Across Texas government, bonuses to state employees have grown

December 18, 2017 | The Texas Tribune

You won’t find the word “bonus” in the financial statements of the state of Texas.

Khouri: It's wrong for politicians to 'kick the can down the road'

December 14, 2017 | DuPage Policy Journal

DuPage County Board member Tonia Khouri said a one-party control or not tax burden is tearing up the state.

Why four tiny suburbs spent thousands at Chicago conference

December 13, 2017 | The Daily Herald

The $6,897 spent by Round Lake Heights to send seven elected officials to the annual Illinois Municipal League conference in downtown Chicago this September is equal to nearly 5 percent of what the tiny suburb receives from property taxes.

Government transparency group applauds Treasurer Shmitt’s Missouri Economic Dashboard

December 13, 2017 | KTTN News (Missouri)

Only a few months after launching the Missouri Economic Dashboard, State Treasurer Eric Schmitt is already garnering national recognition for his work to make economic data more easily accessible to the public.

Chicago police pension bailout may be derailed by out-migration, financial expert says

December 12, 2017 | Chicago City Wire

Chicago’s police pension bailout in the General Assembly's budget deal this summer could be derailed if the state continues to empty out as Illinoisans flee for better tax climates and opportunities elsewhere, a researcher for a fiscal advocacy group said.

Ives: ‘Honest conversation’ needed with unions about pension reform

December 11, 2017 | Prairie State Wire

State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) welcomes the role of serving as the face of change.

Sente challenge chides ‘fiscal irresponsibility’ of state lawmakers

December 7, 2017 | Lake County Gazette

One of the youngest candidates in the race for the Illinois House says the recent rating given the state over taxpayer burden is proof of the fiscal irresponsibility in Springfield.

People who live in glass houses

December 4, 2017 | The Nerve (South Carolina)

In a House Ways and Means subcommittee meeting this week, state lawmakers expressed great concern about the responsibility of county spending practices.

Illinois among the tardiest in the nation in financial reporting, Truth in Accounting says

December 1, 2017 | Prairie State Wire

Any good teacher will notice that the student most behind on assignments usually is the one struggling the most, and the same seems to be true of states with Illinois governmental units tardy in their financial reports.

Idstein points at Democrats for Illinois taxpayers’ burden

November 30, 2017 | Lake County Gazette

Kenny Idstein laments that Illinois’ growing issue with overtaxation is transforming the state into a place many no longer want any part of.

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