Taxes

Audit: As the middleman, many state agencies aren’t tracking federal grants

By   /  June 25, 2015  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Virginia does a haphazard job of monitoring federal tax dollars it passes along to local groups, and the state auditor’s office says that needs to change.

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Vermont taxpayers feeling after-effects of Legislature’s $63 million tax binge

By   /  June 18, 2015  /  Economy, Jobs + Growth, News, Taxes, Vermont  /  No Comments

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It’s been one month since the Vermont Legislature passed $63 million in new taxes, but leaders of the state’s top trade groups say taxpayers are already feeling the after-effects of the binge.

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Chinese-owned NH solar project costs ratepayers $1.22M

By   /  June 16, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, National, New Hampshire, News  /  No Comments

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New Hampshire utility ratepayers will pay a Taiwanese company $1.22 million to build the state’s largest solar installation so that a small town can save about $500,000 in power costs over the life of the project.

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McAuliffe to spend salary’s worth in European economic development trip

By   /  June 8, 2015  /  Governor, News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

COME ON DOWN: Gov. Terry McAuliffe boasts about bringing new business to Virginia, but the state’s workforce participation numbers have been declining steadily since May.

State taxpayers will foot a bill roughly equivalent to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s annual salary as he, his wife, Dorothy, and economic development officials market Virginia to European nations on an 11-day trip abroad.

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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

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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 | Watchdog.org, 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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