New PA bosses look a lot like the old PA bosses

By   /  November 26, 2014  /  Issues, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

LOWERING THE CEILING: State lawmakers approved a bill to drop the state's RACP debt ceiling to $3.45 billion from $4.05 billion.

Gov. Tom Corbett and state Sen. Dominic Pileggi were given the boot earlier this month, reshuffling political power heading into 2015.

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Pension funds spend millions on investment fees, but PA taxpayers in the dark

By   /  November 21, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, News, Pennsylvania, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Taxpayers are largely in the dark when it comes to Pennsylvania’s pension funds’ riskiest investments.

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No voter support? No problem! MN school boards can raise taxes

By   /  November 19, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Education, Legislature, Minnesota, State Budgets  /  No Comments

North Branch Schools Photo

Minnesotans faced 39 school operating levy referendums on the ballot this fall, fewer than in any election since 1996, nixing one of every four proposals at the polls.

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Oil prices may go back up — and that’s good news for New Mexico

By   /  November 17, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, New Mexico, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo by Rob Nikolewski/NM Watchdog

Oil prices are dropping fast but an energy forecaster predicts the price is heading back to a level that will ensure New Mexico producers will keep pumping.

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Bipartisan panel: Criminal justice system is ‘Reaching the Tipping Point’

By   /  November 13, 2014  /  Judiciary, News, Regulations, State Budgets  /  No Comments

Charles Koch Institute

By Josh Kaib | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Legal experts from across the political spectrum came together Wednesday to find common ground on overcriminalization.
The Charles Koch Institute hosted “Reaching the Tipping Point,” an event which examined the future of bipartisan sentencing and prison reform. Co-sponsors included Families Against Mandatory Minimums, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Texas […]

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Is New Jersey considering raising the gas tax?

By   /  November 10, 2014  /  Economy, New Jersey, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes, transportation, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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The Transportation Trust Fund is out of money. Will a higher gas tax be used to pay for transportation projects?

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