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  • Shocking! Ontario Fairness Commissioner’s Expenses Questioned

    11/06/2014 10:13:41 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/06/14 | Arthur Weinreb
    With these Liberals, can a “Goodness Commissioner” be far behind? The fact that an appointee of Ontario’s Liberal government, a former federal Liberal MP, was charging taxpayers so to travel in style and that there was no small expense she wouldn’t pass along, was no surprise. What was indeed a shock is the province of Ontario has a Fairness Commissioner. Who knew? Earlier this week, Ontario’s Fairness Commissioner was questioned about her expenses. According to PC MPP Monte McNaughton, the commissioner, Jean Augustine, billed the taxpayer for $3,400 in limousine rides and $3.40 for airplane headphones. In addition to these...
  • Expenses went up in 2013 for families

    06/02/2014 5:14:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | May 27, 2014 | Ann Belser
    A survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the average income for families of all sorts decreased from 2012 to 2013 by $103 to $65,069 before taxes, but their expenses went up by $777 a year to $51,408. ... The biggest share of the increased expenses of the average American household went to transportation, which cost a total of $8,999 a year, or $494 more than the previous year, as a result of purchase prices going up.
  • Expenses scandal roils Cameron ahead of European elections

    04/07/2014 6:40:23 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 11 replies
    Reuters UK ^ | Mon Apr 7, 2014 6:17pm BST | By Andrew Osborn
    (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron's handling of an expenses scandal engulfing one of his ministers has put him under pressure before European elections, threatening his Conservative party's already clouded electoral outlook. Cameron, whose party risks being beaten into third place in next month's European Parliament elections behind the anti-EU UK Independence party (UKIP), has stood by Maria Miller, Britain's minister for culture, since a parliamentary report ordered her to pay back wrongly claimed expenses last week. But the media and public backlash against Miller shows no sign of abating despite Cameron's efforts to end it. Many of his own...
  • The Benefit of Trial by Media and More

    07/15/2013 5:35:47 PM PDT · by dvan · 2 replies
    self | 7/15/2013 | Dvan, self
    Trial By Media and More This country has entered a new era of justice. Actually, it goes all the way back to the trial of O.J. Simpson, Jodi Arias and now George Zimmerman. More and more the media have begun trying these cases on television and using public opinion and a high degree of emotionalism. Channel HLN, headline News, Nancy Grace has been prominent in this. Now I believe that we will enter a new era that can be very beneficial to the justice system. That of using the television media to actually try criminal cases in vivo. Before you...
  • HHS on Health Insurers' Costs: 'Expenses Like Profits and Red Tape'

    06/20/2013 4:38:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 6/20/13 | JERYL BIER
    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) put out a press release today promoting the savings to consumers from Obamacare in 2012. The department claims that the average consumer receiving a refund will get about $100 as a result of rules on how insurers must spend premium dollars. The press release contains the following curious characterization of ineligible expenses health insurers might incur: Created through the Affordable Care Act, the rule requires insurers to spend at least 80 cents of every premium dollar on patient care and quality improvement. If they spend a higher amount on other expenses like...
  • Taxpayers pay for Bill Clinton’s Cinemax, Jimmy Carter’s Dish Network

    01/15/2013 3:34:21 AM PST · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 15, 2013
    Bill Clinton is a multimillionaire, but you’re paying for the Cinemax in his office. That’s just one eyebrow-raising expense a former occupant of the White House has been allowed to put on the taxpayer tab every year, even though every living ex-president is quite wealthy. In an attempt to shed light on this little-known perk of being a former commander in chief, The Daily Caller — through a Freedom of Information Act request filed last year — has obtained thousands of pages of emails and documents from the government detailing how taxpayer money is spent on former presidents each year....
  • From $2,000 dress to $1,000 skirt, Michelle Obama's lavish Hawaii wardrobe revealed

    12/29/2011 5:29:51 AM PST · by Zakeet · 64 replies
    U.K. Daily Mail ^ | December 29, 2011
    Complete title: Well what else would one wear on a $4m break? From $2,000 dress to $1,000 skirt, Michelle Obama's lavish Hawaii wardrobe revealed Michelle Obama successfully managed to rile U.S. taxpayers with her lavish $4m family jaunt to Hawaii this Christmas. But it seems her expensive taste has not stopped there, as her vacation wardrobe has proved to be equally lavish. Though the First Lady has only been spotted on a couple of occasions since arriving in Kailua, Oahu, some sartorial analysis of her fashion choices has revealed that her outfits have been consistently high-end. A classic example, as...
  • Strauss-Kahn 'rape victim' accused of being a prostitute...

    07/02/2011 10:16:31 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 38 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5:38 PM on 2nd July 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    The hotel maid who claims former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn raped her has been accused of working as a prostitute. Allegations have emerged that the 32-year-old cleaner was was taking extra money from male guests at the hotel for sex. 'There is information... of her getting extraordinary tips, if you know what I mean. And it's not for bringing extra f**king towels,' a source close to the defence investigation told the New York Post. The woman also had 'a lot of her expenses – hair braiding, salon expenses – paid for by men not related to her,' the source added....
  • Obama lie: Oil company business expenses are “tax giveaways”

    05/14/2011 6:39:04 PM PDT · by Steve495 · 27 replies
    Radio Vice Online ^ | May 14, 2011 | Steve McGough
    This is out of control. On May 3 I wrote about how the left, President Obama and Democrats can’t admit that what they refer to as major “subsidies” are simply ordinary business expenses. Now Obama has used the word “giveaways” in a direct email campaign looking for donations. ... "The CEOs from the five major oil companies — which together booked $36 billion in profits in the first quarter of 2011 alone — went to the Senate on Thursday to try to justify the $4 billion in tax giveaways they’re receiving this year." Read more...
  • Arizona calls for online donations in bid to build fence along entire border with Mexico

    05/08/2011 11:22:21 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 37 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6:55 AM on 9th May 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Arizona lawmakers want to erect a fence along the border with Mexico - whether the federal government thinks it's necessary or not. They've got a plan that could get a project started using online donations and prison labour. If they get enough money, all they would have to do is get cooperation from landowners and construction could begin as soon as this year. Governor Jan Brewer recently signed a bill that sets the state on a course to building a permanent barrier along its borders, and a website is being launched to raise money for the work.
  • Retirement Planning Advice for My 20-Something Son

    02/24/2011 9:55:30 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 47 replies
    cbs ^ | Friday, February 25, 2011 | Steve Vernon
    Establish smart spending habits. Live like you're poor. How do you do that? Drive your cars into the ground, don't eat out very much, avoid expensive and potentially unhealthy processed foods, buy food in bulk, buy just enough clothes to fit your needs, and use public transportation. ... Use credit cards only as a convenience to avoid carrying cash; limit your credit card spending so that you can easily pay off the balance each month. Make every dollar count with your spending, so you can free up money to invest in the future. Get healthy. One of the best things...
  • MWHC EXECUTIVES REAP BIG REWARDS

    01/05/2011 9:26:07 AM PST · by Amerisrael · 11 replies
    [This is one reason why healthcare is so expensive. The cost of healthcare insurance is not the problem. It's the high cost of doctor's salaries and hospital services.] "The top employees at Mary Washington Healthcare earned more than $1.1 million in bonuses in 2009, their reward for a successful 2008." "More than two dozen key executives and employee physicians earned annual bonuses ranging from $2,000 to $246,278. The median bonus for the company was more than $28,000." "Fred Rankin, president and chief executive officer, received the largest bonus among managers: $151,430. Rankin continues to be the firm's highest-paid employee, with...
  • UK MPs Unhappy That Their Expenses Claims Are Being Checked Too Thoroughly

    08/05/2010 10:30:32 AM PDT · by sussex · 2 replies
    The Aged P.com ^ | 05/08/10 | the Aged P
    Get over it – or, even better, get out of Parliament and find yourselves a real job….
  • New British government rocked by expenses scandal

    05/29/2010 7:05:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 396+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/29/10 | Guy Jackson
    LONDON (AFP) – Britain's new coalition government suffered a blow Saturday when a high-profile finance minister, David Laws, resigned after just 18 days in the job following revelations over his expenses claims. Laws stepped down as Chief Secretary to the Treasury after the Daily Telegraph newspaper reported he had channelled more than 40,000 pounds (57,800 dollars, 47,100 euros) of taxpayers' money in rent to his long-term boyfriend. "I do not see how I can carry out my crucial work on the budget and spending review while I have to deal with the private and public implications of recent revelations," Laws...
  • Obama Panel to Propose “Pro-Growth” Tax Hikes

    05/10/2010 10:03:51 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 11 replies · 426+ views
    President Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform is working on a plan for what it is calling “pro-growth” tax increases. The Commission is comprised of 18 members. Most are aged political hacks or washed-up bureaucrats. “Critics of government insist that taxes hurt growth,” said Alice Rivlin, a former White House budget director for President Jimmy Carter. “But we’re not convinced this is necessarily true. For example, every family has routine bills it must pay—groceries, rent, transportation. These costs don’t go down just because increased taxes have lowered a person’s take-home pay. It could be that a carefully constructed...
  • Hardest hit by ObamaCare

    11/30/2009 3:11:16 AM PST · by Scanian · 7 replies · 804+ views
    NY Post ^ | November 30, 2009 | DICK MORRIS & EILEEN MCGANN
    The "healthc-care reform" bills in Congress would hit 39 states hard with new expenses, by raising Medicaid eligibility above the cur rent income cutoffs. The only states that won't have to raise eligibility because of the Senate bill are Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont and Wisconsin (plus the District of Columbia). And the House bill would force even Massachusetts and Vermont to pay more. Hardest hit would be Texas ($2,750 million a year in extra state spending under the Senate bill), Pennsylvania ($1,450 million), California ($1,428 million) and Florida ($909 million). Who...
  • Hey, big spender! Lavish life of ACORN 'thief'

    09/27/2009 8:43:01 AM PDT · by Scanian · 6 replies · 740+ views
    NY Post ^ | September 27, 2009 | GINGER ADAMS OTIS
    Former ACORN bigwig Dale Rathke racked up a $157,000 American Express bill that he couldn't repay around the time he was caught embezzling from the group founded by his brother Wade, The Post has learned. Rathke was a big spender with multiple credit cards who rang up purchases at luxury shops, traveled by limo and frequented five-star hotels and restaurants, court papers show. American Express filed a claim against Rathke in 2003 in Louisiana civil district court. Among the court papers is a partial credit history that indicates Rathke had several different cards from different companies. He used them to...
  • Bailed-out companies begin posting limits on luxury expenditures

    09/11/2009 11:21:34 PM PDT · by Saije · 13 replies · 732+ views
    LA Times ^ | 9/12/2009 | Tomoeh Murakami Tse
    New York - Chrysler Financial employees traveling on business can no longer be reimbursed for lunch on trips that don't require an overnight stay. If flying on business, they must travel coach if the flight is less than four hours. Tips to baggage handlers shouldn't exceed $2 per bag. The $4 cost of an in-flight movie? Not reimbursable. The company's new expense rules, posted on its website Friday, are among a handful of policies that have been made public so far as hundreds of companies receiving federal rescue funds scramble to meet a deadline Monday to put in place policies...
  • Senate Approves Disclosing Office Expenses Online - transparency, ah, later this year...

    07/07/2009 6:43:18 PM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies · 373+ views
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    Link only - Senate Approves Disclosing Office Expenses Online
  • Doyle's travel reports deficient

    07/05/2009 6:53:36 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 10 replies · 736+ views
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 05 july 09 | Patrick Marley, Jacob Kushner and Alex Morrell
    Madison — Gov. Jim Doyle and his staff failed to properly account for 145 travel expenses over two years, including a $5,200 business-class flight to Ireland and a $654-a-night stay in a London hotel. Nearly three-fourths of the time in 2007 and 2008, Doyle and his staff didn't supply receipts as required under state travel policy. By comparison, Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton and her staff didn't provide receipts one-third of the time during the same period. Travel records also showed Doyle spent more than $1,500 on two chauffeured vehicles in Canada. That expenditure did not violate state travel policy, however....
  • UK MPs' expenses: Michael Martin 'to stand down'

    05/19/2009 3:52:23 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 413+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | May 19 2009
    Michael Martin, the Commons Speaker, will this afternoon announce that he is to stand down over the MPs' expenses scandal, it has been reported. Mr Martin is expected to inform MPs of his departure in a statement to the Commons at 2.30pm. It is unclear whether he will resign immediately or stay on until the next election. The Speaker's position became untenable after he lost the support of the chamber over his handling of MPs' expenses system.
  • Governor Palin's Staff Addresses Expenses Issues

    02/24/2009 2:45:08 PM PST · by SolidWood · 24 replies · 940+ views
    Office of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin ^ | Office of Governor Palin
    Governor’s Staff Addresses Expenses Issues on News Media Coverage of Per Diem FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 09-35 Governor’s Staff Addresses Expenses Issues February 23, 2009, Anchorage, Alaska – Staff for Governor Sarah Palin today responded to persistent news media coverage of the per diem the governor has collected while working away from her official duty station of Juneau, while pointing out significant savings the governor has achieved in regard to the way she has discharged her official duties. “The news media have been focused on the $8,500 the governor has collected in per diem annually while working in Anchorage, almost...
  • CA: $42 billion down, legislators get expenses

    12/13/2008 8:32:33 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 562+ views
    ap on SFGate.com ^ | 12/13/08 | AP
    California is facing a $42 billion budget hole that is likely to mean severe cuts to state programs and possibly layoffs, but legislators still are collecting $173 a day for expenses when they're in Sacramento. The Assembly and Senate haven't met since Monday, when they held a joint session to hear testimony from the state treasurer, controller, legislative analyst and state finance director about the state's budget woes.
  • John Edwards, Fred Baron: Campaign Travel Billings Raise New Questions

    08/20/2008 2:29:12 AM PDT · by mondoreb · 13 replies · 199+ views
    DBKP ^ | August 20, 2008 | Mondoreb
    Questions for John Edwards and Fred Baron When Next Either Surfaces to Confront the PressA "Thank You" to our Network of Readers, Comment-writers and Tipsters! ...including all at Free Republic John Edwards and Fred Baron have had a close relationship over the last ten years. Both Edwards and Baron are successful trial attorneys and both shared the dream of seeing John Edwards elected President. Both may, at some point, want to share some information on campaign travel billings. A DBKP reader, known only as "Phil Ander", did some independent research into the Edwards' campaign's use of Baron's private jet and...
  • County backs community efforts against Trans-Texas Corridor

    02/27/2008 2:16:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 230+ views
    The Daily Sentinel ^ | February 26, 2008 | Michael Rodden
    The Nacogdoches County commissioners court voted Tuesday to support numerous community members who have recently turned out in droves opposing the proposed I-69/Trans-Texas Corridor by adopting a resolution against the project. The resolution is expected to be sent to the Texas Department of Transportation and to the governor's office. Precinct 4 Commissioner Tom Strickland said that it's apparent most people in Nacogdoches County approved of the original project — a standard Interstate roadway. But now most are opposed to the large TTC structure. 145th District Court Judge Campbell Cox II submitted a map that showed several oil and gas wells...
  • UN staff claim school fees for phantom offspring

    10/07/2006 4:12:49 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 9 replies · 666+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | October 8, 2006 | David Leppard
    STAFF at the United Nations headquarters in New York claimed tens of thousands of pounds in school fees for non-existent children, one of its most senior auditors has revealed.Hundreds of employees also defrauded US tax authorities by claiming refunds for mortgage interest and property taxes that should have gone to the UN. These are just two of the scams to be revealed in a book by Edwin Nhliziyo, chief auditor of the UN’s peacekeeping division until his retirement. His account aims to expose how the UN is losing hundreds of millions of pounds through corruption and fraud. From Kuwait to...
  • As Workers' Pensions Wither, Those for Executives Flourish

    06/24/2006 10:28:20 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 92 replies · 1,387+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 23, 2006 | Ellen E. Schultz and Theo Francis
    This is the pension squeeze companies aren't talking about: Even as many reduce, freeze or eliminate pensions for workers -- complaining of the costs -- their executives are building up ever-bigger pensions, causing the companies' financial obligations for them to balloon. Companies disclose little about any of this. But a Wall Street Journal analysis of corporate filings reveals that executive benefits are playing a large and hidden role in the declining health of America's pensions. Among the findings: • Boosted by surging pay and rich formulas, executive pension obligations exceed $1 billion at some companies. Besides GM, they include General...
  • Iraq war 'costlier than Vietnam'

    08/31/2005 5:13:38 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 36 replies · 659+ views
    BBC News ^ | Wednesday, 31 August 2005
    The monthly cost to the US of the war in Iraq is now greater than the average monthly cost of the Vietnam War, a report by two anti-war groups says. The report put costs in Iraq at $500m (£278m) a month more than in Vietnam, adjusted for inflation. This makes Iraq the most expensive US war in the past 60 years, they say. But an analyst from the conservative American Enterprise Institute (AEI) said the cost was small in the context of the whole US economy. The report by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and Foreign Policy in Focus...
  • CA: Perata's legal expenses run $116,000 a month (PeRATaGate)

    08/02/2005 7:38:45 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 335+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 8/2/05 | Kevin Yamamura
    State Senate leader Don Perata has incurred legal costs averaging $116,000 per month to defend against an FBI inquiry into whether he received outside income for legislative work, according to records released Monday. The Oakland Democrat remained $260,000 in debt as of June 30 despite raising $322,000 from longtime campaign contributors since establishing his defense fund in February, according to campaign finance reports filed with the secretary of state's office. One of the Senate president pro tem's two largest donors was Sacramento developer Angelo Tsakopoulos, who gave $50,000 to the legal fund in June. Tsakopoulos was outside the United States...
  • Crushed by Medical Bills

    06/13/2005 12:12:37 AM PDT · by B-Chan · 239 replies · 4,082+ views
    NorthJersey.com ^ | Sunday 12 June 2005 | Lindy Washburn
    The sheriff's constable delivered the lawsuit to the neat brick home in Cliffside Park on Valentine's Day. It was a bouquet of heartache from Hackensack University Medical Center. "GUIDO OSSO," it read. "You are hereby summoned in a Civil Action of the Superior Court of New Jersey." The reason: Failure to pay a hospital bill of $160,170.35. The wanted man sat at home, slumped in his wheelchair. His head rested on a television tray and his bottom on an incontinence pad. Since a devastating series of strokes in 1999, the 66-year-old Osso hadn't known what day it was, much less...
  • TSA Disaster; "Leave it to the government" (no surprise; private screeners are much better)

    05/05/2005 4:25:35 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 11 replies · 664+ views
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE.COM ^ | MAY 5, 2005 | Veronique de Rugy
    new Government Accountability report shows that private airport screeners do a better job at detecting dangerous object than the bureaucrats at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). This report is the last in a long series, all of which demonstrate the poor performances of the 45,000-employee bureaucracy. So isn't it time for Congress to acknowledge its mistake and abolish TSA? After the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, Congress ordered all but five commercial airports to switch from privately employed screeners to a government workforce. Three years after the federal takeover, TSA is inundated with complaints. The GAO reported several times on...
  • Will we Segway into oblivion? - (eye opening report on misuse of Homeland Security funds)

    04/14/2005 6:59:08 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 37 replies · 939+ views
    DCEXAMINER.COM ^ | APRIL 14, 2005 | EDITOR
    Tax Day is a good time to take a hard look at the way government spends your tax dollars - if you have the stomach for it. Since Sept. 11, 2001, Congress has poured nearly $6 billion into homeland security, and this year's $1.7 billion appropriation represents a 306 percent increase over last year's. But Congress has also ignored the 9/11 Commission's recommendation to use this colossal sum primarily to protect the nation's most vulnerable and strategic targets - including Washington. Instead, hundreds of millions of dollars have been squandered on political pork, according to House Homeland Security Committee Chairman...
  • Your Tax Dollars at Work. Funding Sex Change Operations, e.g. (Infuriating!)

    12/19/2004 8:12:17 AM PST · by CHARLITE · 15 replies · 1,359+ views
    CHRONWATCH.COM ^ | DECEMBER 19, 2004 | JB WILLIAMS
    They say that if you stack the US Tax Code one page upon another, the pile of paper will reach into the heavens. I’m sure that’s true, for two very simple reasons. First, like most laws written in Washington, those seeking special consideration in the code have lobbied for language that addresses their individual concerns, and nearly everyone is seeking special consideration these days. Second, if “we the people” knew exactly what Washington was doing with all of our hard earned money, there would be a lynch mob on the steps of congress before sundown…so keeping the details buried in...
  • Trial by Media

    06/30/2004 10:53:08 AM PDT · by dvan · 155+ views
    06/30/04 | dvan
    Let's face it trials are getting more and more lengthy and costly. But there is a clear and evident solution right infront of our eyes. The Media. Since they and their expert witnesses are presenting ALL of the evidence and trying cases on televsion it would seem that the proper thing to do is follow through with some slight modifications. We should be able to eliminate judges, lawyers and the jury right? Who enjoys serving on jury duty? Next continue in the same vein and set up a 900 Number for interested spectators to call and register their vote for...
  • County Commissioner Bills Mexican Government For Illegal Aliens

    04/21/2004 8:39:15 PM PDT · by JackelopeBreeder · 71 replies · 357+ views
    KCBI-TV, Boise, Idaho ^ | 21 April 2004 | Jon Hanian
    Thousands of migrant farm workers are here legally but many are here illegally. It was that portion of the migrant labor population that Canyon County Commissioner Robert Vasquez singled out for special attention today suggesting that the Mexican government should reimburse local taxpayers for their expenses. "My fellow American's, constituents, friends and neighbors expect their county commissioner to spend the taxes on services for American's not on illegal alien's healthcare, education or detention." That is why Vasquez today showed off a $2 million bill he is sending to the Mexican consulate in Salt Lake City. Vasquez says Canyon county has...
  • Stressors of the Christmas Season

    12/22/2003 7:39:15 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 1 replies · 166+ views
    Cheyenne, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle ^ | 12-22-03 | Dynes, Michelle
    Stressors of the season Experts recommend exercise, rest and relaxation to keep holiday headaches at bay By Michelle Dynes rep2@wyomingnews.com Published in the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle CHEYENNE - While Christmas brings to mind nativity scenes, Santa Claus and mistletoe, other people may be thinking of family fights and January bills. The holidays can cause headaches, mostly stemming from added stress. Stressors are defined as anything that causes stress, but these can be positive or negative. Negative stressors around the holidays could be family arguments or money worries. But even things people normally enjoy can cause stress, such as visiting friends or...
  • Maine teachers share lessons learned about laptops

    09/03/2002 1:01:52 AM PDT · by SheLion · 13 replies · 2,084+ views
    Boston.com ^ | 3 September 2002
    <p>This is pitiful!  Maine is in BIG TROUBLE with the budget. Yet, Governor King will NOT do away with the lap top program! The Governor has $30 million stashed away for laptops!!!</p> <p>As public schools across Maine prepare to give laptop computers to nearly 17,000 seventh-graders, teachers at nine schools that pioneered the program are sharing what they've learned.</p>