State owes Minnesotans millions, if they only knew it

By   /  April 17, 2015  /  Legislature, Minnesota, State Government, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

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It’s like winning the lottery without buying a ticket. But, odds are, you may never see the payout.

The Minnesota Commerce Department holds a $650 million jackpot of unclaimed property — mainly lost funds held by the state — waiting for tens of thousands of Minnesotans to redeem.

It’s not the government’s money. State law requires the unclaimed cash to be kept in perpetuity for the rightful owner. The state contracts with the Missing Money website to connect people with their unclaimed money, but few Minnesotans hear about it.

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McHenry County group moves to halve township government

By   /  April 13, 2015  /  Uncategorized  /  No Comments

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By: Mark Fitton | Illinois News Network
SPRINGFIELD — A citizen group trying to consolidate township governments in McHenry County says the change could save as much as $40 million over 10 years.
If successful, the McHenry County Citizens for Township Consolidation would bring the number of townships down from 17 to as few as […]

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Bill would require state vehicles be US or Canada made

By   /  April 13, 2015  /  Uncategorized  /  No Comments

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By: Mark Fitton | Illinois News Network
SPRINGFIELD —  A state representative wants Illinois to buy only vehicles made in North America, but opponents say the idea could come back to bite the state.
State Rep. Mike Smiddy’s bill, HB 3438, would limit the state to buying only vehicles assembled in the U.S. or Canada.
Smiddy, D-Hillsdale, said […]

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Bill would require state vehicles be US or Canada made

By   /  April 13, 2015  /  Uncategorized  /  No Comments

By: Mark Fitton | Illinois News Network
SPRINGFIELD —  A state representative wants Illinois to buy only vehicles made in North America, but opponents say the idea could come back to bite the state.
State Rep. Mike Smiddy’s bill, HB 3438, would limit the state to buying only vehicles assembled in the U.S. or Canada.
Smiddy, D-Hillsdale, said […]

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Lawmaker says license plate readers a privacy threat

By   /  March 25, 2015  /  Illinois, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

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State Rep. Peter Breen, R-Lombard, has sponsored HB 3289, would limit government use of automated license plate readers.

By: Mark Fitton | Illinois News NetworkSPRINGFIELD — Imagine a police officer, other government official or even a private vendor typing in your license plate number and finding out where you’ve driven for the last year.
Within keystrokes, that […]

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Emails and the Idaho Assoc. of Commerce and Industry’s powerful grip on the Legislature

By   /  March 16, 2015  /  Uncategorized  /  No Comments

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By John Livingston | Watchdog Opinion
It doesn’t matter if you are a Republican or a Democrat—a liberal or a conservative, or if you live or do business in Boise or Washington, D.C. The impact of a very few special interest groups that represent a small minority of citizens or businesses can have significant ramifications on […]

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