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Vermont repeats annual overspending ritual with House-OK’d budget

By   /  March 27, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Finances, Issues, News, State Budgets, Vermont  /  No Comments

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The Vermont House of Representatives on Thursday voted for a budget plan that praises sustainable spending but violates it yet another year.

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Bipartisan property tax reform tangled in partisan Pennsylvania budget debate

By   /  March 25, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, News, Pennsylvania, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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Based on some of the political rhetoric pouring from the Capitol, it’s easy to think Lake Erie separates Democrats and Republicans when it comes to property tax reform.

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John Kasich’s Ohio: Bigger government, mediocre job growth

By   /  March 24, 2015  /  New Hampshire, News, Ohio, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich is visiting New Hampshire to promote an “Ohio Story” of hope, economic growth and fiscal responsibility. Is his tale true?

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Pennsylvania lawmaker calls for open union negotiations

By   /  March 20, 2015  /  News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

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State Sen. Ryan Aument wants to shine a light into Pennsylvania’s figurative back room.

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Union lobbyist who worked one day as a teacher suing Illinois over $30,000 pension

By   /  March 19, 2015  /  Education, Finances, Illinois, Lobbying, News, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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After working one day as a substitute teacher in Illinois, David Piccioli could be entitled to an annual pension of more than $30,000.

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Watchdog Podcasts: Code Blue — Debunking one of the biggest myths about Medicaid expansion

By   /  March 18, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Federal Government, Health Care, Issues, National, Podcast, State Budgets, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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By Katie Watson and Jason Hart | Watchdog.org
Code Blue is Watchdog Radio’s weekly look at heath issues, ranging from the latest public health debates to small government views on health care reform.
Medicaid and Medicare are breaking the budgets of states and the federal government, but there are other options out there. Is Obamacare the best […]

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