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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Report gives Mississippi a C-plus for online spending transparency

By   /  March 30, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Finances, Government Waste, Mississippi, Open Records, Politics, State Budgets, State Government, Technology, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Mississippi’s website for online spending transparency earned a C-plus grade from a recently-released report.

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Vermont repeats annual overspending ritual with House-OK’d budget

By   /  March 27, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Finances, Issues, News, State Budgets, Vermont  /  No Comments

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The Vermont House of Representatives on Thursday voted for a budget plan that praises sustainable spending but violates it yet another year.

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Nine of Pennsylvania’s 10 largest cities have more pensioners than workers

By   /  March 24, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Finances, Issues, Local Government, News, Pennsylvania, Pensions, State Government  /  No Comments

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By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org
Meet the new poster child for Pennsylvania’s municipal pension problems.
York is a mid-sized city of 43,000 residents in central Pennsylvania near the state’s southern border that’s facing more than $64 million in pension-related debt.
In next year’s budget, York will be expected to pay more than $10 million toward the retirement fund […]

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