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Legislators to Evers: Worry more about students, less about dollars

By   /  September 22, 2016  /  Education, News, State Budgets, State Government, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

NEW VENTURE: The left-leaning New Venture dumped a lot of cash into the fight over a school funding initiative.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers says Wisconsin schools need more money. His critics say he should spend less time worrying about funding and more time working to overhaul a failing system. In his annual state of education address last week, Evers said, “each year that we kick the can down the road instead of […]

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Mississippi’s unfunded debt would cost each citizen $11,800

By   /  September 20, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

DEEP IN DEBT: According to the reform group Truth in Accounting, each Mississippi taxpayer owes $11,800 to cover the state's $8.4 billion in debt. Photo illustration by Steve Wilson

According to a new report by Truth in Accounting, each citizen would owe $11,800 apiece to pay off Mississippi’s debts, which amount to $8.4 billion.

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Accounting switch overshadows New Mexico’s newly reported pension debt

By   /  September 20, 2016  /  New Mexico, News, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

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The same year a new accounting rule required New Mexico to be more transparent about its pension debt, the state Department of Finance and Administration decided that a $14 billion land grant trust fund dating to 1898 was a new governmental asset. With the stroke of pen, New Mexico was in the black. Rather than reveal […]

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Incoming House Speaker sets sights on budget cuts, Enterprise Florida

By   /  September 14, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Florida, News, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

AP Photo/Steve Cannon

Rather than default to tax increases and new revenue schemes, Florida’s incoming House Speaker threw down the gauntlet on government spending.

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Drivers nabbed by red light cameras want their money back

By   /  September 12, 2016  /  Criminal Justice, Crony Capitalism, Florida, News, State Budgets, State Government, Transportation  /  No Comments

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Motorists from 65 Florida cities and counties want their money back after paying red light camera tickets that a state appeals court deemed illegal two years ago.

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Economist: Continental Tire plant deal won’t break even until 2024

By   /  September 9, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Crony Capitalism, Economy, Governor, Jobs + Growth, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government, Transportation  /  No Comments

Photo by the Mississippi Development Authority

A tire plant deal that will cost Mississippi taxpayers $263 million won’t break even until 2024, according to a 2015 analysis by the state’s economist.

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