Auditor says government supervisors do poor job of rooting out fraud

By   /  April 10, 2014  /  Alabama, Florida, Georgia, News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

Audit

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — You might assume someone who audits a local and state government’s finances is supposed to uncover waste, fraud and abuse, but you assume incorrectly, according to an auditor who works in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and Florida.
That’s the often-unfulfilled job of state and local officials who supervise those offices, [...]

Read More →

Make no mistake: Vermont’s proud to be original ‘guns everywhere’ state

By   /  March 28, 2014  /  Georgia, National, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

WE'RE NO. 1: Vermonters are proud they have the most 'guns everywhere.'

As Georgia and other states push to expand gun freedom, Vermont gun owners are claiming bragging rights as being in the nation’s original “guns everywhere” state — a distinction they link with the state’s ultra-low crime rate.

Read More →

Film tax incentives might be raw deal for Mississippi

By   /  February 26, 2014  /  Free Market, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, News, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

Mississippi Film Office

 
By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog
Plenty of filmmakers have used Mississippi as their backdrop.
Movies such as ”My Dog Skip,” “Huckleberry Finn” and “O Brother Where Art Thou” have taken advantage of the state’s unique man-made and natural scenery.
None, however, got a tax break to film in Mississippi, but that has changed. Mississippi is now in the business of financing movie production, to the [...]

Read More →

NCSW Tour visits Georgia fine arts magnet school

By   /  January 28, 2014  /  Education, Georgia  /  No Comments

NSCW-Train

Music, theater and other fine arts are part of the regular program at Davidson Fine Arts, a magnet school in Augusta, Ga.
“It’s a really great school and a great educational opportunity for the children of our community,” said Mayor Deke Copenhaver, who read a proclamation in support of National School Choice Week at the school’s [...]

Read More →

Court says charter schools won’t pay for Atlanta’s pension debts

By   /  September 30, 2013  /  Education, Georgia, News  /  3 Comments

school funding 1

Part 5 of 94 in the series Educating America

By Mary C. Tillotson | Watchdog.org
Atlanta’s charter schools will not be required to help fund the school district’s unfunded pension liability, thanks to a Sept. 22 Georgia Supreme Court ruling.
The pension debt, which had been accumulating since the 1970s, was around $550 million, and in May, Atlanta [...]

Read More →