Automatic license plate scanners ‘just like’ NSA surveillance, congressman says

By   /  June 18, 2014  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Issues, National, News, Power Abuse, transportation, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

KEEPING AN EYE OUT: More police departments are using automatic license plate scanners, but Congress is moving to cut off federal funding for those programs if they store license plate data for long periods of time.

John Fleming sees plenty of parallels between police departments’ use of automatic license plate scanning technology and widespread electronic surveillance by the National Security Agency.

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Turnpike tolls to rise again next year — and they’ll keep rising

By   /  June 18, 2014  /  Issues, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government, transportation, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

TURNPIKE: The Turnpike Commission says it actually saved money with interest rate swaps.

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: The cost of using the Pennsylvania Turnpike will increase next year.

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Federally subsidized air service strains meaning of ‘essential’

By   /  June 9, 2014  /  Economy, Mississippi, News, transportation, U.S. House, U.S. House of Represenatives, U.S. Senate, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

PHOTO BY: SeaPort Airlines

Federally subsidized air service is essential to some communities, but not to others.

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Red light cameras tough to turn off, despite growing opposition

By   /  May 27, 2014  /  Accountability, Colorado, Florida, Issues, National, News, State Budgets, State Government, transportation, Virginia  /  No Comments


Red light cameras have generated millions in revenue for towns and cities across the country, but they’ve brought plenty of controversy, too.

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At long last, PA school buses could be getting a boost

By   /  April 30, 2014  /  Education, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

Pennsylvania is one of only 5 states that limits school buses to 40 feet.

In the Keystone State any time a school district needs a new bus, they have to find one 40 feet or shorter, and that has them going to greater lengths.

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Week in Review: Transparency shortfalls and politics

By   /  April 11, 2014  /  Virginia  /  No Comments

FIGHT TO FINISH: Democrats and Republicans are wrangling for the final votes in Fairfax County.

Virginia’s transparency woes plague it yet again.

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