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

State policy changes endanger juvenile detention staff, former workers say

By   /  December 19, 2014  /  Colorado, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Colorado Department of Human Services administrators have “coddled” inmates and led to the increase in attacks on staff with a series of policy and procedural changes, former employees told Watchdog.org.

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As pump prices tumble, states feel pinch of lower oil prices

By   /  December 17, 2014  /  Alaska, Energy and Environment, Finances, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, State Budgets, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

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Crashing prices at the pump is good news for drivers but could prove to be a problem for budgets in states that rely heavily on oil and gas revenue.

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Lawmakers grill human services supervisors after Watchdog.org story

By   /  December 16, 2014  /  Colorado, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Part 3 of 3 in the series Juvenile Justice in Colorado

By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
Colorado lawmakers, in sometimes testy exchanges, questioned the state human services executive director about safety in the state’s juvenile detention facilities after a series of Watchdog.org stories that exposed increases in attacks on staff.
“I mean people aren’t safe, kids aren’t safe, staff […]

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It’s the priorities, stupid

By   /  December 10, 2014  /  Audio, Illinois, Media, State Budgets, State Government, Video, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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By Benjamin Yount | Illinois Watchdog Radio
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — It is not just that Illinois has lived for more than a decade on budgets that weren’t “real.”
It’s that  the state’s upside down priorities became entrenched during those years of deficit spending, Democratic State Rep Jack Franks said.
Franks, the only Democrat in the Illinois House of Representatives to consistently vote […]

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Repeat offenders target juvenile hall staff

By   /  December 10, 2014  /  Colorado, News, State Budgets  /  No Comments

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Part 2 of 3 in the series Juvenile Justice in Colorado

By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
DENVER — Zachary Curtis Oliver, the youth charged with attempted murder in the bludgeoning of a detention staffer with a rock-filled pillowcase at Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center, was arrested or investigated three times in 2012, records obtained by Watchdog.org show.
The arrests include suspicion […]

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Pennsylvania pension costs to climb by $466 million next year

By   /  December 5, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Finances, News, Pennsylvania, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

GETTING WORSE: The state budget will continue to be squeezed by increasing pension costs. (Source: Governor's Budget Office)

Lawmakers and governor-elect Tom Wolf will head into next year’s budget process with lots of new obligations to fulfill and little excess revenue with which to do it.

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