Uncle Sam bankrolled a third of Kansas spending in 2013

By   /  July 30, 2014  /  Finances, Kansas, News, State Government  /  No Comments

'RETIREMENT PART:'

On the home front, Kansas’ elected officials talk a big game about self-reliance and prudent fiscal governance, but last year more than a third of all dollars doled out by the Sunflower State came direct from the woefully-indebted federal government.

Should Kansas put its money where its mouth is and lessen its leaning on Uncle Sam’s wallet? State Rep. Gene Suellentrop, R-Wichita, says yes – to a point, at least.

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The battle over wind farms, dead eagles and a rule by the federal government

By   /  July 30, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, Federal Government, New Mexico, News, State Government  /  No Comments

DANGEROUS FLIGHT: The federal government's decision to give wind energy companies up to a 30-year permit to escape punishment for the deaths of eagles has sparked controversy. Photo by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The federal government’s decision to give wind farms up to a 30-year permit to escape penalties for the deaths of eagles has sparked controversy.

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The people Bob McDonnell once governed will decide his fate

By   /  July 29, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

Bob McDonnell, Maureen McDonnell

Potential juror after potential juror strode into the stately courtroom on Monday, their uncertain and inquisitive eyes glimpsing, most of them for the first time in person, the man they until six months ago called their governor.

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When it comes to class sizes, Philadelphia School District’s numbers don’t add up

By   /  July 28, 2014  /  Education, Issues, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Philadelphia school and city officials say the district will be forced to lay-off teachers and possibly grow class sizes as large as 40 when students return in September, unless the state and city provide additional funding.

But the district’s numbers don’t seem to add up.

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Dispute over Christie travel records takes trip to court

By   /  July 25, 2014  /  New Jersey, Open Records, State Government  /  No Comments

GOV RUNS, BUT CAN'T HIDE: Chris Christie can't duck travel records dispute

 
 
By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
Gov. Chris Christie’s lawyers won’t be allowed to escape a court date next week in a lawsuit brought by a New Jersey Watchdog reporter over records of the governor’s travel paid by outside organizations.
Judge Mary C. Jacobson denied the state’s request Thursday to reschedule or consolidate the case with other public [...]

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Economists: There’s room for improvement in Virginia unemployment

By   /  July 25, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

NOT EVEN CLOSE: Economists say raising minimum wages doesn't result in job growth.

Unemployment numbers in Virginia aren’t too bad, but economists still say there’s room for improvement.

Unemployment is down in Virginia from 5.7 percent a year ago and is lower than the national rate (6.1 percent), according to the Virginia Employment Commission. Virginia’s jobless rate stood at 5.3 percent in June, up from 5.1 percent in May.

Keith Hall, a senior research fellow at George Mason’s Mercatus Center in Fairfax, said he thinks Virginia needs continued growth in the labor market and he’s worried about what the government is doing to raise the cost of hiring.

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