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Could Washington Learn a Lot from Canada?

This post was originally published on the Public Notice Research & Education Fund: Washington Could Learn a Lot Blog. The answer is yes. At least according to a Wall Street Journal op-ed that evaluates how our neighbors to the north cut spending to tackle their own debt crisis. Fred Barnes, executive editor of the Weekly Standard and author of the op-ed, contends … Continue reading

Federal Government Not Alone, 5 States Warned of Downgrade

This post was originally published on the Public Notice: Bankrupting America Blog. Though Minnesotans are finally with a budget, the days of their pristine credit rating by Moody’s are long gone, as the state has been AA-1 since 2003. Only 15 states can claim AAA, the highest rating, but the debt ceiling poses a threat to their … Continue reading

Millions for Never-Used Ships. Wednesday Waste?

This post was originally published on the Public Notice: Bankrupting America Blog. A seemingly never ending saga involving broken contracts and hundreds of millions of dollars will come to a close as two former Navy oil tankers are transferred from James River, VA to their final resting place: a recycling facility in Texas. As reported by The Virginian-Pilot, … Continue reading

Government Shutdown Dries Up Minnesota

This post was originally published on the Public Notice: Bankrupting America Blog. In a victory for teetotalers, prohibitionists, and defenders of the defunct 18th Amendment, alcohol sales will be sharply curbed in Minnesota as a result of the state’s government shutdown. But the coming drought may be avoided, if the Republican-held legislature accepts Gov. Mark Dayton’s … Continue reading

Minnesota Should Serve as an Example for Washington

This post was originally published on the Public Notice: Bankrupting America Blog. Following a judge’s ruling, Minnesotans can still see lions, tigers, and bears at the state zoo, but horseracing, construction permits, and pristine parks will remain elusive in the North Star State. As we reported last week, the state government shutdown after Governor Mark Dayton (D) and … Continue reading

Government spent $13 million above the market price. Wednesday Waste?

This post was originally published on the Public Notice: Bankrupting America Blog. In a blow to conspiracy theorists, the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General (DoD OIG) highlighted astronomical Army overspending on Boeing replacement parts without reference to Area 51. Actor Judd Hirsch satirized sole-source contracting in the holiday blockbuster Independence Day (1996) by implying that … Continue reading

State Governments Deal with Their Own Budget Crises

This post was originally published on the Public Notice: Bankrupting America Blog. While many state governments worked up until their budget deadlines to avert a shutdown, divided government added another hurdle in many efforts to close funding shortfalls. In New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie (R) and the Democratic-held Legislature engaged in a level of partisan … Continue reading

State News Roundup, July 4th Edition

This post was originally published on the Public Notice: Bankrupting America Blog. This Fourth of July not all Americans are as fortunate as those living in Chicago. As reported earlier this month by the Chicago Sun-Times, residents will enjoy a privately funded fireworks display at the historic Navy Pier. This comes as the city canceled its two planned displays … Continue reading

Florida to Spend $1.2 Billion on Questionable Rail Project

This post was originally published on the Public Notice: Bankrupting America Blog.  Florida Representative John L. Mica (R) is lobbying for a $1.2 billion Central Florida commuter rail line. As reported in the New York Times, the Department of Transportation ranks the project as one of the nation’s “least cost effective mass transit efforts.” Since 1992, Representative Mica, Chairman of … Continue reading

Americans and the Debt Ceiling Debate

This post was originally published on the Public Notice: Bankrupting America Blog. These days Americans are facing some steep costs: Driving anywhere is expensive, as the average gallon of gasoline costs more than $3.70. Putting food on the table is pricey, as a family of four spends more than $900 per month on a “moderate” grocery budget. And as we reported earlier, each person … Continue reading