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Vermont School Boards Association exec: What consolidation means for schools

By   /  March 17, 2015  /  Education, Issues, News, Vermont, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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As the House Education Committee’s consolidation bill gets ready to move over to the Senate, Vermonters are wondering what statewide restructuring would mean for schools and school boards. Stephen Dale, executive director of the Vermont School Boards Association, explains.

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Federal clerks provide inaccurate info on court documents

By   /  March 17, 2015  /  Colorado, judicial accountability, Judiciary, Misuse of funds, Transparency, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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Federal law clearly says that payment vouchers to outside attorneys acting as public defenders should be available to the taxpayers who pay those bills — especially after all legal appeals are exhausted.

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SBA loans support luxurious lifestyles, burden taxpayers

By   /  March 16, 2015  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Government Waste, News, Transparency, Vermont, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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The Small Business Administration is the federal agency that helps “little guy” businesses get loans they couldn’t get through traditional lenders. Or so the story goes.

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SBA doesn’t track some state-by-state loan default rates

By   /  March 12, 2015  /  Government Waste, Mississippi, National, News, Transparency, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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The Small Business Administration apparently doesn’t keep tabs on the rate of loan defaults on some of its loan programs.

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Lights, cameras…action? Mississippi paid filmmakers fewer tax incentives in 2014

By   /  March 9, 2015  /  Government Waste, Mississippi, News, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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Mississippi paid less tax incentives to filmmakers in 2014 than in 2013 or 2012, records obtained by Mississippi Watchdog show.

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Elvis Presley’s birthplace, Jackson Zoo could get more state money

By   /  March 4, 2015  /  Economy, Legislature, Lobbying, Mississippi, News, Politics, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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Without state money, a couple of tourist attractions in Mississippi may be headed to the “Heartbreak Hotel.”

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