Occupational licensing doesn’t really benefit consumers, study finds

By   /  February 19, 2015  /  Louisiana, National, News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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It may be time to clean off those rose-colored glasses that make occupational licensing regulations appear they’re created for public safety.

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Will donors punish GOP outliers on election law?

By   /  July 17, 2014  /  Alabama, Indiana, Michigan, National, New Jersey, News, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Politics & Elections, Supreme Court, Vermont, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

DUE DILIGENCE: Rep. Charles Dent took "great pains to make certain that nothing would penalize states."

By Kenric Ward |
WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than two-thirds of the Republican co-sponsors of a controversial voter bill have gone silent.
They have good reason to lay low, says one election-law attorney.
U.S. Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., author of the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014, said he’s proud to work with the American Civil Liberties Union and […]

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Crony states of America: Padding profits at public expense

By   /  May 28, 2014  /  National, News, Politics  /  No Comments

STATIST DUOPOLY GAME: Bipartisanship aims "targeted incentives" to selected businesses -- effectively privatizing the profits of a few while socializing the costs on the rest through cronyism.

By Kenric Ward |
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The multibillion-dollar duopoly game known as “economic development” is steadily shifting wealth from taxpayers to large corporations, state by state.
Democrat and Republican politicians bargain with “targeting investments” that purport to pick “winning” companies. Democrats, contrary to their rhetoric, are all in for this style of trickle-down economics — even when […]

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States work to protect electric grid from solar storms and nuclear attacks

By   /  April 7, 2014  /  Florida, National, News, Oklahoma, Technology, Texas, Virginia  /  No Comments

POWER PUNCH: Federal data challenge energy cost claims by environmental groups

By Josh Peterson |
States are working to protect their electrical grids from solar storms and nuclear attacks, frustrated by federal inaction to do the same.
Fearful of the deadly consequences of an electromagnetic pulse, should one hit the electrical grid, states have taken the protection of their residents into their own hands.
An EMP is a wave […]

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State tax rankings show IN on the rise, MN slipping

By   /  October 11, 2013  /  Alaska, California, Indiana, Minnesota, National, New Jersey, News, North Carolina, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

THE BEST AND THE WORSE: If you want low taxes, go west but avoid California. Like paying the government lots of money? The northeast is where you want to be. (Graphic: The Tax Foundation)

People looking to save a little on their tax bills in 2014 should move to Wyoming or South Dakota.

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KEEGAN: New ‘State of the States’ fiscal crisis study recognizes reality

By   /  December 10, 2012  /  Commentary  /  No Comments

ADMIT IT: State and local politicians, like alcoholics, have been telling taxpayers, government workers and themselves that they don't have a problem. If recognition is the first step towards recovery, the State of the States Report is progress, indeed

By Frank Keegan | State Budget Solutions
The “State of the States” report released recently puts hidden state and local debt at $7.3 trillion, stating: “States do not account to citizens in ways that are transparent, timely or accessible.” If state and local governments fail to act decisively now, cities, towns and counties will go bankrupt, and states could fall […]

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