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Duplication and the Delta Regional Authority

By   /  January 11, 2017  /  Crony Capitalism, Economy, Federal government, Jobs + Growth, Mississippi, News, Transparency  /  No Comments

Photo illustration by Steve Wilson

  During NASA’s heyday, the agency used duplication on key systems as a safety feature for space travel. But duplication isn’t always a positive thing, especially when it comes to federal programs such as the Delta Regional Authority, which is under the microscope for what critics say is needless overlap with other programs. In his report titled […]

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Pharmacy benefit managers could be in legislative crosshairs

By   /  January 3, 2017  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Health Care, News, Regulations, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

While Congress has taken drug executives to task with high-profile committee investigations of price increases on everything from HIV medication to EpiPens, a crucial link in the drug-price chain has gone largely unscathed: pharmacy benefit managers, who play an obscure by significant role in determining the cost paid for prescription drugs by tens of millions of Americans. […]

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Scariest People of 2016: No. 3-Michael Guest

By   /  December 29, 2016  /  Criminal Justice, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Power Abuse, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Michael Guest, the District Attorney for Madison and Rankin counties, said that property rights aren’t as important as taking away one’s personal freedom.

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Scariest People of 2016: No. 5-William Sorrell

By   /  December 28, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, Issues, News, Power Abuse, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Part 6 of 10 in the series Scariest People of 2016 2016 might go down as one of the most unusual years in the history of American politics. Voters chose historic change, but in all too many ways, it was business as usual. Too many bureaucrats still put their own interests over the interests of […]

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Civil Asset Forfeiture Task Force working out final details on reform

By   /  December 14, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Criminal Justice, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Open Records, State Budgets, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is waiting for the reform recommendations from the Civil Asset Forfeiture Task Force, which were due on his desk by December 1.

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In bondage to City Hall, Express-News blathers about parks

By   /  December 9, 2016  /  Commentary, Politics & Elections, Taxes, Texas, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Five months ahead of the vote, San Antonio’s daily newspaper is already plumping for an $850 million city bond. The record municipal spending package isn’t finalized, but that’s not stopping the Express-News.

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