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Public Integrity Without Smell of Politics
AUSTIN, Tex.--Suppose we all agree that investigations and prosecutions of corruption by state officials ought to be taken away from the local prosecutors in Travis County. Skip to the next question: Is there a place where political cases could be handled without any smell of politics? Gov. Rick Perry’s indictment on charges that he abused his official powers has reignited the perennial argument over who monitors the periodic criminal behavior of politicians and bureaucrats in Texas. The state has put that power in the Travis County district attorney’s office, which has a public integrity unit partly financed by the state to handle tax and insurance cases, as well as those involving accusations of misbehavior by state officials. Lately, conservatives have complained that prosecutors and grand juries in Travis County — the seat of state government and a Democratic stronghold in the middle of a reliably Republican state — are out to get Republicans, trying to wrest power they cannot win in state elections. New York Times
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Froma Harrop: As middle-class influence shrinks, so does legroom
Americans are in the dumps about their future. What does that have to do with legroom in economy class? Everything. The middle class sees its stature shrinking in the global pecking order and in a culture that favors money over well-being. There can be no better example for this than the indignities of flying economy. poughkeepsiejournal.com
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TVA money very important for economic development
Using TVA in-lieu of tax money for economic development was set as a priority when Rep. Ken Johnson, R-Moulton, and Senator Paul Bussman, R-Cullman, were elected to the Alabama State Legislature. "Paul and I saw that there were no resources in Lawrence County for economic development," Johnson said on Tuesday. "We would not have gotten the barrel plant without that water line upgrade and we used TVA money for that." Moulton Advertiser
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Paul Krugman: Job-creation claims point nation in the wrong direction
Gov. Rick Perry of Texas is running for president again. What are his chances? Will he once again become a punch line? I have absolutely no idea. This isn't a horse-race column. What I'd like to do, instead, is take advantage of Perry's ambitions to talk about one of my favorite subjects: interregional differences in economic and population growth. Postbulletin.com
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U.S. manufacturing needs more than cheap energy
Proponents of more drilling for oil and gas in the United States have said that the resulting low-cost energy is reviving U.S. manufacturing, but an anlysis by the Wall Street Journal Tuesday morning has found that hasn't happened. New techniques for drilling into shale and fracturing the rock to pull out large quantities of oil and gas are supposed to be creating thousands of new manufacturing jobs. The low cost of electricty in the United States is supposed to give our companies a competitive advantage in global trade. Houston Chronicle
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Tesla Gigafactory competition a ‘race to the bottom?’
Ever since Tesla Motors last year announced its intention to build a $5 billion “Gigafactory” for advanced batteries, states have scrambled to land the prized project. The competition only intensified when Tesla in February named its four leading contenders: Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. California, Tesla’s home base, quickly muscled its way onto the list. And while the electric automaker has broken ground on a “potential” Gigafactory site near Reno, the other states haven’t given up, cobbling together packages of tax breaks and other incentives. San Antonio’s offer is reportedly worth $800 million. Now a coalition of public policy groups in those states wants everyone to take a deep breath and reconsider. sfgate.com
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Is California too green for Tesla's 'gigafactory'?
When Palo Alto-based Tesla Motors announced plans to build a $5-billion battery "gigafactory," it listed four states as possible homes — none of them California. Since then, feverish wooing by Gov. Jerry Brown's administration and some state lawmakers has led Tesla to consider building the factory here, but at least two hurdles remain, both of them related to the state's efforts to protect the environment. It would be no small irony if Tesla turned up its nose at California, where it sells a third of its electric cars, because the state proved to be too green. Los Angeles Times
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U.S. manufacturing needs more than cheap energy
Proponents of more drilling for oil and gas in the United States have said that the resulting low-cost energy is reviving U.S. manufacturing, but an anlysis by the Wall Street Journal Tuesday morning has found that hasn't happened. New techniques for drilling into shale and fracturing the rock to pull out large quantities of oil and gas are supposed to be creating thousands of new manufacturing jobs. The low cost of electricty in the United States is supposed to give our companies a competitive advantage in global trade. HoustonChronicle.com
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How Repealing And Replacing Obamacare Would Help Restore Booming Economic Growth
One of the biggest drags on economic growth under President Obama has been Obamacare, enacted on a strictly partisan basis in 2010. That drag has come primarily from the sweeping overregulation of Obamacare. Forbes
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Enough with 'Free Trade'!
In the name of “free trade,” we have lost millions of middle-class manufacturing jobs. Our economy is dying, and for many of us, our standard of living is in free-fall. What people have been calling free trade is not free trade. Americanthinker.com
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