WI lawmaker says state education program misspent $500K

By   /  December 17, 2014  /  Education, News, Wasteful spending, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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MADISON, Wis. — State Rep. David Craig, R-Vernon, is calling on Department of Public Instruction Superintendent Tony Evers to investigate a state-funded education program after discovering it spent almost $500,000 last year on “five-star dining, luxury travel accommodations and employee lunches.”

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Elon Musk wheels and deals to save Cuomo

By   /  December 17, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, National, New York, State Government, transportation, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org
It’s easy to see why Barbara Walters named billionaire Elon Musk one of 2014’s most fascinating people.
In the waning days of his 2014 reelection campaign, Gov. Andrew Cuomo turned to Musk to bail him out of a $1 billion economic development deal that was going down in flames — and could […]

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Corruption scandal engulfs Mississippi utility authority

By   /  December 17, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Government Waste, Local Government, Mississippi, Misuse of funds, Politics, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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A corruption scandal involving federal grants led a guilty plea and a federal indictment of 2 members of the Harrison County Utility Authority Tuesday.

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‘Free’ stimulus broadband project costs MN taxpayers millions

By   /  December 17, 2014  /  Federal Government, Minnesota, News, Stimulus, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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“Get connected, stay connected, live connected.”

That marketing tagline sums up how Lake County officials manage to keep one of the most expensive federal stimulus broadband projects in the country alive.

The costs of the Lake Connections fiber optic network project in the vast northern Minnesota wilderness continue to increase, and local taxpayers are now footing part of the ever-growing bill.

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Cromnibus spending bill loaded with goodies for Mississippi

By   /  December 16, 2014  /  Congress, Government Waste, Mississippi, News, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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The Cromnibus spending bill, worth $1.1 trillion, brought plenty of goodies home to Mississippi.

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Study says Mississippi corruption isn’t nation’s worst

By   /  December 11, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Legislature, Lobbying, Local Government, Mississippi, Misuse of funds, Politics, Transparency, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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Perception is reality, and when it comes to Mississippi corruption, the state’s not immune.

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