Former St. Augustine mayor accused of causing building mishap to get his way

By   /  September 29, 2014  /  Florida, Local Government, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

Historic City News

By Michael Gold | WatchdogWire.com
The mayor of St. Augustine is under fire, accused of intentionally destabilizing a historic building he owned so it could be demolished.
When you are the oldest continuously occupied city of European origin in the United States and on the precipice of celebrating the 450th Anniversary of your founding, you take preservation [...]

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Facing opposition, group revises Las Vegas soccer stadium proposal

By   /  September 29, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Local Government, Local News, Nevada, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

City of Las Vegas Handout

By Michael Chamberlain | WatchdogWire.com
After running into opposition during recent Las Vegas City Council meetings and town halls with residents, a group attempting to convince the Council to provide public funding for a Major League Soccer stadium is floating a new proposal to the xity.
The revised proposal would reduce the City’s risk by nearly $70 [...]

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Failure to launch: Virgin Galactic can’t get off the ground

By   /  September 25, 2014  /  Local Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, State Government, State Politics  /  No Comments

Photo from Virgin Galactic website

The maiden voyage for Virgin Galactic at New Mexico’s Spaceport has been delayed again. Now, the scheduled launch is set for February or March of 2015.

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Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh: A tale of two credit ratings

By   /  September 25, 2014  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Local Government, News, Pennsylvania, Pensions, State Budgets  /  No Comments

Pittsburgh's pension system is only 62 percent funded, but that's way better than it was just two years ago.

Pennsylvania just got slammed with its fourth credit downgrade in a little over two years. In contrast, Pittsburgh got an upgrade this summer. A local economist says that both still have substantive problems.

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Despite low cost of living, Oklahoma City worker pay is pretty high

By   /  September 25, 2014  /  Local Government, News, Oklahoma, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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Oklahoma City’s budget touts its 2011 Forbes Magazine designation as one of “America’s Most Affordable Cities,” but many city employees are still raking in big salaries. And that the same 2014-15 budget warns those salary increases may leave it with a nearly $30 million budget gap.

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Fully funded ed program would strain Mississippi budget

By   /  September 24, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Economy, Government Waste, Legislature, Lobbying, Local Government, Mississippi, News, Politics, Regulations, School Choice, State House, State Lobbying, State Politics, Taxes, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

Photo illustration by Steve Wilson

If the legislature is forced to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, the state’s budget will be in disarray.

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