Taxpayers

Walker administration saves taxpayers $134 million in fraud fight

By   /  August 21, 2014  /  News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. – The fight against government waste, fraud and abuse has intensified under Gov. Scott Walker.

The Walker administration on Wednesday announced that the state Department of Revenue over the past four tax seasons has stopped $134 million in tax refunds related to fraud and adjustments.

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In Powhatan, the public pension crisis is local and personal 

By   /  August 19, 2014  /  News, Pensions, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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The battle over public pensions isn’t just some amorphous thing at the federal and state levels — it’s playing out in Virginia schools.

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The broke rescuing the broke: Plan to renovate Richmond park could be flawed, costly

By   /  June 4, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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By Kaitlyn Speer | Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Richmond’s Monroe Park seems to be the park everyone says they want to keep, but nobody wants to pay for it.
After a unanimous City Council vote, Richmond plans to hand off half of the costs for Monroe Park’s renovations to a group that’s relatively broke and [...]

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BadgerCare may cost millions more than expected

By   /  May 22, 2014  /  Wisconsin  /  No Comments

JOBS: The Council of Economic Advisors says expanding Medicaid would create 63,800 new jobs.

If current enrollment figures hold, state taxpayers would pay $63 million more than budgeted for BadgerCare through June 2015.

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Taxpayers spent $5.4 billion on teen pregnancy in past two decades

By   /  May 22, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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By Kaitlyn Speer | Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau

ALEXANDRIA, Va.— Virginia spent $5.4 billion in federal tax dollars on teen pregnancy over the past two decades, according to a study published by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unwanted Pregnancy.

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DPI’s highest compensated employees get richer

By   /  May 9, 2014  /  News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

The Wisconsin Retirement System paid its fund managers bonuses totaling $13.1 million over four years while refusing to pay state retirees $3.1 billion in cost of living increases, a Wisconsin Reporter investigation shows.

MADISON, Wis. – The past two years have been good to high level administrators in State Superintendent Tony Evers’ Department of Public Instruction. More than half of the employees working in Evers’ office received bonuses in the past two years.

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