Billion dollar Vikings stadium still not for the birds

By   /  November 25, 2014  /  Accountability, Minnesota, News  /  No Comments

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Bird lovers launched a last-ditch drive at Friday’s Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority meeting to protect migratory species from what they consider a killer Minnesota Vikings football stadium being built with $500 million in taxpayer funding.

The Minnesota Citizens for the Protection of Migratory Birds went to the top of the political pecking order, calling on Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton to fire MSFA chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen.

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Labor union work by federal employees on ‘official time’ costs taxpayers millions

By   /  November 24, 2014  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Congress, Federal Government, National, News  /  No Comments

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Unionized federal employees spent 2.48 million hours working for their unions while getting paid by taxpayers during 2013, and more than 360 workers who are on the federal payroll spent 100 percent of their time working for their union.

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After Grubergate controversy fades, legal challenge to Obamacare remains

By   /  November 21, 2014  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Health Care, National, News, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

COMING THIS FALL: The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to hear a challenge to a system a lower-court judge has called a "protectionist regime."

Jonathan Gruber, the MIT economist and one-time architect of the Affordable Care Act, has been in the news a lot over the past two weeks.

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Internet crusader Al Franken rakes in cash from media giant

By   /  November 21, 2014  /  Accountability, Business, Campaign Finance, Congress, Issues, Minnesota, National, News, Politics, Regulations  /  No Comments

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U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., has made his name in the latter part of his first term as a crusader for net neutrality and a huge critic of billion-dollar mergers of multimedia companies.

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Colorado judiciary long on taxpayer money, short on transparency

By   /  November 21, 2014  /  Accountability, Colorado, judicial accountability, Judiciary, Open Records, State Government, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

Photo by Arthur Kane

Colorado Court Administrator Gerald Marroney barreled down the hallway of the judicial building a recent afternoon, looking straight ahead and ignoring my questions.

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Colorado changes welfare rule, increasing benefits and costing taxpayers

By   /  November 18, 2014  /  Accountability, Colorado, Government Waste, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families is six month less temporary in Colorado — and likely more expensive to taxpayers — after a state Department of Human Services rule change last year, a Watchdog.org investigation found.
The change has counties certifying a welfare recipients’ eligibility to receive benefits twice a year, records show. Previously, the full recertification was […]

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