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Colorado judiciary long on taxpayer money, short on transparency

By   /  November 21, 2014  /  Accountability, Colorado, judicial accountability, Judiciary, Open Records, State Government, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

Photo by Arthur Kane

Colorado Court Administrator Gerald Marroney barreled down the hallway of the judicial building a recent afternoon, looking straight ahead and ignoring my questions.

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The Tom Wolf income tax plan – Part 3: Legislative and legal hurdles

By   /  October 24, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Elections, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

MONEY BACK: The IRS continues to improperly grant billions of dollars in tax credits, a new government audit says.

Pennsylvania voters will go to the polls Nov. 4 and may very well choose Tom Wolf, a York County businessman, to be their next governor.

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Virginia lawmaker targets police asset seizures

By   /  October 17, 2014  /  Abuse of power, National, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

TAKING ON THE LAW: Delegate Mark Cole wants to curb asset forfeiture abuses.

Blasting a “fundamentally un-American” seizure of assets from citizens, a state lawmaker wants to rein in police powers in Virginia.

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‘Bonusgate’ attorney disbarred, seven years after legislative scandal hit

By   /  September 22, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Accountability, Ethics, Fraud, Government Waste, Legislature, News, Pennsylvania, Politics, Power Abuse, State Government, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

Photo from Pennsylvania Department of Corrections webpage

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court finally disbarred lawyer Jeff Foreman, seven years after “Bonusgate” exploded into the public eye. Governor Tom Corbett was then attorney general, and his office investigated nearly $4 million worth of bonuses paid to legislative staffers in the Pennsylvania General Assembly and other misuse of public funds. Several legislators and staff — including Foreman — spent time behind bars in one way or another.

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VA Democrat urges governor, legislators to scrutinize tax preferences

By   /  September 19, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

DAVID TOSCANO: Democratic Delegate David Toscano of Charlottesville says Virginia needs to take a good, hard look at tax preferences.

Virginia’s Democratic House Minority Leader David Toscano has a solution for Virginia’s current fiscal crisis — try eliminating some tax preferences that don’t work.

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VA House speaker: McAuliffe has Medicaid problem

By   /  August 28, 2014  /  News, Virginia  /  No Comments

HOUSE CALL: House Speaker William Howell and fellow Republican leaders in the GOP-dominated chamber remain staunchly opposed to Medicaid expansion.

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
RICHMOND, Va. — Plans to expand Medicaid in Virginia may not be dead on arrival at the General Assembly, but they’re struggling for life support.
“It’s such a big new entitlement at a time when we need to be looking hard at the cost of entitlements,” House Speaker William Howell told […]

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