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  • Detroit 'Neglecting' its Students - At $14K Per Pupil

    10/01/2014 7:23:28 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 19 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/1/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Detroit Free Press Columnist Rochelle Riley laments “Oh, if only the children of Detroit were pieces of art” in a column in which she claims no leaders want to talk about education in Detroit. The column implies that as the city goes through bankruptcy, the school system is not getting the proper amount of attention. For the Record says: The state of Michigan is devoting about $440 more per-pupil in state funds to Detroit Public Schools in 2013-14 compared to five years ago. In 2013-14, the state poured $378.5 million into DPS, or about $7,802 per student. In 2008-09, that...
  • Stage Production for 18-Minute Obama Speech Cost $94,360

    09/29/2014 12:56:26 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 9-29-14 | Elizabeth Harrington
    War speech at Air Force base produced by private, Dem-friendly company The stage, drapes, and sound system for an 18-minute speech by President Barack Obama cost taxpayers nearly $100,000. “Elite Productions,” the go-to company for prominent Democratic politicians such as Bill and Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi, put on the set for Obama’s speech to troops at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., on Sept. 17. The company provided “stage, drapery, and audio/visual equipment,” according to a contract document made public by the Air Force last week. The government paid the company $94,360 for a speech that lasted from...
  • Amazon to collect Minnesota sales tax starting Oct. 1

    09/23/2014 2:13:50 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    MPLS Star & Sickle ^ | 9-23-14 | KAVITA KUMAR
    Amazon.com Inc. will begin collecting sales taxes from Minnesota customers next week, ending a cost advantage it’s enjoyed over brick-and-mortar retailers in the state. The news also triggered a mystery. Online-only retailers don’t need to charge sales tax in Minnesota unless they have physical presence or affiliated business here. Monday’s revelation led to speculation that Amazon may open a warehouse, data center or some other operation in the state or buy an existing firm. The company was vague about what prompted the change, though it said it “will be required” to do so starting Oct. 1. “We’re considering various opportunities...
  • Barry Needs His Fix

    09/20/2014 3:06:16 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 7 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 20 September 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Boehner and Yellen are the dealers, I reckon... A friend sent this, not sure who's work it is, and can't quite make out what that is on the bottom-right corner there
  • David Cameron Vows More Powers for England After Scotland Vote

    09/19/2014 1:19:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    nbc ^ | September 19th 2014 | Alexander Smith
    Like Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own regional parliaments... However, England's lack of a similar legislative body has led to a messy situation where Scottish lawmakers can vote on issues that only affect England at the U.K.-wide Westminster parliament ... Just as Scotland will vote separately…on their issues of tax, spending and welfare, so too England, as well as Wales and Northern Ireland, should be able to vote on these issues
  • Gap Between Teacher Salaries and Private-Sector Workers Increasing

    09/18/2014 12:53:49 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 16 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/16/2014 | Tom Gantert
    The Detroit Free Press recently reported that teacher salaries in Michigan have dropped 8 percent from 1999 to 2013 when factoring in inflation. The average teachers’ salary in Michigan was $49,044 in 1999-2000 and increased to $61,560 in 2012-13. But the gap in pay between teachers and the average worker has increased significantly over this time period. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, teachers now have 23 percent higher salaries than the median household income in Michigan, which was $50,115 in 2012. This is higher than in 1999-2000 when teacher salaries were 10 percent higher than the median household income...
  • The U.S. National Debt Has Grown By More Than A Trillion Dollars In The Last 12 Months

    09/17/2014 6:50:52 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 23 replies
    Economic Collapse ^ | 14 September 2014 | Michael Snyder
    The idea that the Obama administration has the budget deficit under control is a complete and total lie. According to the U.S. Treasury, the federal government has officially run a deficit of 589 billion dollars for the first 11 months of fiscal year 2014. But this number is just for public consumption and it relies on accounting tricks which massively understate how much debt is actually being accumulated. If you want to know what the real budget deficit is, all you have to do is go to a U.S. Treasury website which calculates the U.S. national debt to the penny....
  • Florida spends billions on toll lanes, but public has little input into how money is spent

    09/15/2014 5:01:03 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Florida Times-Union ^ | September 14, 2014 | Eric Barton
    In the next decade, Florida’s biggest cities will add toll lanes to the state’s busiest highways. Nobody knows exactly how much it will cost. Maybe as little as $3 billion. Maybe double that. What’s clear is that when the toll lanes across the state are complete, they will become one of the largest infrastructure projects in state history. There’s little debate that the toll lanes, also called express lanes or managed lanes, make commutes quicker for those willing to pay as much as $10 to use them. But there has been little debate about the need for the projects —...
  • Army can't track spending on $4.3b system to track spending, IG finds

    09/04/2014 10:05:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    wa ex ^ | September 4, 2014 | Mark Flatten
    More than $725 million was spent by the Army on a high-tech network for tracking supplies and expenses that failed to comply with federal financial reporting rules meant to allow auditors to track spending, according to an inspector general’s report issued Wednesday. The Global Combat Support System-Army, a logistical support system meant to track supplies, spare parts and other equipment, was launched in 1997. In 2003, the program switched from custom software to a web-based commercial software system. About $95 million was spent before the switch was made, according to the report from the Department of Defense IG. As of...
  • Education Rally Long on Emotion, Short on Facts

    09/10/2014 1:43:46 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/9/2014 | Tom Gantert
    A group calling itself the “Michigan Teachers and Allies for Change” held a rally in Ann Arbor to promote more funding for conventional K-12 schools, according to MLive. Not everything claimed at the rally, however, is accurate. The MLive story reported: “Students in Ann Arbor Public Schools saw their class sizes rise at the beginning of last year as a result of eliminated teaching positions due to budget constraints.” The district reported that it issued layoff notices to 233 teachers in the spring of 2013. However, in the fall the district told Michigan Capitol Confidential only one full-time teacher and...
  • House Republicans’ CR (Continuing Resolution) Funds Planned Parenthood and All Obamacare

    09/10/2014 1:18:00 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 27 replies
    CNS News ^ | September 10, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The continuing resolution that the House Appropriations Committee introduced yesterday and that the House Republican leadership is preparing to bring up for a vote on the House floor puts no limits on funding Planned Parenthood—the nation’s largest abortion provider—or any provision of Obamacare, including the regulations that force Christian individuals and organizations to buy or provide health insurance that covers abortion-inducing drugs. “The bill is ‘clean’ and does not contain highly controversial provisions,” says a press release put out by the Appropriations Committee. “We have reached the point where a Continuing Resolution is necessary to keep the government functioning and...
  • Stimulus bill enabled billions in waste, exploitation of employees

    09/08/2014 7:43:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/08/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    When Barack Obama and the Democrats on Capitol Hill forced the $800 billion stimulus bill into law, they insisted that waste, fraud, and abuse would not be tolerated. They put “Sheriff” Joe Biden on the case in March 2009, with Obama warning stimulus recipients that “around the White House, we call him the Sheriff — because if you’re misusing taxpayer money, you’ll have to answer to him.” The Department of Transportation employees gathered for the speech laughed at that statement, according to the White House transcript — and well they should have. An in-depth report from McClatchy and ProPublica...
  • Army loses track of spending on program designed to track spending

    09/06/2014 4:42:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/06/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    For Saturday night, a classic tale which apparently could only happen in Washington, brought to us by our friends at Outside the Beltway. Our Army… our troops and equipment, are the finest in the world, ideally suited to fulfill their mission when called upon to fight in defense of the nation. But any operation of such a massive size requires a mountain of paperwork to manage things in the background and lots of money to keep it running. And that, my friends, is a job for a different sort of army… a battalion of bureaucrats.What could possibly go wrong?...
  • Why Do Michigan Residents Falsely Believe Education Spending Is Down?

    08/21/2014 7:50:41 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/20/2014 | Tom Gantert
    In three of her last four budgets, Gov. Jennifer Granholm cut state funding to K-12 schools. In Gov. Rick Snyder's first four budgets, he has increased state funding to K-12 schools, up to a record $12 billion in 2014-15, according to the Senate Fiscal Agency. So how is Gov. Snyder being tagged by critics as the villain who has cut funding to school children? The answer lies in how the complicated nature of school funding has been the most misunderstood story reported in the media, as well as a campaign to portray schools as underfunded. “If you repeat a lie...
  • How Cities Are Solving Their Pension Problems – and the Bill That Makes It Easier

    08/11/2014 1:06:39 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/10/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    There’s a saying among those who analyze public sector pension systems: “Pension don’t get funded – they get underfunded.” That is certainly true around Michigan. A review of the defined benefit pension systems for the 100 largest cities in the state shows that the vast majorities are underfunded – that is, that the municipality has promised more benefits than it has put away money for. But there is hope. Many cities have begun shifting new employees to a 401k-type, defined-contribution plan. For these plans, workers are given a (usually generous) match of money put into a fund. It is impossible...
  • GAO: Government failed to report $619 billion in spending to its transparency site

    08/06/2014 4:49:57 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    WaPo ^ | 8-5-14 | Josh Hicks
    The White House budget office launched USASpending.gov in 2007 to track federal spending after scores of lawmakers, including then-Sen. Barack Obama, successfully pushed through a bipartisan bill to ensure greater transparency with the funding. At last check, less than 8 percent of the site’s spending information was accurate, and federal agencies had failed to report nearly $620 billion in grants, loans and other forms of assistance awards, according to a recent report from Congress’s nonpartisan Government Accountability Office.
  • Grim Milestone: Current Administration Adds $7 Trillion to National Debt

    08/04/2014 2:53:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 4, 2014 | Daniel Doherty
    On July 3, 2008, then-presidential candidate Barack Obama infamously called President George W. Bush “unpatriotic,” and his polices “irresponsible” for adding $4 Trillion to the country's "credit card." This was almost more than all other US presidents combined, he argued, and therefore was putting America on a dangerous path to fiscal insolvency. Less than six years into his own administration, however, the president has failed to reverse the untenable course set by his predecessor; and, indeed, is making America's heavy debt burden even worse. CNS News reports: The total federal debt of the U.S. government has now increased more than...
  • Shock: 80% of U.S. population growth is from immigrants, resources being sucked dry

    07/30/2014 2:32:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 44 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/30/14 | Paul Bedard
    A group dedicated to saving the planet by cutting runaway population increases is raising a new and shocking issue in Washington’s bitter fight over immigration reform: Most of the nation’s population growth is from immigrants, and they are consuming resources dangerously fast. According to Negative Population Growth Inc., 80 percent of the growth in U.S. population comes from immigration, legal, illegal and among American-born children of immigrants. “With increased population, we see a direct increase in the problems our nation faces on a daily basis: pollution, over-consumption, traffic gridlock, crowded schools and hospitals, overburdened social services, unemployment, crumbling infrastructure, urban
  • Debt servants: how sustainable are states’ legacy costs?

    07/29/2014 6:58:16 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    public sector inc ^ | 7-27-14 | Iliya Atanasov
    A recent report by JP Morgan’s Michael Cembalest provides a fresh look at the problem of state indebtedness. Cembalest, global head of investment strategy, is best known for his writings on housing and for flagging Bernard Madoff’s fund and refusing to invest in it, even while other divisions at JPMorgan gleefully did so. Cembalest looks at state governments’ annual payments towards bonded debt interest and retirement liabilities (defined-benefit and defined-contribution pensions as well as retiree healthcare benefits) expressed as percentage of total annual revenue. In addition to assessing states’ default risk, this approach quantifies exactly how much debt expenditures are...
  • Social Security Disability: What Happens When It Runs Out of Money?

    07/17/2014 3:05:46 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 39 replies
    motley fool ^ | 7-6-14 | Dan Caplinger
    Social Security helps not only retirees but also roughly 9 million of people suffering from disabilities. Unfortunately, the trust fund that covers disability payments is in even worse financial condition than the trust fund that covers retirement benefits. What will happen when the disability program's trust fund runs out? In the following video, Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool's director of investment planning, talks about the two Social Security trust funds, noting that the latest estimates give the retirement trust fund about 20 more years before it runs out of money, but the disability trust fund is slated to be used...
  • CBO -- We're on the road to (fiscal) Perdition, and ObamaCare is hitting the gas pedal

    07/16/2014 5:02:03 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/15/2014 | IBD Staff
    Debt: No sooner had the White House crowed about a smaller deficit than the Congressional Budget Office reported that the country is headed toward fiscal ruin driven by excessive spending, much of it the result of ObamaCare. Last Friday, in announcing the release of the administration's updated budget numbers, the acting White House budget director bragged that the deficit is undergoing "the most rapid sustained deficit reduction since World War II, and it continues to fall." What he didn't say is that it fell from all-time highs produced by Obama's spending spree. Or that deficits will soon stop falling and...
  • Social Security To Go Bust By 2030: CBO

    07/15/2014 3:53:18 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 43 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | July 15, 2014 | By JED GRAHAM
    The $2.8 trillion Social Security Trust Fund is on track to be totally spent by 2030, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday. That's one year earlier than projected in 2013 and a decade earlier than the CBO estimated as recently as 2011. The CBO delivered the warning in a gloomy long-term budget outlook that shows federal debt reaching 106% of GDP in 25 years, up from 74% now.
  • Rich School, Dumb School?

    07/15/2014 6:59:51 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 24 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 14, 2014 | Gabrielle Okun
    Although the U. S. spends more than half a trillion dollars on public schools, the Left still believes that raising that amount will somehow make students smarter. “Total expenditures for public elementary and secondary schools in the United States amounted to $638 billion in 2009-10, or about $12,743 per public school student,” according to the National Center for Education Statistics. “There must be a way to get enough dollars, public dollars to raise student achievement,” Carmel Martin, Executive Vice President for Policy at The Center for American Progress (CAP), said at a recent conference at CAP. At that same conference,...
  • 10 Countries Spending the Most on the Military

    07/10/2014 9:37:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 07/10/2014 | By Thomas C. Frohlich and Alexander Kent
    Global military spending continued to decline last year. Although arms expenditure has actually increased in much of the world, military spending in the United States — which still accounted for 37% of total global military spending in 2013 — has declined in recent years.The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) measures annual military spending for most of the world’s armed countries. According to SIPRI, the U.S. spent $618 billion on its military last year, more than three times the $171 billion budget of second place China. Based on SIPRI’s 2013 data, these are the countries with the largest military...
  • Joe Soucheray: St. Paul streetcars can't pay for themselves - so you'd pay

    07/08/2014 3:46:56 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 7-8-14 | Joe Soucheray
    Now that we have light rail, the progressives are ready to move on to the next step, streetcars along Seventh Street in St. Paul, with more lines to follow. The city council will vote Wednesday night to authorize a detailed study of a streetcar line between Arcade Street and Randolph Avenue on Seventh. That would be a second study, the first one being last year, your money paid out to a consulting firm from San Francisco. Progressives are dedicated to blocking the individual while encouraging the collective, but that offers no evidence of progress of any kind. There are already...
  • Kansas was supposed to be the GOP’s tax-cut paradise. Now it can barely pay its bills.

    07/08/2014 11:31:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    VOX ^ | 07/08/2014 | Andrew Prokop
    In 2012, Kansas governor Sam Brownback signed a massive tax cut into law, arguing that it would boost the state's economy. Eventually, he hoped to eliminate individual income taxes entirely. "Our place, Kansas, will show the path, the difficult path, for America to go in these troubled times," he said. National conservative activists raved. Patrick Gleason of Americans for Tax Reform said Kansas was "the story of the next decade." The Cato Institute praised Brownback's "impressive" tax cuts and gave him an "A" on fiscal policy. And the Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol said that, if reelected, Brownback would be "a...
  • OBAMA: My Highway Plan Is 'Not Crazy, It's Not Socialism, It's Not The Imperial Presidency'

    07/01/2014 12:55:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/01/2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    A rather exasperated President Barack Obama pressed Congress to find a solution to the looming Highway Trust Fund crisis, arguing "it's not socialism" to want to build new highways and bridges in the country. "It's not crazy. It's not socialism. It's not the imperial presidency," Obama said Tuesday afternoon during a speech in front of the Georgetown waterfront with the Key Bridge in the background. "We're just building roads and bridges, like we have for the past 50 years." The Highway Trust Fund is a transportation and infrastructure fund financed by gasoline taxes. It is headed towards insolvency because the...
  • Deficits Are Scary, But Spending Cuts Are Even Scarier

    07/01/2014 7:30:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    RCM ^ | 07/01/2014 | Ron Haskins
    It has been clear for at least a year that the focus of the nation on reducing the federal debt has vanished. The speeches of policymakers, the House and Senate legislative agendas, the content of the nation's debate forums, and the rhetoric of President Obama are all virtually silent on the nation's debt. You would think that the debt problem had been solved. But perhaps the most remarkable aspect of the intense, three-year focus on the debt that featured bitter inter-party battles and closing of the federal government while producing several laws that reduced the nation's debt in the short-term,...
  • O’Toole: Why is Congress still running the transportation system?

    06/28/2014 9:12:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Greeley Tribune ^ | June 27, 2014 | Randal O'Toole
    Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden has proposed a three-month transportation bill. Three more months, he says, will give Congress a chance to figure out a long-term solution. The only problem is that Congress had three months three months ago and did nothing. Meanwhile, Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., have proposed to increase gas taxes by 12 cents a gallon. Considering that the gas tax hasn’t been increased in more than 20 inflation-filled years, this would seem to make sense.It doesn’t, however, because a gas tax increase assumes there is a shortage of funds for transportation. Instead, the real...
  • Double Standard On School District Deficits

    06/25/2014 6:18:57 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/24/2014 | Tom Gantert
    The Muskegon Heights School District has been in deficit nine consecutive years, dating back to the 2004-05 school year, according to the Michigan Department of Education. Mosaica Education, a national charter public school operator, ran the Muskegon County school district for two years, but made no progress in ending the cycle of debt and now is ending its contract with the district. This had a few state lawmakers and State Superintendent Mike Flanagan questioning whether the state should hand an entire district over to charter public school operators, according to an article posted on the Michigan Radio website. Muskegon Heights...
  • Who’s to Blame for High Airfares?

    06/24/2014 8:18:59 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 6/24/14 | Bryan Riley
    Airline ticket prices are soaring this summer. Prices are up 12 percent since 2009, even after adjusting for inflation. When customers of Spirit Airlines book their flights, they can see exactly what they’re paying for. Spirit provides a breakdown of individual factors that make up the total cost of an airline ticket, including the base fare, fuel prices, and taxes/fees (aka the government’s cut).
  • The U.S. spent $3 million on boats for landlocked Afghanistan

    The United States spent more than $3 million on eight patrol boats for the Afghan police, according to an internal audit released Thursday. That sentence is surprising for a few reasons: 1. Afghanistan is landlocked. 2. Not a single boat has arrived in Afghanistan, even though the purchase was made in 2010. 3. That works out to be more than $375,000 per boat. Similar boats in the United States are typically sold for about $50,000.
  • Green Line opens soon, and St. Paul has a lot riding on this train

    06/08/2014 5:41:42 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 21 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 6-8-14 | Fred Melo
    Officials at all levels of government are banking that Metro Transit's $957 million investment will do more than simply shuttle existing bus riders in fancier vehicles between the downtowns of St. Paul and Minneapolis when it debuts June 14. They are counting on light rail to be a catalyst -- an economic game-changer for downtown St. Paul and much of University Avenue. Both areas have lost industry since the 1970s. The city as a whole lost 13.4 percent of its employment from 2000 to 2011, a period during which the U.S. shed 2.2 percent of its jobs, according to Wilder...
  • Obama calls for more spending on military presence, training in Europe

    06/03/2014 8:19:26 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 9 replies
    On the first day of a four-day European trip that will include a remembrance of D-Day and much discussion about the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, President Obama called on Congress to approve up to $1 billion in spending on additional U.S. air and ground forces in Europe. The initiative was announced while Obama was in Warsaw, Poland, the first stop on his three-country tour, which comes as the president attempts to ease anxiety among NATO allies who are wary of Russia's threatening moves in Ukraine. The White House said the funding would be used to increase military exercises and training...
  • Taxpayers Paid $5.6 Million for Climate Change Games

    05/23/2014 1:07:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 23, 2014 | BY: Elizabeth Harrington
    Taxpayers paid more than $5 million to create climate change games, including voicemails from the future warning that “neo-luddites” will kill global warming enthusiasts by 2035. Columbia University’s Climate Center has received $5.7 million from the National Science Foundation for the university’s “PoLAR Climate Change Education Partnership,” to “engage adult learners and inform public understanding and response to climate change.” Based on the theory that games “motivate exploration and learning of complex material,” the school created “Future Coast,” a website that features hundreds of made up voicemails painting a dire picture of the future as a result of climate change....
  • Budget Data Reveal: VA Spending Exploded Amid Deadly Delays

    05/21/2014 4:12:01 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 15 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 05/20/2014 | John Merline
    As soon as the mushrooming scandal at the Veterans Affairs Department erupted, blame focused on budget shortfalls for chronic delays in treatment. Several VA hospitals have been accused of falsifying records to cover up delays in treating patients in desperate need. In Phoenix, as many as 40 veterans may have died as a result. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., argued that the main cause of the delays is money: "If the VA does not have enough doctors to see these patients, then these problems are a result of a lack of funding." [snip] It sounds good. And it would seem to...
  • Union Economist Ignores Billions In Education Spending

    05/20/2014 12:12:38 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/19/2014 | Tom Gantert
    A Michigan Education Association video that says schools are getting less money under Gov. Rick Snyder does not tell the whole truth about education funding. In the video, "The Truth About Funding," MEA labor economist Ruth Beier repeats the union's inaccurate claim that school funding is lower today than before Gov. Snyder took office. Never mind that the non-partisan Senate Fiscal Agency reports that the state has increased state funding for K-12 schools. School funding and number of students in Michigan. In the video, Beier cites a reduction in per-pupil revenue and says: "Let me give you the facts …"...
  • Report bashes University of Minnesota for 'huge administrative bloat,' Kaler calls it "dead wrong"

    05/20/2014 5:09:50 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    The University of Minnesota, which was criticized last year by a Wall Street Journal report for its administrative spending, is now slammed by a left-leaning think tank for the same thing. The Star Tribune has the story on U of M president's Eric Kaler's reaction to a report by the progressive Institute for Policy Studies, which put the school among the worst offenders of what it called "administrative bloat" at the expense of things like financial aid. His reaction: The report is "dead wrong." Kaler said that the U of M has increased financial aid "substantially." Read the University of...
  • Christie's foreign policy speech criticized by NJ Republican senator

    05/19/2014 6:19:51 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    The Star-Ledger ^ | Matt Friedman
    Gov. Chris Christie’s foreign policy speech Sunday night is facing some criticism at home — from a fellow Republican. State Sen. Michael Doherty (R-Warren), one of the most conservative New Jersey lawmakers, said Christie’s vision for America’s role in the world is unsustainable. “During his speech yesterday, Governor Christie advocated for an aggressive, interventionist foreign policy,” Doherty wrote in an email to the Star-Ledger. “He sounds like a Woodrow Wilson progressive who is out of step with the views of the American people.”
  • Bill would force members of Congress to fly coach

    05/18/2014 11:11:29 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 31 replies
    WATE.com ^ | May 15, 2014
    Members of Congress fly across the country continually for business, but a new bill would keep them from spending taxpayer money on first-class seats. The "If Our Military Has to Fly Coach Then So Should Congress Act" was recently introduced by Rep. Paul A. Gosar (R-Ariz.), with his colleagues Reps. Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.) and John Barrow (D-Ga.). The bill is aimed at cutting "waste, fraud and abuse," according to a statement by Rep. Gosar. "Members of Congress should not be using taxpayers' hard-earned money to buy luxury airline seats. If members of our military can't fly first...
  • States Spending Less Money On K-12 Education Get Better Results

    05/15/2014 9:02:55 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/14/2014 | Jack Spencer
    Many who advocate for perpetual increases in education spending believe that greater K-12 funding leads to better educational results. But looking at states across the nation shows this is not the case. In fact, most states that spend less on K-12 education than Michigan perform better — many significantly better. And analyzing gains in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) show that lower-spending states are making the largest educational gains. Three states of particular note are Tennessee, Indiana and Florida. According to the NAEP, these states were among the top six in the nation for achieving net gains for...
  • U.S. Will Spend $24.5M to Circumcise Men in Swaziland

    05/15/2014 7:45:23 AM PDT · by GailA · 28 replies
    CNS ^ | 4/14/2014 | Melanie Hunter
    (CNSNews.com) – The United States Agency for International Development is planning to spend $24.5 million to circumcise an estimated 150,000 to 200,000 male infants and males aged 10 to 49 in the kingdom of Swaziland by 2018. The Kingdom of Swaziland has the highest rates of HIV in the world, accounting for 31 percent HIV prevalence among adults, the grant said.
  • ObamaCare contractors paid to sit at computers and hit refresh

    05/14/2014 11:25:22 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 33 replies
    NY Post ^ | 5/14/14 | Fox News
    <p>Employees at an ObamaCare processing center in Missouri with a contract worth $1.2 billion are reportedly getting paid to do nothing but sit at their computers.</p> <p>“Their goals are set to process two applications per month and some people are not even able to do that,” a whistleblower told KMOV-TV, referring to employees hired to process paper applications for ObamaCare enrollees.</p>
  • The Slow-Motion Train Wreck of Entitlement Programs

    05/09/2014 8:23:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Townhall ^ | 05/09/2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    The Census Bureau just released a report on America’s aging population. The big takeaway is that our population will be getting much older between now and 2050. And since I’m a baby boomer, I very much like the fact that we’re expected to live longer. But as a public finance economist, I’m not nearly as happy. As I explain in this interview with the Wall Street Journal’s Digital Network (and as confirmed by BIS, OECD, and IMF data), the United States is going to get deluged by a tsunami of entitlement spending. I mentioned that it’s important to focus on...
  • Just How Much Beyond the Presidential Salary Do The Obamas Spend on Travel and Vacays?

    05/01/2014 7:58:36 PM PDT · by Aria · 27 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | 5/1/2014 | Michael Hausam
    Obama administration travel and vacation documents were released yesterday by Judicial Watch, and they reveal an unprecedented level of executive branch leisure spending. According to public information: “As of 2001, the president earns a $400,000 annual salary, along with a $50,000 annual expense account, a $100,000 nontaxable travel account, and $19,000 for entertainment. The most recent raise in salary was approved by Congress and President Bill Clinton in 1999 and went into effect in 2001.” Obtained via a Freedom of Information request, here are some of the Obama presidency’s spending items: Since 2009, a total of $40,000,000 has been spent....
  • Taxpayers Spending $53K for Everyone Insured Under ObamaCare

    05/01/2014 7:07:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 05/01/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Give it a little time and it’ll be $530,000. We’re heading down a rabbit hole with people who print money for a living. Taxpayers will pay over $53,000 per each person newly insured under Obamacare, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation analysis of the Congressional Budget Office data.The CBO predicts that on average, federal taxpayers will now pay over 95% of the total cost of the Medicaid expansion. Fewer than expected Americans who were already eligible for traditional state Medicaid programs signed up for coverage while programs received free publicity due to the furor over the Medicaid expansion, leading...
  • White House back to peddling economic stimulus-via-infrastructure spending and new taxes

    04/30/2014 10:38:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/30/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    As President Obama so peevishly informed us all earlier this month, that the debate on repealing/replacing ObamaCare is now absolutely beyond contestation, so it would be really great if we could all just shut up and move on to more important things — like, say, the economy, because “the fifty or so votes Republicans have taken to repeal this law could have been fifty votes to create jobs by investing in things like infrastructure, more innovation.” That’s why the White House is leading by example and contrasting itself with Congress’s deliberately light legislative schedule — by proposing the same old...
  • We Just Saw The Biggest Explosion In Health-Care Spending In Over 30 Years, A Big Impact On GDP

    04/30/2014 8:58:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/30/2014 | BRETT LOGIURATO
    Spending on health care grew an astounding 9.9% in the Bureau of Economic Analysis' advance estimate of first-quarter GDP. It's the biggest percent change in health-care spending since 1980, when health-care spending jumped 10% in the third quarter. Analysts said it's primarily due to a consumption boost from the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Adjusted for inflation, America is spending more on health care than ever before.Personal consumption grew by 3.0%, about half of which was due to the growth in health-care spending, said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist for Pantheon Macroeconomics. "If health-care spending had been unchanged, the headline GDP growth number would have...
  • Smaller classes in St. Paul schools mean less room for diversity

    04/25/2014 3:02:36 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    MPLS Star & SIckle ^ | 4-24-14 | ANTHONY LONETREE
    The St. Paul teachers’ contract may have an unwanted side effect: Limiting school spots for the city’s integration effort. The class-size lim­its her­ald­ed as a key fac­et of the new St. Paul public schools teachers contract are com­pli­cat­ing ef­forts to boost en­roll­ment and blunt­ing an in­itia­tive de­signed to in­te­grate some of the district’s most popu­lar schools. That initiative, Re­flect­ing St. Paul, was launched this school year and seeks to open seats in 11 schools to stu­dents from neighborhoods with low­er in­comes, high­er per­cent­ages of non-Eng­lish-speak­ing families and low­er test scores. Under the program, the stu­dents, many from mi­nor­i­ty groups, are...
  • Reason Magazine: Rand Paul Is Right, Carter Was Thriftier Than Reagan

    04/25/2014 7:04:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    REASON ^ | 04/25/2014 | Nick Gillespie
    Mother Jones does love found footage, doesn't it? The progressive mag's airing of Mitt Romney's "47 percent" comments at a fundraiser definitely hurt the former Massachusetts governor in his attempt to boot President Obama in 2012. Now Mojo is back with the vid above, which the mag must hope will discombobulate Republicans and help put the brakes on a libertarian-leaning senator whose anti-war and anti-NSA stances draw long looks from disaffected liberals and lefties."Rand Paul: Jimmy Carter was better on the budget than Ronald Reagan" is how the vid begins. It shows the Kentucky senator in a variety of settings...