Illinois’ unemployment rate down, but fewer people working

By   /  September 19, 2014  /  Illinois, Jobs + Growth, News  /  No Comments

The Prairie State’s unemployment rate dropped again last month, but it might not be because more Illinoisans are working.

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‘Flood hero’ charged with FEMA fraud

By   /  September 19, 2014  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

TROUBLED WATERS: This lakeside community south of Omaha has been divided over an investigation into how FEMA money was used to battle floods.

A Union, Neb., man has been indicted on two counts related to fraudulent reimbursement requests to FEMA when he was caretaker for Lake Waconda, which is south of Omaha.

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Texas lawmaker failed to disclose his own clout letter in UT flap

By   /  September 19, 2014  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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The co-chair of a legislative committee that investigated University of Texas regent Wallace Hall failed to disclose conflict of interest in his conduct of the investigation: he had written one of the clout letters at issue in the controversy.

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Ohio dubbed a ‘sinkhole’ state for mounting pension debt

By   /  September 19, 2014  /  News, Ohio  /  No Comments

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Ohio has been labeled a “sinkhole” state because it has an $18.4 billion shortfall. To cover that deficit, each taxpayer would have to write a $4,900 check to the state.

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State out $675K grant but still plans to give out millions more in tax money

By   /  September 19, 2014  /  Colorado, Energy and Environment, Good Government, Government Waste, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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Four years ago, Kirk Swallow received state money to set up a compressed natural gas filling facility at the Rifle Shell station he co-owns.

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Hulsey: Jobs plan plagiarism more ‘Mary Burke Amateur Hour Campaign’

By   /  September 19, 2014  /  News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By M.D. Kittle |Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. – In this week’s Marquette Law School poll, 48 percent of respondents said Madison millionaire Mary Burke, the Democrat’s candidate for governor, has not been clear enough about what she would do if elected.

Now it turns out Burke’s signature jobs plan, the one area where she seemed clear about her intentions, was lifted from others.

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