Small Business Administration pitting taxpayers against one another

By   /  March 31, 2015  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — Federal officials, through the Small Business Administration, are doling out billions of dollars in loans to wealthy business owners, some in Tennessee, who supposedly can’t start a business through traditional private lenders.
SBA officials, according to Adam Andrzejewski, founder of OpenTheBooks.com, have somehow lost sight of their original mission and are […]

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Tennessee man fears for his business after net neutrality ruling

By   /  March 17, 2015  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — By any measure, Bradley County resident William Haines is the classic American entrepreneur, an Internet service provider who said he’s trying to offer service in rural areas, places corporate Internet providers don’t exist.
“I go in to fill the void where people didn’t have any service. I’m not trying to compete […]

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School choice parents sue Tennessee education commissioner

By   /  March 16, 2015  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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Two sets of parents of children attending a Tennessee virtual charter school have filed a lawsuit to keep the school open. State officials want to shut it down after the school year.

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Louisiana-based company gets millions in corporate welfare — to locate where it already is

By   /  March 13, 2015  /  Louisiana, Mississippi, News, Tennessee, Texas  /  No Comments

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By Chris Butler | Louisiana Watchdog
Louisiana taxpayers are giving $1.8 million to a company to open a state-of-the-art factory in Livingston Parish, but the money could be going to a firm already located in the state.
Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal seemed to brag in a recent news release the taxpayer money will keep the company, Epic Piping, from locating in another […]

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Largest teachers union in TN gives vastly less to black Democrats, records show

By   /  March 12, 2015  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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Tennessee Rep. Larry Miller, D-Memphis, a member of the Legislative Black Caucus, said he was amazed to learn Wednesday the state’s largest teachers union gives vastly more money to white Democrats compared to black Democrats.

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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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