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It’s official: ‘Living wage’ law means more public employees

It’s official: ‘Living wage’ law means more public employees

By Adam Tobias | Wisconsin Reporter MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Milwaukee County taxpayers will have to spend close to $218,000 a year to create new government positions related to the county’s “living wage” under a resolution approved Thursday by the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors. The board, by a vote of 14-4, authorized the Milwaukee County

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NM senator is a shoo-in — so says New York Times

LOOKING FOR AN UPSET: A New York Times computer model claims Allen Weh (left) and David Clements have just a 1 percent chance of beating Tom Udall in the U.S. Senate race in New Mexico. Photos by New Mexico Watchdog. By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog SANTA FE, N.M. — The U.S. Senate may

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NM senator is a shoo-in — so says New York Times

LOOKING FOR AN UPSET: A New York Times computer model claims Allen Weh (left) and David Clements have just a 1 percent chance of beating Tom Udall in the U.S. Senate race in New Mexico. Photos by New Mexico Watchdog. By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog SANTA FE, N.M. — The U.S. Senate may

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John Doe, as it is being used, must go, WI senator says

Part 44 of 44 in the series Wisconsin’s Secret War By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter MADISON, Wis. — State Sen. Glenn Grothman is no fan of Wisconsin’s longstanding John Doe law, at least as it has been applied by prosecutors secretly investigating conservative groups. The West Bend Republican tells Wisconsin Reporter he will work

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Will new rules for unemployment get Ohioans back to work?

By Maggie Thurber | For Ohio Watchdog ONE-STOP: Ohioans who want to continue receiving unemployment compensation now must register with their local one stop shop and complete various assessments to maintain their eligibility. Unemployed Ohioans face new requirements if they want public benefits. But will the new rules actually help people find jobs faster? Because

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Time names Wisconsin’s Walker among world’s most influential

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter MADISON, Wis. – He swept into power on the crest of 2010′s Republican revolution in the Badger State. He survived a bitter partisan recall campaign, becoming the first governor in U.S. history to stave off such a political challenge. And now, Gov. Scott Walker makes the list of Time

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Florida a top ranked economy? Not so fast, report says

By William Patrick | Florida Watchdog TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — When it comes to economic rankings, especially by free-market leaning outfits, Florida often ranks near the top. RICH STATES, POOR STATES: Florida ranks 16th in overall economic outlook. It’s a point of pride for Sunshine State lawmakers, even those typically opposed to low taxes and light

Taxpayer costs racking up for controversial Milwaukee streetcar project

By Adam Tobias | Wisconsin Reporter A STREETCAR NAMED UNDESIRE: The Wisconsin Public Service Commission has ruled the city of Milwaukee must pay an estimated $20 million to relocate utilities for a proposed streetcar project. MILWAUKEE, Wis. — It’s hard for Milwaukee Alderman Robert Donovan to imagine the proposed $64.6 million streetcar rail system in

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Taxpayer costs racking up for controversial Milwaukee streetcar project

By Adam Tobias | Wisconsin Reporter A STREETCAR NAMED UNDESIRE: The Wisconsin Public Service Commission has ruled the city of Milwaukee must pay an estimated $20 million to relocate utilities for a proposed streetcar project. MILWAUKEE, Wis. — It’s hard for Milwaukee Alderman Robert Donovan to imagine the proposed $64.6 million streetcar rail system in

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Miami-Dade 311 call center can’t measure effectiveness

By Marianela Toledo | Florida Watchdog MIAMI — Miami had high hopes for its one-stop shop for local government services, but some now question the program’s effectiveness. Miami-Dade County’s 311 call center, started in 2005, sought to save the county money while providing as much information to residents as possible, including animal care, parks and

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