CHARGE IT: Wisconsin lawmakers charged taxpayers $140,370 for subscriptions to newspapers and online news services in FY 2013.

Op-Ed: The liability of an un-credible free press

Published on: September 18, 2017

Colorado groups beat the drum for federal tax reform

Published on: September 18, 2017
The medical marijuana marketplace is closed to all but a handful of dispensaries.

Medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan hit licensing snag

Published on: September 15, 2017

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Colorado in focus: Is Colorado a purple state or a blue state?

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The Gazette Op-Ed: Point/Counterpoint: Is Colorado a purple state or a blue state? Colorado’s discerning and independent voters will again make the 2018 election a competitive drama that goes down to the wire. There is a myth that Colorado was a Republican bastion for decades before Democrats finally broke through the red wall and the […]
Published on: September 19, 2017

Wisconsin in focus: Gov. Scott Walker to sign Wisconsin Foxconn bill Monday in Sturtevant

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Gov. Scott Walker to sign Wisconsin Foxconn bill Monday in Sturtevant Gov. Scott Walker Monday will approve up to $3 billion in subsidies for a Racine County flat screen plant, binding the state’s economic hopes and his own political future to the investment proposed by an Asian electronics giant. The 2:30 p.m. bill signing […]
Published on: September 18, 2017
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Florida in focus: Gas prices hit a three-year high in Florida

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Miami Herald: Gas prices hit a three-year high in Florida Two weeks after Hurricane Irma spiked demand for gasoline in Florida, gas prices have hit a three-year high in Florida, according to AAA. The average price of regular unleaded statewide hit a high $2.73 per gallon on Sept 14, surpassing the previous three-year high in […]
Published on: September 18, 2017

Pennsylvania in focus: ‘Engagement’ is the theme of the day for Pa. budget talks, as pillars of agreement take shape

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Patriot News: ‘Engagement’ is the theme of the day for Pa. budget talks, as pillars of agreement take shape Welcome to the stretch run! (And, apologies if you’ve read that here before.) But just as the state of Pennsylvania has started delaying payments to some creditors, it appears all sets of legislative leaders are ready […]
Published on: September 19, 2017

Minnesota in focus: With too many homeless and too few shelter beds, city funding policy debated

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Minneapolis Star Tribune: With too many homeless and too few shelter beds, city funding policy debated De Andre Hudson got the bad news on a recent weekday evening when he called the homeless hot line at Simpson United Methodist Church, asking if the city had an open shelter bed. No luck. Every adult shelter bed in […]
Published on: September 18, 2017

Michigan in focus: Thousands of Michigan state workers would be affected by proposed reforms every year

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Lansing State Journal: Thousands of Michigan state workers would be affected by proposed reforms every year The Michigan Civil Service Commission meets at 10 a.m. Wednesday, and could be asked to consider a host of changes that would expand the commission’s power over state workers and limit which issues over which state employee unions can negotiate. […]
Published on: September 18, 2017
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Pennsylvania House passes measure to close budget deficit with no tax hikes

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Pennsylvania House Republicans late Wednesday passed a measure they say will close the state’s $2.2 billion budget deficit without raising taxes. The plan includes using $630 million from what GOP House members call shadow budgets, money that has been reserved for years in non-operating accounts such as for mass transit, environmental protection and economic development. It also […]
Published on: September 14, 2017

Minnesota unions prepare for potential Supreme Court right-to-work decision

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Public sector unions across Minnesota are preparing for the fallout of a potential landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that could be decided in 2018. At hand is the possibility of the court instituting right-to-work policies across the U.S. The landmark case comes from Illinois. Mark Janus is a child support specialist for the state of […]
Published on: September 11, 2017

Business groups oppose local income tax ideas floated by two Michigan cities

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Two Michigan cities are considering local income taxes as a way to bolster revenues at a time when the Michigan Municipal League says resources going to municipalities are shrinking. Ann Arbor and East Lansing have both been studying the issue, but only East Lansing has moved to place an income tax measure on its November […]
Published on: September 14, 2017

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Virginia looks to reboot its economic development efforts after critical review

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Virginia’s top economic development agency is reorganizing itself in the wake of a blistering 2016 audit report that found the agency was not effectively managed and put the state at risk of fraud and wasteful spending. The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), which awarded close to $400 million to companies over the past 10 years, […]
Published on: September 13, 2017

Michigan pension reformers turn their attention to local governments

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Having successfully tackled teacher pension reform, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and state legislative leaders now want to devise a plan to rein in pension debt at the municipal level. Leaders of municipal organizations, however, are raising caution signs about the effort and stressing that a “one-size-fits-all” approach handed down from the state legislature wouldn’t be […]
Published on: August 7, 2017
PENSION REFORM: Pennsylvania would become the fourth state in the nation to set-up a 401(k) plan for new hires.

Pennsylvania Senate Republicans work to convert pensions to 401(k)-style plans

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A bill to reform Pennsylvania’s state pension system will give state workers better retirement security, reduce the state’s financial risks and put the brakes on ballooning property tax bills, supporters say. Senate Bill 1 passed the Senate Finance Committee last week and is now in Appropriations. It would allow new state employees to choose either […]
Published on: June 2, 2017