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Shumlin losing base as union, socialists rally against ‘austerity’

By   /  April 13, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, News, Taxes, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo by Bruce Parker

Gov. Peter Shumlin was public enemy No.1 at Saturday’s “Fight Back” statehouse rally, which united unions and socialists in a call for higher taxes and an end to “austerity” in Vermont.

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Vermont 2nd worst economic outlook in nation, according to report

By   /  April 9, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Jobs + Growth, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Only New York is worse than Vermont when it comes to tax and regulatory policies that foster economic growth, according to a new report on economic competitiveness between states.

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Watchdog Podcasts: Code Blue — The alternatives to Obamacare

By   /  April 7, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Federal Government, Health Care, Issues, Podcast, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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By Katie Watson and Jason Hart | Watchdog Radio
Code Blue is Watchdog Radio’s weekly look at heath issues, ranging from the latest public health debates to small government views on health care reform.
Medicaid and Medicare are breaking the budgets of states and the federal government, but there are other options out there. Is Obamacare the […]

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Former tax commissioner: Vermont budget debate all taxes, no cuts

By   /  March 31, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Issues, News, State Budgets, Vermont  /  No Comments

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As Vermont lawmakers attempt to fill a $113-million budget hole caused by chronic overspending, a former commissioner of finance and taxes says the fix under consideration is all taxes and no cuts, despite claims to the contrary.

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Report gives Mississippi a C-plus for online spending transparency

By   /  March 30, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Finances, Government Waste, Mississippi, Open Records, Politics, State Budgets, State Government, Technology, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Mississippi’s website for online spending transparency earned a C-plus grade from a recently-released report.

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Vermont repeats annual overspending ritual with House-OK’d budget

By   /  March 27, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Finances, Issues, News, State Budgets, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo by Bruce Parker

The Vermont House of Representatives on Thursday voted for a budget plan that praises sustainable spending but violates it yet another year.

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