Small business loan guarantee goes to large chain hotel

By   /  March 24, 2015  /  Colorado, Government Waste, News  /  No Comments

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Starwood touts itself in corporate filings “as one of the largest hotel and leisure companies in the world,” with about $6 billion in annual revenue and more than 180,000 employees.

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Taxpayer money fights booze, tobacco while backing liquor, cigarette stores

By   /  March 23, 2015  /  Colorado, Federal Government, Finances, Misuse of funds, News, Oklahoma  /  No Comments

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States spent about $38 million last year fighting tobacco addiction, and tobacco use costs the economy $289 billion a year in medical costs and lost productivity, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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House committee passes welfare ATM bill following Watchdog.org exposé

By   /  March 18, 2015  /  Accountability, Colorado, National, News  /  No Comments

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By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
DENVER —The Colorado House Business, Labor, Economic and Workforce Development Committee unanimously passed a bill designed to block ATM welfare withdrawals at strip bars, liquor stores, pot dispensaries and casinos after a series of Watchdog.org stories exposed thousands of tax dollars taken out at those locations.
State Rep. Tim Dore, R-Elizabeth, said […]

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Federal clerks provide inaccurate info on court documents

By   /  March 17, 2015  /  Colorado, judicial accountability, Judiciary, Misuse of funds, Transparency, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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Federal law clearly says that payment vouchers to outside attorneys acting as public defenders should be available to the taxpayers who pay those bills — especially after all legal appeals are exhausted.

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Businesses, lawmakers question receivership accountibility

By   /  March 13, 2015  /  Accountability, Colorado, judicial accountability, Judiciary, News, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

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For more than a decade, Aurora businessman Gregory Golyansky made a comfortable — though not extravagant — living from his downtown Denver pawn shop.

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Denver schools have four times the administrators as other districts

By   /  March 11, 2015  /  Colorado, Education, Government Waste, Local Government, News  /  No Comments

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Denver Public Schools had four times the number of administrators as any other large metro area districts last year, and salaries and benefits for those staffers are $22 million more than the next largest metro district, Colorado Department of Education figures show.

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