By Bre Payton | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
PURCELLVILLE, Va.— A move establishing an unelected commission to allocate and raise millions for transportation projects will run into constitutional roadblocks, taxpayer advocates warn.
They oppose HB 1253, which cleared the house earlier this month — 88-9 — and its Senate version, SB 513. The bills would establish a commission of 21 non-elected members [...]
By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
After 28 years in Harrisburg and two terms as the top dog in the state House, Speaker Sam Smith, R-Jefferson, will retire from politics at the end of the year.
Smith’s decision to walk away from the game, which he announced on Tuesday, was surely a complicated one, couched in political calculations [...]
By Shelby Sebens | Northwest Watchdog
Happy Friday, Watchdogs. Here’s some news of the day to get you started as you head into the weekend.
DON’T PHONE AND FLY: U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, a Democrat from Oregon, wants you to keep it quiet on the plane. He is co-sponsoring a bill that would ban you from talking on your [...]
By Andrew Staub | Pennsylvania Independent
HARRISBURG – Sometime next week, Gov. Tom Corbett is expected to sign a bill that eventually will inject $2.3 billion into transportation initiatives. But the bill includes financial potholes for every motorist in the Keystone State.
While the transportation funding package will eliminate the 12-cents-a-gallon tax that motorists pay when they fill [...]