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Vermont business groups question $100,000 awarded to Burlington-based chamber of commerce

By   /  June 30, 2015  /  Accountability, Governor, Issues, Misuse of funds, News, Open Records, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Business development groups in Vermont are demanding to know how a $100,000 appropriation for fostering business with Quebec was awarded exclusively to Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, according to emails obtained by Vermont Watchdog.

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Christie vetoes tax hikes as he nears White House run

By   /  June 26, 2015  /  Governor, New Jersey, News, Politics, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

Governor's Office/Tim Larsen

Preparing to run for the White House, Gov. Chris Christie polished his image as a tax-cutter Friday with a billion dollars’ worth of vetoes to the state budget passed by the New Jersey Legislature.

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Christie challenges court order to release public record

By   /  June 22, 2015  /  Governor, New Jersey, Open Records, Politics & Elections, Power Abuse, State Government  /  No Comments

Governor's Office/Tim Larsen

In a bizarre appeal, Gov. Chris Christie is challenging a court order for his office to release a high-tech media list, assembled at taxpayers’ expense, as a public record.

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Cuomo goes ‘Gaga’ for more punitive legislation

By   /  June 15, 2015  /  Government Regulation, Governor, Legislature, New York, State Government, Watchdog Arena  /  No Comments

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Lady Gaga lent her voice to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “Enough is Enough” initiative in an op-ed the two wrote urging the passing of the bill before New York’s legislative session ends on Wednesday.

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Christie wins as court declares his pension reform unconstitutional

By   /  June 9, 2015  /  Governor, New Jersey, News, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Governor's Office/Tim Larsen

With billions of dollars and New Jersey’s fiscal future at stake, Gov. Chris Christie won a strange legal victory Tuesday when the State Supreme Court ruled that his pension reform of 2011 was unconstitutional.

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McAuliffe to spend salary’s worth in European economic development trip

By   /  June 8, 2015  /  Governor, News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

COME ON DOWN: Gov. Terry McAuliffe boasts about bringing new business to Virginia, but the state’s workforce participation numbers have been declining steadily since May.

State taxpayers will foot a bill roughly equivalent to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s annual salary as he, his wife, Dorothy, and economic development officials market Virginia to European nations on an 11-day trip abroad.

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