Taxpayers can’t get a ‘break’ with St. Paul’s artsy stop signs

By   /  October 30, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Government Waste, Local Government, Minnesota, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

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St. Paul may be predictably progressive, but the powers at City Hall enthusiastically embrace the “1 percent.” The 1 percent, that is, of costs automatically taken off the top of local government construction projects, under a city ordinance mandating taxpayer-funded public art.

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OK state workers worry over natural gas vehicles

By   /  October 28, 2014  /  Accountability, Colorado, Oklahoma, State Budgets, State Government, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

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Some Oklahoma state employees are concerned their new compressed natural gas vehicles will be difficult to fill up, won’t have enough room for needed equipment and might even explode, emails obtained by Watchdog.org show.

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Mississippi’s ‘Tower of Pork’ costs taxpayers $352 million

By   /  October 28, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Government Waste, Mississippi, Politics, U.S. Senate, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

Photo by Steve Wilson

One of these things is not like the other. Tower of Power is a horn-driven funk band from the 1970s. The “Tower of Pork” A-3 rocket engine test tower sits idle at the John C. Stennis Space Center on the Mississippi Coast.

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La Suprema corte sostuvo la Prohibición de foie gras en California

By   /  October 21, 2014  /  California, Commentary, Government Regulation, National, Supreme Court, Uncategorized, Watchdog En Español  /  No Comments

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Por Carlo Maffatt
LAS VEGAS, Nev. —La Suprema corte de Estado Unidos se rehusó a aceptar la apelación que buscaba levantar la prohibición de fois gras (pate de Pato). Esto hace que muchos teman la prohibición se expanda a otros tipos de carne.

El Gobernador californiano Arnold Schwarzenegger, pasó ley en 2004 vetando la producción y venta [...]

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Colorado governor supports most tax votes, but refuses to release his own tax info

By   /  October 15, 2014  /  Accountability, Colorado, IRS, Journalism, State Government, State Politics, Taxes, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

Gov. John Hickenlooper hasn't taken a clear position on Hancock's plan to allow Denver voters to strip key provisions from the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR), but only as those provisions apply to the city.

By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
When you’re a millionaire, even giving to charity apparently is complicated.
Watchdog.org has confirmed from two media outlets in Denver that Gov. John Hickenlooper did not provide his charitable contributions when releasing his tax returns to some Denver media. Representatives of one outlet said he didn’t provide the contributions until asked and [...]

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Chinese institute spreads across U.S., but some say it also spreads propaganda

By   /  October 13, 2014  /  Colorado, Education, Free Speech, National, National Security, Oklahoma, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

Shenzhen drivers suffer from traffic jam ahead of National Day holiday

 
By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
During the past decade, the Confucius Institute has established itself at nearly 500 universities and K-12 schools in the United States and another roughly 500 around the world.
But some professors are urging schools to break with the Chinese language and cultural nonprofit, charging it is a “propaganda” arm of the Chinese government.
This [...]

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