Watchdog Podcasts: Behind the Headlines — The economics behind taxpayer-funded stadiums

By   /  April 23, 2015  /  Finances, Minnesota, Podcast, State Budgets, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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In this week’s episode, host Eric Boehm sits down with Victor Matheson, a professor of sports economics at The College of The Holy Cross to discuss a stunning development in Minnesota: politicians voted against using public funding for a new soccer stadium.

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County’s fiscal watchdog sues county and police department to get access

By   /  April 23, 2015  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Finances, Government Waste, Local Government, Local News, Misuse of funds, News, Pennsylvania, Politics & Elections, Transparency, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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Police in Allegheny County say there’s no need for an auditor to keep tabs on how they’re spending the public’s money.
While she’s confident she has that authority, a judge will now decide.

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Watchdog Podcasts: Breaking The Bank — Pension gimmicks aren’t fun for taxpayers

By   /  April 21, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, California, Finances, Pensions, Podcast, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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In this week’s episode, hosts Eric Boehm and Steve Greenhut are joined by Joe Luppino-Esposito, editor of State Budget Solutions, to discuss some common pension gimmicks used by city and state governments.

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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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