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City’s bad decisions sink public pensions

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The Pennsylvania auditor general’s office did not mince words in its report on Jeannette, Pennsylvania’s pension problems: officials need to make “fiscally responsible decisions.” And the city’s recent promises to its uniformed retirees don’t seem to fall into that category.

GOOD TO GO: Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring ruled that illegal immigrants can get in-state tuition at the commonwealth’s public colleges and universities – a benefit not granted to American citizens who come from other states.

McAuliffe: Making special legal contracts public would ‘impose harmful restrictions’

Virginia  |  4:00 am

Virginia taxpayers may never know why the Virginia Retirement System needed $322,000 worth of outside legal aid last year for investments alone. Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed a bill that would have made all legal contracts the state makes with outside special counsel available online for the public.

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Mississippi bond bills would provide money for Gulfport aquarium, pet projects

Mississippi  |  4:00 am

A proposed Gulfport aquarium would get $24.5 million if a pair of bond bills are signed by Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant

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Don’t drink, don’t smoke: Illinois eyes bans on powdered alcohol and caffeine, e-cigs

Illinois  |  4:00 am

Illinois lawmakers are close to banning — or partially banning — new versions of some of the most popular products on any convenience store shelf.

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SBA gives business loan to woman now under federal indictment

Louisiana  |  4:00 am

By Chris Butler | Louisiana Watchdog
Lisa Crinel, a New Orleans wedding caterer under federal indictment, according to the FBI, could have gone through a private lender to help her start up her business.
Instead, Crinel, who was also the city’s 2004 Zulu Queen, got federal taxpayers involved in starting up her business, called LACE — The Grand […]

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Minnesota lawmakers: Zip public funding for proposed Zip Rail line

Minnesota  |  4:00 am

Trust, but verify. That might as well be the mantra of wary legislators out to protect taxpayers and property owners in the wake of the latest proposal for a high speed rail line from the Twin Cities to Rochester.

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EPA carbon plan will kill 38,000 Virginia jobs, report says

Energy and Environment  |  4:00 am

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Plan will boost Virginia’s electric rates 25 percent and eliminate 38,000 jobs in the state, a new study predicts.

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Whistleblower says senator’s visit won’t change anything at embattled VA

National  |  3:04 pm

By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org
The whistleblower who revealed secret waiting lists at a Louisiana veterans hospital plagued by supply shortages and shoddy care expressed skepticism that a U.S. senator’s visit Monday would change anything.
Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., said he toured the facility in response to stories by Watchdog.org that detailed how Overton Brooks VA Medical Center […]

OPEN MEETINGS? Nebraska Watchdog alleges the University of Nebraska broke the state's open meetings law in its president search.

AG asked to rule on whether University of Nebraska broke open meetings law

Nebraska  |  11:43 am

Nebraska Watchdog has asked Attorney General Doug Peterson to weigh in on whether University of Nebraska officials violated the state Open Meetings Act during its search for a new president.

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UT regent blasts speaker for ‘abuse of office’

Texas  |  2:10 pm

By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org
University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall accused the speaker of the Texas House and two other state lawmakers of abusing their offices Tuesday, hours after a Travis County grand jury decided it had no cause to indict Hall.
For the past two years, Hall’s few public comments on the inquisition he’s undergone have […]

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80 NJ Assembly seats up for grabs, yet few choices for voters

New Jersey  |  11:39 am

All 80 seats in the New Jersey State Assembly are up for grabs this year, but voters will have few choices in the June 2 primary election. Only seven races will be contested, according to the list of candidates released by state election authorities at Monday evening’s filing deadline

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