Tennessee amendment may bring greater checks and balances

By   /  September 1, 2014  /  News, Tennessee, Tennessee Watchdog  /  No Comments

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The only way now to get on the Tennessee Supreme Court is through the governor or, eight years later, the voters in a retention election.

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Economist: Cut VA governor’s ability to favor firms to prevent future scandals

By   /  September 1, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

'UNCONSCIONABLE': Gov. Bob McDonnell said the bipartisan budget failures in Washington, D.C. are a "pox on both houses."

For the last few weeks, much of former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s defense in his federal corruption trial has been pretty simple — what he did for businessman Jonnie Williams, and what Williams did for him, was all just business as usual. And in arguing his innocence by showing the jury that his relationship with Williams was perfectly normal, McDonnell and his defense team are also pinpointing how detrimental it can be to Virginia when the governor views it as part of his job description to privilege particular firms and has the power to do so, one economist says.

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Study: PA’s debt would cost taxpayers $14,500 each to pay off today

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Pennsylvania is famous for its potholes, but it has an even bigger sinkhole problem that could cost taxpayers way more than minor car repairs caused by pock-marked roads.

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Ex-Im Bank scores poorly on transparency for taxpayer-subsidized loans

By   /  September 1, 2014  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Finances, Issues, National, News  /  No Comments

Source: Government Accountability Office

By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org
MINNEAPOLIS — The Export-Import Bank puts billions of taxpayer dollars at risk to subsidize purchases by overseas companies, and it doesn’t do a good job of making those transactions transparent, either.
The Government Accountability Office whacked the Ex-Im bank in a report released last week for shoddy record-keeping and oversight of three [...]

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Who can be a sheriff in NM? Just about anybody

By   /  September 1, 2014  /  Local Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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Did you know you don’t have to prove any law enforcement expertise to become a county sheriff in New Mexico?

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Open your wallets: Debt in Wisconsin costs each state taxpayer $4,400

By   /  September 1, 2014  /  Finances, News, State Budgets, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By Adam Tobias | Wisconsin Reporter
MADISON, Wis. — A lavish home entertainment system. A reliable used car. A trip to Europe. Braces for your child. A semester at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Those are all things expected to come with a price tag of $4,400.
But that amount is also what each Wisconsin resident would have to [...]

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