Counting tax-dollar waste in VA: It’s easy to spend other people’s money

By   /  December 24, 2014  /  News, State Government, Top State News, Virginia  /  No Comments

WE'LL DRINK TO THAT: With a $5 million check to Stone Brewing Co., Gov. Terry McAuliffe, right, helped bring high times to the Capitol last week.

It’s easy to spend someone else’s money.

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Recounting six turkey-worthy quotes from VA politicians in 2014

By   /  November 27, 2014  /  News, State Government, Top State News, Virginia  /  No Comments

HAPPY THANKSGIVING: Here's our annual look at subsidies paid by taxpayers for that spread coming to your table on Thursday.

Right around Thanksgiving, some groups like to award the distinction of ‘turkey of the year’ to particular politicians who screwed things up. Somehow, though, it doesn’t seem fitting for a news organization to do that — or even just to single out one particular person. So, we’re picking the top six turkey-worthy quotes from Virginia politicians — three from Republicans and three from Democrats — in a light-hearted manner to refresh your memory.

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Corporate tax deals soak Virginians

By   /  November 12, 2014  /  News, Top State News, Transparency, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Tax incentives for selected businesses are driving Virginia deeper into debt and House Speaker Bill Howell says he’s committed to curbing the special breaks.

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Democratic lawmaker says Vermont’s single-payer health care plan has already flatlined

By   /  March 17, 2014  /  Economy, Health Care, Legislature, State Government, Top State News, Vermont  /  No Comments

Rep. Jim Condon, a Democrat, urges his own party to forget single-payer efforts in Vermont

By Jon Street | Vermont Watchdog
BURLINGTON, Vt. – In 2011, while the rest of America argued the merits of the president’s Affordable Care Act, Vermont jumped the progressive curve, promising to launch the nation’s first health single-payer system, in which state government pays providers to care for all residents.
Now, even Democrats say that plan, called Green […]

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Conflict of interest? VT lawmaker casts vote on employer-lobbied bill

By   /  February 12, 2014  /  Accountability, Energy and Environment, Ethics, Issues, Legislature, Lobbying, News, Politics, State Government, Top State News, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

RAISING THE BAR: Advocates push for ethics reform after Rep. Mike McCarthy denies "conflict of interest" vote

Rep. Mike McCarthy says a recent vote is not a conflict of interest, although one report suggests McCarthy’s employer lobbied for the proposed legislation several months ago.

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Less is more: ‘Shortage of staff’ at DOC cost Vermont taxpayers millions

By   /  December 18, 2013  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Finances, Health Care, News, State Budgets, State Government, Top State News, Vermont, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

LESS IS MORE: "Staff shortage" at DOC cost Vermont taxpayers an extra $4.1 million in prison health care costs

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 […]

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