Watchdog Podcasts: At The Races — Chris Christie spent $80K in taxpayer money at football games

By   /  May 13, 2015  /  New Jersey, New Jersey Watchdog, Podcast, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments


In this episode, host Eric Boehm sits down with New Jersey Watchdog’s Mark Lagerkvist, who recently uncovered a big story about Gov. Chris Christie spending more than $80,000 on concessions at football games in 2010 and 2011. That’s a lot of nachos and beer.

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Hands off their butts: Critics argue against increased cigarette taxes

By   /  May 13, 2015  /  National, News, Taxes, Virginia  /  No Comments

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By Kathryn Watson |, Virginia Bureau
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Government officials from Hampton, Virginia, to Topeka, Kansas, are looking to boost cigarette taxes to bolster revenues, but critics say bureaucrats should keep their hands off smokers’ butts.
Plenty of unsympathetic non-smokers — especially those representing tobacco-free campaigns and organizations — fully support the movement, emphasizing the importance of […]

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Virginia seaside city piles up spending as residents drown in taxes, city debt

By   /  May 7, 2015  /  News, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Hugh Bassette was born and raised in Hampton, back when the seaside city was more like rural countryside.

By the time he retired and returned to the place he grew up, things had changed — and not just the landscape. The city’s spending and taxes had gone way up, too.

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Watchdog Podcast: Behind the Headlines — Cigarette taxes hurt the poor to pad government budgets

By   /  May 4, 2015  /  Accountability, Audio, Budget and Spending, Media, Podcast, State Budgets, State Government, Virginia, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments


In this week’s episode, host Eric Boehm sits down with reporter Katie Watson to discuss the political and economic consequences of cigarette taxes. Watson is in the midst of a series of investigative reports about the uses and problems with cigarette taxes in two Virginia cities that recently decided they wanted to make smokers pay more to help plug budget holes.

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Higher taxes all ’round: 3 things to know about IFO report on Wolf’s tax plan

By   /  April 27, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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All Pennsylvanians would face higher taxes if Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal becomes law.

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County’s fiscal watchdog sues county and police department to get access

By   /  April 23, 2015  /  General, PA Independent, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

By Rachel Martin |
PITTSBURGH — Police in Allegheny County say there’s no need for an auditor to keep tabs on how they’re spending the public’s money.
County controller Chelsa Wagner is going to court to make sure she can.
Wagner announced a lawsuit Tuesday against Allegheny County and the Allegheny County Police Department. At issue is whether […]

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