Rogue agency defied judges to carry out partisan probe of Wisconsin conservatives

Blue states jumped on tax-cut bandwagon in 2014

By   /  December 18, 2014  /  Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, National, New York, News, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Taxes, Uncategorized, Virginia, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

BLUE TO RED: New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for $2 billion in tax relief for property and business owners last January. Then again, it was an election year.

 
 
By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org
With Wisconsin leading the way, 14 states enacted “significant, broad-based tax cuts” in 2014, according to a report released Wednesday.
Surprisingly, several states controlled by Democrats made the American Legislative Exchange Council list. Then again, 2014 was an election year.
The blue states that made the cut were:
Minnesota: The Democratic stronghold “bowed to economic […]

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As pump prices tumble, states feel pinch of lower oil prices

By   /  December 17, 2014  /  Alaska, Energy and Environment, Finances, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, State Budgets, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

Roxana Valverde

Crashing prices at the pump is good news for drivers but could prove to be a problem for budgets in states that rely heavily on oil and gas revenue.

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Lt. Gov.: Let’s scrap and replace Common Core in Mississippi

By   /  December 2, 2014  /  Education, Mississippi, News, Oklahoma  /  No Comments

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Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves supports junking Common Core and replacing it with a new curriculum.

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25,000 Oklahoma illegals could benefit from executive order but costs unknown

By   /  November 28, 2014  /  Immigration, News, Oklahoma  /  No Comments

Courtesy Whitehouse.gov

By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
Only about 25,000 illegal immigrants in Oklahoma are likely to benefit from President Barack Obama’s immigration executive order, but that modest number of people still could cost taxpayers nearly $200 million a year if they receive full welfare, Social Security and other benefits.
However, the good news is that the executive order will save […]

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OKC taxpayers fork over millions to retiring city workers

By   /  November 26, 2014  /  Finances, Labor, News, Oklahoma, Taxes  /  No Comments

Courtesy Oklahoma City Government

In the past five years, Oklahoma City taxpayers have cut checks totaling $20.6 million to retiring city employees for accrued vacation and sick leave, Watchdog.org found through an analysis of city databases.

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Oklahoma employees send out offensive email jokes on state time

By   /  November 7, 2014  /  Government Waste, News, Oklahoma, Open Records  /  No Comments

Some Oklahoma Department of Transportation employees are violating state policy with inappropriate emails

Oklahoma Department of Transportation employees are supposed to keep the roads safe and clear, but some also used state time and resources to send out potentially offensive emails that referred to the president as an “Ass hole” and mocked overweight people.

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