Out-of-control federal lending agency harms consumers

Near radio silence as Erie County prepares to spend $26M on an upgrade

By   /  July 31, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Finances, News, PA Independent, Pennsylvania  /  1 Comment

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Erie County is poised to decide whether to put the county on the hook for a $26.5 million radio system overhaul that critics say is unnecessary. One councilman who opposes the project says the city police chief also said it was unnecessary – but he wouldn’t comment on the record.

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Vermont to pay up to $2.7 million for faulty fix to state health exchange

By   /  July 30, 2015  /  Finances, Health Care, Issues, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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An independent report on Vermont Health Connect shows Vermonters will pay up to $2.7 million for June’s faulty technology fix, a fact not disclosed by the Shumlin administration’s report.

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Obamacare fines rise as subsidies go to people who don’t exist

By   /  July 30, 2015  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Finances, Health Care, Issues, National, News  /  No Comments

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The IRS fined more than 7.5 million Americans for not having health insurance in 2014, even as Obamacare subsidies were flowing to people who did not exist.

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Rand Paul’s ‘Economic Freedom Zone’ a fix for western PA?

By   /  July 24, 2015  /  Economy, Finances, Jobs + Growth, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Rand Paul wants troubled cities declared “Economic Freedom Zones,” with targeted tax cuts and reduced regulation to promote growth and spur jobs.

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Watchdog Podcast: A political witch hunt in Wisconsin comes to an end

By   /  July 17, 2015  /  Accountability, Commentary, Finances, First Amendment, Issues, Judiciary, Podcast, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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The Wisconsin Supreme Court brought an end to the three-year John Doe saga – a politically-motivated witch hunt in the Badger State targeting conservative individuals and groups that backed Gov. Scott Walker during his recall campaign in 2012.

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No more free rides? Oregon pay-as-you-go plan could one day fund highways

By   /  July 16, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Finances, Issues, News, Oregon, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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As part of this year’s budget, the Oregon Legislature created a pilot program for a new per-mile driving tax that could one day replace gasoline taxes as the primary form of revenue for the state’s highway fund. The new program is entirely voluntary in the first year – sign up, and you’ll get reimbursed for any gasoline taxes you pay at the pump, but you’ll owe the state 1.5 cents for every mile you drive.

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