Nine western Twin Cities suburbs might as well post a ‘gone fishing’ sign on City Hall doors each Friday afternoon during summer. Closed for business. Come back Monday. Took dog to vet.
“The justification for summer hours was to make our city hall hours comparable with surrounding lake communities and due to the fact that Fridays have always historically been quieter days in terms of residents calling or stopping by city hall,” Dana Young, city administrator, clerk and treasurer for Deephaven, said in an email.
“Obviously, our administrative staff has also come to love summer hours, so that it has also evolved into somewhat of an employee benefit.”Read More →
King George County, a rural enclave of 25,000 people, has racked up $100 million in debt with a spending spree on new public buildings.Read More →
By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia has stopped reporting billions of dollars in unfunded county debts, leaving the public in the dark about the depth of the red ink.
The last online report by the state Auditor of Public Accounts showed that Virginia’s 95 counties had piled up $15.4 billion — $15,474,494,443 to [...]
The Internal Revenue Service isn’t the only federal agency where hundreds of employees do union business full-time on the public’s dime.Read More →
By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org
MINNEAPOLIS – In 2007, police officers working on an anti-gang strike force in the Twin Cities’ metro area pulled over a man driving a motorcycle, allegedly because he was speeding.
A subsequent search turned up a small amount of marijuana and $1,306 in cash. The police seized the drugs, the money and [...]
The Department of Defense soaks up more than half of all the United States’ discretionary spending — and that doesn’t even take into account the off-the-books spending for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — but all that money can’t buy a clear purpose or mission statement.Read More →