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Texas is likely to receive a windfall payment of as much as $4 billion in 2014, and analysts say the challenge will be to properly invest that money in ways that will provide long term success without burdening taxpayers, 1200 WOAI news reports.
 
A federal judge in Louisiana is likely to decide in the next four months how much BP must pay in actual damages from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico oil spill. 
 
Unlike most civil penalties, which go to the federal government, Congress in the RESTORE Act has decided that the money from the BP settled will be distributed to the five states which border the Gulf of Mexico.
 
But Daniel Rothschild, a senior fellow at the free market R Street Institute, says huge sums of money in the hands of greedy and irresponsible politicians can come back to burden taxpayers, and Texas needs to make sure that doesn't happen.
 
First, he says officials have to avoid the urge to create new bureaucracies which will have to be funded by taxpayers after the oil spill money is gone.
 
"Using this to do what some have suggested to create 'green jobs' corps and civilian conservation corps, that is going to have long term serious ramifications for the state," he said.  "It means more people on the government payroll, and in the future taxes are going to go up to continue to pay for it."
 
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The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.

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