Rogue agency defied judges to carry out partisan probe of Wisconsin conservatives

Browning: Shumlin ruling ‘a defeat for transparency and accountability’

By   /  December 15, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Accountability, Health Care, Issues, News, Open Records, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of Cynthia Browning

A Superior Court judge ruled last week Gov. Shumlin had the authority to keep his single-payer plans secret using executive privilege. In this interview with Vermont Watchdog, State Rep. Cynthia Browning, the Arlington Democrat who sued Shumlin, explains what the ruling means for transparency and accountability in Vermont. She also says she received flak from Democrat colleagues.

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Christie trips over reform image in travel record suits

By   /  December 1, 2014  /  New Jersey, Open Records, Politics, Politics & Elections, Politics & Elections 1, State Government  /  No Comments

Tim Larsen, Governor's Office

On the national campaign trail, Gov. Chris Christie portrays himself as an outspoken champion of open, honest, transparent government.

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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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New Jersey double-dippers scoop New Yorkers at the public trough

By   /  November 12, 2014  /  New Jersey, New York, News, Open Records, Pensions  /  No Comments

Governor's Office/Tim Larsen

 
 
By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
Start spreading the news: New Jersey is a paradise for double-dippers compared to neighboring New York.
New York State’s efforts to control double-dipping by “retired” public officials who collect pensions while continuing to work in government jobs are highlighted in a study released this week by the Empire Center, a […]

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SolarCity’s $750M tax gift shrouded in secrecy

By   /  November 10, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, National, New York, News, Open Records, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo: WIVB-4 News

By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org
New York taxpayers are footing the bill for a massive $750-million SolarCity manufacturing plant with a promise that the company will spend $5 billion there on product and development, but when a local TV station tried to find out contract details, they were told it was confidential.
Buffalo, N.Y., station WIVB-4 received […]

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Oklahoma employees send out offensive email jokes on state time

By   /  November 7, 2014  /  Government Waste, News, Oklahoma, Open Records  /  No Comments

Some Oklahoma Department of Transportation employees are violating state policy with inappropriate emails

Oklahoma Department of Transportation employees are supposed to keep the roads safe and clear, but some also used state time and resources to send out potentially offensive emails that referred to the president as an “Ass hole” and mocked overweight people.

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