Christie stiffs New Jersey for security travel while Walker PAC pays

By   /  April 28, 2015  /  New Jersey, News, Open Records, Politics & Elections, State Government, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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When a governor takes out-of-state trips to campaign for a new job, who pays for the travel bills of the state police security details? In New Jersey and Wisconsin, the answers are different for two governors who are jockeying for position in the 2016 GOP presidential sweepstakes.

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Close enough for government work: This town reveals the problem with family and politics

By   /  April 23, 2015  /  Commentary, Ethics, Open Records, Pennsylvania, Power Abuse, Transparency  /  No Comments

SECRETIVE ABOUT SALARIES: Throop officials tried to keep salary records under wraps, but the state Office of Open Records ruled against the borough.

Watchdog.org was able to muster the resources to see the project through — including lawyers familiar with the ins and outs of open-records laws, the money to pay them and a reporter who simply refused to give up. But it shouldn’t take determined reporters, skillful lawyers and months of back-and-forth to get the public basic information about how their government works.

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Judicial department denies records of justices’ work habits

By   /  April 22, 2015  /  Accountability, Colorado, Judiciary, News, Open Records, Transparency  /  No Comments

Photo By Arthur Kane

The Colorado Judicial Branch has refused to disclose information about the work schedule of the chief justice and other employees after Watchdog.org documented some top judicial officials were paid additional public money to teach on state time.

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Throop turns request for salary data into open-records battle

By   /  April 22, 2015  /  Local Government, News, Open Records, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

SECRETIVE ABOUT SALARIES: Throop officials tried to keep salary records under wraps, but the state Office of Open Records ruled against the borough.

Throop officials didn’t make it easy to find out how much they pay their employees, several of whom PA Independent has reported are related to borough council members who run the tiny municipality in northeastern Pennsylvania.

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Christie reveals state security secrets to Cub Scout at public event

By   /  April 21, 2015  /  New Jersey, News, Open Records, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

Governor's Office/Tim Larsen

In a bizarre turn of events, Gov. Chris Christie revealed state security secrets – to a Cub Scout last week during a town hall meeting in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey.

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Travel club: Cost of Christie cops continues to climb

By   /  April 20, 2015  /  New Jersey, News, Open Records, State Government, Transparency, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

Tim Larsen/Governor's Office

As Chris Christie pursues his political fortunes outside New Jersey, state taxpayers were squeezed for nearly a half-million dollars last year to cover the travel costs of his security details. The travel expenses for the state police Executive Protection Unit rose to a record $196,006 for the fourth quarter.

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