Parents sue state over Philadelphia schools

By   /  September 10, 2014  /  Accountability, Education, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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A group of parents whose children attend Philadelphia public schools are asking state courts to step in after the secretary of education ignored complaints about the district.

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Nevada’s debt a ‘sinkhole’ for its taxpayers

By   /  September 5, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Finances, Nevada, Pensions, State Budgets, Taxes, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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According to a report, Nevada has nearly $2.7 billion in debts it does not have the assets to pay, leaving the state an average taxpayer burden of $3,100.

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Report: Vermont uses ‘budget shenanigans’ to hide $2.6 billion in liabilities

By   /  September 5, 2014  /  News, Pensions, State Budgets, Transparency, unions, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Vermont’s legislative bean counters are engaged in highly misleading accounting practices, especially when it comes to what the state owes on employee pensions and health benefits.

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Unfunded retirement liabilities a looming disaster in North Carolina

By   /  September 3, 2014  /  Finances, Health Care, North Carolina, State Budgets, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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According to a report by Truth in Accounting, unfunded retirement pension and health care liabilities together make up over half of North Carolina’s debt.

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Open your wallets: Debt in Wisconsin costs each state taxpayer $4,400

By   /  September 1, 2014  /  Finances, News, State Budgets, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By Adam Tobias | Wisconsin Reporter
MADISON, Wis. — A lavish home entertainment system. A reliable used car. A trip to Europe. Braces for your child. A semester at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Those are all things expected to come with a price tag of $4,400.
But that amount is also what each Wisconsin resident would have to [...]

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Bird-friendly glass won’t fly on billion dollar NFL stadium

By   /  August 26, 2014  /  Accountability, Minnesota, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

LOOK OUT ABOVE:  For about $1 million, the MN Vikings new stadium could be far less lethal to migratory birds in the Mississippi River flyway.

Minnesota Vikings bird-loving fans are flustered the NFL franchise won’t ante up a million bucks for bird-safe glass at the stadium now under construction.

“Blatant refusal to replace the glass because birds will die crashing into the windows has now convinced me this project is an embarrassment and horror to our Flyway and to our State. Conceit and greed is now painfully obvious and everyone involved should be ashamed,” wrote Mary Madeco-Smith on City Pages website.

Critics flocked to post online comments on news sites following reports that $46 million in newly announced stadium upgrades will not include $1.1 million for bird-friendly glass.

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