VA woman admits $7.2 million child-credit tax scam

By   /  November 25, 2014  /  Federal Government, Immigration, National, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

IRS GIVEAWAYS: J. Russell George, Treasury inspector general for tax administration, says the IRS is issuing billions of dollars in credits to illegal immigrants and others.

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
More than a year after Watchdog reported the IRS sent thousands refunds to the tiny town of Parksley, Va., a woman has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and mail fraud.
Linda Avila admitted to obtaining more than $7.2 million in refunds by exploiting the federal government’s child tax credit program.
Avila filed more […]

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VA senator doesn’t take hint from midterm elections on Keystone

By   /  November 20, 2014  /  News, Virginia  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of Congress.gov

When the relatively well-liked Democratic Sen. Mark Warner squeaked past his little-known Republican challenger with less than one percent of the vote this month, some whispered the less-approved Sen. Tim Kaine should be worried.

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With elections coming, Arlington board derails streetcar

By   /  November 18, 2014  /  Local Government, News, transportation, Virginia  /  No Comments

SKEPTIC: John Vihstadt won 56 percent of the vote with his campaign against the Arlington streetcar project.

Part 8 of 8 in the series Arlington Traffic Troubles

 
By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
ARLINGTON, Va. – Critics hailed Arlington County’s decision Tuesday to scrap plans for a controversial streetcar project.
“I know this decision did not come easily for my three County Board colleagues, who supported the streetcar, but I applaud their concession to […]

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Arlington eyes tax hikes amid more county spending

By   /  November 18, 2014  /  Local Government, News, Taxes, Virginia  /  No Comments

POTEMKIN VILLAGE? Impressive on the outside, Rosslyn's office vacancy rate has increased from 20 percent to 28 percent in the past year.

A proposed $4.9 million county pay hike and the highest per-pupil spending in Northern Virginia add up to still more taxes for Arlington residents.

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Proposed ethics commission grows ‘teeth,’ but potential for ethical gaps remains

By   /  November 14, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

Bill Bolling

Virginia is one step closer to having an independent ethics review commission to investigate and enforce ethics law violations, the lack of which has flunked the commonwealth on national report cards.

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China ‘swindles’ Obama’s war on coal

By   /  November 14, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, National, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

AP photo

China’s agreement to reduce coal emissions isn’t worth the paper it was printed on, an energy research group says.

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