Dane County approves pay raises for elected officials to skirt Act 10

By   /  April 16, 2014  /  Wisconsin  /  No Comments

The Dane County board approved pay increases for the sheriff and clerk of courts.

Dane County approved a hefty pay raise for its sheriff and clerk of courts to make up for the employee pension contributions required by Act 10.

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Tax mistakes hurt, especially when you pay someone to make them

By   /  April 14, 2014  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Finances, IRS, Issues, Judiciary, National, News, Tax Reform, Taxes  /  No Comments

BETTER OFF ON YOUR OWN: Taxes are confusing and complicated, and for good reason. But even the people paid to understand them can — and often do — make mistakes, the GAO found.

 
By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org
Taxes are confusing and complicated.
That’s why millions of Americans hire someone to help them fill out the proper forms and, in theory, get the biggest refund possible from the federal government.
But even the people paid to understand them can — and often do — make mistakes, according to the Government Accountability Office.
A GAO [...]

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Blazers pick up tab for new Moda Center signs

By   /  March 5, 2014  /  Northwest  /  No Comments

SIGN OF RELIEF: Taxpayers won't foot the bill for new Moda Center traffic signs.

Drivers who head toward Portland’s Rose Quarter District on the east side of the Willamette River will see new signs directing them toward the city’s arena.

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Vacant Milwaukee school sold in ‘ridiculous’ deal to remain closed

By   /  March 3, 2014  /  Featured, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

New details emerge in sale of Malcolm X Academy (rightwisconsin.com)

updated at 8:45 a.m. to include comment from Milwaukee Public Schools
By Ryan Ekvall | Wisconsin Reporter
MADISON, Wis. — The long vacant Malcolm X Academy in Milwaukee, part of a heavily criticized real estate development, will remain shuttered for all of 2014 and possibly 2015, Wisconsin Reporter has learned.
As officials for Milwaukee Public Schools and the developer, [...]

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VA report on current Medicaid access raises concerns for future care

By   /  February 19, 2014  /  Health Care, News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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By Kathryn Watson | Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — An alarming report suggests expanding Medicaid in Virginia could actually reduce access to care for the most needy.
The report by the Virginia General Assembly’s auditing arm shows varied access to care for the most needy already on Medicaid. With Medicaid paying roughly two-thirds of what private insurance [...]

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