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Accounting group puts Vermont’s debt at $3.9 billion

By   /  September 27, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, News, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

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A new report from a government accounting watchdog group finds that Vermont has a debt of $3.9 billion, despite claims of having a balanced budget.

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Evers misses the boat on teacher pay complaint

By   /  September 23, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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When State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers said in his state of education address at the Capitol last week that part of the cause of teacher shortages in Wisconsin is how much they’re being paid, he left out a few salient facts. “From 2009 to 2014, Wisconsin ranked near the bottom for change in teacher […]

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Shining a light on Texas’ pile of debt — and shadowy bond votes

By   /  September 23, 2016  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, News, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

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“Alarming levels” of local government debt are spurring Texas lawmakers to bring more transparency and accountability to bond elections. Here are three modest reforms.

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Mississippi’s unfunded debt would cost each citizen $11,800

By   /  September 20, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

DEEP IN DEBT: According to the reform group Truth in Accounting, each Mississippi taxpayer owes $11,800 to cover the state's $8.4 billion in debt. Photo illustration by Steve Wilson

According to a new report by Truth in Accounting, each citizen would owe $11,800 apiece to pay off Mississippi’s debts, which amount to $8.4 billion.

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Biloxi VA hospital has spent more than $362,000 on art since 2008

By   /  September 19, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Federal Government, Mississippi, News, Transparency  /  No Comments

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The Biloxi VA hospital has spent $362,808 on artwork purchases since 2008 to equip newly constructed buildings devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

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New study, old problems for Vermont Health Connect

By   /  September 19, 2016  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Health Care, Issues, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Lawmakers expressed fresh worries about Vermont Health Connect after a newly hired consulting firm gave its first evaluation of the exchange before the Joint Fiscal Committee on Thursday.

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