Report: Virginia lawmakers block transparency, access to legislative process

By   /  April 14, 2015  /  News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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In February, Delegate Jeffrey Campbell tried to revise Virginia’s “reckless” driving threshold so motorists couldn’t be criminalized for driving six miles over the speed limit on I-95. His bill never made it out of the Courts of Justice Committee.

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McAuliffe: Making contracts with outside law firms public, accountable would ‘impose harmful restrictions’

By   /  April 1, 2015  /  News, Politics & Elections, 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.

Virginia taxpayers may never know why the Virginia Retirement System needed $322,000 worth of outside legal aid last year for investments alone. Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed a bill that would have made all legal contracts the state makes with outside special counsel available online for the public.

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Report gives Mississippi a C-plus for online spending transparency

By   /  March 30, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Finances, Government Waste, Mississippi, Open Records, Politics, State Budgets, State Government, Technology, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Mississippi’s website for online spending transparency earned a C-plus grade from a recently-released report.

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Ohio No. 1 in transparency, but still has work to do

By   /  March 26, 2015  /  News, Ohio  /  No Comments

ONLINE CHECKBOOK: Ohio's online checkbook is the primary reason the state jumped to top in the nation for spending transparency

Josh Mandel was surprised to learn that Ohio went from 46 to first in the nation when it comes to public spending websites. “But that number one ranking has just affirmed that what we’re doing has set a new standard for government transparency,” the state treasurer said.

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County controller: Something ‘reeks’ as authorities resist performance audits

By   /  March 25, 2015  /  News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments


Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner took four local authorities to court last week, after the organizations – who together spend nearly a billion dollars a year – essentially told her that evaluating efficiency is none of her business. The lawsuit seeks an order from the judge compelling them to submit to performance audits by her office.

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Kitzhaber’s demise a tale of stonewalling the sunshine, not love

By   /  March 24, 2015  /  Watchdog Arena  /  No Comments

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The Kitzhaber-Hayes saga reveals the lengths government is willing to go to protect their power, not their heart.

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