Transparency

Virginia lawmakers try to keep budget process transparent with ‘Pelosi’ bills

By   /  January 30, 2015  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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It may be tougher for sneaky state lawmakers to tuck things into the budget bill after this year.

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Bills would standardize college credits, improve transparency

By   /  January 28, 2015  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Two bills could streamline credit acceptance and make college data more transparent at Virginia’s public colleges and universities.

House Bill 1336, introduced by Delegate Steven Landes, R-Weyers Cave, calls for the State Commission on Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) to come up with a consistent standard for granting undergraduate course credits. The bill would not go into effect until July 2016.

“The reason for the bill is simple,” Landes said. “I have heard from parents and students that they do not understand why (Advanced Placement) course credits are not standard across the board for every college and university in Virginia.”

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Audit: D.C. Public School overspent 2013 budget

By   /  December 8, 2014  /  Education, National, News  /  No Comments

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A division of the D.C. Public School overspent its budget by more than 8 percent in 2013, according to an audit by the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor.

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University chancellor calls open records requests ‘politically motivated’

By   /  October 14, 2014  /  North Dakota  /  No Comments

TOO OPEN: Interim North Dakota University Chancellor Larry Skogen says the state's universities are receiving too many open records requests, and that some are "politically motivated."

Since 2010, the North Dakota University System has violated state open records and open meetings laws 17 times, according to records from the North Dakota Attorney General’s office. Now Interim Chancellor Larry Skogen is crying foul on some of those requests, saying they’re politically motivated.

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Mississippi’s property tax system barely gets a passing grade

By   /  October 14, 2014  /  Louisiana, Mississippi, News, Taxes, Transparency  /  No Comments

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The administration of Mississippi’s property tax system was given a grade of C by a Washington think tank.

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Keep politicians away from ethics commission, law expert says

By   /  October 8, 2014  /  Censorship, News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Richard Kelsey, an assistant dean at George Mason University School of Law, wasn’t caught off guard when he read the Washington Post report that Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s chief of staff offered a job for then-state Sen. Phil Puckett’s daughter if the lawmaker stayed in office to keep Democratic control of the Senate.

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