Texas lags in privatizing school services

By   /  September 3, 2015  /  Education Blog, News, Pennsylvania, Texas  /  No Comments

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“Texas school districts’ reluctance to adopt competitive contracting practices means that a whole lot of money is being left on the table.”

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D.C. launches $7 million initiative to let students ride metro for free

By   /  August 20, 2015  /  Education Blog  /  No Comments

DC metro

The District launched a $7 million initiative this week to let students ride the metro and bus for free in an attempt to combat truancy.
“This is a positive initiative by Mayor (Muriel) Bowser that makes it easier for kids to get to school,” said Scott Pearson, executive director of the D.C.Public Charter School Board.  “It […]

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No more free rides? Oregon pay-as-you-go plan could one day fund highways

By   /  July 16, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Issues, News, Oregon, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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As part of this year’s budget, the Oregon Legislature created a pilot program for a new per-mile driving tax that could one day replace gasoline taxes as the primary form of revenue for the state’s highway fund. The new program is entirely voluntary in the first year – sign up, and you’ll get reimbursed for any gasoline taxes you pay at the pump, but you’ll owe the state 1.5 cents for every mile you drive.

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‘Conservative budget’ passes amid bomb threat, rhetorical fireworks

By   /  July 9, 2015  /  News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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In fact, there are a lot of big wins here for fiscal conservatives and limited-government advocates, something Walker can and will definitely sell to a national conservative base.

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Uber capped in NYC: Taxi industry has a friend in de Blasio

By   /  July 9, 2015  /  New York, Watchdog Arena  /  No Comments

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Now, the Mayor is pushing to cap the growth of Uber and other ride-hailing apps, which have proven to be the taxi industry’s worst nightmare.

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Cost of using PA Turnpike will increase in 2016, triple by 2040

By   /  July 8, 2015  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Issues, News, PA Independent, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

GOING UP: Tolls will increase for the eighth straight year in 2016, but they'll just keep getting higher and higher.

The Turnpike Commission announced Tuesday that tolls will increase next year by 6 percent for all drivers on the turnpike, regardless of whether payment is made with cash or via EZ-Pass.

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