Tough reform talk, but no action four years after revelation of fat incentives

By   /  May 29, 2015  /  Finances, Texas  /  No Comments

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The Dallas Morning News story, in April 2011, announced investment fund managers with the state were hauling in six-figure bonuses, big enough to make Wall Street proud.

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Denver spends big money on controversial public art

By   /  May 27, 2015  /  Colorado, Finances, Government Waste, News  /  No Comments

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Three, 20-foot lanterns stand in front of Denver County’s troubled jail in a bleak industrial area off Havana Street and Smith Road, but the artist and city say the roughly $200,000 taxpayers spent on the public art could help take a bite out of crime.

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Watchdog Podcasts: Breaking the Bank — What can we learn from Illinois’ failed pension reform efforts?

By   /  May 22, 2015  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, California, Finances, Illinois, Issues, Pennsylvania, Pensions, Podcast, State Budgets, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments


In this week’s episode, hosts Eric Boehm and Steve Greenhut take a look at the recent state Supreme Court ruling in Illinois that tossed aside a legislative effort to deal with the state’s $100 billion pension debt.

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Pension reform promises $18 billion savings, but questions linger

By   /  May 20, 2015  /  Finances, Issues, News, PA Independent, Pennsylvania, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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“If this bills gets passed, as written, and signed by the governor, someone will definitely sue over it,” predicts James McAneny, executive director of the Public Employee Retirement Commission.

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PA taxpayers can now track Wolf cabinet members’ expenses

By   /  May 8, 2015  /  Accountability, Finances, PA Independent, Pennsylvania, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

TRANSPARENCY RISING: Gov. Tom Wolf announced this week another move to try and restore the public's confidence in government.

Transparency just got more clickable, as Gov. Tom Wolf announced on Thursday that his cabinet officials’ expenses are now online. The tool is easy to use, and taxpayers can search for data by name, department, month and type.

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Watchdog Podcasts: Breaking the Bank — How failed economic development ruins cities like Baltimore

By   /  May 1, 2015  /  Finances, Local Government, Podcast, State Budgets, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments


In this week’s episode, hosts Eric Boehm and Steve Greenhut take a break from the pension beat to reflect on the crisis that unfolded over the past two weeks in Baltimore. Everything that there is to say about the protests and riots has already been said, but we turn our focus to another aspect of the city – one that is literally breaking the bank: failed economic development projects that bring tourists and riches to a small part of the city while the rest of Baltimore struggles.

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