Mississippi ACLU opposes armored vehicles for sheriffs

By   /  August 19, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Military, Mississippi, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

PHOTO BY: Navistar Defense

If the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi has its way, the flow of military-grade armored vehicles from federal surplus to local law enforcement will replicate one of Elvis Presley’s hits.

Return to sender.

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Kemper rate increases even felt on the soccer pitch

By   /  August 18, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Energy and Environment, Local Government, Mississippi, State Politics, Technology, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION: The Kemper Project, a first-of-its-kind power plant that converts pulverized coal dust into natural gas-like syngas to fuel power-generating turbines, has ballooned from an original cost of $2.4 billion to nearly $5 billion. The plant is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of this year, according to the Southern Company. PHOTO BY: THE SOUTHERN COMPANY

The battle over Mississippi Power’s Kemper Project $5.53 billion first of its kind “clean coal” power plant has been waged in the hearing room at the Public Service Commission and in the Mississippi Supreme Court.

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Mississippi law enforcement agencies armoring up

By   /  August 15, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Congress, Military, Mississippi, National, News, Politics  /  No Comments

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Heavy metal is coming to Mississippi.

As part of a nationwide trend, law enforcement agencies in Mississippi are beefing up their vehicle fleets with armored vehicles from federal surplus.

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$15 billion in unfunded county debts go dark in Virginia

By   /  August 15, 2014  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Local Government, News, Open Records, Virginia  /  No Comments

LICENSE TO PRINT MONEY:  Virginia's auditing agency is no longer disclosing the unfunded debt of counties and municipalities. At last report, the figure topped $15 billion.

 
By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia has stopped reporting billions of dollars in unfunded county debts, leaving the public in the dark about the depth of the red ink.
The last online report by the state Auditor of Public Accounts showed that Virginia’s 95 counties had piled up $15.4 billion — $15,474,494,443 to [...]

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Gov. Shumlin’s budget cuts approved — but will they last?

By   /  August 14, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, News, State Budgets, Vermont  /  No Comments

LESS INCREASED SPENDING:  Finance and Management Commissioner Jim Reardon praised the Joint Fiscal Committee for approving Gov. Peter Shumlin's budget rescission plan.

A legislative committee on Wednesday approved most of the Shumlin administration’s proposed $31 million in cuts to the annual budget, but lawmakers suggested the cuts may be temporary.

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Vermont’s revenues fall short to start new fiscal year

By   /  August 8, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, News, State Budgets, Vermont  /  No Comments

Jeb Spaulding (feature image crop) Secretary of Administration – Vermont

Vermont’s monthly revenues fell almost 1.8 percent short of targets in July, marking the third time in four months that revenues have failed to meet projections.

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