Foreign firms soak up Virginia tax breaks

By   /  March 25, 2015  /  Accountability, Jobs + Growth, New York, News, State Government, Transparency, Virginia  /  No Comments

TOASTING TAXPAYERS: Gov. Terry McAuliffe hoists a glass to bringing Stone Brewing Co. to Richmond, amid questions about the public costs and benefits of trickle-down economics.

Half of the corporations receiving Virginia’s biggest public subsidies are headquartered outside the country. In all, $410,150,107 in state and local incentives, including cash, have been pledged to companies to do business in Virginia.

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Nebraska scores well on ‘transparency’, follow the money critics want more

By   /  March 24, 2015  /  Nebraska, Transparency  /  No Comments

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When it comes to following the money—at least some money— a new report gives the State of Nebraska high marks.
But the report only covers state spending and does not include “Deep Throat’s” original call to follow the money— campaign contributions.

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Pennsylvania lawmaker calls for open union negotiations

By   /  March 20, 2015  /  News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

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State Sen. Ryan Aument wants to shine a light into Pennsylvania’s figurative back room.

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The FBI and CIA: What’s a FOIA?

By   /  March 20, 2015  /  Censorship, National, Open Records, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Part 10 of 9 in the series Sunshine Week

By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org
This may be Sunshine Week for anyone seeking transparency in government, but for the feds — especially the intelligence agencies — it’s anything but.
With a stroke of a pen, President Obama made it official that his office is exempt from information disclosure. And former Secretary […]

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Sunshine dims in Hanover County bond deal

By   /  March 18, 2015  /  Accountability, Local Government, News, Transparency, Virginia  /  No Comments

WINDING ROAD: A Bass Pro Shop sign signals Hanover County's increasingly costly commercial development at Winding Brook.

Unelected committees are doing economic-development deals without the public’s input or consent, complains a Hanover County citizens group.

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Federal clerks provide inaccurate info on court documents

By   /  March 17, 2015  /  Colorado, judicial accountability, Judiciary, Misuse of funds, Transparency, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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Federal law clearly says that payment vouchers to outside attorneys acting as public defenders should be available to the taxpayers who pay those bills — especially after all legal appeals are exhausted.

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