State Government Watchdog

Mississippi Legislature considers bills on lottery and civil asset forfeiture

By   /  January 20, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Education, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, Regulations, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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The Mississippi Legislature is considering bills that would create a state lottery and reform the state’s civil asset forfeiture system.

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Outlook: Vermont on the brink of an Affordable Care Act repeal

By   /  January 19, 2017  /  Federal Government, Health Care, Issues, News, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

With an Affordable Care Act repeal on the horizon, Vermont’s leaders are trying to predict the future amid changing messages coming from Washington.

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Vermont House has 90 days to review Scott’s restructuring plan

By   /  January 18, 2017  /  Economy, Governor, Legislature, News, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Forty eight hours after Vermont Gov. Phil Scott signed executive orders to merge the state’s liquor control and lottery commission, create a new Agency of Economic Opportunity, restructure IT resources, and blend tourism and marketing with state commerce functions, news reporters were asking “how” and “why.

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Gov. Bryant State of the State promises no new taxes, ‘Blue Lives Matter’ law

By   /  January 18, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant promised no tax increases, support for a “Blue Lives Matter” law and a rewrite of the state’s K-12 education funding formula.

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Environmentalists introduce bill to block public from using pond

By   /  January 18, 2017  /  News, Power Abuse, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

A bill introduced in the Vermont House aims to ban public access to Berlin Pond, reigniting the debate over water safety versus hunting, fishing and canoeing.

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Medicaid managed care not working out for behavioral-health patients

By   /  January 18, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Health Care, News, North Carolina, Regulations, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Medicaid was intended as a safety net for people like Barbara Lee and Cathy Barton of North Carolina. Both are raising acutely disabled children. “My son, Michael, is 25 years old and severely autistic and nonverbal for a large part of his life,” Lee said. “He is very rarely able to string together full sentences […]

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