Stimulus award to Denver Post’s $50K bike tour goes unreported

By   /  October 20, 2014  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Colorado, Federal Stimulus, Journalism, Open Records, State Government, Stimulus, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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The Denver Post’s inaugural 2012 “Pedal the Plains” bicycle tour may have received $50,000 in Stimulus funds from Gov. Hickenlooper, unreported by the paper.

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Ohio ranks 12th for cronyist state

By   /  October 20, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Business, Jobs + Growth, State Government, Wasteful spending, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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By Stephanie Kreuz | WatchdogWire.com
Does Ohio play fair? Or smart? When it comes to the number of dollars spent in subsidies, Ohio ranks the 12th cronyist.
The Mercatus Center recently illustrated how states rank in providing benefits to particular companies, rather than providing better opportunity for all companies.
 
Ohio’s neighboring states ranked fourth (Michigan), fifth (Kentucky), seventh (Indiana), and 11th (Pennsylvania) in [...]

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Denver’s paperwork burdens women-owned businesses

By   /  October 20, 2014  /  Business, Colorado, Economy, Jobs + Growth, Spying, State Government, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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By Joshua Sharf | WatchdogWire.com
Denver’s process for certifying women-owned small businesses not only duplicates the federal paperwork, it includes several provisions that are significantly more intrusive, and puts potentially sensitive information in the hands of government employees.
The federal Women-Owned Small Business certification process is administered by the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce, while the City [...]

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Maryland health care exchange keeps documents secret

By   /  October 20, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Accountability, Health Care, Maryland, Open Records, Politics, State Government, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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The state health care exchange is using the disclosure clause the Maryland Public Information Act to justify its own secrecy regarding its documents.

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New Mexico knocked for slow pace of financial data

By   /  October 20, 2014  /  Accountability, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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A state accounting watchdog group rapped New Mexico for its slow response time for financial data but the state says the criticism is unfair.

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New Jersey Senate passes sports betting bill, Assembly to follow

By   /  October 15, 2014  /  Jobs + Growth, Legislature, New Jersey, State Government, State Senate, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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The New Jersey state Assembly will likely pass a bill to allow sports betting in the state, following the Senate which approved sports betting Tuesday.

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