Baldwin aide breaks silence, alleges senator engaged in ‘coverup’

Watchdog Podcast: Code Blue — The Medicaid ‘doc fix’ that isn’t fixing much of anything

By   /  April 17, 2015  /  Federal Government, Finances, Health Care, Podcast, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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In this week’s episode, hosts Katie Watson and Jason Hart take a deep dive into the so-called “doc fix” bill approved by Congress last week. It’s not exactly fixing some of the underlying issues with Medicaid, which continues to be billions of dollars in the red, but at least it will put an end to annual fights over how doctors are reimbursed for their services.

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Slush fund? Santa Fe can’t account for $30 million in bond money

By   /  April 9, 2015  /  Accountability, Ethics, Finances, Local Government, New Mexico, News  /  No Comments

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“We really have no idea if there was fraud or embezzlement,” Booth said. “We don’t know how many millions of feet of pipe came in and where it went. My feeling is a lot of stuff walked away, especially now that we know there were absolutely no controls.”

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Pension bonds have been bad news, but Kansas is betting on them anyway

By   /  April 9, 2015  /  Finances, Issues, Kansas, National, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Too risky. That’s how a former Wall Street gambler who became New Jersey governor described the idea of states taking on additional debt to pay off pension obligations.

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Colorado taxpayers pay high salaries and more money to teach on state time

By   /  April 8, 2015  /  Accountability, Colorado, Finances, Government Waste, judicial accountability, Judiciary, News, Open Records  /  No Comments

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Taxpayers paid state Supreme Court Chief Justice Nancy Rice nearly $148,000 plus generous government benefits last year. But, since 2007, she collected more than $100,000 in public money teaching University of Colorado law school classes that began during normal judicial business hours, Watchdog.org has found.

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Emails reveal cozy relationship between Boeing, Ex-Im Bank

By   /  April 3, 2015  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Finances, Issues, National, News  /  No Comments

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Emails obtained by lawyers for Delta Airlines and published this week by the Washington Times provide a glimpse inside the cozy relationship between the federal Export-Import Bank and its biggest beneficiary.

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City’s bad decisions sink public pensions

By   /  April 1, 2015  /  Accountability, Finances, Labor, Local Government, Local News, News, Pennsylvania, Pensions, Taxes  /  No Comments

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The Pennsylvania auditor general’s office did not mince words in its report on Jeannette, Pennsylvania’s pension problems: officials need to make “fiscally responsible decisions.” And the city’s recent promises to its uniformed retirees don’t seem to fall into that category.

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