Is Orwell’s 1984 coming to Rhode Island?

By   /  November 25, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, Immigration, National, News, Power Abuse, Rhode Island  /  No Comments

Rhode Island: The first state to live in futuristic Epcot-style communities?

An Obama plan to move low-income and minority residents into government-funded “growth centers” has hit a snag in Rhode Island, first in seeking to enact such a statewide plan.

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Prisoners file $1 billion in fraudulent tax returns, audit finds

By   /  November 25, 2014  /  Fraud, National, News  /  No Comments

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Inmates and their accomplices filed $1 billion in fraudulent tax returns in 2012, a six-fold increase from 2007, according to a report released Tuesday by the Internal Revenue Service’s auditor.

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Billion dollar Vikings stadium still not for the birds

By   /  November 25, 2014  /  Accountability, Minnesota, News  /  No Comments

Lynn Thoele Photo

Bird lovers launched a last-ditch drive at Friday’s Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority meeting to protect migratory species from what they consider a killer Minnesota Vikings football stadium being built with $500 million in taxpayer funding.

The Minnesota Citizens for the Protection of Migratory Birds went to the top of the political pecking order, calling on Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton to fire MSFA chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen.

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VA woman admits $7.2 million child-credit tax scam

By   /  November 25, 2014  /  Federal Government, Immigration, National, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

IRS GIVEAWAYS: J. Russell George, Treasury inspector general for tax administration, says the IRS is issuing billions of dollars in credits to illegal immigrants and others.

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
More than a year after Watchdog reported the IRS sent thousands refunds to the tiny town of Parksley, Va., a woman has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and mail fraud.
Linda Avila admitted to obtaining more than $7.2 million in refunds by exploiting the federal government’s child tax credit program.
Avila filed more […]

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Vermont election review finds few discrepancies, low number of ‘walk-in’ voters

By   /  November 24, 2014  /  Elections, Issues, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of Vermont Secretary of State's Office

Vermont’s midterm election ran according to plan. An audit conducted by the Secretary of State’s Office showed no major discrepancies, and officials in Burlington and Montpelier reported few “walk-in” voters.

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Labor union work by federal employees on ‘official time’ costs taxpayers millions

By   /  November 24, 2014  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Congress, Federal Government, National, News  /  No Comments

AP file photo

Unionized federal employees spent 2.48 million hours working for their unions while getting paid by taxpayers during 2013, and more than 360 workers who are on the federal payroll spent 100 percent of their time working for their union.

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