Increased education spending doesn’t always equal better results

By   /  August 31, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Education, Mississippi, State Budgets  /  No Comments

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Increased education spending in Mississippi doesn’t always lead to better results according to an examination of data by a school-choice group.

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Colorado per diem increases next year, topping all but one state

By   /  August 31, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Colorado, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Colorado lawmakers who already take per diem on days off and one of the highest reimbursement rates in the country will get an increase next year in the daily rate.

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Pennsylvania taxpayers spent $357K to fly governors on state plane since 2010

By   /  August 27, 2015  /  News, PA Independent, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Pennsylvania taxpayers have spent upward of $357,000 since 2010 to fly the past three governors around the state on the state plane.

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In Missouri, labor unions’ dwindling muscle tracks national decline

By   /  August 27, 2015  /  Issues, Labor, Missouri, National, News, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Membership in Missouri unions is shrinking, and their political influence is dwindling. Preventing the passage of right-to-work won’t change that.

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As Pennsylvania budget stalemate drags on, GOP’s veto override plan falls short

By   /  August 26, 2015  /  News, PA Independent, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Republican lawmakers swooped into the state Capitol on Tuesday with a plan to override portions of Gov. Tom Wolf’s full budget veto. It didn’t work.

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Lawmakers take per diem on weekends, holidays

By   /  August 26, 2015  /  Colorado, News, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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Most people only receive per diem when they’re working, but Colorado lawmakers are making thousands of dollars by taking per diem on weekends and holidays, costing taxpayers as much as $400,000 a year.

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