Ohio ranks 12th for cronyist state

By   /  October 20, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Business, Jobs + Growth, State Government, Wasteful spending, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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By Stephanie Kreuz | WatchdogWire.com
Does Ohio play fair? Or smart? When it comes to the number of dollars spent in subsidies, Ohio ranks the 12th cronyist.
The Mercatus Center recently illustrated how states rank in providing benefits to particular companies, rather than providing better opportunity for all companies.
Ohio’s neighboring states ranked fourth (Michigan), fifth (Kentucky), seventh (Indiana), and 11th (Pennsylvania) in [...]

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California senator investigates millions in Obamacare exchange contracts

By   /  October 15, 2014  /  California, National, News, Obamacare, State Politics, Transparency, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

Ted Gaines

California’s beleaguered Obamacare exchange is one again in the crosshairs of a state senator who is demanding answers following reports that millions in contracts never went out to bid and instead were awarded to friends of the agency’s director.

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Port of Gulfport still not meeting job creation goals

By   /  October 10, 2014  /  Business, Economy, Government Waste, Mississippi, News, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

PHOTO BY: Port of Gulfport

The Port of Gulfport created five of the 1,300 jobs it needs to create under terms of a post-Hurricane Katrina federal grant.

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Plenty of mayors in Mississippi earn big salaries

By   /  October 6, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Government Waste, Local Government, Mississippi, Misuse of funds, Taxes, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

Photo illustration by Steve Wilson

Some mayors in Mississippi earn huge paychecks.

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Colorado welfare recipients withdraw money in Hawaii, St. Thomas, Vegas

By   /  October 6, 2014  /  Colorado, Good Government, Government Waste, Misuse of funds, News, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments


Taxpayers are apparently buying welfare recipients booze and cigarette for the road — at times a very exotic road.

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Montana governor’s pre-K boondoggle: $37M for questionable outcomes

By   /  October 3, 2014  /  Education, Montana, State Budgets, Wasteful spending, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments


Gov. Steve Bullock continues to press for universal pre-kindergarten in Montana, at a cost of $37 million.

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