Watchdog Podcast: California won’t get broken up, Tesla gets paid for doing nothing and Houston is the next Detroit

By   /  July 24, 2015  /  Accountability, Alaska, California, Federal Government, First Amendment, Issues, National, Pennsylvania, Podcast, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government, Texas, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

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Watchdog Podcast: [Ep 93] California won’t get broken up, Tesla gets paid for doing nothing and Houston is the next Detroit

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Rand Paul’s ‘Economic Freedom Zone’ a fix for western PA?

By   /  July 24, 2015  /  Economy, Finances, Jobs + Growth, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Rand Paul wants troubled cities declared “Economic Freedom Zones,” with targeted tax cuts and reduced regulation to promote growth and spur jobs.

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Watchdog Podcast: A political witch hunt in Wisconsin comes to an end

By   /  July 17, 2015  /  Accountability, Commentary, Finances, First Amendment, Issues, Judiciary, Podcast, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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The Wisconsin Supreme Court brought an end to the three-year John Doe saga – a politically-motivated witch hunt in the Badger State targeting conservative individuals and groups that backed Gov. Scott Walker during his recall campaign in 2012.

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Ohio government spending is up $4.6 billion in 4 years

By   /  July 17, 2015  /  News, Ohio, State Budgets  /  No Comments

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Another state fiscal year is in the books, and the numbers don’t lie: Ohio Gov. John Kasich is a big spender.

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No more free rides? Oregon pay-as-you-go plan could one day fund highways

By   /  July 16, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Finances, Issues, News, Oregon, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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As part of this year’s budget, the Oregon Legislature created a pilot program for a new per-mile driving tax that could one day replace gasoline taxes as the primary form of revenue for the state’s highway fund. The new program is entirely voluntary in the first year – sign up, and you’ll get reimbursed for any gasoline taxes you pay at the pump, but you’ll owe the state 1.5 cents for every mile you drive.

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How effective are lobbyists in Colorado at passing, killing legislation?

By   /  July 16, 2015  /  Colorado, Lobbying, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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With tens of millions of dollars spent on influencing Colorado legislators each year, lobbyists apparently are good at killing legislation but not nearly as proficient at passing bills, a Watchdog.org analysis of 2015 lobbying and legislation results found.

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