Philadelphia schools awaiting taxes from city, state

By   /  April 4, 2014  /  Education, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

Philadelphia schools are left waiting to see if sales tax will be approved.

The Pennsylvania state House won’t provide additional streams of revenue for Philadelphia schools until the city council signs off on higher sales taxes.

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Poll: Even VA Democrats think Medicaid expansion will boost their health care costs

By   /  March 19, 2014  /  Health Care, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

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By Kathryn Watson | Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A vast majority of Virginians — even likely Democrats who generally support Medicaid expansion — think their personal health care costs will likely go up if the program expands, according to a new poll by a free markets-oriented group.

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VA week in review: Soybean subsidies and the budget impasse

By   /  March 14, 2014  /  Virginia  /  No Comments

FIGHT TO FINISH: Democrats and Republicans are wrangling for the final votes in Fairfax County.

By Bre Payton | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
This week, Virginia is subsidizing non-genetically modified soybeans for South Korean markets, while reaping little in return for Virginians.
The budget impasse over the Medicaid expansion is costing the state thousands per day while leaving city and county budgets in limbo.
This is your week-in-review.
Soy subsidy stirs ‘Frankenfood’ debate in VA
Virginia [...]

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McAuliffe spokesman belittles reporter asking Medicaid questions

By   /  March 6, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

IN CHARGE: Gov. Terry McAuliffe has the authority to expand Medicaid, according to a letter written by former Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Reporters ask the tough questions and try to get answers.
Brian Coy, a spokesman for Terry McAuliffe, doesn’t appreciate that.

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Farmers win land-use fight; ‘food freedom’ next

By   /  March 3, 2014  /  Agriculture, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

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By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
LOCUST GROVE, Va. — Martha Boneta, a big-spirited small farmer, calls newly enacted land-use legislation a “landmark event” that will boost agricultural entrepreneurs in Virginia.
“No Virginian should be forced to lose everything when they fight city hall,” said Boneta, who is locked in a costly legal battle with Fauquier County [...]

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