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Taxpayer restoration of historic courthouses trudges on

By   /  July 26, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, News, State Budgets, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

The Karnes County Courthouse back in the day.

The Texas Historical Commission has handed out more than $265 million over 17 years in taxpayer money to rehabilitate and preserve county courthouses. But what was once a short-term response to an embarrassment is now a program heading into it tenth legislative session having not yet gotten a third of the way to the more than 200 […]

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Drug-testing company executive indicted as Epps investigation expands

By   /  July 25, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Criminal Justice, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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The bribery investigation into former Mississippi corrections commissioner Chris Epps netted another indictment on Monday.

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Vermont’s revenue forecast downgraded by $28 million

By   /  July 22, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Issues, News, State Budgets, Taxes, Vermont  /  No Comments

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State economists project that Vermont’s tax revenues will be $28 million lower this fiscal year than originally forecast in January, mostly due to technical adjustments and a slightly weakening economy.

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Keystone State bets big on online gambling

By   /  July 15, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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The state could net more than $100 million from gaming sites, but lawmakers won’t vote on the bill until the fall.

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Why is this man smiling? Pennsylvania gets a budget, has no idea how to pay for it

By   /  July 12, 2016  /  Education, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, Taxes  /  No Comments

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The 2016-17 spending plan was allowed to become law without a revenue package, which may be illegal.

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Watchdog Podcast: Accountability, deception and Hillary Clinton

By   /  July 8, 2016  /  Accountability, Commentary, Federal Government, Issues, National, Podcast, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government, Texas, Transparency, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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The FBI says Hillary Clinton should not face criminal charges despite a long history of reckless behavior with sensitive and classified government information.

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