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  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ( — 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 ( -- 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...

    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....
  • CPS' financial straits cost taxpayers with sharply higher interest rates on bond sale (Chicago)

    04/23/2015 1:27:44 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 04/22/2015 | Chris Fusco
    The Chicago Public Schools — already facing a federal criminal investigation of its CEO and a projected $1.1 billion budget deficit next school year — now must pay a price for those problems through higher interest rates on a new $300 million bond deal. The rates lured investors to buy the bonds, which CPS says it will use to pay off recently completed construction projects. But they also mean Chicago taxpayers will pay more over the life of the borrowing deal, financial analysts said Wednesday. The main bond issue — for $280 million to be repaid over 25 years —...
  • Taxpayers pay high salaries and more money to teach on state time ( Colorado double dipping )

    04/08/2015 7:02:26 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Watchdog ^ | April 8, 2015 | Arthur Kane
    Taxpayers paid state Supreme Court Chief Justice Nancy Rice nearly $148,000 plus generous government benefits last year. But, since 2007, she collected more than $100,000 in public money teaching University of Colorado law school classes that began during normal judicial business hours, has found. Public Defender Douglas Wilson and one of his employees, Ann Roan, also were paid for teaching at the CU law school during normal work hours, despite taxpayers paying Wilson more than $138,000 and Roan more than $132,000 a year to do their public defender jobs, documents obtained under state open records laws show. Steve Curtis,...
  • Routt County commissioners decry Colorado Senate's 'raid' on severance tax fund

    04/08/2015 6:53:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Steamboat Pilot & Today ^ | April 8, 2015 | Tom Ross
    Steamboat Springs — Routt County commissioners are among local government officials in Colorado who are railing against the latest plans of the state legislature to appropriate $20 million from the mineral severance tax fund to balance the 2015-16 budget. "Since I’ve been a commissioner, this is the fourth or fifth time they’ve raided the severance tax to take care of the state’s budget, and to the detriment of local governments,” Routt County Commission Chairman Doug Monger said. “If we don’t make noise about it, it will become a normal event. We have to get out there and say ‘This really...
  • State Department To Fly Central American Children Into US

    04/02/2015 5:56:15 PM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    Daily Caller News ^ | 04/01/2015 | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    Potentially millions of current and former illegal immigrants now have the opportunity to fly their children to the U.S. with taxpayer dollars. Once they arrive, they will be eligible for benefits including a free education, healthcare and food stamps. The State Department and Department of Homeland Security will administer the program, ... Some of the benefits they will receive are a free education, medical care, living expenses and food stamps. ... The U.S. has already sent staff to the region and began accepting applications in December. If applicants don’t qualify for refugee status, they can be considered for parole status
  • REMINDER: The Ted Kennedy Shrine Cost Taxpayers $38 Million

    03/30/2015 2:00:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/30/2015 | Chuck Ross
    On top of an $18.9 million Defense Department grant doled out in Sept. 2010, the Institute received $13.6 million from the Department of Education, according to In the 2009 federal budget, another $5.8 million was appropriated through the Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human Services. The state of Massachusetts gave the University of Massachusetts $5 million, earmarked for the Institute. As a senator in 2010, current Sec. of State John Kerry waged an unsuccessful attempt to earmark another $28.9 million for the museum ... the $18.9 million Defense Department earmark was “funneled through the Defense...
  • Moody's downgrades CPS credit rating [ Chicago Public Schools ]

    03/07/2015 5:45:37 AM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 03/06/2015 | Maudlyne Ihejirika
    Moody’s Investors Service on Friday announced it had reduced its rating on Chicago Board of Education debt to one level above junk bond status. Moody’s downgraded the rating to Baa3 from Baa1 on the board’s general obligation debt. That rating applies to a total of $6.3 billion in outstanding debt held by Chicago Public Schools. That lowered rating, according to Moody’s, “reflects CPS’s continued reliance” on its reserves to cover ongoing operating expenditures, “particularly pension contributions, which will steadily increase in the coming years.” ... the lowered CPS rating also takes into account the city’s own credit rating, which also...
  • Advocates: Walker's budget could hurt programs for disabled

    03/02/2015 12:02:35 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    LaCrosse Tribune ^ | March 2, 2015 | DANA FERGUSON
    "....Claire Yunker, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health Services, said in a statement that Walker’s proposal is aimed at preventing fraud and abuse in the existing system and creating a more coordinated care regimen. But Daniel Idzikowski, executive director of Disability Rights — a group that advocates for people with disabilities — said his organization was not consulted about Walker’s plan that the Legislature will debate over the next three months. It would drastically restructure Family Care, which administers personal care and long-term care services to elderly, disabled and injured Wisconsinites through Medicaid, he said. “By and large that...
  • Middle-class taxpayers on Obamacare learn that it’s payback time (Pelosi knew)

    02/28/2015 4:18:28 AM PST · by Libloather · 61 replies
    Hays Post ^ | 2/28/15 | Anna Gorman
    Roberta and Curtis Campbell typically look forward to tax time. Most years, they receive a refund – a little extra cash to pay off credit card bills. But this year the California couple got a shock: According to their tax preparer, they owe the IRS more than $6,000. That’s the money the Campbells received from the federal government last year to make their Obamacare health coverage more affordable. Roberta, unemployed when she signed up for the plan, got a job halfway through the year and Curtis found full-time work. The couple’s total yearly income became too high to qualify for...
  • New Mexico audits taxpayers, but no one can audit state

    02/25/2015 9:48:06 AM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    Watchdog ^ | February 25, 2015 | Brigette Russell
    Things got very wonky indeed last month when Department of Finance and Administration Secretary Tom Clifford, Deputy State Treasurer Ricky Bejerano and State Auditor Tim Keller all tried to explain to the Legislative Finance Committee exactly how much money the state wasn’t sure it had. The state, which requires all citizens to file tax returns and has the power to audit those returns to make sure they are correct, has not passed an audit of its own books since 2007. It holds taxpayers accountable for the accuracy of their returns, all the while spending more than $6 billion of their...
  • GREAT idea: Let’s Liquidate Community College

    02/05/2015 6:47:14 AM PST · by GodAndCountryFirst · 66 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | Feb. 4, 2015 | PEDRO GONZALES
    President Obama wants to make community college free to all. But we already have way too many unqualified people going to community colleges. Did you know that the number of students who successfully graduate from publicly-funded community college is only 20%? And that figure is for students who take up to 3 years… to complete a 2 year program! Put another way, 80% of students who go into community college don’t graduate in a reasonable period of time. And community colleges are heavily subsidized by the taxpayer. Why should we subsidize schools where 4 out of 5 students drop out?...
  • House Passes Bill to Completely Ban Taxpayer Funding of Abortions

    01/22/2015 10:37:12 AM PST · by Morgana · 42 replies ^ | 1/22/15 | Steven Ertelt
    The House today approved legislation that will put in place a complete ban on taxpayer funding of abortions that ensures abortions are not directly funded in any federal governmental program or department. The legislation combines several policies that must be enacted every year in Congressional battles and puts them into law where they will not be in jeopardy of being overturned every time Congress changes hands from pro-life lawmakers to those who support abortions. The House voted 242-179 for the bill with 239 Republicans and three Democrats voting to ban taxpayer funding of abortions under HR7 while 178 Democrats and...
  • Minneapolis schools' credit card usage raises accountability questions

    01/12/2015 5:49:27 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 1-11-15 | ALEJANDRA MATOS
    Minneapolis Public School employees are using district credit cards for unauthorized purchases — including personal use — and have routinely failed to follow expense policies, a Star Tribune review of school expense records found. Several school district leaders — including the outgoing superintendent and the current CEO — repaid the district for expenses only after the Star Tribune inquired about them. The Star Tribune reviewed $1.5 million in credit card expenses submitted by 262 employees over the past six months. School officials spent thousands of dollars at grocery stores, Target, Wal-Mart and restaurants in Minneapolis and around the country. The...
  • Taxpayers charged $1.1 million for Obama to visit Gwyneth Paltrow

    12/22/2014 11:33:41 AM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Investor´s Business Daily ^ | 12/22/14 | Andrew Malcolm
    As usual in December, President Obama and family and staff and their families and Secret Service and armored motorcade vehicles and the family dogs flew out to Hawaii this past weekend for a couple weeks of golf and dining out. [Snip] That luxury 747 alone costs $182,000 per hour to operate. It´s a nine-hour flight from Washington to one of the farthest reaches of the 50 states -- each way. How about Obama´s other discretionary trips? How much are taxpayers billed for those?
  • The Obama regime is setting the country up for another subprime loan catastrophe

    11/18/2014 10:42:55 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 30 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 11/18/2014 | Jon Dougherty
    The government’s subprime lending debacle that came to a head in the form of the Great Recession in 2007 is about to be repeated, thanks to a repeat of conditions by the federal government. Recent newspaper headlines have announced that the Obama regime plans to provide more electricity to the still-lackadaisical housing industry by torquing home lending rules that will once again make it easer for banks to make loans to marginal buyers.
  • JW Files Taxpayer Lawsuit to Stop Congress from Participating in D.C.’s Small Business Exchange

    10/16/2014 7:27:29 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | OCTOBER 15, 2014
    Documents Show Congress Submitted False Information to Participate in Exchange. Though restricted by law to small businesses with 50 or fewer employees, D.C. Exchange allows Congress to provide health insurance to 12,359 members of Congress, staffers, spouses, and dependents. Judicial Watch today filed a taxpayer lawsuit against the District of Columbia Health Benefit Exchange Authority to stop Congress from participating in D.C.’s “Small Business Exchange.” At least 12,359 members of Congress, congressional staffers, and their spouses and dependents currently purchase health insurance in D.C.’s “Small Business Exchange” even though Congress far exceeds D.C. law’s 50-employee limit for participating in the...
  • PA Lawmakers support rising cost of Frein manhunt

    10/14/2014 5:13:13 AM PDT · by Bettyprob · 31 replies
    ABC News WHTM ^ | October 13, 2014 | Dennis Owens
    It is likely the most intense manhunt in the history of the Pennsylvania State Police, which insists it will spend every waking moment to find Eric Frein, the man they believe ambushed two of their own. But that's not all they're spending. Three hundred troopers a day are filling the woods in Pike and Monroe Counties in a 24-7 search for Frein that began more than a month ago. State police say they don't have cost estimates but calculations by the Allentown Morning-Call show that PSP is spending $1.1 million a week just in added labor costs. Throw in hundreds...
  • $500M worth of US-bought planes destroyed by Afghans,sold as scrap

    10/10/2014 6:47:16 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 33 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 10/10/2014 | FOX NEWS
    Sixteen military transport planes bought by the United States government for the Afghan Air Force (AAF) at a cost of nearly $500 million were recently destroyed by the Afghan military and sold for scrap parts at around six cents per pound, prompting a government inquiry to determine why millions of taxpayer dollars were wasted on the ill-fated program. The Department of Defense purchased for the AAF a total of 20 Italian-made G222 military transport planes at a cost of $486 million. However, the fleet was grounded in March 2013 “after sustained, serious performance, maintenance, and spare parts problems” were discovered,...
  • Loophole lets teacher union bosses collect state pensions at taxpayer expense

    10/10/2014 6:03:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 9, 2014 | Kelly Riddell
    Taxpayers on hook for millions in retirement benefits unrelated to teaching . Thanks to a loophole created by the Illinois legislature, retired teacher union leaders are getting pension credit for the years they did union work after leaving the classroom. The arrangement has put taxpayers on the hook for millions of dollars in retirement benefits unrelated to teaching, and further drained an already overburdened state pension fund. ... The union bosses collecting the payouts had jobs at the National Education Association (NEA), the Illinois Education Association (IEA) and the Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) after their teaching careers. Most got...
  • Colorado welfare recipients withdraw money in Hawaii, St. Thomas, Vegas

    10/06/2014 7:56:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 52 replies
    Watchdog ^ | October 6, 2014 | Arthur Kane
    Taxpayers are apparently buying welfare recipients booze and cigarettes for the road — at times a very exotic road. A analysis of a Colorado Department of Human Services welfare ATM withdrawals database shows that $3.8 million was withdrawn by Colorado welfare recipients outside the state in the past two years. There were withdrawals at out-of-state liquor stores and tobacco outlets, as well as vacation destinations like Hawaii, Las Vegas and even the Virgin Islands. ... Colorado welfare withdrawals at liquor stores and casinos despite federal and state law banning such actions and welfare recipients taking out money at the...
  • Yet More IRS Employees Busted for Stealing Taxpayers' Identities

    10/01/2014 12:19:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Reason ^ | Sep. 29, 2014 | J.D. Tuccille
    It's hard to keep up with the privacy-threatening shenanigans at the Internal Revenue Service, but let's give it a try. Just days after revealing that the tax agency's failure to follow its own rules put the private data of 1.4 million people at risk, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration publicized the sentencing of Tax Examining Technician Missy Sledge for aggravated identity theft and mail fraud, and IRS employee Monica Hernandez for making and subscribing a false income tax return, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft. According to the Inspector General's Office, "as part of her official IRS duties,...
  • Florida to mail out $200 million in college refunds, week before election

    10/01/2014 6:35:57 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    yahoo/reuters ^ | 9/30/14 | Bill Cotterell
    Just before Election Day, thousands of Florida families who participate in prepaid college savings plans will receive refunds, or major cuts in their monthly payments, and Governor Rick Scott is not shy about taking credit for the windfall. ....political observers say the governor is well within campaign ethics boundaries.... Scott is seeking re-election... A bipartisan higher-education package approved by the state legislature this spring slashed the annual tuition increases at state universities, eliminating them altogether for most colleges. The reductions mean refunds totaling nearly $200 million for about 18,000 families with paid-up tuition plans purchased since 2008, when the differential...
  • The Show Won’t Go On

    09/22/2014 10:56:37 AM PDT · by detective · 6 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 20, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    After a series of lackluster reviews, the traveling global warming musical that was financed by the U.S. taxpayers is ending its run early. The Great Immensity, a musical described as “painfully long” and “awkward,” was made possible by a $697,177 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). “The play, which featured songs and video exploring Americans’ relationships to the environment, opened in New York in April with a three-week run before going on a national tour that was supposed to attract 75,000 patrons,” reported. “But it stalled after a single production in Kansas City, falling short of the lofty...
  • Oops: Landrieu's Campaign Pays Back $33,000 to Taxpayers for Inappropriately Billed Flights

    09/15/2014 9:13:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    townhall ^ | 9/15/14 | Cortney O'Brien
    Senators are not permitted to use Senate cash to fly to fundraisers - but that didn’t stop Democratic Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu from taking 43 trips on her Senate office account. The Perkins Coie law firm reviewed Landrieu’s travel from her 18 years in the Senate: The report found that Landrieu's official office paid $33,727.02 -- about 11 percent of the total amount her official office paid for chartered flights during that time -- should have been prorated and paid by her campaign. Landrieu blamed the mistakes on "sloppy bookkeeping" in a written apology. Her constituents, however, may not be...
  • Taxpayers and workers gouged by labor-law dodge: 2009 stimulus cheated taxpayers and workers

    09/05/2014 9:52:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | 09/05/2014 | By Mandy Locke and Franco Ordońez
    <p>The largest government infusion of cash into the U.S. economy in generations – the 2009 stimulus – was riddled with a massive labor scheme that harmed workers and cheated unsuspecting American taxpayers.</p> <p>At the time, government regulators watched as money slipped out the door and into the hands of companies that rob state and federal treasuries of billions of dollars each year on stimulus projects and other construction jobs across the country, a yearlong McClatchy investigation found.</p>