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Piece by Piece, The Blue Model Sickens and Dies –

Sounds like Mississippi Power’s monopoly…. www.The-American-Interest.com | CASE STUDY: TAXIS | Nov 28, 2014 – 9:04 am The price for taxi cab medallions is falling across the country, reportsthe New York Times, as the long-entrenched system is facing stiff competition from startup car dispatch competitors like Uber and Lyft. The average price of an individual New York City […]

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Toyota employees pass through what will be an assembly floor for Toyota Corollas

Favoritism and Cronyism Flourish in Mississippi

When a new megadeal with a corporation moving to Mississippi is announced, politicians hold a news conference, cut a cake, boast about the number of jobs created and toss some dirt with gold shovels. by Steve Wilson – Watchdog.org |  June 03, 2014 | TheDailySignal.com When a new megadeal with a corporation moving to Mississippi is […]

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The American Conservative

The Party of Innovation

“A Party of Innovation will know it has succeeded by looking at one simple metric: the return on investment (ROI) from research and development must be higher than the return on lobbying (ROL). When that’s true, companies will allocate their resources to innovate rather than legislate their way to growth.” Derek Khanna is a fellow […]

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Cure for the Crony

Is there a cure for crony capitalism, or is our society too far gone? Is there a cure for crony capitalism, or is our society too far gone? Jonathan R. Macey offers some hope in a piece from the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. Noting that “Crony capitalism has ebbed and flowed in […]

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Cronies in the Wings?

Terry McAuliffe, former chairman of the Mississippi electric car company, GreenTech, is set to start his gubernatorial career this Saturday in Virginia. After past experience seeking state incentives and finding them in Mississippi, he is about to experience the other side of the coin—being lobbied by special interests. Terry McAuliffe, former chairman of the Mississippi […]

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May the Best Man Win?

Unfortunately, it’s sometimes the best crony that wins when it comes to government favors, and it’s often the public that loses out. Unfortunately, it’s sometimes the best crony that wins when it comes to government favors, and it may be the public that loses out. In a brief report by Reason Foundation, researchers Victor Nava […]

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Green Energy Investments Levy Safety on Taxpayers

Environmentalism seems to spawn corruption and cronyism on both sides of the Atlantic, according to John Hinderaker of Power Line blog. He provides an excerpt from the Daily Mail, which reports on its three-month investigation of renewable energy corruption on the other side of the pond. Environmentalism seems to spawn corruption and cronyism on both […]

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Mississippi’s Return on Cronyism

Virginia Governor elect Terry McAuliffe has lots of political buddies to work with, according to a recent opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, and several of those associates have connections to Mississippi. Virginia Governor elect Terry McAuliffe has lots of political buddies to work with, according to a recent opinion piece in the Wall […]

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Cronyism: Risky Business for Mississippi

Taxpayers, watch out. Cronyism is risky business. An article from the Wall Street Journal bemoans the workings of cronyism in the green energy field. It notes that several companies authorized for $9.5 million in Department of Energy grants just before the federal government shutdown had the same investor in common: Khosla Ventures, run by Vinod […]

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Does Occupational Licensing Help Us?

It is easy to think that it would be good to get professional service from someone who is government-certified. Licensing and certification seem to add an official stamp of approval, as it were, that a person is reliable and capable of doing a job (though this may not always be the case). But a closer […]

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