Drink up! Taxpayers back bad loans for country clubs, boats, wineries

By   /  June 18, 2015  /  California, Federal Government, Finances, Massachusetts, Minnesota, National, News  /  No Comments

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Sonoma wine maker Vance Rose admits his timing was bad and isn’t happy that taxpayers are left paying the debt.

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Man bites dog: Politicians vote against spending public money on soccer stadium

By   /  April 24, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Issues, Minnesota, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Here’s a story that doesn’t often get written: Politicians in Minnesota voted against spending public money on a new stadium.

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Watchdog Podcasts: Behind the Headlines — The economics behind taxpayer-funded stadiums

By   /  April 23, 2015  /  Finances, Minnesota, Podcast, State Budgets, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments


In this week’s episode, host Eric Boehm sits down with Victor Matheson, a professor of sports economics at The College of The Holy Cross to discuss a stunning development in Minnesota: politicians voted against using public funding for a new soccer stadium.

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Watchdog Podcast: Sit Down, Shut Up — Yik Yak-ing about school choice

By   /  March 20, 2015  /  Education, Education Blog, Issues, Podcast, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments


This is “Sit Down And Shut Up,” Watchdog.org’s podcast examining education issues at the national, state and local levels.

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MNsure audit confirms ‘seriously flawed’ rollout of health insurance exchange

By   /  February 18, 2015  /  Accountability, Health Care, Issues, Minnesota, News, State Budgets, State Government, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

Facebook Friendly:  MNsure state exchange has Minnesotans covered on social media but enrolling can be another matter. MNsure Photo.

Well intentioned, but not well executed.

That’s a phrase that could describe any number of government programs, and on Tuesday that was the way state auditors summed up a difficult first year for Minnesota’s state-run health insurance exchange program.

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E-cigarette legislation makes strange political bedfellows in NM

By   /  February 12, 2015  /  New Mexico, News, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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When a bill to ban e-cigarette sales to minors was heard in the House Health Committee on Jan. 26, the tobacco industry supported it and the Cancer Action Network opposed it. What’s wrong with this picture?

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