These ‘numbers’ might fix high deficits in New Jersey’s budget

By   /  April 4, 2014  /  Budget, Finances, National, New Jersey, News, State Budgets, State Government, State Politics  /  No Comments

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By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
If the Garden State turns to pot, would some of the state’s budget woes go up in smoke?
New Jersey is facing a budget shortfall of $526 million through July 2015, a reoccurring crisis that’s become an annual drama in Trenton.
“In the words of New Jersey Hall of Fame member [...]

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VT lawmakers: Shumlin hiding information about single-payer plan

By   /  April 3, 2014  /  Accountability, Affordable Care Act, Capitalism, Ethics, Finances, Governor, Health Care, Issues, Legislature, News, Obamacare, Public records, State Budgets, State Politics, Taxes, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

BUDGET BATTLES: Gov. Peter Shumlin's fiscal year 2015 budget proposal faces intense scrutiny

By Bruce Parker | For Vermont Watchdog
MONTPELIER, Vt. – State lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are accusing Gov. Peter Shumlin of hiding critical information about financing single-payer health care in Vermont.
“We have a governor who is violating the law,” state Sen. Joseph Benning, R-Caledonia, told Vermont Watchdog.
Benning, the Senate minority leader, said state [...]

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It’s Groundhog Day, not April Fool’s Day, for IL pension reform

By   /  April 1, 2014  /  Illinois, News, Pensions, State Budgets  /  No Comments

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The calendar says April 1, but it feels more like Groundhog Day.

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New vehicle and driver fees kick in today

By   /  March 31, 2014  /  Featured, Issues, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government, transportation  /  No Comments

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Get ready to pay a little more to keep your car on the road in Pennsylvania.

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Mississippi can’t quit federal money habit

By   /  March 27, 2014  /  Federal Government, Finances, Health Care, Louisiana, Mississippi, national debt, News, Politics, State Budgets, State Government, State House, State Politics, Taxes  /  No Comments

FLYING HIGH: Mississippi's state budget has the highest percentage of federal funds by any state, according to a recent report. PHOTO BY: CREATIVE COMMONS

By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog

Mississippi can’t shake its addiction to federal funds.

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