Browning: Shumlin ruling ‘a defeat for transparency and accountability’

By   /  December 15, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Accountability, Health Care, Issues, News, Open Records, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

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A Superior Court judge ruled last week Gov. Shumlin had the authority to keep his single-payer plans secret using executive privilege. In this interview with Vermont Watchdog, State Rep. Cynthia Browning, the Arlington Democrat who sued Shumlin, explains what the ruling means for transparency and accountability in Vermont. She also says she received flak from Democrat colleagues.

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Gruber model errs in Colorado as Vermont prepares to rely on data

By   /  December 12, 2014  /  Colorado, Health Care, Issues, News, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Jonathan Gruber’s health care forecasting is failing in Colorado as Vermont’s Gov. Peter Shumlin prepares to use the economist’s math for single-payer health care.

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Mississippi spends more than $2.8 million on membership dues

By   /  December 12, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Legislature, Mississippi, Politics, Transparency  /  No Comments

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The state of Mississippi spent $2.8 million last year on membership dues for professional and intergovernmental organizations.

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Study says Mississippi corruption isn’t nation’s worst

By   /  December 11, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Legislature, Lobbying, Local Government, Mississippi, Misuse of funds, Politics, Transparency, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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Perception is reality, and when it comes to Mississippi corruption, the state’s not immune.

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State lawmakers look to shift power away from Washington

By   /  December 10, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Congress, Florida, Government Regulation, Illinois, National, News, State Government, Transparency, Virginia  /  No Comments

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A movement is afoot from state lawmakers who believe the federal government has amassed far too much power, to the detriment of state authority and autonomy.

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PA workforce agency seeks repayment relief following scathing audit

By   /  December 4, 2014  /  Accountability, Government Waste, News, Pennsylvania, Transparency, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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A job training agency in northwest Pennsylvania is asking the state for a repayment plan, following finding that nearly a quarter of a million dollars were misspent. A 51-page audit gave the side-eye to everything from lunch meetings to goldfish.

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