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Mississippi’s pension crisis explained in four charts

By   /  June 24, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Governor, Jobs + Growth, Mississippi, News, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Funding level PERS graph

The reason why Mississippi’s pension crisis is one of the worst in the nation can be explained in four graphs.

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Progressives say two-party system forces them to run as ‘fusion’ candidates

By   /  June 24, 2016  /  Governor, News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo by Bruce Parker

Progressives running as multi-party candidates say they are reacting to the dominant two-party system, but some rivals say the tactic is unfair and unethical.

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Mississippi pension system loses money on investments

By   /  June 23, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Governor, Mississippi, News, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo illustration by Steve Wilson

The Mississippi pension system is losing money on its investments so far this year, which could have serious consequences for the fund’s solvency.

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Labor commissioner holds private job meeting after Shumlin accused of protecting appointees’ jobs

By   /  June 3, 2016  /  Accountability, Governor, Issues, News, Power Abuse, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of state of Vermont

Vermont Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan backed away from reclassifying the position of a division director after Republican leaders accused Gov. Peter Shumlin of acting secretly to protect exempt appointees’ jobs beyond his tenure.

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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

Photo by Steve Wilson

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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Vermont GOP warming up to Trump

By   /  May 22, 2016  /  Governor, News, Politics & Elections, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo by Michael Bielawski

Vermont’s Republican leaders appeared to be warming to presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump as they voted Saturday to send 13 delegates to the Republican National Convention.

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