Illinois city official pushes minimum wage increase, but not right-to-work

By   /  March 27, 2015  /  Illinois, Jobs + Growth, Local Government  /  No Comments

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By Benjamin Yount
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Springfield Alderman Sam Cahnman is the latest to pitch a plan that would have the city raise its minimum wage from $8.25 to $10 an hour. He’s less sure about listening to local voters who may want to see Springfield, or Sangamon County, become a right-to-work zone.
“My job as an alderman is […]

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Nine of Pennsylvania’s 10 largest cities have more pensioners than workers

By   /  March 24, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Finances, Issues, Local Government, News, Pennsylvania, Pensions, State Government  /  No Comments

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By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org
Meet the new poster child for Pennsylvania’s municipal pension problems.
York is a mid-sized city of 43,000 residents in central Pennsylvania near the state’s southern border that’s facing more than $64 million in pension-related debt.
In next year’s budget, York will be expected to pay more than $10 million toward the retirement fund […]

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Crash course in transparency proposed for MN local governments

By   /  March 20, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Government Waste, Local Government, Minnesota, News, Open Records, State Government  /  No Comments

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It’s no secret we’re attached to our tablets, specifically our IPads. But so are thousands of local government officials, who rely on another IPAD — the state’s Information Policy Analysis Division — to comply with a greater volume of data and public information requests.

Under a bill before the 2015 Minnesota Legislature, government officials across Minnesota would undergo a sort of crash IPAD course in transparency requirements under the Minnesota Data Practices Act, Minnesota Open Meeting Law and data privacy statutes.

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Sunshine dims in Hanover County bond deal

By   /  March 18, 2015  /  Accountability, Local Government, News, Transparency, Virginia  /  No Comments

WINDING ROAD: A Bass Pro Shop sign signals Hanover County's increasingly costly commercial development at Winding Brook.

Unelected committees are doing economic-development deals without the public’s input or consent, complains a Hanover County citizens group.

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Watchdog Podcast: ‘In Our Backyards’ — Mississippi city spent millions for aquarium that never got built

By   /  March 16, 2015  /  Local Government, Mississippi, News, Podcast, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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This is In Our Backyards, Watchdog.org’s podcast that examines local government — because the government that is the closest to you can often be the most important, even if you don’t hear much about it.

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Shades of Hillary: Virginia officials use personal email for government business

By   /  March 16, 2015  /  Local Government, News, Open Records, Transparency, Virginia  /  No Comments

HIDING THE BALL? Use of private email for government business circumvents the public record.

Public officials around Virginia use their personal email for official correspondence — exposing weaknesses in the state’s open-records laws.

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