Off the rails: Here are three ways to look at the Twin Cities’ proposed rail line

By   /  July 29, 2014  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Finances, Issues, Minnesota, News  /  No Comments

SOUTHWEST LRT: The proposed light rail would cost $1.7 billion - but how much is that really?

For a cool $1.7 billion, the Twin Cities could have a third light rail operating by 2018.

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FCC commissioner wants to end Obamaphone fraud

By   /  July 29, 2014  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Fraud, National, News, Taxes, Technology  /  No Comments

OBAMAPHONE: FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai wants to set limits on the agency's Lifeline phone program for low-income individuals to rein in the rampant fraud and abuse of the program.

 
By Josh Peterson | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A top federal regulator wants the Federal Communications Commission to rein in the so-called “Obamaphone” program.
FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai told an audience of right-leaning tech policy advocates Monday morning during an event organized by the nonprofit organization Citizens Against Government Waste that he wanted to reform the Lifeline [...]

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Open data pioneer: ‘I didn’t ask Congress, I just did it’

By   /  July 21, 2014  /  Accountability, Ethics, News, Open Records, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo Credit: Daniel X. O'Neil

Waldo Jaquith didn’t set out to be a pioneer of government accountability. But after years of experimenting with government data for fun, the director of the U.S. Open Data Institute and creator of Ethics.gov finds himself at the forefront of a transparency revolution.

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Supreme Court takes a stand for limited government — again and again

By   /  July 7, 2014  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Issues, National, News, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

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By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org
MINNEAPOLIS — The Supreme Court is the most libertarian branch of the federal government.
Yes, the Supreme Court. The same body that once ruled the federal government had the authority to regulate wheat grown for home consumption — under the odd rationale that wheat not being sold was subject to the constitutional provisions giving [...]

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Philly schools to get $39M boost in House-passed budget, yet want more

By   /  June 27, 2014  /  Accountability, Education, Issues, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

AP file photo

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
The cash-strapped School District of Philadelphia would receive a modest increase in state funding next year under the provisions of a budget bill approved this week by the state House.
The Republican-crafted budget attempts to close a $1.4 billion deficit without raising taxes. That means most items in the budget are [...]

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The Police States of America: Five stories that prove we’ve lost the battle against police

By   /  June 25, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Accountability, Censorship, First Amendment, Issues, Louisiana, Maryland, National, News, Power Abuse, State Government  /  No Comments

THESE ARE THE COPS: Illinois Gov. Quinn may send State Troopers to Chicago.

t’s the land of the not so free and the home of the heavily armed.

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