As Virginia politicians campaign for state and local offices this year, one subject remains untouchable: the state’s billion-dollar car tax.Read More →
One Pennsylvania legislator is taking a third swing at increasing transparency about lawmakers’ work, incomes and possible conflicts. “We’re at the bottom of the barrel right now,” in terms of how much citizens trust government, State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, told Watchdog.org. “We’re down there with the attorneys,” he jokingly added.Read More →
Way back in 1999, the state auditor’s office told the Virginia General Assembly to demand accountability from the 700-or-so supervisory groups formed by local governments. Fifteen years later, state lawmakers and local leaders haven’t stepped up to the plate, and those decision-making entities, which controlled $450 million in revenue in 1999, are just as unaccountable when it comes to completing audits today as they were back then.Read More →
By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
RICHMOND, Va. — State Delegate Dave LaRock is making an impassioned plea for enactment of education savings accounts, which face intense opposition from institutional special interests.
His House Bill 2238 would provide an average of $4,000 annually to parents of special-needs students to shop for schools and services that best serve their children. […]
“Democrats and Republicans are already coming up with ways to spend our money, rather than giving it back,” former Stafford County Supervisor Susan Stimpson told Watchdog.org after her endorsement by Grover Norquist (right) and the Americans for Tax Reform.Read More →