Nanny state of the week: New York’s soda ban could be back — but for kids only

By   /  August 31, 2015  /  Issues, Nanny State of the Week, National, New York, Power Abuse, State Government, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

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New York State Assemblyman Matthew Titone, D-Staten Island, has proposed legislation that would ban the sale of sugary drinks of 16 ounces or larger to minors across the state.

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Colorado per diem increases next year, topping all but one state

By   /  August 31, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Colorado, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Colorado lawmakers who already take per diem on days off and one of the highest reimbursement rates in the country will get an increase next year in the daily rate.

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Watchdog Podcast: Sanctuary cities, immigration reform and the out-of-control EPA

By   /  August 28, 2015  /  Accountability, Commentary, Federal Government, Immigration, Issues, National, Podcast, Power Abuse, State Government, WatchBlog, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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A look at some recent comments made by Republican governors about one key aspect of the immigration debate: what to do about sanctuary cities.

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Pennsylvania taxpayers spent $357K to fly governors on state plane since 2010

By   /  August 27, 2015  /  News, PA Independent, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Pennsylvania taxpayers have spent upward of $357,000 since 2010 to fly the past three governors around the state on the state plane.

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In Missouri, labor unions’ dwindling muscle tracks national decline

By   /  August 27, 2015  /  Issues, Labor, Missouri, National, News, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Membership in Missouri unions is shrinking, and their political influence is dwindling. Preventing the passage of right-to-work won’t change that.

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Criminal probe secrets center on Christie’s second-in-command

By   /  August 26, 2015  /  New Jersey, New Jersey Big Stories, News, Open Records, Pensions, Power Abuse, State Government  /  No Comments

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The public’s right to know the outcome of a criminal probe of an alleged $245,000 pension fraud involving New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno will be debated next week in state appellate court. New Jersey Watchdog is appealing a lower court’s decision not to release the findings of an investigation by the state attorney general’s Division of Criminal Justice.

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