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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

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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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Bipartisan property tax reform tangled in partisan Pennsylvania budget debate

By   /  March 25, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, News, Pennsylvania, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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Based on some of the political rhetoric pouring from the Capitol, it’s easy to think Lake Erie separates Democrats and Republicans when it comes to property tax reform.

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Nine of Pennsylvania’s 10 largest cities have more pensioners than workers

By   /  March 24, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Finances, Issues, Local Government, News, Pennsylvania, Pensions, State Government  /  No Comments

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By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org
Meet the new poster child for Pennsylvania’s municipal pension problems.
York is a mid-sized city of 43,000 residents in central Pennsylvania near the state’s southern border that’s facing more than $64 million in pension-related debt.
In next year’s budget, York will be expected to pay more than $10 million toward the retirement fund […]

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Campaign call rises: Abolish Virginia income taxes

By   /  March 24, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Florida, News, State Government, Texas, Virginia  /  No Comments

BREAKING FROM THE FIELD: Vince Haley stands out in the crowded 12th Senate District race with his plan to abolish Virginia's income taxes.

Seeking to stand out in a four-way state Senate race to succeed retiring Walter Stosch, Republican Vince Haley wants to abolish Virginia’s income tax.

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Crash course in transparency proposed for MN local governments

By   /  March 20, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Government Waste, Local Government, Minnesota, News, Open Records, State Government  /  No Comments

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It’s no secret we’re attached to our tablets, specifically our IPads. But so are thousands of local government officials, who rely on another IPAD — the state’s Information Policy Analysis Division — to comply with a greater volume of data and public information requests.

Under a bill before the 2015 Minnesota Legislature, government officials across Minnesota would undergo a sort of crash IPAD course in transparency requirements under the Minnesota Data Practices Act, Minnesota Open Meeting Law and data privacy statutes.

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Watchdog Podcasts: Code Blue — Debunking one of the biggest myths about Medicaid expansion

By   /  March 18, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Federal Government, Health Care, Issues, National, Podcast, State Budgets, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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By Katie Watson and Jason Hart | Watchdog.org
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 best […]

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