Florida a top ranked economy? Not so fast, report says

By   /  April 24, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

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By William Patrick | Florida Watchdog
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — When it comes to economic rankings, especially by free-market leaning outfits, Florida often ranks near the top.
It’s a point of pride for Sunshine State lawmakers, even those typically opposed to low taxes and light business regulations.
But according to a new American Legislative Exchange Council study called Rich States [...]

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Could managed care offset OK’s surge in Medicaid spending for emergency room visits?

By   /  April 24, 2014  /  Health Care, Issues, News, Oklahoma  /  No Comments

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By Patrick B. McGuigan | Oklahoma Watchdog
OKLAHOMA CITY — Medicaid-financed emergency room costs statewide grew nearly $10 million to $178.3 million in fiscal year 2013.
The increase, from $169.6 million in 2012, came as SoonerCare, the state Medicaid system, expanded to cover for the first time ever more than a quarter of the state’s 3.8 million people.
Emergency [...]

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States imposing online sales tax aren’t driving business back to Main Street

By   /  April 23, 2014  /  Economy, Featured, Issues, National, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

AMAZING AMAZON: Researchers found that consumers are shifting away from Amazon in states where online sales taxes are being enacted. But those consumers aren't going back to Main St. businesses, either.

By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org

MINNEAPOLIS — Rather than providing a level playing field or a lifeline for traditional retailers, new online sales taxes are driving consumers to other, non-taxed, online retailers.

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La marihuana medicinal podría ser un buen negocio en Florida

By   /  April 11, 2014  /  Florida En Español, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

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Por Marianela Toledo | Florida Watchdog
MIAMI —La industria de la marihuana medicinal está en pleno apogeo en la Florida.
Con la pregunta sobre la legalización de la marihuana medicinal, rumbo a los votantes en las elecciones del 4 de noviembre, los emprendedores han comenzado a aparecer en un esfuerzo por alcanzar la planta baja del movimiento.
Dieciocho [...]

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Innovative, unique, even revolutionary: Surgery Center of Oklahoma

By   /  April 11, 2014  /  Health Care, Issues, News, Oklahoma  /  No Comments

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By Patrick B. McGuigan | Oklahoma Watchdog

OKLAHOMA CITY — A free market alternative for public employees begun here has the potential to save taxpayers billions of dollars nationwide and revolutionize the way Americans pay for their health care.

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