Taxes

Watchdog Podcast: In Our Backyards — The never-ending debate over property tax reform

By   /  March 30, 2015  /  Pennsylvania, Podcast, Taxes, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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By Eric Boehm and Andrew Staub | Watchdog Radio
This is “In Our Backyards,” Watchdog.org’s podcast that examines local government — because the government that is the closest to you often can be the most important, even if you don’t hear much about it.
We’ll look at city councils, school boards and even water treatment authorities, because […]

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Policy experts: Politicians hold on to control of liquor industry for profit, power

By   /  March 27, 2015  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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The bloody arrest of University of Virginia junior Martese Johnson by alcohol enforcement agents has some asking the age-old question in Virginia — why does the state control the liquor industry at all?

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Living or dead? Often, the feds don’t seem to know the difference

By   /  March 19, 2015  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Finances, Fraud, National, News  /  No Comments

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“There is one root cause that is easily identified, but for reasons that defy logic, has been incredibly difficult to solve,” Johnson said Tuesday. “The federal government has wasted billions of dollars over the last few decades giving money to dead people.”

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Watchdog Podcast: ‘In Our Backyards’ — Mississippi city spent millions for aquarium that never got built

By   /  March 16, 2015  /  Local Government, Mississippi, News, Podcast, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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This is In Our Backyards, Watchdog.org’s podcast that examines local government — because the government that is the closest to you can often be the most important, even if you don’t hear much about it.

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Pennsylvania governor wants new energy subsidies while old ones abound

By   /  March 16, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Energy and Environment, Jobs + Growth, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Gov. Wolf’s proposal to prod renewable energy has some crying foul. A closer look at subsidies reveals billions in existing subsidies to energy industries.

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Governor wants natural gas tax, but it won’t close Pennsylvania budget gap

By   /  March 5, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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Nestled in Gov. Tom Wolf’s ambitious budget address to the Pennsylvania General Assembly Tuesday was a production tax on natural gas. That tax could put a big dent in the state’s gaping deficit, but clearly can’t solve the revenue problem alone.

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