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The Wind and Sun Are Bringing the Shine Back to Buffalo

By Diane Cardwell, July 20, 2015

BUFFALO — Along a bend in the Buffalo River here, an enormous steel and concrete structure is rising, soon to house one of the country’s largest solar panel factories. Just to the south, in the rotting guts of the old Bethlehem Steel plant in Lackawanna, where a dozen wind turbines already harness the energy blowing off Lake Erie, workers are preparing to install a big new solar array.

Taxpayer Payoffs for Layoffs at Time Inc.

By Elizabeth Bird and Bill O'Meara, July 20, 2015

Publishing giant Time Inc. has been cutting hundreds of jobs in recent years, but its next round of layoffs come despite significant financial help from New York State taxpayers.

Top Enterprise Florida official leaving to reunite with former boss

By Marcia Heroux Pounds, July 17, 2015

The cost of attracting jobs to our region is rising. Broward and Palm Beach counties have awarded millions of taxpayer dollars for company relocations or expansions in recent months, including two major deals completed in just the past two weeks.

Kansas policy on tax credits values taxpayer privacy more than transparency to the public

By Bryan Lowry, July 14, 2015

Kansas handed out tax credits for plugging abandoned oil wells and shooting a movie in the state in 2013, but the state Department of Revenue won’t say how much they were worth or who got them.

Jobs agency lent $1.2 million to businessman with troubled finances

By Jason Stein, Mary Spicuzza and Andrew Hahn, July 10, 2015

Wisconsin's flagship jobs agency failed to run adequate checks and gave two awards worth more than $1.2 million to a financially troubled De Pere businessman who had not disclosed his problems to the state, a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel review has found.