Small signs of life in metro Atlanta's real estate and construction industries have local governments asking whether they should charge developers more to build homes, commercial properties and offices.
Source: Newark Star-Ledger | New Jersey |
August 8, 2012
The rule is hailed by businesses who say they are buried in environmental red tape. Environmentalists, however, are livid over the potential to undermine protections to New Jersey’s land, water and air.
Source: Washington Post | Maryland |
August 7, 2012
The New Farmer Pilot Project aims to help build small farms at a time when the county is struggling to preserve farming by training young farmers and placing them on privately owned land to grow sustainable crops and livestock for five years or more.
Coming out of the recession, states are aggressively competing for new businesses. To do that, they’re offering generous tax incentive packages to companies promising jobs. But such tax incentives are facing criticism for promoting a race to the bottom among states.
House Republican leaders are hoping that Members headed home for the district work period, particularly in drought-affected states, will hear from angry constituents all month, demanding that Congress do its job.
Source: The New York Times | Nation |
August 3, 2012
Cash-hungry states have long tried to poach business from one another. Now many are stepping up their efforts to lure gamblers from their neighbors to their growing ranks of slot machines, leaving states like Delaware, which embraced gambling early, struggling to keep up in what has become a feverish one-armed-bandit arms race.
Source: The Washington Post | Nation |
August 2, 2012
The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that the U.S. economy was slowing and unlikely to create nearly enough work this year for millions of jobless Americans, but Fed leaders declined to take any steps to boost growth.
Nationally, six straight years of revenue declines have put enormous pressure on state and local governments, nevertheless, some are thriving. Standard & Poor's, the credit-rating agency, reports that it issued more bond upgrades than downgrades in 2012.
The Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act are in full swing. With the influx of people who will be applying for benefits and the ACA requirement for online enrollment, it is more important than ever to verify the identities of those accessing benefits up front.