Mississippi taxpayers owe $10,700 apiece for mounting debt

By   /  August 27, 2014  /  Constitution, Government Waste, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Pensions, Politics, State Elections, State House, State Politics, State Senate, Taxes  /  No Comments

Photo illustration by Steve Wilson

Can anyone spare an extra $10,700 for each Mississippi taxpayer?

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Bloomberg takes another shot at Nevadans’ guns

By   /  August 20, 2014  /  Nevada, News, State Government, State House, State Senate, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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A Bloomberg-backed group is back with a petition drive to revive a background check initiative for Nevada’s 2016 ballot.

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Mississippi taxpayers could be on the hook for $69 million loan to KiOR

By   /  August 13, 2014  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, Government Regulation, Mississippi, News, Politics, State House, State Lobbying, State Politics, State Senate, venture capital, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

IDLE: The Kior plant in Columbus, Mississippi is designed to turn wood chips into gasoline. The state loaned the company $75 million with a no-interest loan to build the Columbus facility and a larger plant in Natchez in 2010.

Biofuel manufacturer KiOR’s financial struggles might leave Mississippi holding the title to another failed green energy project.

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Mississippi may eliminate corporate franchise tax

By   /  August 12, 2014  /  Economy, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Elections, State House, State Politics, State Senate, Taxes  /  No Comments

WELCOME, WHERE'S YOUR MONEY: Thoroughfares, including Interstate 20, i-59 and I-10 in Mississippi could have toll booths if a White House transportation bill passes, opening the way for tolls on America's interstates.

If Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves has his way, one of the state’s most onerous taxes may be on the chopping block.

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$5.53 billion Kemper Project’s genesis a tangled path

By   /  July 28, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, Government Regulation, Lobbying, Mississippi, News, Politics, Public Utilities, State House, State Senate, Technology  /  No Comments

PHOTO BY: The Southern Company

 
By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog
It’s a $5.53 billion sentinel, rising above and overlooking the pine forests north of Meridian, Miss., in Kemper County.
How did it get here, this enormous steel structure, called at the same time the state’s biggest boondoogle and a great technological leap forward, a force capable of supplying the state’s energy needs for the [...]

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Mississippi pension fund heads for final ‘Jeopardy’

By   /  July 21, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Mississippi, National, News, Pensions, State House, State Politics, State Senate  /  No Comments

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We’ll take pension reform for a thousand.

Make no mistake, Mississippi is playing “Jeopardy” with its retirement fund.

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