Taxpayers can’t get a ‘break’ with St. Paul’s artsy stop signs

By   /  October 30, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Government Waste, Local Government, Minnesota, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

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St. Paul may be predictably progressive, but the powers at City Hall enthusiastically embrace the “1 percent.”

The 1 percent, that is, of costs automatically taken off the top of local government construction projects, under a city ordinance mandating taxpayer-funded public art.

Form counts as much as function in city infrastructure projects.

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Study: Competition from Uber and Lyft helps the poor

By   /  October 29, 2014  /  Local Government, National, Nevada, News, Regulations, Technology  /  No Comments

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Low fares of competing taxi and ridesharing services enable the companies to serve low-income communities, according to a study published Tuesday.

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Citizen’s arrest: Activist pulls over cop for driving an unmarked car

By   /  October 22, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Accountability, Local Government, News, State Government, Transparency, Washington, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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Libertarian activist Gavin Seim pulled over a cop in his home state of Washington to draw attention to unlawful traffic stops by police impersonator.

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Two New Mexico towns hope to avoid repeat Election Day controversies

By   /  October 22, 2014  /  Elections, Local Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, State Elections  /  No Comments

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Election officials say they’re confident there will be no replays of the election controversies that hit Rio Rancho and Chaparral in 2012.

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Buzz kill? Richmond puts brewery on public tab

By   /  October 16, 2014  /  California, Local Government, News, Ohio, Virginia  /  No Comments

Terry McAuliffe, Richard F. Sliwoski

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
RICHMOND, Va. — Thirsty for jobs and good times, the city of Richmond is vowing to build a brewery on the James River.
The estimated $36 million tab includes $5 million from Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s “Opportunity Fund.”
If approved by the City Council, most of the money will be raised with a general [...]

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National Parks ‘listening sessions’ cost $38,320 and filter free speech

By   /  October 15, 2014  /  Censorship, Colorado, Energy and Environment, Free Speech, Local Government, Local News, Regulations, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

Photo by Marjorie Haun

‘Listening sessions’ seeking public comment on the plan to prohibit certain vehicles from Monument Road are costing taxpayers money and stifling speech.

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