By Jennifer Crull | Watchdog Opinion
On February 9, 2015, the State Treasurer of Iowa, Michael L. Fitzgerald, released the report of outstanding debt obligations for state and local governments. This year’s report shows over $15 billion is owed by these entities, and this is money that has to be paid back with taxpayers’ dollars.
Given the […]
By Deborah D. Thorton | Watchdog Opinion
A New York Times article, “The Hardest Places to Live in the U.S.,” used data on median income and life expectancy, plus college educated, unemployed, disabled, or obese percentages to generate rankings for all 3,135 U.S. counties. Some of Iowa’s counties stand out, on both ends.
At the high end […]
By Jillian Kay Melchior | Watchdog.org
The Department of Energy last week announced a conditional loan of $259 million to Alcoa Inc., supporting the manufacture of lightweight-aluminum auto bodies.
The resurrection of the DOE’s controversial fuel-efficient-vehicle loan program is a bad idea in light of the agency’s awful track record on taxpayer-backed green investments. All told, the […]
A government accountability group says “unanswered questions” warrant a criminal investigation into actions by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and others involved in the EB-5 visa program.Read More →