Yaël Ossowski is a national investigative reporter for Watchdog.org. He previously worked at the Gaston Gazette newspaper and Fox 29 News in Philadelphia. Contact him at yael@watchdog.org and on Twitter @YaelOss. Follow his written and video exploits on Yael.ca.

Welfare program for laid-off workers doesn’t work; renewed anyway

By   /  July 1, 2015  /  Economy, Federal Government, Government Regulation, Government Waste, Jobs + Growth, National, News  /  No Comments

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A billion-dollar welfare program to help laid-off workers displaced by foreign competition has been saved from extinction, even though it’s been judged ineffective and wasteful according to the federal government’s own commissioned studies.

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Deval Patrick’s travel slush fund no longer secret

By   /  June 15, 2015  /  Massachusetts, News  /  No Comments

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick speaks during an interview at his Statehouse office in Boston, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. Patrick says he still has made no decisions about his future after leaving office. His final day as governor is Jan. 8.  (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

If your governor had a secret travel slush fund worth tens of millions of dollars used to jet set to Japan, Israel and the United Arab Emirates, wouldn’t you want to know about it?

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‘Another sad day for Connecticut’ as $2 billion tax hike set to pass

By   /  June 1, 2015  /  Connecticut  /  No Comments

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy speaks after being sworn in for his second term, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, inside the William A. O'Neill Armory in Hartford Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, Pool)

By Yaël Ossowski | Watchdog.org
He once promised to balance Connecticut’s books through spending cuts alone. Now Gov. Dannel Malloy says he’s ready to OK a nearly $2 billion tax increase no later than June 3, when the legislative session ends.
A new budget, passed by the House [UPDATED: Wednesday morning], will raise the state’s top tax bracket to […]

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At education summit, opponents protest charter schools in New Orleans

By   /  May 21, 2015  /  Education, Education Blog, News  /  No Comments

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Charter schools in New Orleans have enjoyed growing popular support over the years, but at least one group is hoping to quell the praise for reforms.

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DISH CEO Charlie Ergen flooded GOP with cash while it held FCC

By   /  May 14, 2015  /  National, News  /  No Comments

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Anywhere the wind blows in politics, the money is sure to follow.

As for DISH Network CEO Charles Ergen, a top political financier in the U.S. wireless broadcast game and regulation, it hasn’t just been a one-sided venture.

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Charles Ergen dished cash to Dems to push FCC special treatment

By   /  May 11, 2015  /  National, Technology  /  No Comments

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By Yaël Ossowski | Watchdog.org
Dish Network founder and CEO Charles Ergen’s political giving reveals support for politicians who lobbied the Federal Communications Commission to reserve spectrum space for small companies — spectrum that Ergen then won in the FCC’s controversial January auction.
In a May 2014 letter to FCC chairman Tom Wheeler obtained by Watchdog.org, six senators, all Democrats, […]

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