State Government Watchdog

Watchdog Podcast: ‘I don’t think you could design a worse public policy if you tried’

By   /  April 29, 2016  /  Accountability, Commentary, Federal Government, Issues, Podcast, Power Abuse, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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Clark Neily thought he had seen government at its worst.

Then he started working on civil forfeiture cases.

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Extensions keep ‘cultural retail attraction’ program alive

By   /  April 28, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Legislature, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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All 3 unbuilt projects authorized to receive sales tax incentives under the defunct “cultural retail attraction” program have received four-year extensions.

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Election official: Proposed voter ID information campaign ‘complete waste of money’

By   /  April 28, 2016  /  News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Voter Fraud, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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“We must point out that this is hard-earned taxpayer money,” the Milwaukee election official said. “I would think this is not worthwhile to do.”

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Kemper Project faces $60 million cost increase and another delay

By   /  April 27, 2016  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, News, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

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Mississippi Power reported a $51 million cost increase with the Kemper Project clean coal power plant in March according to an SEC filing released Wednesday

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Pennsylvania schools get a funding formula

By   /  April 26, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, News, Pennsylvania, State Government  /  No Comments

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$200 million in new funds will be distributed under an overhauled system.

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Mississippi Legislature hits on tax cuts, whiffs on election reform

By   /  April 25, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Politics & Elections, Regulations, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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The Mississippi Legislature passed a tax cut and some educational reforms, but missed on campaign finance and election reform.

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