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  • Governor to Obama in Food Stamp Fight: ‘Wake Up and Smell the Energy Drinks’

    06/27/2016 11:36:08 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 106 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | June 24, 2016 | Melissa Quinn
    Maine Gov. Paul LePage may have considered a proposal to prohibit food stamp recipients from using their benefits to buy candy and sodas to be a sweet one, but the Obama administration disagrees. The friction between the Republican governor and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has reignited a debate after the Obama administration denied LePage’s request to put restrictions on what can be purchased with food stamps. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, LePage said: “It’s time for the federal government to wake up and smell the energy drinks.” In an interview with The Daily Signal, LePage’s health...
  • Vermont Health Department concealing number of refugees with contagious TB

    06/27/2016 10:23:18 AM PDT · by jacknhoo · 42 replies
    Vermont Watchdog ^ | June 27, 2016 | By Bruce Parker
    BURLINGTON, Vt. — Epidemiologists at the Vermont Department of Health are concealing the number of refugees with contagious active tuberculosis nearly a month after Watchdog reported that more than one-third of Vermont’s resettled refugees test positive for TB. Earlier this month, Watchdog revealed that 35 percent of Vermont’s incoming refugees in the past four years tested positive for tuberculosis. How many of those cases are contagious and symptomatic, however, remains a secret, as state epidemiologists and top officials at the Health Department have spent weeks blocking efforts to obtain the data. Refugees brought to the United States take TB tests...
  • State pension fund investment returns fall short ( Colorado )

    06/23/2016 7:18:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Herald ^ | June 22, 2016 | Peter Marcus
    State Treasurer Walker Stapleton and PERA Executive Director Greg Smith disagree about how serious the disappointing 1.5 percent return on retirement investments the Public Employees’ Retirement Association fund for 2015 will be in meeting future pension obligations. ... State Treasurer Walker Stapleton said Tuesday’s announcement from the Public Employees’ Retirement Association is evidence of a mishandling by the board, in line with concerns he has raised for several years. ... Stapleton is outraged. For several years, the Republican has shouted for more conservative assumptions. He worries about long-term stability under a high projected rate of return. “PERA has assumed the...
  • Democrat Wants Taxpayers to Pass Drug Test to Qualify for Deductions [semi-satire]

    06/19/2016 10:26:27 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 19 June 2016 | John Semmens
    Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis) has introduced legislation that would require taxpayers to pass a drug test before being allowed to itemize deductions on their 1040 tax forms. The bill is in retaliation for state laws that require welfare recipients to pass drug tests in order to receive benefits. "I am sick and tired of Republicans forcing poor people to jump through hoops to receive the money they are entitled to under the law," Moore complained. "We enacted these programs to help the unfortunate. Few members of society are as unfortunate as drug addicts. They are slaves to chemicals that their...
  • California maintenance union pact costliest since at least 2005

    06/14/2016 1:32:44 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    The Bee ^ | JUNE 13, 2016 | JON ORTIZ
    A tentative labor contract for California’s state craft and maintenance workers hikes costs to taxpayers more than any deal bargained by the union in at least 11 years, according to a new report by the non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office. The pact with International Union of Operating Engineers Bargaining Unit 12, adds a total $473 million over four years to the state’s pay and benefits costs, the analyst’s office estimates. The figure includes increased pension, health care and other costs for the roughly 11,000 employees in Bargaining Unit 12 from July 1, 2016 to July 1, 2019. In sum, the analyst...
  • Yet another green fail imperils California half-fast ‘bullet’ train

    05/27/2016 7:53:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 27, 2016 | Thomas Lifson
    Jerry Brown’s dream of constructing a high speed rail line connecting the Bay Area with Southern California suffered a major setback this week, but rest assured every effort is being made to spend enough money quickly enough to make pulling the plug seem unreasonable. Construction costs of the project have escalated so rapidly since the times state voters narrowly approved a bond issue that instead of constructing new tracks in the Bay Area and Los Angeles, the trains will share existing tracks with conventional freight and commuter trains, drastically increasing travel time, and making the trains half-fast at best. But...
  • Illegal border kids: Another issue waiting for Republicans to use if they only had some courage

    05/17/2016 8:43:33 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 5/17/16 | Derrick Hollenbeck
    Those who really want to win an election should make it a practice to listen to the demands of the people who will be voting. The opinions of voters regarding what to do about the tens of thousands of illegal alien children who have slithered into our country isn’t hard to discern. Nevertheless, we have come to expect that our wishes will be pushed aside in deference to those of the Chamber of Commerce. We don’t want illegal aliens to be allowed to stay in our country. We don’t want amnesty granted to these people. We want them kicked out....
  • Taxpayer-funded financial aid for immigrant college tuition heads to IL House

    05/03/2016 5:26:22 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 13 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | May 2, 2016
    Monday, May 02, 2016 Taxpayer-funded financial aid for immigrant college tuition heads to IL House SPRINGFIELD - Two Republican state senators - Christine Radogno and Chris Nybo - crossed the aisle last week to support the Democrats' effort to provide taxpayer-funded financial assistance for undocumented immigrant students. The measure would add Illinois to the five states that grant immigrant students financial aid for college education regardless of their legal status. Already, Illinois is one of 18 states that allows any status immigrants to qualify for lower in-state tuition and set up private college funds. SB 2196 easily passed the Illinois...
  • 45% of Americans pay no federal income tax

    04/18/2016 1:50:30 PM PDT · by george76 · 49 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Apr 18, 2016 | Catey Hill
    An estimated 45.3% of American households — roughly 77.5 million — will pay no federal individual income tax ... The top 1% of taxpayers pay a higher effective income-tax rate than any other group (around 23%, according to a report released by the Tax Policy Center in 2014) — nearly seven times higher than those in the bottom 50%. On average, those in the bottom 40% of the income spectrum end up getting money from the government. Meanwhile, the richest 20% of Americans, by far, pay the most in income taxes, forking over nearly 87% of all the income tax...
  • With help of lawmakers, Illinois public schools now $20 billion in debt

    04/16/2016 3:33:44 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 4-16 - 2016 | Diane Rado
    Illinois' public school districts are roughly $20 billion in debt, a staggering figure fueled in part by decades of special deals in Springfield that have given districts exemptions so they can keep borrowing beyond limits set by law. Today, that debt exceeds long-term school borrowing in most other states. It equates to about $10,000 for every Pre-K to 12th-grade public school student in Illinois... All the borrowing is a drain on taxpayers who have to repay the debt, as well as school budgets that must steer billions of dollars annually to principal and interest payments — money that could be...
  • ILLINOIS WILL SOON OVERTAKE NEW JERSEY AS THE STATE WITH THE HIGHEST PROPERTY TAXES

    04/16/2016 3:20:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    Illinois Policy Institute ^ | April 14, 2016 | Austin Berg
    Illinois' 859 local school districts consume nearly two-thirds of the $27 billion in local property taxes collected across the state each year. Illinois has nearly 7,000 units of local government. That’s the highest count of any state in the nation, and the runner-up is not even close. One of those units of government is the Naperville Township Road District, where seven employees maintain less than 20 miles of road at a cost of $116,000 per mile. City officials have said they could maintain the same distance at half the cost, and have moved to take over the road district’s duties...
  • State paying $390,000 a year in rent for Liberty Place call-center space [EBT, SNAP etc...]

    03/28/2016 8:03:26 PM PDT · by kevcol · 5 replies
    Lancaster Online ^ | March 28, 2016 | Tim Mekeel
    The [PA] state Department of Human Services will pay about $390,000 a year to rent space in Liberty Place for its newly opened call center there, a state official said Monday. . . . The call centers field calls from consumers seeking or receiving various types of public assistance. Consumers typically call to report changes in their address, income or household, to request replacement of EBT (electronic benefits transfer) cards and to inquire about the status of an application for benefits.
  • House bans use of EBT food-assistance cards at strip clubs, casinos, liquor stores

    03/18/2016 3:30:55 PM PDT · by kevcol · 69 replies
    Providence Journal ^ | March 17, 2016 | Katherine Gregg
    Before voting nay, Rep. Edith Ajello, D-Providence, said she supported the thrust of the bill, but felt — as the state's director of human services does — that the proposed penalties are too harsh. First offense: a one-month reduction in benefits; second offense: a three-month reduction in benefits. Anyone caught three times would be disqualified from the direct cash assistance program for a year.
  • Is Planned Parenthood Entitled To Taxpayer Money For All Eternity?

    01/08/2016 3:16:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 01/08/2016 | William Duncan
    At the end of last September, a prominent author of children's books drew attention to a large donation he had made to Planned Parenthood. The timing of the announcement made clear what he would later admit: he was not bothered by videotaped conversations with executives of Planned Parenthood speaking in callous and shocking ways about a callous and shocking business they are engaged in--trafficking body parts obtained through abortions of unborn children. However repugnant the gesture, it was certainly within his right to make it. It seems equally clear that a supporter of Planned Parenthood should be free to...
  • What refugees cost for a family of five: But what about our own people?

    12/28/2015 11:17:06 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Colin Alexander
    For the same money, we could help a hundred times as many refugees in existing camps Do refuges get more than our own people in need? Yes! Some are in hotels and getting $61 per day for food. But someone on welfare in Ontario gets just $10 per day to cover food, clothing and everything except accommodation. And tens of thousands of Aboriginal children live in conditions like what refugees are leaving, in remote settlements under boil-water advisory. Without even considering the immense relocation costs, for 25,000 refugees here’s a pro forma for the annual ongoing costs for a family...
  • Growing out of control: Property taxes put increasing burden on Illinois taxpayers

    12/22/2015 1:07:05 PM PST · by george76 · 74 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | December 21, 2015 | Erik Randolph, Ted Dabrowski, John Klingner
    Property taxes are the single largest tax in Illinois, burdening residents far more than either income or sales taxes. ... what is not as well known is that property taxes are outpacing residents ability to pay for them. Over the past 50 years, whether measured in comparison to household income, economic growth, population or inflation, all classes of property taxes - residential, commercial, industrial, etc. - have placed an increasingly unaffordable burden on Illinoisans. Since 1963, Illinois property taxes have grown 2.5 times faster than inflation and 14 times faster than the state's population. ... This long history of growth...
  • Guest column: This is not the time to let up! (Refugee Resistance [taxpayers cost]

    11/18/2015 6:00:25 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 2 replies
    Refugee Resettlement Watch ^ | November 17, 2015 | Ann Corcoran
    Editor note: As we mentioned here just recently we do publish important comments and guest commentary from time to time. This is a message from one of our regular readers and an energetic researcher and advocate for our cause, Mr. Bob Enos of Willmar, MN. We have all been encouraged by the national media attention to the problem of refugee resettlement which we have known about for a long time. The abrupt turnaround by governors, many of whom hardly had any idea that refugees were being resettled in their states in the first place, is heartening. But, it isn’t time...
  • The Planned Parenthood House of Horrors

    10/29/2015 8:42:44 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/29/15 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    It’s strange that liberal apologists for murder and their cohorts, the nation’s media freaks, never mention that two lives are affected by abortion, not just one. The first of these lives is snuffed out by the cold, mean hands of abortionists as they burn a baby’s brain with a saline bath. Another young life ends when her skull is crushed with forceps, yet another when a needle is rammed through his tiny brain. These little human beings did nothing to cause this horror. “He’s still alive,” one abortionist’s assistant said when she noticed a little baby boy had survived the...
  • Nation's Report Card: Only a Third of 8th-Graders Are At or Above 'Proficient' in Math and Reading

    10/28/2015 8:02:04 AM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    CNS ^ | October 28, 2015 | JENNIFER C. KERR
    It's a not-so rosy report card for the nation's schoolchildren. Math scores slipped for fourth and eighth graders over the last two years, and reading grades were not much better, flat for fourth graders and lower for eighth graders, according to the 2015 Nation's Report Card. ... Education Secretary Arne Duncan urged parents, teachers, and others not to panic about the scores as states embrace higher academic standards, such as Common Core.
  • NYC Schools Passing Failing Students, Colleges Accepting Them

    10/28/2015 8:30:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Education News ^ | 08. 5, 2015 | Jordan E. Wassell
    It turns out that you don’t have to get good grades or even show up to class often to graduate from high school in New York. Several students from New York City have spoken out about passing classes they know they should have failed and receiving high school diplomas they feel they didn’t earn. Melissa Mejia, a senior at William Cullen Bryant High School, was surprised to find out she was due to receive her diploma in June when she was fully aware she hadn’t completed all of the credits to earn it, she admitted in a letter to the...
  • HUD backs $9.5 million loan on property valued at $3.8 million

    10/27/2015 10:08:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Watchdog ^ | October 27, 2015 | Arthur Kane
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Department of Housing and Urban Development provided a $9.4 million loan guarantee to renovate an apartment complex here eight months after the owner convinced the county to value the complex at just $3.8 million, a Watchdog.org investigation found. The loan for Apollo Village Apartments defaulted and the property was foreclosed on in 2012 with HUD losing as much as $4.5 million on the deal, public trustee records show. Pete Sepp, president of the National Union of Taxpayers, said these government programs put a substantial amount of taxpayer money at risk and should be eliminated. ......
  • UN Turns 70 — High Time to Put the World Body Out of Its Misery

    10/25/2015 7:56:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 1024/2015 | Rick Moran
    Seventy years ago today, the UN Charter came into force, thus inaugurating the latest attempt to create a one-world government. Previously, the world tried to achieve that goal by creating the League of Nations — a weak, ineffective body that failed miserably in its charter to keep the peace. Actually, when you think about it, that perfectly describes the UN. But the League actually thought that a blizzard of paper could stand against totalitarians hell bent on world domination so they signed treaty after treaty, inked convention after convention, to try and stop the armies of Hitler, Mussolini, and Tojo...
  • Why Is Wealth/Income Inequality Soaring?

    10/23/2015 7:52:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    Of Two Minds ^ | October 23, 2015 | Charles Hugh Smith
    If conventional labor and finance capital have lost their scarcity value, then the era in which financialization reaped big profits is ending. Why is wealth/income inequality soaring? The easy answer is of course the infinite greed of Wall Street fat-cats and the politicos they buy/own. But greed can't be the only factor, for greed is hardly unknown in the bottom 90%. The only difference between the guy who took out a liar loan to buy a house he couldn't afford so he could flip it for a fat profit and the mortgage broker who instructed him on how to scam...
  • Former Chicago schools chief steered contracts 'to get Ł2.3M of public money in kickbacks'

    10/10/2015 2:52:29 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | October 9, 2015 | Kelly Mclaughlin
    "......The indictment alleges that Byrd-Bennett expected to receive kickbacks worth ten per cent of the value of the no-bid contracts, or about $2.3million. It's unclear how much money was set aside for her, though the indictment says two trust accounts tied to her relatives - identified only as Relatives A and B - were set up to help hide the money. The relatives were revealed by sources as Byrd-Bennett's twin grandsons, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The money was set aside for college funds, emails included in the indictment suggest. The company's owners, Gary Soloman and Thomas Vranas, are accused...
  • IRS: New York Lost Most Tax Paying Residents In 2013

    09/01/2015 8:44:29 PM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09/01/2015 | KERRY PICKET
    More taxpaying residents left New York than any other state in the nation, IRS migration data from 2013 shows. During that year, around 115,000 New Yorkers left the state and packed up $5.65 billion in adjusted gross income (AGI) as well. Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) notes, “This new data shows that New York will remain America’s ‘Biggest Loser,’ having lost nearly 1.6 million taxpayers between 1985 and 2013. Those residents took with them more than $80.8 billion in annual AGI.” “The phenomenal failure of New York to retain taxpayers and businesses is directly related to its uncompetitive tax and...
  • Taxpayer money being used to teach 'transgendered' men to talk like girls

    08/11/2015 7:09:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/11/2015 | NewsMachete
    The University of Connecticut, which received state and federal funding, has a program to teach men who want to be pretend to be women how to talk like girls (and vice-versa, of course -- no discrimination there!). You would think this would be something easily accomplished without classes, but I guess like thespians, they want to learn from professionals! Sylvia Wojcik was making reservations for a beach getaway in Maine when the receptionist on the other end of the line called her "ma'am." Nothing could have delighted her more. Wojcik, 66, is transitioning from male to female. For her,...
  • How Taxpayer Subsidies for Students Drives Up College Tuition

    08/06/2015 7:46:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/05/2015 | William f. Shugart II
    Quickly on the heels of the release “Love Gov” -- the Independent Institute’s satirical videos series on meddlesome government -- a new study from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York concludes that federal aid to college students raises the cost of higher education. Duh! Many observers have been puzzled by the relentless increase in tuitions charged by private and public schools alike -- at a growth rate greater than that of any component of the consumer price index, including health care. Some blame the price increases on the greed of campus administrators. But that assessment is an unfair...
  • Taxpayers to foot security bill for Hillary Clinton's Aspen fundraiser

    08/05/2015 8:46:27 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Aspen Times ^ | August 4, 2015 | Jason Auslander
    Taxpayers should not have to pay for private political events such as the one attended by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday outside Aspen, the sheriffs of Pitkin and Garfield counties said. “It’s uncalled for,” said Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario. “It’s abuse. It’s that political class attitude that thinks they’re entitled to consume public resources. It’s been a part of their life for so long.” Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo agreed, saying that he’d be happy to provide security to public events. But private fundraisers, such as the one Clinton attended Tuesday that cost $2,700 a head to...
  • Taxpayers Who Find Abortion Repellent Shouldn’t Be Forced to Subsidize It

    08/05/2015 6:28:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/05/2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    The GOP-controlled Congress is taking up the cause, once again, of defunding Planned Parenthood. This latest effort comes in response to macabre hidden-camera videos shot by the Center for Medical Progress of staff at Planned Parenthood talking about the grisly practice of chopping up fetuses for parts. There’s a debate over whether the videos prove the center’s claim that Planned Parenthood is ghoulishly trying to make a profit selling baby lungs, livers, and hearts. There’s less of a debate that the videos speak directly to the ugly nature of second-trimester abortions. Granted, a few extremists see nothing wrong in the...
  • Gold Medal Democracy

    08/02/2015 5:41:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 2, 2015 | Paul Jacob
    Beijing won the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games on Friday. But Boston topped that earlier in the week, winning the right not to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. Beantown abandoned its bid for the games after Mayor Marty Walsh refused to sign a contract with the International Olympic Committee that would have left the city responsible for billions in possible cost overruns. Did I say possible? Call it seemingly inevitable. “I cannot commit to putting the taxpayers at risk,” declared Walsh. People throughout the Bay State can now rest easy — no tax hike or debt burden...
  • Audit finds 22 of 23 taxpayer-backed ObamaCare co-ops lost money in 2014

    07/30/2015 8:54:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 30, 2015
    Under resident Barack Obama's overhaul, taxpayers provided $2.4 billion in loans to get the co-ops going, but only one out of 23 -- the one in Maine -- made money last year ... Another one, the Iowa/Nebraska co-op, was shut down by regulators over financial concerns. The audit by the Health and Human Services inspector general's office also found that 13 of the 23 lagged far behind their 2014 enrollment projections. The probe raised concerns about whether federal loans will be repaid, and ... Just last week, the Louisiana Health Cooperative announced it would cease offering coverage next year
  • Growing tax burden will push people out of Cook County and Chicago

    07/17/2015 8:53:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | July 15, 2015 | Ted Dabrowski
    City officials are pushing property-tax hikes, sales-tax hikes, and even a commuter tax and financial-transaction tax. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s wish for a $474 million sales-tax increase to help pay for the county’s growing pension debt has been granted. The hike pushes the sales-tax rate back up to 10.25 percent in Chicago – the same as it was when Preckwinkle took office in 2010. And that’s not the only new tax residents have to face. Preckwinkle is just the latest local leader to usher in a tax increase. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel created a new tax earlier this...
  • US Marshall employee(s) caught having sex on Federal courthouse roof

    07/10/2015 6:15:52 PM PDT · by apoliticalone · 28 replies
    CBS Pittsburgh ^ | 7-10-15 | CBS
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The U.S. Marshals Service says one of its employees was photographed having sex on the roof of a federal courthouse in Pennsylvania. A resident of a nearby apartment building who was concerned that there was a security breach snapped the pictures this week and sent them to WHTM-TV in Harrisburg, which alerted authorities. U.S. Marshal Martin J. Pane issued a statement Thursday confirming the employee’s involvement. He said the matter is under investigation.
  • College Loans: Liberals Now Think It’s ‘Predatory’ to Expect Borrowers to Repay Taxpayers

    06/23/2015 7:07:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/23/2015 | by FREDERICK M. HESS
    That didn’t take long. Earlier this month, in reference to the Department of Education’s $3.5 billion bailout for Corinthian College students, I observed at NRO, “What’s especially worrisome here is the frontal attack the administration is mounting on notions of students’ responsibility.” The fear was that sensible attention to student debt would change into an excuse for borrowers to default and stick taxpayers with the tab. That moment has already arrived. Just last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a report that found that co-signers have a rough time getting released from their promises to repay private student loans....
  • Taxpayers Billed $128,781 for Michelle Obama to See Cultural Sites in Venice; First lady traveling

    06/15/2015 11:24:28 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 6/15/15 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Hotel costs for First Lady Michelle Obama to see cultural sites in Venice during the last leg of her trip overseas is costing taxpayers $128,781. The First Lady left for London and Italy on Monday for her “Let Girls Learn” initiative and anti-obesity campaign Let’s Move. During the trip she will cook with children, visit U.S. service members stationed in Italy, and visit Prince Harry. “From London, the First Lady will travel to Milan,” according to the White House press office. “As part of her Let’s Move! initiative, the First Lady will lead a Presidential Delegation to the Milan Expo...
  • RED HANDED: Jeffco Union Caught Using School Resources to Campaign for Tax Increases ( Colorado )

    06/10/2015 12:15:35 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    A couple of weeks ago, we reported that the war waged by the Jeffco teachers union against school district staff, particularly those in the communications office, was the most vitriolic in history. We couldn’t figure out why the union would be such abusive bullies to staff members – not even elected officials. And, now, the reason is clear. Documents recently uncovered show that the teachers union and other school staff were using the Jeffco Schools communications department as a de facto campaign headquarters – and had been since at least 2003 (see last picture of memo). With a contentious election...
  • Guess Who Pays When Rioting Thugs Destroy Our Cities?

    06/04/2015 10:27:25 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/04/15 | Jerry McConnell
    The Department of Justice has threatened various local police departments with lawsuits unless they adopt the federal government's ideas about how police work should be done Possessing an incredible amount of perspicacity, Thomas Sowell is always a “Best Bet” to come up with logic by the tons when confronted with a sticky situation. Defining the effects of the recent marauding of American cities couldn’t be analyzed and dissected by anyone any better than the good Doctor of Economics Thomas Sowell. In his June 2, 2015 column Paying the Price, he covers the question in the above headline in magna cum...
  • Baltimore's $20 Million Federally Financed Riots

    05/30/2015 6:30:59 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 54 replies
    Investors.com ^ | 05/28/2015
    Baltimore's $20 Million Federally Financed Riots 05/28/2015 Accountability: After encouraging rioters to lay waste to Baltimore, the city's mayor now says she's confident she can get Uncle Sam to pay for the damage. What is this, the new age of federally financed riots? One month after the race riots that trashed Baltimore, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said that the city would apply for a $20 million Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant to replenish the "rainy day fund" being used to pay for cleanup and police overtime costs in the wake of the mayhem that she herself is on record as...
  • Surprise school sports legislation stirs up critics in Wisconsin (non-public school kids get access)

    05/25/2015 7:50:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 56 replies
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | May 25, 2015 | Dana Ferguson
    MADISON — Critics are blasting Wisconsin legislators after the state's budget committee passed a surprise motion last week that would allow private, home-schooled and online charter students to participate in public school district athletics and activities. The Legislature's Joint Finance Committee passed a motion early Wednesday morning that included the plan. The plan wasn't addressed in the meeting. "For that to be done in a sneaky, behind the scenes fashion and passed at 1:30 in the morning without any discussion ... that's a problem," said Larry Kaseman, executive director of the Wisconsin Parents Association. While nonpublic school students in some...
  • G.M. Inquiry Said to Find Criminal Wrongdoing

    05/22/2015 8:54:41 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 22, 2015 | By DANIELLE IVORY, BEN PROTESS and BILL VLASIC
    Justice Department investigators have identified criminal wrongdoing in General Motors’ failure to disclose a defect tied to at least 104 deaths, and are negotiating what is expected to be a record penalty, according to people briefed on the inquiry. A settlement could be reached as soon as this summer. The final number is still being negotiated, but it is expected to eclipse the $1.2 billion paid last year by Toyota for concealing unintended acceleration problems in its vehicles, said the people, who did not want to be identified because the negotiations weren’t complete. G.M.’s eagerness to resolve the investigation —...
  • Scott Walker On The Dana Show 5-22-15

    05/22/2015 12:56:54 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    FM News Talk ^ | May 22, 2015 | Dana
    29:00 [click on picture then click on red dot to listen]
  • Minneapolis Group Wants Officers to Pay for Own Liability Insurance

    05/21/2015 6:16:53 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 28 replies
    KSTP ^ | 5-21-15 | Joe Augustine
    Before Officer Michael Griffin was indicted on federal charges for using excessive force and lying under oath, he cost the city of Minneapolis $411,864.78. The city paid $140,000 in 2014 to settle a lawsuit filed by Ibrahim Regai, who Griffin allegedly knocked unconscious at a Minneapolis night club in 2010, while he was off duty. That same year, a federal jury in a civil trial ruled the city must pay Jeremy Axel, Michael Mitchell and their attorneys $271,864.78. Griffin allegedly kicked Mitchell in the chest and punched Axel in the back of the head, knocking him unconscious outside a club...
  • Paying for Obamacare

    05/17/2015 12:10:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    ap ^ | May 17, 2015
    As Alice in Wonderland might say, a curious tax just got curiouser. The burden to states could mount to $13 billion in less than a decade. ... It works like this: State governments pay insurers for the tax. The insurers then pay the tax to the federal government. The federal government then reimburses part of the cost to the states. It may sound absurd, but it's not amusing to state governments, which wind up losing 54 cents for every dollar of the insurance tax. State taxpayers end up the biggest losers, without any added benefit to their state's low-income Medicaid...
  • What price for lower tolls? (Baltimore Sun editorial)

    05/10/2015 12:13:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | May 7, 2015 | The Baltimore Sun
    hatever one might have thought about the Maryland Transportation Authority's decision to raise tolls four years ago, no one can say the two-phase proposal wasn't scrutinized from all angles or that the public wasn't given sufficient opportunity to ask questions or make comment. The same can't be said for the agency's decision to roll them back — in some cases below what they were before the last price increase. That secrecy and abrupt decision-making should give Marylanders pause about what's going on at the agency that owns and manages some of the state's most important — and costly — transportation...
  • Maryland cuts tolls on Bay Bridge, ICC and other roadways

    05/08/2015 2:33:43 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 7, 2015 | Lori Aratani and Ovetta Wiggins
    <p>Starting July 1, motorists will pay less to drive on Maryland toll bridges and roadways.</p> <p>Gov. Larry Hogan (R) made the surprise announcement Thursday during a hastily called news conference at the foot of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, where he proudly announced that the toll would drop $2. The reductions, he said, mark the first time in 50 years that the state’s tolls have been rolled back.</p>
  • Here's Moody's latest sobering take on Chicago's pension crisis

    05/02/2015 8:00:06 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | May 01, 2015 | Thomas A. Corfman
    Chicago has a simple financial choice: Stay in frying pan or get in the fire. That in simple terms is what Moody's Investors Service said in a report today about the difficult options the Emanuel administration faces over the city's woefully underfunded pension funds. The city must cut spending and raise taxes now or the risks of becoming insolvent will grow, forcing even harsher decisions later. The credit rating agency offers a sobering reminder of what's at stake in the eight-page report, which focuses on the pensions problems. ... A CUT ABOVE JUNK. Moody's, typically the most conservative of the...
  • Taxpayers on the hook for $2.2 billion in green energy loan guarantees

    04/28/2015 8:31:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/28/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    There’s lots of red ink on green energy projects receiving government loan guarantees.  The Government Accountability Office has a new estimate of the cost of loans and loan guarantees issued by the federal government under a 2005 law, and it adds up to $.2 billion. Stephen Dinan of the Washington Times reports: “As of November 2014, DOE estimates the credit subsidy cost of the loans and loan guarantees in its portfolio — that is, the total expected net cost over the life of the loans — to be $2.21 billion, including $807 million for loans that have defaulted,” the...
  • Tsarnaev family’s trip to US, heavy guard paid for by taxpayers

    04/27/2015 2:41:18 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 5 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 4/25/15 | Robert Spencer
    The survivors, however, are giving no help with their expenses at all. And remember: the Tsarnaev brothers’ mother said: “Americans are terrorists, my son is the best.” “Survivors outraged after learning Tsarnaev’s family’s trip to US paid for with American tax dollars,” My Fox Boston, April 24, 2015: BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) — The family of the convicted marathon bomber is in America, on your tax dollars, and survivors are outraged after learning the news. As of Thursday, family members of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have been staying at the Hampton Inn in Revere under very tight security, just one of the things tax...
  • Survivors outraged after learning Tsarnaev's family's trip to US paid for with American tax dollars

    04/26/2015 2:42:02 PM PDT · by yuffy · 17 replies
    myfoxboston ^ | Posted: Apr 24, 2015 5:25 PM CDT
    BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- The family of the convicted marathon bomber is in America, on your tax dollars, and survivors are outraged after learning the news. As of Thursday, family members of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have been staying at the Hampton Inn in Revere under very tight security, just one of the things tax dollars are paying for. FOX25's Sharman Sacchetti investigated how much this trip is costing you. Sources say these family members are being called as witnesses and not only that, at least three agencies are working around the clock to protect and transport them. This is all part of...
  • SATIRE

    04/26/2015 9:31:58 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-New/Semi-Satire ^ | 25 April 2015 | John Semmens
    IRS Commissioner John Koskinen acknowledged that the number of employees assigned to assist taxpayers understand and file tax returns for 2014 was “less than it could’ve been.” Statistics bear out his assessment. It is estimated than less than half of those who phoned the IRS to ask for help actually got through. And of those who did many waited on hold for more than 30 minutes before speaking to an IRS agent. Koskinen defended the shortage of taxpayer help, saying that “we had higher priorities. For one, we had to implement the penalty enforcement phase of the Affordable Care Act....