Stimulus award to Denver Post’s $50K bike tour goes unreported

By   /  October 20, 2014  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Colorado, Federal Stimulus, Journalism, Open Records, State Government, Stimulus, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

"Pedal the Plains" promotional video

The Denver Post’s inaugural 2012 “Pedal the Plains” bicycle tour may have received $50,000 in Stimulus funds from Gov. Hickenlooper, unreported by the paper.

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Maryland health care exchange keeps documents secret

By   /  October 20, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Accountability, Health Care, Maryland, Open Records, Politics, State Government, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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The state health care exchange is using the disclosure clause the Maryland Public Information Act to justify its own secrecy regarding its documents.

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New Mexico knocked for slow pace of financial data

By   /  October 20, 2014  /  Accountability, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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A state accounting watchdog group rapped New Mexico for its slow response time for financial data but the state says the criticism is unfair.

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State bans purchase of most SUVs but governor, family still chauffeured in them

By   /  October 20, 2014  /  Accountability, Colorado, News, Politics & Elections, State Politics  /  No Comments

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By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
Last year, the Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration, in an attempt to improve the state fleet’s environmental friendliness, issued a policy that prevents most departments from buying all-wheel-drive sports utility vehicles.
Yet, Gov. John Hickenlooper and his family are still chauffeured around in two SUVs, which according to government figures get [...]

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After wasting tax dollars, officials at CDC, NIH claim budget cuts hurt Ebola preparedness

By   /  October 15, 2014  /  Accountability, Audits, Budget and Spending, Federal Government, Health Care, Issues, National, News  /  No Comments

Photo by Center for Disease Control

By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org
Here’s a lesson about how government works: Public officials think they should always have a larger pot of taxpayer money, no matter how badly they have misspent, misprioritized and misused the taxpayer money they already have.
That’s pretty much the only logical explanation to the comments made last week by the head [...]

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Colorado governor supports most tax votes, but refuses to release his own tax info

By   /  October 15, 2014  /  Accountability, Colorado, IRS, Journalism, State Government, State Politics, Taxes, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

Gov. John Hickenlooper hasn't taken a clear position on Hancock's plan to allow Denver voters to strip key provisions from the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR), but only as those provisions apply to the city.

By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
When you’re a millionaire, even giving to charity apparently is complicated.
Watchdog.org has confirmed from two media outlets in Denver that Gov. John Hickenlooper did not provide his charitable contributions when releasing his tax returns to some Denver media. Representatives of one outlet said he didn’t provide the contributions until asked and [...]

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