Obamacare navigator in Connecticut a convicted felon

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By Jillian Kay Melchior | National Review Online
National Review Online has confirmed at least one instance where a convicted felon is working as an Obamacare navigator.
Late last year, Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius told Congress it was “possible” convicted felons could be working as navigators, prompting concerns about privacy and identity theft. (When navigators [...]

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52 employees of Michigan state agency make at least $100K

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By Jack Spencer | Michigan Capitol Confidential
Promoting corporate welfare can be lucrative.
There are now 52 employees of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. with annual salaries of $100,000 or more.
That is a roughly 60 percent increase over the 31 MEDC employees that topped $100,000 in 2010, the last year Jennifer Granholm was governor.
The Michigan Information and Research Service, a [...]

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Did Maryland balance the budget with fuzzy math?

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By Len Lazarick | Maryland Reporter
Picking apart Gov. Martin O’Malley’s proposed fiscal 2015 budget, the Legislature’s chief fiscal analyst told lawmakers Monday that the administration relied on “familiar budget balancing strategies” to make the numbers work.
According to the fiscal briefing by chief analyst Warren Deschenaux, these tactics in O’Malley’s final spending plan included:

 leaving a fund balance cushion [...]

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Uncovering the Obamacare exchanges

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By The Arkansas Project Staff
The Advance Arkansas Institute has released a new paper on the Obamacare exchanges.
Do you understand how the Obamacare exchanges will affect you? Well, don’t worry about it: nobody else does either.
In fact, the Obamacare exchanges create extraordinary pitfalls for people who want to get married, change jobs, save money, or – indeed – seek medical [...]

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Goal of CA online tobacco sales ban: More state tax revenue

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By John Hrabe | Cal Watchdog
California may be considered a technology pioneer, but at least one state lawmaker wants to put the brakes on a growing segment of the online retail market.
Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, has introduced a measure to ban online sales of all tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes. Dickinson says the bill, Assembly Bill 1500, [...]

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