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McAuliffe vows Medicaid push, cutting tax preferences in budget proposal

By   /  December 17, 2014  /  News, Virginia  /  No Comments

DIGGING IT: Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced his support for a trans-Virginia gas pipeline on Tuesday.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe continued his broken-record push for Medicaid expansion on Wednesday as he proposed his ideas for amending the state’s $95 billion, biennial budget.

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Pennsylvania pension costs to climb by $466 million next year

By   /  December 5, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Finances, News, Pennsylvania, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

GETTING WORSE: The state budget will continue to be squeezed by increasing pension costs. (Source: Governor's Budget Office)

Lawmakers and governor-elect Tom Wolf will head into next year’s budget process with lots of new obligations to fulfill and little excess revenue with which to do it.

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Undocumented students in D.C. cost taxpayers millions

By   /  December 1, 2014  /  Education Blog  /  No Comments

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By Moriah Costa | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON, D.C.- It costs an estimated $86.8 million a year to educate undocumented students in D.C., based on a data analysis by Watchdog.org.
There are about 4,065 undocumented children in D.C., according to 2012 data from the Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends Project. With D.C. spending $21,347 per student, the total amount […]

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Liberty wins in Massachusetts ‘Nanny State’ tobacco battle

By   /  November 24, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Massachusetts, National, News  /  No Comments

Westminster liberty fight

By M.D. Kittle | Watchdog.org

Chalk one up for liberty.

Smokers and nonsmokers alike in Westminster, Mass., came together to push back a move by the town’s Board of Health to ban the sale of all tobacco and nicotine products within the city limits.

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Film subsidies trap Maryland taxpayers in ‘House of Cards’

By   /  November 19, 2014  /  Maryland, National, News, State Government  /  No Comments

GRAIN OF TRUTH: Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo says the hit Netflix series 'House of Cards' is pure entertainment, but that doesn't mean there aren't nuggets of political truth strewn throughout the political thriller's plot.

Maryland politicians cast their film incentives program as the only way to lure productions like ‘House of Cards’ and boost the state’s economy. Yet, it could be that star struck politicians and Hollywood producers are deceiving taxpayers just like the characters do in the popular fictional television show that dramatizes the cunning trickery and cutthroat tactics of Washington, D.C.

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New Congress: Boehner, McConnell agenda hints toward patent, telecom reform

By   /  November 6, 2014  /  National, News, Regulations, Taxes, Technology  /  No Comments

Photo: Gage Skidmore, Flickr / Creative Commons

As the tech industry looks to interpret motives of the new Congress, patents and telecom may be part of the legislative and regulatory reform on the horizon for Republican party leadership.

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