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Florida budget stand-off stalls cellphone tax cut

By   /  April 10, 2015  /  Florida, News, Politics, Taxes, Technology  /  No Comments

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A standoff over health care is stalling a potential $470 million cut to the communications tax in Florida.

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Watchdog Podcasts: In Our Backyards — Property taxes prop up mass transit

By   /  April 2, 2015  /  Florida, Podcast, transportation, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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By Ben Yount and Will Patrick | Watchdog Radio
This is “In Our Backyards,” Watchdog.org’s podcast that examines local government — because the government that is the closest to you often can be the most important, even if you don’t hear much about it.
We’ll look at city councils, school boards and even water treatment authorities, because […]

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Congress may bring costly Amtrak service back to North Florida

By   /  April 2, 2015  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

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“No Amtrak long-distance train covers its operating costs. None even come close,” Randal O’Toole, a transit expert and Cato Institute scholar, told Watchdog.

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Florida solar amendment on the rise despite free-market concerns

By   /  March 26, 2015  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

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Breaking the public utilities’ solar monopoly is one thing, but what comes next?

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Florida officials back off land restriction, thanks to property-rights watchdog

By   /  March 23, 2015  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

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After almost two years of uncertainty and intense legal wrangling, local officials in Southeast Florida won’t end up imposing $1,000 daily fines against a small business. Its alleged crime? Violating a decades’ old environmental restriction that regulators never recorded.

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Nation’s oldest integrated coal gasification plant might point to more Kemper trouble

By   /  March 20, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Florida, Mississippi, News, Technology  /  No Comments

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By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog
If the experience with the nation’s oldest integrated coal gasification power plant is any guide, Mississippi Power has a steep learning curve ahead as it tries to bring its troubled Kemper Project power plant into operation.
Mississippi Power’s Kemper Project power plant, designed to convert high-moisture lignite coal into a natural […]

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