Bad for business: Virginia’s tax structure, reliance on D.C. discourages growth

By   /  June 30, 2015  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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In 2011, CNBC ranked Virginia first in the nation for business.

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Education week-in-review: Suing a union and suing a state

By   /  June 26, 2015  /  California, Education, Education Blog, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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From Pennsylvania, where a veteran educator is suing a teachers union for violating her First Amendment rights, to California, where students are suing the state for violating their right to a quality education, it’s been an interesting week in education news.

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Audit: As the middleman, many state agencies aren’t tracking federal grants

By   /  June 25, 2015  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Virginia does a haphazard job of monitoring federal tax dollars it passes along to local groups, and the state auditor’s office says that needs to change.

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Education week-in-review: Involved parents and parents who vote with their feet

By   /  June 12, 2015  /  Education, Education Blog, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By Paul Brennan | Watchdog.org
From Milwaukee, where parental involvement was honored at a unique ceremony, to Pittsburgh, where parents are voting with their feet on the quality of city schools, it’s been an interesting week in education news.
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Pittsburgh schools fail to attract families
Pittsburgh is no longer shedding citizens at the […]

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McAuliffe’s university board appointees include generous campaign donors

By   /  June 11, 2015  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Donating a hefty sum to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s political endeavors won’t guarantee you a spot governing the commonwealth’s prestigious universities, but it doesn’t hurt.

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McAuliffe to spend salary’s worth in European economic development trip

By   /  June 8, 2015  /  Governor, News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

COME ON DOWN: Gov. Terry McAuliffe boasts about bringing new business to Virginia, but the state’s workforce participation numbers have been declining steadily since May.

State taxpayers will foot a bill roughly equivalent to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s annual salary as he, his wife, Dorothy, and economic development officials market Virginia to European nations on an 11-day trip abroad.

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