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Boeing Holds Bake-Off for Biggest Tax Breaks
Boeing Co. BA -0.12% is running the priciest corporate beauty contest in the U.S., as state governments across the country try to outdo a record incentive package from Washington state to lure work that would build one of the aerospace company's coming jetliners. Wall Street Journal
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IT jobs in demand in Austin
If you're looking for a new job or even in the market for a job change, there's good news. For computer programmers, the job market in Austin is booming. But the problem is there aren't enough qualified people to fill the 7,600 IT-related jobs in the city. kxan.com
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EPA proposal could shift war on renewable fuels
A battle royal over ethanol will be on display Thursday as oil, livestock, environmental, biofuels and consumer groups descend on a public hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency’s renewable fuels mandate. Politico
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Ethanol plants face closing if EPA cuts target
U.S. ethanol companies, producing at the fastest pace in 21 months, expect mill closings and cuts in production since President Obama's administration proposed reducing consumption targets for the first time. journalstar.com
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8 Northeast governors ask EPA to curb pollution from South, Midwest
The governors of eight Northeast states petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday to require nine "upwind" states in the South and Midwest to curb air pollution, which they say is blown by the wind into their region. Los Angeles Times
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How much can one state pollute another's skies? Supreme Court to hear case.
On Tuesday, the US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case that addresses what responsibility states have, or don’t have, in regulating pollution that ends up in other states' skies. Christian Science Monitor
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AT&T’s ultra high-speed fiber service launches this week in Austin; other cities likely in future, CEO Stephenson says
AT&T Inc. is rolling out its ultra high speed fiber service in Austin this week and CEO Randall Stephenson said his company likely will bring the same capability to more cities in the future. Dallas Morning News
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The 6 Most Outrageous Moments From The Guy Who Wants To Be The Next Senator From Texas
Tea party Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) will challenge sitting Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) in Texas’s Republican primary. Stockman, considered one of the most far-right Republicans in the House, filed his documents to run just before the 6 pm deadline Monday, surprising Republicans and Democrats alike. Think Progress
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There’s Now A Coloring Book To Teach Your Children To Love Ted Cruz
Are you a new parent terrified that the liberal media will turn your child into an Obama supporter? Or do you just need something to entertain your kids during those long drives to Tea Party rallies? If so, then a brand new coloring book is just the thing for your family! The “Ted Cruz to the Future™ – Comic Coloring Activity Book” is a “non-partisan, fact-driven view of how Texas Sen. Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz became a U.S. senator and details, through his quotes and public information his ideas for what he believes will help America grow,” according to its publisher Really Big Coloring Books. Think Progress
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State Budgets Improving, But Growth Still Below Historic Rates
State budgets are slowing improving, but when considering the impacts of inflation, spending and revenue are both still below their pre-recession peaks, according to the latest report from the National Association of State Budget Officers. Governing.com
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Features & Opinion

 Top Ten Places in the South for Relocating California Companies

Urban areas have all kinds of assets that are easy to spot. They have the population, so the labor shed is not usually an issue. Urban areas are also connected by better roads, rail and air service and many have river and deep water ports. Usually Internet access and other forms of communication are more efficient in urban areas. And you have a larger array of quality of life options to choose from, such as the cultural assets found in metropolitan areas.
 

 Randle Report - Business News in the South

 FEATURE  
By Mike Randle
The belief that "80 percent of all new jobs come from existing business and industry" is an out-of-date, old-fashioned fabrication. I have no idea how it started, where it started, or who said it first, but there are professionals in economic development as well as leaders of government in the South who actually believe that each year, 80 percent (why 80 percent I don't know, either) of all new jobs are created by existing business and industry. I hear it all the time and I just roll my eyes. There is nothing static in economic development but this: 100 percent of all lost jobs come from existing business and industry. That, and of course 100 percent of the time site consultants never pay for a meal.
 

 Business News in the South - Randle Report

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After I finished the cover story for this issue, I read an interesting article by economist Paul Krugman, the op-ed columnist for the New York Times, titled, "Partying like it’s 1995." Generally I side with Krugman, even though I am a journalist, not an economist. Occasionally, though, I read some of his stuff and ask myself, "What planet did Krugman come from?" Like when he predicted a shift of automotive assembly to Canada after Toyota announced a new plant in Woodstock, Ontario in 2005 because of "free healthcare," among other benefits. That Toyota deal was the last major automotive assembly plant announced in Canada and I predict it will be the very last one for the Canadians.
 
 Nashville Mayour Karl Dean
If you have ever seen one of my presentations, then you know about the word "reshoring" and how that phenomenon has lifted the spirits of even the most skeptical Southerners regarding the future of the region's economy. After all, in the last four decades, manufacturing has suffered a bloodletting never before seen in U.S. history. The biggest factor behind the slow and long meltdown that began in the 1990s was the herd mentality to offshore manufacturing capacity to cheaper locales, primarily by U.S.-owned companies.
 


 

 

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