Watchdog Podcast: A Greek tragedy, school choice at the Supreme Court and political spy games in Wisconsin

By   /  July 3, 2015  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, California, Commentary, Education, Education Blog, Features, Federal Government, Finances, Issues, National, News, Pensions, Podcast, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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Greece is in crisis after decades of over-spending finally caught up to it.

What lessons does the mess in Greece offer for American cities and states that have piled up debts in the public pension system?

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Up in smoke: Colorado cities getting a bang for taxpayers’ bucks

By   /  July 3, 2015  /  Colorado, Finances, News, Taxes  /  No Comments

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This Independence Day, hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars will literally go up in smoke.

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Scranton handed out $3 million in ‘double pensions,’ adding to fiscal woes

By   /  June 26, 2015  /  Finances, Issues, Local Government, Local News, News, PA Independent, Pennsylvania, Pensions, State Government  /  No Comments

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Even as it was careening towards bankruptcy, the city of Scranton, Pennsylvania, okayed $3 million in bonus pension payments for a handful of city employees.

Those extra payments effectively doubled the retirement pay of 35 city workers, and they were handed out without a proper analysis of the cost to the city’s taxpayers, according to a state audit released this week.

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Residents says county is falsifying road data to get more tax money

By   /  June 23, 2015  /  Colorado, Finances, Fraud, News, State Budgets, Taxes  /  No Comments

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By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
Boulder County is falsifying road maintenance data, and the Colorado Department of Transportation is refusing to verify the filings, some residents of the county’s subdivisions say.
Chuck Wibby, chairman of the Boulder County Fairness in Road Maintenance community group, provided Watchdog.org with nearly a dozen examples of roads Boulder County rated as good in its […]

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Success in education lies in hard, relentless work, principal says

By   /  June 19, 2015  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Education, Finances, General, PA Independent, Pennsylvania  /  1 Comment

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While school spending does not necessarily predict success, high poverty rates usually predict low achievement. But six schools in the Pittsburgh area are finding ways to prove the latter wrong.

Flexibility is one of the features that sets apart these schools, says the report and a principal of one of these schools confirms. This seems bolstered by the fact that nontraditional schools make up more than half of the schools either in the high-performing group or on the cusp.

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Watchdog Podcasts: Breaking The Bank — Obamacare for your retirement account?

By   /  June 18, 2015  /  Federal Government, Finances, Issues, Pensions, Podcast, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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In this episode, guest host Ben Yount sits down with John Berlau from the Competitive Enterprise Institute to talk about how the Obama administration is planning to change how Americans plan for retirement.

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