Nanny of the Week: Vermont city could ban ‘human activity’

By   /  August 22, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, Issues, National, News, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

I CANOE, CAN YOU? You can, at least in Montpeiler's Berlin Lake, despite the concerns of some environmental activists.

Maybe they should just clear all the people out and turn Vermont over to the moose and the bears.

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Non-union workers written out of $85-million city project

By   /  August 22, 2014  /  Local Government, Minnesota, News, State Government, unions  /  No Comments

City of Rochester photo.

Jim Gander’s local and state taxes will help pay for an $85 million expansion of the Mayo Civic Center. So will the heating and plumbing contractor get a shot at some of the 700 jobs spread over three years of the publicly funded project?

Not a chance, Gander says, blaming a project labor agreement, which city officials signed with organized labor.

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Conflicting rules create ethics conundrum for mortuary inspector

By   /  August 22, 2014  /  Accountability, Ethics, News, Pennsylvania, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo by Porterfield-Scheid Funeral Directors & Cremation Services

Pennsylvania mortuary inspector caught up in conflicting regulations that left her at odds with the ethics commission. Why hiring practices need to conform to specific fields, to prevent these issues.

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School bus camera company gets red light in Virginia county

By   /  August 22, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

The fund that pays for health care for bus drivers and other school support personnel is almost out of money.

Redflex Traffic Systems is getting the red light in Rockingham County.

Just a little over a month after Watchdog.org reported Redflex said it planned to fix the controversial way it runs its school bus camera operation and violation tickets in the northern Virginia county, Rockingham County Public Schools decided to table its partnership with the scandal-ridden company. It was the first school district in Virginia to implement the program, according to Redflex spokesperson Jody Ryan

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The cynical strategy focused on driving down the vote in Pennsylvania

By   /  August 22, 2014  /  Elections, Issues, News, Pennsylvania, State Government  /  No Comments

NO BLOAT:

In Pittsburgh last month, Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Allegheny, laid out part of the Democratic strategy for swinging control of the Pennsylvania Senate in this year’s election.

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Confidential report says discrimination, retaliation claims ‘lack merit’

By   /  August 22, 2014  /  Colorado, Ethics, News, State Government  /  No Comments

AP file photo

 
By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
The former CFO for Colorado’s controversial Secretary of State Scott Gessler is claiming a hostile work environment and that she was demoted because she testified against her boss at an ethics hearing and in front of a grand jury.
But an outside investigation, obtained exclusively by Watchdog.org, determined that Heather Lizotte is [...]

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