By Paul Brennan | Iowa Watchdog
DES MOINES, Iowa — Exactly what Sioux City’s automated traffic cameras have done to improve public safety is debatable, but the more than $1 million they’ve raised to fatten police and firefighter pensions isn’t.
Now new regulations from the Iowa Department of Transportation curbing use of the cameras on state highways [...]
By Jon Street | Vermont Watchdog
BURLINGTON, Vt. — Vermont taxpayers will lose out on $4.1 million this year, and it’s all because the Department of Corrections had one less employee keeping an eye on the budget, says the state’s director of health services.
Vermont’s director of health services says the reason there was a $4.1 million shortfall [...]
By Adam Tobias | Wisconsin Reporter
MADISON, Wis. — Dane County Circuit Court Judge Juan B. Colas has practically stood alone in his ruling that Act 10 — Gov. Scott Walker’s controversial reforms to public sector collective bargaining — is unconstitutional.
That solitary judgment is about to be tested by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
The state’s highest court, which has a conservative [...]
Part 44 of 51 in the series Shutdown 2013
By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Every day that America’s national parks remain shut down, $76 million is lost at the “Barrycades.”
Last year, the country’s 410 parks and monuments hosted 715,000 visitors a day. Turned away by padlocked gates and officious orange cones, the flow of [...]