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Vermont Health Department abandons useless, costly nasal spray flu vaccine

By   /  August 23, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Health Care, Issues, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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After years of promoting a convenient nasal spray flu vaccine, the Vermont Department of Health says it no longer stands by the product, despite having spent more than $600,000 on doses over the past three years.

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Mississippi governor is far from state’s highest paid public official

By   /  August 19, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

Graph by Steve Wilson

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant makes $122,160, a salary that is dwarfed by 36 school district superintendents and other local officials.

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State revenues climb as Scott earns kudos for tax cuts

By   /  August 19, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Florida, News, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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At the same, state economists are predicting four years of state revenue growth.

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A mess of a week at Texas HHSC

By   /  August 18, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Health Care, News, State Budgets, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

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The weekend can’t come fast enough for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. On Wednesday, federal officials asked the state’s largest agency to return $57,884,268, the federal share of $95,359,841 in supplemental payments to doctors made improperly from 2004 to 2007. The report by the Officer of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of […]

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Jackson charter school funding explained in 5 pie charts

By   /  August 18, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

SMALL SLICE: Charter schools will take only 1.88 percent of Jackson Public Schools' more than $208 million budget in 2017. Graph by Steve Wilson

It only takes five graphs to show how charter school funding takes away only a small percentage of the Jackson Public Schools’ budget.

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Madison delays decision on $26 million referendum

By   /  August 16, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, News, Politics & Elections, Taxes, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

Madison School Board referendum presentation slide

MADISON, Wis. — The Madison school district’s Board of Education delayed until Aug. 29 consideration of a $26 million referendum request at a special meeting Monday night. “What I would recommend is that board members take this time between now and next meeting to make sure to get all your questions answered and clarified here,” […]

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