Colorado’s judicial records policy faces questions, concerns

By   /  October 2, 2015  /  Accountability, Colorado, Judiciary, News, Open Records, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Colorado courts exempted itself from state open records laws and set up it own policy but critics question why the policy deviates so much from state records laws.

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No cookies for you! Wolf’s gift ban will foil sweet-toothed Pennsylvania employees

By   /  September 22, 2015  /  Accountability, Issues, News, Open Records, PA Independent, Pennsylvania, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments


Some sweet-toothed state employees were busted by Pennsylvania’s Inspector General for violating the Wolf administration’s gift ban. Their offense: accepting a plate of holiday cookies.

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Worse news: New Jersey debt hits $170 billion

By   /  September 22, 2015  /  New Jersey, New Jersey Big Stories, News, Pensions, State Budgets, Transparency  /  No Comments

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For New Jersey taxpayers, the bad news is even worse than a report showing their state government is $160 billion in debt. The deficit is actually $10 billion higher – a whopping $170 billion – according to State Treasury records obtained by New Jersey Watchdog.

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PA lawmaker: Barring wrongdoing, IDs of police who use force should be confidential

By   /  September 17, 2015  /  News, PA Independent, Pennsylvania, Transparency  /  No Comments

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State Rep. Martina White said her intent is to protect police from vigilantism, but others argue there is high standard for transparency when police use deadly force.

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Four ways North Dakota could improve its open records laws

By   /  August 26, 2015  /  News, North Dakota, Transparency  /  No Comments

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North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has formed a task force to improve his state’s open records laws, and Watchdog reporter Rob Port who is serving on it has some ideas.

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Taxpayers oppose city decision to forgo bond referenda

By   /  August 26, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Minnesota, News, Transparency, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

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Officials in Bloomington, Minnesota now have the power to issue up to $100 million in general obligation bonds without a referendum. It’s a move that flies in the face of concerns over short-circuiting the role of residents to curtail spending and maintain the city’s stellar bond rating.

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