NJ Watchdog fights for Guadagno pension probe records in appeals court

By   /  September 29, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Ethics, Fraud, New Jersey, News, Pensions, Politics & Elections, State Government, State Politics  /  No Comments

NJ Office of Information Technology

The mystery of what happened in a criminal investigation of an alleged $245,000 pension fraud implicating Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno may finally be solved in a New Jersey appeals court.

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NJ pension report bears bad news, but fails to bare abuses

By   /  September 26, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, New Jersey, News, Pensions, State Politics  /  No Comments

Photo by Tim Larsen, Governor's Office

New Jersey taxpayers will find plenty of bad news in the first report of the special commission Gov. Chris Christie appointed to study the $90 billion deficit in the state’s retirement system. Yet the findings ignored many of the weaknesses and abuses that have drained funds.

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Mississippi finances face serious headwinds

By   /  September 25, 2014  /  Economy, Mississippi, News, State Elections, State House, State Lobbying, State Politics, State Senate, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

Photo by the state of Mississippi

The pre-election year budget cycle might be Mississippi’s calm before the proverbial hurricane.

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Failure to launch: Virgin Galactic can’t get off the ground

By   /  September 25, 2014  /  Local Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, State Government, State Politics  /  No Comments

Photo from Virgin Galactic website

The maiden voyage for Virgin Galactic at New Mexico’s Spaceport has been delayed again. Now, the scheduled launch is set for February or March of 2015.

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Fully funded ed program would strain Mississippi budget

By   /  September 24, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Economy, Government Waste, Legislature, Lobbying, Local Government, Mississippi, News, Politics, Regulations, School Choice, State House, State Lobbying, State Politics, Taxes, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

Photo illustration by Steve Wilson

If the legislature is forced to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, the state’s budget will be in disarray.

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Focus of forum turns from candidates to video tracker

By   /  September 24, 2014  /  Censorship, First Amendment, Free Speech, Minnesota, News, Politics, State Politics  /  No Comments

Photo from MN Jobs Coalition.

No reward has been offered to the person who identifies the guy who, apparently, took it upon himself to enforce a League of Women Voters ban on videotaping candidate forums at Edina City Hall.

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