsylvania, State Government, State House, State Senate  /  No Comments

NO MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN PENNSYLVANIA: Patients suffering from a variety of ailments could use cannabis to ease their pain, but state lawmakers and Gov. Tom Corbett remain skeptical of the bill.

A Senate-passed bill to legalize medical marijuana as a possible treatment for a variety of ailments probably won’t reach Gov. Tom Corbett’s desk this year.

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Three ideas for the upcoming Mississippi legislative session

By   /  October 3, 2014  /  Identity Fraud, Mississippi, News, State House, State Politics, State Senate, Technology  /  No Comments

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House Speaker Philip Gunn was seeking suggestions for the upcoming session for the Mississippi Legislature.

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Gov. Brown vetoes bill requiring warrant for law enforcement drones

By   /  October 2, 2014  /  Abuse of power, California, Legislature, Spying, State Government, State House, State Senate, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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Gov. Brown nixes a bill that would have forced police to get a search warrant before using drones for surveillance.

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