Trust, but verify. That might as well be the mantra of wary legislators out to protect taxpayers and property owners in the wake of the latest proposal for a high speed rail line from the Twin Cities to Rochester.Read More →
By Katie Watson and Jason Hart | Watchdog Radio
Code Blue is Watchdog Radio’s weekly look at heath issues, ranging from the latest public health debates to small government views on health care reform.
Medicaid and Medicare are breaking the budgets of states and the federal government, but there are other options out there. Is Obamacare the […]
Somewhere along the line, the Small Business Administration got big.
The volume in Minnesota of $1 million plus SBA-backed loans, which fell during the recession, has rebounded, according to “OpenTheBooks.com,” a new online tool for tracking federal outlays.
Seven-figure SBA-insured loans went to 151 Minnesota companies in 2013, compared to 75 in 2009. Altogether, 865 such loans have flowed to Minnesota businesses since 2007, according to the federal database.
Minnesota’s million-dollar loan list includes a dog spa, craft brewery, plastic surgeon, golf course, car-racing team, hotel chains, bowling alleys and chic restaurants. Private equity firms since 2007 have received a total of more than $500 million to further the SBA’s call to “start, build and grow businesses.”Read More →
By Yaël Ossowski | Watchdog.org
The Transportation Security Administration is defending its controversial “behavior detection program” against a torrent of criticism by civil libertarians and a fresh lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union.
“The Behavior Detection and Analysis (BDA) program is designed to detect individuals who exhibit anomalous behaviors indicating they fear discovery and may pose […]
States spent about $38 million last year fighting tobacco addiction, and tobacco use costs the economy $289 billion a year in medical costs and lost productivity, according to the Centers for Disease Control.Read More →
The United States may have the highest corporate tax rate in the developed world, but large companies, including foreign firms, are reaping billions of dollars in subsidies from Uncle Sam. Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., says it’s past time to end corporate welfare schemes that gamble with the public’s moneyRead More →