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Vermont GOP: House majority leader violated campaign finance law

By   /  February 15, 2017  /  Accountability, Issues, News, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

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State GOP leaders allege that Vermont’s House majority leader and the state Democratic Party violated campaign finance law by sending a mass fundraising solicitation to lobbyists during the legislative session.

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Mixed reactions to Scott’s ‘no fraternization’ with lobbyists, lawmakers

By   /  February 14, 2017  /  Governor, Legislature, News, State Government, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

Republican Gov. Phil Scott reportedly has directed staff and administrative personnel to avoid fraternizing after hours with legislators and lobbyists, but some observers say the directive is unrealistic in tiny Montpelier.

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Governor says he’s ready for another run at ethics reform

By   /  February 7, 2017  /  Accountability, Governor, Legislature, News, State Government, Texas, Transparency  /  No Comments

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The push for ethics reform and transparency in Texas is getting a boost from Gov. Greg Abbott. Abbott named ethics reform legislation one of his emergency items during his State of the State address, meaning legislators can move quickly to pass a bill. “The faith that people have in their democracy is linked to the trust […]

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Bills target secret contracts, government partnerships

By   /  January 26, 2017  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Legislature, News, Open Records, Power Abuse, State Government, Texas, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Untold millions of Texas tax dollars are being spent in bureaucratic darkness after two Supreme Court rulings blew holes in the state’s public-records law.

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Duplication and the Delta Regional Authority

By   /  January 11, 2017  /  Crony Capitalism, Economy, Federal government, Jobs + Growth, Mississippi, News, Transparency  /  No Comments

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  During NASA’s heyday, the agency used duplication on key systems as a safety feature for space travel. But duplication isn’t always a positive thing, especially when it comes to federal programs such as the Delta Regional Authority, which is under the microscope for what critics say is needless overlap with other programs. In his report titled […]

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Pharmacy benefit managers could be in legislative crosshairs

By   /  January 3, 2017  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Health Care, News, Regulations, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

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While Congress has taken drug executives to task with high-profile committee investigations of price increases on everything from HIV medication to EpiPens, a crucial link in the drug-price chain has gone largely unscathed: pharmacy benefit managers, who play an obscure by significant role in determining the cost paid for prescription drugs by tens of millions of Americans. […]

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