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 […]
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 […]
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.Read More →
Unelected committees are doing economic-development deals without the public’s input or consent, complains a Hanover County citizens group.Read More →
Watchdog Podcast: ‘In Our Backyards’ — Mississippi city spent millions for aquarium that never got built
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.Read More →
Public officials around Virginia use their personal email for official correspondence — exposing weaknesses in the state’s open-records laws.Read More →