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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Gov. Christie has no records of who pays for travel, staff claims

By   /  November 3, 2014  /  Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Jersey Big Stories, New Mexico, Ohio, Open Records, Pennsylvania, Politics & Elections, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Uncategorized, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

Tim Larsen/Governor's Office

 
By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
While Chris Christie has been vocal during a 19-state campaign trip that ends today, his staff has little to say about who pays for the New Jersey governor’s extensive political travels.
Christie’s office claims it has no records, emails or correspondence concerning the trips, and that it is exempt from […]

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Court orders Gov. Christie to reveal air travel records, not hotel bills

By   /  October 27, 2014  /  New Jersey, New Jersey Big Stories, New Jersey Featured, News, Open Records, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

AP photo

 
By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
Gov. Chris Christie’s hide-and-seek game over his state travel expense records continued with mixed results last week in Mercer County Superior Court.
Judge Mary C. Jacobson ordered the governor’s office to provide documentation of air travel expenses, including costs and itineraries. She awarded legal fees to a New Jersey Watchdog reporter and instructed […]

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