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City gives citizens the runaround on Google huts

By   /  December 6, 2016  /  Accountability, Crony Capitalism, News, Texas, Transparency  /  No Comments

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A neighborhood campaign to stop the conversion of San Antonio parkland for Google Fiber operations is getting stonewalled at City Hall — even as one official admits taking shortcuts.

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Anodyne EdBuild contract with Mississippi Legislature goes public

By   /  November 23, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Open Records, State Budgets, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

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The contract with non-profit EdBuild and the Mississippi Legislature was finally revealed and there are few smoking guns or any specifics.

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Best of the worst: Austin debt totals $3,000 per household

By   /  November 22, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, News, Texas, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Austin’s reputation for big government spending took a bit of hit in a new report showing it has the lowest taxpayer debt of any large Texas city. Among America’s 20 largest cities, Austin had the fourth lowest taxpayer burden. But it’s no model of fiscal restraint.

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Mississippi attorney general orders lawmakers to reveal contracts

By   /  November 21, 2016  /  Education, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Open Records, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood ordered the GOP-led Legislature to reveal a contract with a nonprofit to rewrite the state’s K-12 funding formula.

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Critics lambaste education funding formula revamp for lack of transparency

By   /  November 18, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

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A proposal to revamp Mississippi’s education funding formula was criticized by most of those who spoke at a public hearing at the Capitol Thursday.

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State Fair facing sanctions for hiding finances

By   /  November 15, 2016  /  News, Open Records, Texas, Transparency  /  No Comments

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The State Fair of Texas is facing legal action and monetary sanctions for using the courts to stall an inquiry into its secret financial arrangements.

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