No voter support? No problem! MN school boards can raise taxes

By   /  November 19, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Education, Legislature, Minnesota, State Budgets  /  No Comments

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Minnesotans faced 39 school operating levy referendums on the ballot this fall, fewer than in any election since 1996, nixing one of every four proposals at the polls.

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Mississippi’s pension system one of nation’s worst

By   /  November 12, 2014  /  Economy, Legislature, Local Government, Mississippi, Pensions, Politics, Taxes, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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According to a new study by State Budget Solutions, Mississippi’s pension system is far worse financial straits than its recent financial report indicated.

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Mississippi prison bribery scheme leads to indictments

By   /  November 6, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Corrections, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Politics  /  No Comments

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A multi-year investigation by state and federal authorities has revealed an alleged bribery scheme that cost the state of Mississippi thousands of dollars in prison services contracts.

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Mississippi’s Thad Cochran drew tea party, Democrat votes in victory

By   /  November 6, 2014  /  Legislature, Mississippi, News, Politics, U.S. Senate  /  No Comments

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U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran picked up plenty of tea party and Democratic votes in his winning bid for a seventh term in the Senate.

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Mississippi’s pension system improves, but unfunded liability still tops $14 billion

By   /  October 31, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Economy, Legislature, Mississippi, Pensions, Politics  /  No Comments

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Thanks to some improved returns on its investments, the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi is in much better shape, according to the newest financial report. But it still has more than $14 billion in unfunded liabilities.

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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, 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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