Vermont DMV backpedals on fraudulent license applications by illegals

By   /  January 30, 2015  /  Fraud, Immigration, News, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

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A tight-lipped investigation into fraudulent driver’s license applications from out-of-state illegals is producing conflicting details as political pressure mounts from migrant rights groups.

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HUD wants action on Port of Gulfport job numbers

By   /  January 26, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Government Waste, Jobs + Growth, Mississippi, News, Transparency  /  No Comments

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The Port of Gulfport must meet its job creation numbers specified by a HUD grant or face unspecified consequences.

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Critics want more sunshine on huge solar power project

By   /  January 12, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Government Regulation, Local Government, Minnesota, News, Transparency  /  No Comments

SOLAR PROJECT TAKES HEAT: Neighbors of a proposed $100 million utility-scale solar farm say a new state solar mandate leaves them out of the permitting process.

It’s a venture that depends on lots of sunshine, but rural southwestern Minnesota residents remain largely in the dark about the biggest solar power project in the state, quietly being platted for hundreds of acres of crop land surrounding them.

“Our overall concern is and has been the lack of knowledge within our neighborhood,” said Janelle Geurts, an opponent who fears solar panels could be erected within 100 feet of her house. “We had heard from a number of people that this project was to be kept quiet. Our concern is protecting our farm land.”

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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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