Utah will likely have to reveal terms of its voluntary sales tax deal with Amazon

By   /  March 22, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Crony Capitalism, Economy, Mississippi, News, Open Records, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes, Transparency, Utah  /  No Comments

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Utah officials ruled that the state will have to reveal terms of its voluntary sales tax deal made with Amazon last week.

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The federal debt is $20 trillion? Try $100 trillion

By   /  March 20, 2017  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Federal Government, Federal government, National, News, Pensions, Transparency  /  No Comments

Most federal debt is hidden off the books in the form of promised — and unfunded — future payments to Medicare and Social Security recipients.

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No sunlight for Michigan party caucus meetings

By   /  March 20, 2017  /  Accountability, Michigan, News, Open Records, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

Party caucuses around the country and the world still operate by the Las Vegas rule: What happens in caucus stays in caucus.

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Sunshine Week: First Amendment Foundation goes to bat for Florida’s right to know

By   /  March 15, 2017  /  Florida, News, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Sunshine Week: The First Amendment Foundation has been busy at the Florida Capitol battling to ensure the public’s right to know.

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Mississippi governor signs civil asset forfeiture reform bill into law

By   /  March 14, 2017  /  Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Open Records, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed into law a bill that will bring civil asset forfeiture reform to the Magnolia State.

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Sunshine Week: Lots of money, little transparency in Texas bond campaigns

By   /  March 14, 2017  /  Accountability, Commentary, News, Politics & Elections, Taxes, Texas, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Straight answers and financial transparency are in short supply whenever Texans are asked to approve bond referendums. As the nation marks “Sunshine Week” to promote open government, San Antonio’s rear-engineered debt package is the city’s latest, biggest example of government operating in the dark.

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