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Accounting switch overshadows New Mexico’s newly reported pension debt

By   /  September 20, 2016  /  New Mexico, News, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

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The same year a new accounting rule required New Mexico to be more transparent about its pension debt, the state Department of Finance and Administration decided that a $14 billion land grant trust fund dating to 1898 was a new governmental asset. With the stroke of pen, New Mexico was in the black. Rather than reveal […]

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Biloxi VA hospital has spent more than $362,000 on art since 2008

By   /  September 19, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Federal Government, Mississippi, News, Transparency  /  No Comments

Photo by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The Biloxi VA hospital has spent $362,808 on artwork purchases since 2008 to equip newly constructed buildings devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

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Idaho mom wants public records; city wants $2,600

By   /  September 15, 2016  /  Idaho, News, Open Records, Transparency  /  No Comments

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If Mountain Home resident, mother and Air Force veteran Wendy Mastroeni had $2,600 to blow, she wouldn’t spend it on public records. Instead, if she had that sort of cash stashed away, she said she would catch up on bills, save some and invest in her family’s well-being. The mother of four has grown into […]

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Texas court mulls ‘magic words’ loophole for transparency law

By   /  September 14, 2016  /  Judiciary, News, Open Records, State Government, Texas, Transparency  /  No Comments

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The Supreme Court of Texas heard arguments Wednesday on whether to write a loophole into state public records law that would allow government agencies to avoid public scrutiny and disregard basic public records procedures simply by invoking “magic words.” The court could also decide to eliminate a previous loophole it created, but most of its public […]

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Rutland group brings security concerns into refugee debate

By   /  September 14, 2016  /  Accountability, Immigration, News, Open Records, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

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About 50 people from the local community gathered Tuesday night at the Rutland Free Library to hear nationally known security experts weigh in on the city’s refugee debate.

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Public-private park venture spurs cost, transparency concerns

By   /  September 14, 2016  /  Accountability, Crony Capitalism, News, Texas, Transparency  /  No Comments

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While San Antonio officials tout an expanded Hemisfair Park downtown, its green space and its costs are in question.

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