Editorial: Bipartisan group wants analysis on special-interest tax breaks

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that a bipartisan group of legislators, including Sen. David Blount, D-Jackson, Sen. Buck Clark, R-Hollandale, Sen. Terry Burton, R-Newton, and Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, support a resolution introduced by Blount that would “make it more difficult to pass special-interest tax exemptions without information about how much the breaks would […]

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Power plants and prudent public policy

A look at the cost of different types of new power plants from the Institute for Energy Research, based on U.S. Energy Information Administration data, reveals two factors for public officials to keep in mind when deciding what kind of plants to build. A look at the cost of different types of new power plants […]

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Is green energy catching an unfair break?

An interesting comparison of an offshore North Carolina natural gas development, the Manteo Prospect, to the energy equivalent of a proposed offshore wind farm project in Nantucket Sound, Massachusetts called Cape Wind. Here’s a rather interesting comparison of an offshore North Carolina natural gas development, the Manteo Prospect, to the energy equivalent of a proposed […]

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The Problem with Cronyism

“Those who can afford political influence get the benefits and those who cannot afford it suffer the consequences.” “Politicians gain from the contributions they receive from big business. And big business gains from the favors it receives from government. Sure, those favors have a cost. Because government has the power of coercion, it can force […]

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Solyndra: Another Reminder

Solyndra update: “Estimates are $24 million of a $527 million government loan will be repaid, and that’s not a sure thing.” Of the half a billion dollars U.S. taxpayers loaned to Solyndra, it looks like we might get back $24 million. You’re right, that’s not good: Failed solar power equipment maker Solyndra LLC has sketched […]

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Moral Markets vs. Cronyism

“The link between economic liberty and public morality is not tenuous; it is clear and direct. Economic liberty exists where private property and the rule of law are respected.” In his book Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy, Robert Sirico makes the cogent point that liberty cannot stand on its own; […]

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