Erie shows wrong way to shop for economic growth solutions

By   /  May 26, 2015  /  Accountability, Economy, Government Waste, Jobs + Growth, News, PA Independent, Pennsylvania, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Erie provides several prominent examples of how not to hand out money. Research shows the benefits of economic development programs are murky. And the Erie examples show the hit taxpayers can take, whether the intended economic development is for sprawling dreams or economic hostage-taking.

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Sports marketer refuses to cough up records for Texas A&M, risks losing deal

By   /  May 22, 2015  /  News, Open Records, Texas, Transparency  /  No Comments

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By Steve Miller | Watchdog.org
Secrecy goes before a fall in the world of open records.
When Learfield Sports signed a marketing deal in 2006 with Texas A&M, it included the provision that all information derived from the dealings between the two is “subject to the Texas Public Information Act.”
When a San Antonio newspaper came knocking at […]

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New website shows how Philly taxes will be used to fund schools

By   /  May 22, 2015  /  Education, News, Pennsylvania, Transparency  /  No Comments

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter strongly supports the idea of using vice taxes to fund Philadelphia's public schools.

A new website is bringing increased transparency to Philadelphia’s school funding issue during a critical time for the cash-strapped school district.

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State claims release of $1M in Amex bills would endanger Christie

By   /  May 19, 2015  /  Governor, New Jersey, News, Open Records, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Chris Christie’s lawyers say the governor’s safety will be risked if a New Jersey Watchdog lawsuit forces him to disclose how his security team charged nearly $1 million on state-issued American Express cards. Big expenses charged to the state have been a recurring theme lately for the New Jersey governor.

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PA taxpayers can now track Wolf cabinet members’ expenses

By   /  May 8, 2015  /  Accountability, Finances, PA Independent, Pennsylvania, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

TRANSPARENCY RISING: Gov. Tom Wolf announced this week another move to try and restore the public's confidence in government.

Transparency just got more clickable, as Gov. Tom Wolf announced on Thursday that his cabinet officials’ expenses are now online. The tool is easy to use, and taxpayers can search for data by name, department, month and type.

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Ohio’s expenditures now online thanks to Treasurer Josh Mandel

By   /  April 30, 2015  /  Ohio, Transparency, Watchdog Arena  /  No Comments

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Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel has increased transparency by making all public expenditures available on OhioCheckbook.com.

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