WASHINGTON,D.C. — The federal Small Business Administration’s mission statement says the agency was created “to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.”
So it’s disheartening to read Watchdog.org reporter Art Kane’s “Luxury Loan” series.
Kane’s months-long investigation turned up […]
On primary election day, voters in Allegheny County decided they were concerned with how their tax dollars are spent. They re-elected a controller who’s insisted on not just checking the numbers, but also looking at efficiency.Read More →
The Steel City has bountiful food options — and taxpayers may not realize how they’re helping make small businesses make it work, or that innovative options are out there.
While Kiva loans are different enough from traditional loans as to hardly seem related, they also boast a better track record. While taxpayer-guaranteed loans through the Small Business Administration have failure rate of 19.4 percent, according to a 2011 report from the Cato Institute, only 2 percent of Kiva loans fail.Read More →
Police in Allegheny County say there’s no need for an auditor to keep tabs on how they’re spending the public’s money.
While she’s confident she has that authority, a judge will now decide.
As the governor and Legislature weigh cuts to close a $113 million budget gap, the Vermont Agency of Education is spending more than $23,000 to find out if Vermont school kids as young as 10 are transgender, among other things.Read More →
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.Read More →