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Week in Review: PA lawmakers take up pension reform and property tax cuts

By   /  May 15, 2015  /  PA Independent, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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Not known for acting swiftly, the Pennsylvania General Assembly took up a slew of big issues this week, including property tax relief and pension reform.

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Oil, Maduro and a mango: The toss heard ’round Venezuela

By   /  April 27, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, National, News  /  No Comments

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro got hit by a mango thrown by a woman, underscoring the economic woes facing the country crippled by low oil prices.

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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

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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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Stupid country? ‘I-Squared’ immigration lobby hammers U.S. technology workers

By   /  March 18, 2015  /  California, Connecticut, Federal Government, Immigration, Iowa, Lobbying, National, New York, Technology, Utah, Washington  /  No Comments

RUNNING DOWN AMERICA: Sen. Orrin Hatch says the United States is a "stupid country" to deny entry to skilled tech workers from overseas

By Kenric Ward |
If it’s good for Google, is it good for America?
Under pressure to bring more foreign technology workers into the country, Congress is weighing a bipartisan bill to triple the number of skilled-work visas and expand other immigrant programs.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is all in. On Tuesday, the bill’s sponsor called the […]

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Dueling tax-cut plans set up showdown in Mississippi Legislature

By   /  March 2, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Jobs + Growth, Legislature, Lobbying, Mississippi, News, Politics, Taxes  /  No Comments

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Three Mississippi tax cut plans are competing for passage, with one of them phasing out the state’s income tax and the other the corporate franchise tax.

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Off the rails? Amtrak aims to reverse steep decline in Minnesota riders

By   /  February 25, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Minnesota, News, transportation  /  No Comments

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At a time when the increasing volume of freight train traffic in Minnesota continues to be virtually off the rails — in a good way — due to an economic uptick, Amtrak ridership in the state has headed in the opposite direction.

The publicly subsidized passenger rail line’s ridership in Minnesota plummeted by nearly 20 percent in 2014, partly due to the fallout from Burlington Northern Santa Fe railway’s soaring freight shipments on the same tracks.

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