Iowa state House lawmakers’ salaries and perks: Searchable list

By   /  March 15, 2013  /  Featured, Iowa, News  /  No Comments

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How much do Iowa state House members earn? View our searchable online database.

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Searchable list: Click here to explore the Missouri $100K club data

By   /  February 15, 2013  /  Missouri  /  No Comments

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By Lee Ann O’Neal and Johnny Kampis | Missouri Watchdog
At least 574 employees on the Missouri payroll made $100,000 or more in 2012, a 5 percent increase from 2011, Watchdog found in crunching state records.
Check out who’s in that $100K club here. Search by state agency name (see a full list here), by position/title or by employee name. The [...]

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TX: Dimmit Co. sheriff waffles on deal to resign over outside work

By   /  December 10, 2012  /  Local Government, Local News, News, Public Safety, Texas  /  No Comments

OFF-DUTY: Dimmit County Sheriff Joel Gonzalez says he's not resigning over a misdemeanor chart of running a security firm without a license.

By Lee Ann O’Neal | Texas Watchdog
HOUSTON — You know it’s rough when the sheriff has a probation officer.
That’s how things stand in Dimmit County, where Sheriff Joel Gonzalez is under pressure to resign over complaints he neglected his duties while running a security firm without a license, the San Antonio Express-News reports.
The charge against [...]

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TX: Six-figure drone, hog snares spotlighted in homeland security report

By   /  December 6, 2012  /  Local Government, News, Public Safety, Texas  /  No Comments

'DISSERVICE': Sen. Tom Coburn derided Homeland Security Committee Democrats for advancing Alejandro Mayorkas' nomination without waiting for an Inspector General's report.

By Lee Ann O’Neal | Texas Watchdog
HOUSTON — Thanks to the Urban Areas Security Initiative there are two feral hog catchers at the ready to make Liberty County, Texas, a safer place to live.
Like the $65 for the brace of hog snares, the Department of Homeland Security has little idea whether the $7.1 billion it [...]

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TX: Windstorm agency withholds records on consultant

By   /  December 5, 2012  /  Featured, News, Regulations, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

WINDSTORM AGENCY: Texas’ insurer of last resort has refused to release to the public invoices for an outside consultant.

By Lee Ann O’Neal | Texas Watchdog
HOUSTON — A state agency so troubled that regulators took it over is complaining the costs of that oversight have become burdensome.
The $6.4 million a year, in part for outside consultants charged with helping turn around the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, is a “sore subject” for board members of [...]

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