State spending, federal aid make for a shaky partnership

By   /  April 16, 2014  /  Affordable Care Act, Legislature, Medicaid, Mississippi, News, public sector, State House, State Politics, State Senate, Stimulus  /  No Comments

FLYING HIGH: Mississippi's state budget has the highest percentage of federal funds by any state, according to a recent report. PHOTO BY: CREATIVE COMMONS

There are two trend lines in Mississippi’s budgets from year to year. One is the ever-increasing amount of money the state government spends. The other is the percentage of the state’s revenues that come from the federal government that keeps going up.

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VT lawmakers: Shumlin hiding information about single-payer plan

By   /  April 3, 2014  /  Accountability, Affordable Care Act, Capitalism, Ethics, Finances, Governor, Health Care, Issues, Legislature, News, Obamacare, Public records, State Budgets, State Politics, Taxes, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

BUDGET BATTLES: Gov. Peter Shumlin's fiscal year 2015 budget proposal faces intense scrutiny

By Bruce Parker | For Vermont Watchdog
MONTPELIER, Vt. – State lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are accusing Gov. Peter Shumlin of hiding critical information about financing single-payer health care in Vermont.
“We have a governor who is violating the law,” state Sen. Joseph Benning, R-Caledonia, told Vermont Watchdog.
Benning, the Senate minority leader, said state [...]

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Former chairman blames warped legislation for resignation

By   /  April 2, 2014  /  Kansas, Legislature, News, State House, State Politics  /  No Comments

STEPPING DOWN: Rep. Marc Rhoades, R-Newton, resigned his post as Appropriations Committee chair after he could no longer support the evolving form of school funding legislation.

Newton Republican Rep. Marc Rhoades blames the distortion of education funding legislation for his sudden resignation Monday as chair of the House Appropriations Committee.

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Oops: Watchdog finds mistaken payment for lawmaker’s expenses

By   /  April 1, 2014  /  Legislature, Minnesota, News, State House  /  No Comments

MONEY MAN: Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City, makes decisions on hundreds of millions in spending for conservation and cultural projects funded under the 2008 Legacy Amendment passed by voters.

Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City, makes decisions on hundreds of millions in spending for conservation and cultural projects funded under the 2008 Legacy Amendment passed by voters.

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Saddle up: Kansas lawmakers waste time legislating cowboy holiday

By   /  March 26, 2014  /  Kansas, Kansas Government, Legislature, News  /  No Comments

IN THE SPIRIT: Rep. J.R. Claeys, R-Salina, shared his festive footwear in light of the House passage of a bill to establish the National Day of the Cowboy in Kansas.

With an appropriate amount of sarcasm, Rep. Kyle Hoffman, R-Coldwater, on Tuesday introduced one of the first bills up for action.

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