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Funding formula isn’t only measure of K-12 spending in Mississippi

By   /  December 6, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Federal Government, Federal government, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Mississippi’s education funding formula isn’t the only money being spent by state taxpayers on K-12 education, with other programs outside the formula.

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Erie School District’s recovery plan relies on $31.8 million more from state

By   /  December 6, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, News, Pennsylvania, State Government  /  No Comments

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The Erie School Board voted unanimously Monday night to adopt a recovery plan that relies on $31.8 million more in state funding increases and additional property tax hikes. Superintendent Jay Badams told the school board the district would use $25.5 million to eliminate its deficit and improve academic programs and $6.3 million to maintain and renovate […]

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New calculations add $45 million to Jacksonville pension debt

By   /  November 30, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Florida  /  No Comments

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Jacksonville’s pension crisis is worse than previously reported.

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Cities ‘disingenuous’ on taxes, senator says

By   /  November 30, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Legislature, News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

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A battle between Texas cities and the state Legislature broke out Tuesday, with property taxpayers in the crossfire. “I side with the payers, not the spenders,” state Sen. Paul Bettencourt said in unveiling Senate Bill 2 to reform Texas’ increasingly burdensome property tax system.

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Anodyne EdBuild contract with Mississippi Legislature goes public

By   /  November 23, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Open Records, State Budgets, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

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The contract with non-profit EdBuild and the Mississippi Legislature was finally revealed and there are few smoking guns or any specifics.

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Best of the worst: Austin debt totals $3,000 per household

By   /  November 22, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, News, Texas, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Austin’s reputation for big government spending took a bit of hit in a new report showing it has the lowest taxpayer debt of any large Texas city. Among America’s 20 largest cities, Austin had the fourth lowest taxpayer burden. But it’s no model of fiscal restraint.

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