What’s he got to say? Kemper Project manager remains muzzled

Taxpayers soon could see why Virginia is filling lawyers’ pockets

By   /  February 26, 2015  /  News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

Screenshot of McDonnell legal invoice by Kathryn Watson

The offices of governor and attorney general might get a little more transparent in Virginia.

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Health department fumbled $5.1 million in formula rebates

By   /  February 26, 2015  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

FORMULA FAILURE: Auditors dinged the Virginia Department of Health for not submitting $5.1 million in infant formula rebates and Medicaid claims.

The Virginia Department of Health may be the most wasteful and inefficient agency in state government, a new audit suggests.

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Rick Perry: 2016’s borderline candidate?

By   /  February 25, 2015  /  Immigration, National, News, Texas, Virginia  /  No Comments

TOUGH TALKER: Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry says his state acts while Washington talks.

Plying a third path to what could be another presidential run, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is blasting Democrats and Republicans alike over Washington’s dithering on border security.

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Rogue subcontractors undermine Virginia’s legal workforce

By   /  February 25, 2015  /  Alabama, Arizona, California, Immigration, National, News, South Carolina, Virginia  /  No Comments

DAY LABOR: Illegal and unlicensed laborers compete for construction jobs at the expense of U.S. workers. The Pew Hispanic Center estimates that up to 40 percent of brick masons and drywall installers are undocumented.

On paper, Virginia’s laws against rogue contractors appear ironclad. In reality, the regulations look more like Swiss cheese — and taxpayers are losing out.

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Do consumer ratings sites make occupational licensing irrelevant?

By   /  February 24, 2015  /  Economy, National, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

Screenshot of Yelp by Kathryn Watson

The tools now at the tips of consumers’ fingertips, however, have not only revolutionized the way Americans evaluate and use services. With their rise, they have also rendered the argument for government-mandated occupational licensure requirements in fields from cosmetology to interior design less and less relevant.

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Educated choice: Special needs vs. special interests

By   /  February 23, 2015  /  Arizona, Education, Education Blog, Florida, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

SCHOOL BOUND: Pending legislation would broaden educational options for special-needs students in Virginia.

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
RICHMOND, Va. — State Delegate Dave LaRock is making an impassioned plea for enactment of education savings accounts, which face intense opposition from institutional special interests.
His House Bill 2238 would provide an average of $4,000 annually to parents of special-needs students to shop for schools and services that best serve their children. […]

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