By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent
HARRISBURG — Back in March 2012 when Gov. Tom Corbett traveled Europe on a trade mission, he received a suave souvenir – a $275 fountain pen gifted by a public official at an event in Oyonnax, France.
That was while Corbett was touting Pennsylvania as part of trade mission paid for [...]
Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez is blocking a school board election in a scandal-plagued Southeast Texas district because it might endanger the four black members in the majority.Read More →
By Sheena Dooley | Iowa Watchdog
DES MOINES — When it comes to transparency in government, Iowa agencies face few consequences if they break the state’s open records and meetings laws, some state officials say.
Under state law, the only way for Iowans to remedy potential violations is to take taxpayer-funded agencies to court, which is a slow [...]
By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
HARRISBURG – A much-maligned loophole in Pennsylvania’s Open Records Law may soon be closed.
The House State Government Committee approved a bill Monday afternoon to end the right-to-know exceptions for Pennsylvania’s four so-called “state-related” universities – Penn State, Pittsburgh, Temple and Lincoln. The bill moves to the full House for a [...]
Debt is drowning governments across Pennsylvania. It’s not a new story, but this week financial problems at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and in the state’s municipalities were front and center.Read More →