How powerful are public employee unions in your state?

By   /  February 26, 2015  /  California, Connecticut, Labor, National, New Jersey, New York, News, Rhode Island  /  No Comments

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More than half of the public employees in 13 states are union members, and government union membership rates exceed 25 percent in 27 states.

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Rogue subcontractors undermine Virginia’s legal workforce

By   /  February 25, 2015  /  Alabama, Arizona, California, Immigration, National, News, South Carolina, Virginia  /  No Comments

DAY LABOR: Illegal and unlicensed laborers compete for construction jobs at the expense of U.S. workers. The Pew Hispanic Center estimates that up to 40 percent of brick masons and drywall installers are undocumented.

On paper, Virginia’s laws against rogue contractors appear ironclad. In reality, the regulations look more like Swiss cheese — and taxpayers are losing out.

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The closest high-speed rail will come to Sacramento?

By   /  February 24, 2015  /  California, Commentary, Uncategorized, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

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The contractor for California’s high-speed rail system is having an event on the Capitol grounds, featuring a model car that is “Connectin Cities at 220 miles per hour.”
For $68 billion, they ought to be able to afford a “g” (in connecting). Furthermore, this train will never go 220 mph — not with a blended route that […]

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Virginia windfall soaks taxpayers

By   /  February 18, 2015  /  California, Illinois, Massachusetts, National, New York, News, North Carolina, Taxes, Virginia, West Virginia  /  No Comments

ROLL BACK TAXES: Shelly Capito rode a tax-cutting agenda to victory in West Virginia last fall. The University of Virginia graduate is the first Republican to win a U.S. Senate seat in the Mountain State in 56 years.

State tax collections are running “well ahead” of projections, so Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants to raise public-sector pay.

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Measles outbreak spurs lawmakers to propose repeal of Personal Beliefs Exemption

By   /  February 10, 2015  /  California, Health Care, Watchdog Arena  /  No Comments

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The over 100 confirmed cases of measles in the Golden State have led two lawmakers to seek the repeal of the Personal Beliefs Exemption.

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Driver’s licenses a magnet for immigration fraud in Vermont

By   /  January 22, 2015  /  California, Fraud, Immigration, Issues, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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As California battles a flood of immigrants seeking driver’s licenses after enactment of Assembly Bill 60, Vermont’s Department of Motor Vehicles has found issuing driver’s privileges to illegals can be a magnet for benefits fraud.

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