Taxpayers stripped of $117,521 for naked hippie commune research

By   /  October 24, 2014  /  Government Waste, News, Vermont, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

Courtesy of Vermont Historical Society

Americans will soon get the full monty on the hippie commune movement that invaded Vermont in the 1970s, thanks to a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Feds throw money at alpaca poop, drug enforcement museum

By   /  October 23, 2014  /  Congress, News, State Government, Virginia, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

Photo credit: Sen. Tom Coburn's office

It’s no surprise that the federal government wastes tax dollars. Where it wastes your hard-earned dollars, however, can be a little more shocking.

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Auditor’s report raises issues on MAEP formula

By   /  October 22, 2014  /  Audits, Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Mississippi, News, Politics, State Elections, State House, State Lobbying, State Politics, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

Photo illustration by Steve Wilson

The MAEP formula might be an even bigger fiscal drain on Mississippi, according to a brief by the state auditor.

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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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