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Court rules against city in open meetings law appeal

By   /  May 27, 2016  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Open Records, Regulations, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Despite negligible penalties, two appeals have been filed for the first time in cases of violations of Mississippi’s open meetings law.

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Congress sends signal to debt-ridden cities by shrugging off Puerto Rico debt guarantee

By   /  May 25, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Federal Government, News  /  No Comments

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The first cracks have appeared on the dam that restrains a great lake of federal, state, and local debt from inundating the country.

Two conservatives tried to patch one of those cracks at a Congressional hearing Wednesday, but were overruled by colleagues who wanted to reduce the water level by a few buckets full.The first cracks have appeared on the dam that restrains a great lake of federal, state, and local debt from inundating the country. Two conservatives tried to patch one of those cracks at a Congressional hearing Wednesday, but were overruled by colleagues who wanted to reduce the water level by a few buckets full.

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State Board of Education trims salary of double-dipping CIO

By   /  May 25, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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A Mississippi education administrator had his salary reduced Tuesday, but not before he’d made more than $293,000 off state contracts before his hiring.

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Will Arlington taxpayers play ball again?

By   /  May 20, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Jobs + Growth, News, Texas  /  No Comments

For the third time in 25 years, Arlington wants to hit up taxpayers for a new stadium.

The $900 million ballgame in Arlington isn’t set to begin until 1:30 p.m. CDT on Friday, but already the boo-birds are out in full force. All of the outrage probably won’t matter. It looks as though Arlington city officials have already made up their mind to commit at least $450 million of taxpayer money to […]

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PA charter schools seek equal funding

By   /  May 19, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, News, Pennsylvania, State Government  /  No Comments

EQUALITY FOR ALL?: Could funding Albany charters just as much as traditional public schools have fixed their financial woes?

Pennsylvania charters receive 32 percent less state funding than other public schools.

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How Pennsylvania schools waste $54 million on buses

By   /  May 18, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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No-bid busing contracts have been a giant waste of taxpayer money.

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