Ex-Im Bank scores poorly on transparency for taxpayer-subsidized loans

By   /  September 1, 2014  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Finances, Issues, National, News  /  No Comments

Source: Government Accountability Office

By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org
MINNEAPOLIS — The Export-Import Bank puts billions of taxpayer dollars at risk to subsidize purchases by overseas companies, and it doesn’t do a good job of making those transactions transparent, either.
The Government Accountability Office whacked the Ex-Im bank in a report released last week for shoddy record-keeping and oversight of three [...]

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Labor Day: Should we say ‘thank you’ or ‘no thank you’ to modern labor movement?

By   /  August 29, 2014  /  Accountability, Power Abuse, unions, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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It’s Labor Day weekend, which means the unofficial end of summer and the official start of football season.

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Bird-friendly glass won’t fly on billion dollar NFL stadium

By   /  August 26, 2014  /  Accountability, Minnesota, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

LOOK OUT ABOVE:  For about $1 million, the MN Vikings new stadium could be far less lethal to migratory birds in the Mississippi River flyway.

Minnesota Vikings bird-loving fans are flustered the NFL franchise won’t ante up a million bucks for bird-safe glass at the stadium now under construction.

“Blatant refusal to replace the glass because birds will die crashing into the windows has now convinced me this project is an embarrassment and horror to our Flyway and to our State. Conceit and greed is now painfully obvious and everyone involved should be ashamed,” wrote Mary Madeco-Smith on City Pages website.

Critics flocked to post online comments on news sites following reports that $46 million in newly announced stadium upgrades will not include $1.1 million for bird-friendly glass.

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Conflicting rules create ethics conundrum for mortuary inspector

By   /  August 22, 2014  /  Accountability, Ethics, News, Pennsylvania, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo by Porterfield-Scheid Funeral Directors & Cremation Services

Pennsylvania mortuary inspector caught up in conflicting regulations that left her at odds with the ethics commission. Why hiring practices need to conform to specific fields, to prevent these issues.

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Some city halls working for the (long) weekend

By   /  August 20, 2014  /  Accountability, community, Local Government, Minnesota, News, Transparency  /  No Comments

Weekend

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.”

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Citizens flay Virginia’s debt-ridden King George County

By   /  August 20, 2014  /  Accountability, Government Waste, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

REFORMER: Supervisor Ruby Brabo clashes with fellow board members over tourism and fiscal issues. She conducts workshops to educate and motivate prospective political candidates.

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.

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