Mississippi taxpayers spent more than $1.3 million on ‘food for business meetings’

By   /  November 24, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Government Regulation, Government Waste, Mississippi, Misuse of funds, Politics, Uncategorized, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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Mississippi taxpayers spent more than $1.4 million on food for business meetings and “promotions” by state agencies.

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No-bid contracts under fire in Mississippi

By   /  November 24, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Corrections, Government Waste, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Politics, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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A corruption scandal in the Mississippi Department of Corrections has the practice of no-bid contracts under fire.

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NFL’s Panthers owner gives generously – after taxpayers pay for his stadium upgrades

By   /  November 19, 2014  /  National, News, North Carolina, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

BIG SPENDER: Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson is giving millions to universities for structures that bear his name. But he relies on taxpayers for his Carolina Panthers stadium.

By Paul Chesser | Special to Watchdog.org
While the city of Charlotte granted him $87.5 million in April 2013 to help pay for improvements to Bank of America Stadium where his Carolina Panthers play, team owner Jerry Richardson has given from his own wealth to colleges for sports and arts venues that will bear the imprint […]

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Colorado changes welfare rule, increasing benefits and costing taxpayers

By   /  November 18, 2014  /  Accountability, Colorado, Government Waste, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families is six month less temporary in Colorado — and likely more expensive to taxpayers — after a state Department of Human Services rule change last year, a Watchdog.org investigation found.
The change has counties certifying a welfare recipients’ eligibility to receive benefits twice a year, records show. Previously, the full recertification was […]

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Indicted corrections commissioner enjoyed ritzy lifestyle

By   /  November 7, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Corrections, Economy, Mississippi, News, Regulations, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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Indicted former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps lived a lavish lifestyle in a gated community with two Mercedes Benz sedans and a beachfront condominium.

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Deadline looms for KiOR loan payment

By   /  November 4, 2014  /  Business, Economy, Energy and Environment, Mississippi, News, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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Biofuels maker KiOR has until Wednesday to give the state of Mississippi its $1.875 million semiannual payment on a $75 million no-interest loan.

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