Mississippi can’t quit federal money habit

By   /  March 27, 2014  /  Federal Government, Finances, Health Care, Louisiana, Mississippi, national debt, News, Politics, State Budgets, State Government, State House, State Politics, Taxes  /  No Comments

FLYING HIGH: Mississippi's state budget has the highest percentage of federal funds by any state, according to a recent report. PHOTO BY: CREATIVE COMMONS

By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog

Mississippi can’t shake its addiction to federal funds.

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New Mexico brings up the rear in personal income growth

By   /  March 27, 2014  /  Economy, Finances, New Mexico, News, North Dakota  /  No Comments

A TALE OF TWO STATES: New Mexico finished 48th in the percentage of personal income growth in 2013 while the booming state of North Dakota finished first.

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog

SANTA FE, N.M. – The weather in New Mexico may far surpass that of the frigid prairies of North Dakota, but when it comes to economic climate, the Land of Enchantment lags far behind.

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Bill would give MS auditor more power to keep tabs on industrial projects

By   /  March 12, 2014  /  Ethics, Finances, Mississippi, News, State Politics  /  No Comments

Auditor office photo

By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog
Since 2009, a half-billion dollars handed out to industry projects by the Mississippi Development Authority hasn’t been subject to the state auditor’s scrutiny.
Now, that might be changing.
House Bill 1318 passed the Senate Tuesday, and if a motion to reconsider isn’t filed it will be headed for Gov. Phil Bryant’s desk. [...]

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MS circuit clerk can’t use taxpayer money to fight embezzlement charges

By   /  March 6, 2014  /  Ethics, Finances, Judiciary, Mississippi, News  /  No Comments

SAY CHEESE: Shelly Ashley Palmertree's mugshot from her arrest on embezzlement charges. PHOTO: OFFICE OF THE STATE AUDITOR

By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog
Mississippi taxpayers won’t have to foot the legal  bill for a county circuit clerk accused of embezzlement.
Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley Palmertree, who was indicted in January on three counts of embezzlement, is on her own with her legal bills. Hinds County Judge Dewayne Thomas issued an order Tuesday [...]

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Pension crisis: PA auditor general warns of tax increases, bankruptcy

By   /  February 27, 2014  /  Accountability, Budget, Featured, Finances, Issues, Local Government, News, Pennsylvania, Pensions, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

ALL OVER THE MAP: Municipalities with less than 70 percent of the necessary funds to pay their pension obligations (shaded on the map) are considered distressed. (Source: Auditor General, using data from PERC)

Taxpayers’ public pension nightmares are worse than they seem, and local governments face the prospect of tax increases or even bankruptcies caused by mounting levels of pension debt.

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