Houston owes workers a half-billion thanks to bonus sick days

By   /  April 23, 2014  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

Some deals are so good they can only be achieved when the union is sitting on both sides of the table.

By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org
HOUSTON – Taxpayers owe Houston public employees nearly a half-billion dollars for unused time off.
That’s roughly the amount the employees of Austin, Dallas and San Antonio have racked up, combined.
Houston’s outsized liability for leave time is due in large part to the city’s extraordinary sick day policy. The bottom line: If you [...]

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Group finds duplicate voters around Virginia

By   /  April 23, 2014  /  Elections, Maryland, News, North Carolina, Transparency, Virginia  /  No Comments

DOUBLING UP: Virginia Voters Alliance has identified duplicate voters in Virginia and Maryland.

A crosscheck of voter rolls in Virginia and Maryland turned up 44,000 people registered in both states, a vote-integrity group reported Wednesday.

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Missouri mayor resigns after revealing anti-Semitic beliefs

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Mayor Dan Clevenger resigned Tuesday after he enraged his constituents by claiming in a televised interview last week that he “kind of agreed with” the views of Frazier Glenn Cross (Miller), the former Klansman who murdered three people outside two Jewish facilities last week.

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States imposing online sales tax aren’t driving business back to Main Street

By   /  April 23, 2014  /  Economy, Featured, Issues, National, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

AMAZING AMAZON: Researchers found that consumers are shifting away from Amazon in states where online sales taxes are being enacted. But those consumers aren't going back to Main St. businesses, either.

By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org

MINNEAPOLIS — Rather than providing a level playing field or a lifeline for traditional retailers, new online sales taxes are driving consumers to other, non-taxed, online retailers.

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Iowa congressman urged IRS to investigate nonprofits

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BRALEY WRITES THE IRS: Four days after the head of the IRS assured Congress it wasn't targeting conservative groups applying for tax exempt status, Rep. Bruce Braley signed a letter urging the IRS to investigate the political activities of tax exempt organizations.

Four days after the head of the IRS denied the agency was targeting conservative social welfare organizations applying for tax exempt status, Rep. Bruce Braley signed a letter urging a probe into the political activities of social welfare organizations.

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