Audit: HHS failure to screen Obamacare contract recipients cost taxpayers $400M

By   /  January 23, 2015  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Federal Government, Health Care, National, News  /  No Comments

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Not even good enough for government work.

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MS governor boasts successes but avoids talk of real reform

By   /  January 22, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Politics, Taxes  /  No Comments

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There were few concrete proposals in Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant’s State of the State speech.

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Dems, GOP offer competing agendas as NM legislative session opens

By   /  January 21, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, New Mexico, News, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo by Brigette Russell

With the first Republican majority in the New Mexico House of Representatives in more than half a century, GOP leaders are pushing small-government reforms in 2015.

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NM tops list of high crime states, with high cost for taxpayers

By   /  January 20, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Local Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

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Every year from 2004 to 2013, New Mexico’s rate has been higher than the national average. The human costs of crime can’t be quantified but the fiscal costs can.

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Shumlin proposes new taxes, says ‘we have a spending problem’

By   /  January 16, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, News, Taxes, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo by Bruce Parker

In a lengthy address centered on closing a $94 million budget gap, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin on Thursday proposed higher taxes and said the state has “a spending problem.”

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Lawmaker proposes school choice solution to Vermont’s education crisis

By   /  January 15, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Education Blog, Issues, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

Courtesy of State of Vermont

As Gov. Peter Shumlin addressed the state’s fiscal woes Thursday, lawmakers and education-reform advocates gathered at the statehouse to propose school choice as the solution to Vermont’s education financing crisis.

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