Mississippi taxpayers spent more than $1.4 million on ‘food for business meetings’

By   /  November 24, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Government Regulation, Government Waste, Mississippi, Misuse of funds, Politics, Uncategorized, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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Mississippi taxpayers spent more than $1.4 million on food for business meetings and “promotions” by state agencies.

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Labor union work by federal employees on ‘official time’ costs taxpayers millions

By   /  November 24, 2014  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Congress, Federal Government, National, News  /  No Comments

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Unionized federal employees spent 2.48 million hours working for their unions while getting paid by taxpayers during 2013, and more than 360 workers who are on the federal payroll spent 100 percent of their time working for their union.

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No-bid contracts under fire in Mississippi

By   /  November 24, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Corrections, Government Waste, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Politics, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

AP Photo by Rogelio V. Solis

A corruption scandal in the Mississippi Department of Corrections has the practice of no-bid contracts under fire.

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Pension funds spend millions on investment fees, but PA taxpayers in the dark

By   /  November 21, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, News, Pennsylvania, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Taxpayers are largely in the dark when it comes to Pennsylvania’s pension funds’ riskiest investments.

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Mississippi governor’s budget proposal isn’t a deep ball

By   /  November 19, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Mississippi, Politics, Taxes  /  No Comments

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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant’s budget proposal isn’t exactly a deep ball, either with cuts or with tax relief

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Despite $38B in unfunded liabilities, WI’s pension system tops in the nation

By   /  November 14, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, News, Pensions, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

PONDERING PENSIONS: Pennsylvania lawmakers believe there's an appetite for pension reform, but there's no exact idea of what it will look like yet.

By Adam Tobias | Wisconsin Reporter
MADISON, Wis. — Take a bow, Wisconsin.
Under the leadership of Republican Gov. Scott Walker, the Badger State once again has the most well-funded public pension system in the nation, according to a study released this week by State Budget Solutions, a fiscally conservative think tank based in Virginia.
The Wisconsin Retirement System […]

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