Effort to ban red light cameras in CO not slowing down

By   /  April 21, 2014  /  Accountability, Colorado, Issues, law enforcement, News, State Government, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

DENVER'S CAMERAS SLAMMED: A 2011 audit found lots of problems with Denver's red light camera program. A follow up audit last year found nothing had changed.

Red light cameras are really all about the green, says Colorado state Sen. Scott Renfroe.

Renfroe, a Republican from Weld County, says the automatic enforcement cameras used in a number of Colorado cities are about raising money more than ensuring drivers’ safety. His bill to ban the use of the devices is moving through the Colorado Legislature and could be on its way to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s desk before the end of the week.

Read More →

Heavy-handed police bring ‘Minority Report’ to life

By   /  April 18, 2014  /  Accountability, Arizona, Featured, Issues, law enforcement, National, National News, New Jersey, News, Power Abuse, State Government  /  No Comments

PRE-CRIME: With police targeting those who intend to commit crimes, is "pre-crime" going to be the next thing to make the leap from science-fiction to reality?

From coast-to-coast, police departments are starting to crack down on individuals considered “likely” to commit a crime, even if they have yet to do so.

Read More →

Johnstown hands out excessive pensions as it deals with $24M in debt

By   /  April 14, 2014  /  Accountability, Featured, Finances, Issues, Local Government, News, Pennsylvania, Pensions, Pensions, State Government  /  No Comments

Johnstown_flood_1889

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
Johnstown is deep in pension debt, but is handing out retirement payments in excess of what is allowed under state law.
A recent audit of the city’s four pension funds found more than $24 million in unfunded liabilities. Collectively, the four retirement accounts for the city’s police officers, firefighters, sewage workers [...]

Read More →

Tax mistakes hurt, especially when you pay someone to make them

By   /  April 14, 2014  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Finances, IRS, Issues, Judiciary, National, News, Tax Reform, Taxes  /  No Comments

BETTER OFF ON YOUR OWN: Taxes are confusing and complicated, and for good reason. But even the people paid to understand them can — and often do — make mistakes, the GAO found.

 
By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org
Taxes are confusing and complicated.
That’s why millions of Americans hire someone to help them fill out the proper forms and, in theory, get the biggest refund possible from the federal government.
But even the people paid to understand them can — and often do — make mistakes, according to the Government Accountability Office.
A GAO [...]

Read More →

Branson: Space shot ’90 percent’ certain in September

By   /  April 10, 2014  /  Accountability, National, New Mexico, News, State Government  /  No Comments

Branson

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE, N.M.  – Ready, set, blast off.
After spending at least $212 million to build Spaceport America in the desert of southern New Mexico, the state’s taxpayers have been waiting with alternating degrees of skepticism and anticipation as to when Virgin Galactic will finally launch its first spaceship into suborbital space.
Now, billionaire Richard Branson is [...]

Read More →