The real national debt is approaching $100 trillion and the government is trying to hide it

March 23, 2017 | A Sheep No More

Reposting of Watchdog.org article by Johnny Kampis, includes “… The federal government doesn’t hold itself to the same standard, the argument being it has the ability to change the laws regarding Medicare and Social Security benefits at any time, Bergman said.

The federal debt is $20 trillion? Try $100 trillion

March 21, 2017 | Watchdog.org

By Johnny Kampis, includes "...The federal government doesn't hold itself to the same standard, the argument being it has the ability to change the laws regarding Medicare and Social Security benefits at any time, Bergman said. 

Comptroller says state's net deficit up to $126.7 billion

March 20, 2017 | The Independent Newspapers (Illinois)

Includes "The state's finances are getting worse and taxpayers are on the hook for a lot of government debt. That's the takeaway from government spending watchdog Truth In Accounting after reviewing the state's latest Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. ...

Interactive map ranks states' health care openness, access

March 16, 2017 | Health Care News

By Emma Vinton, includes "A new research tool provides policymakers, researchers, and the public with information on states' health care regulatory environments, ranking them by the openness, access, and flexibility they offer patients and providers. ...

Sunshine Week: lots of money, little transparency, in Texas bond campaigns

March 15, 2017 | Watchdog.org

By Kenric Ward, includes “As the nation marks “Sunshine Week” to promote open government, San Antonio’s rear-engineered debt package is the city’s latest, biggest example of government operating in the dark. …

The government's "fiscal gap" just got ugly

March 14, 2017 | Uncommon Wisdom Daily

By Brad Hoppmann, includes "I actually like reading financial reports from companies.

The fiscal gap jumped 30% -- and nobody noticed

March 14, 2017 | Investor's Business Daily

Op-ed by Sheila Weinberg, includes "... If you did read anything about the financial state of the country it was probably about how the Trump Administration is inheriting a much stronger economy than their predecessors. 

California pension cases called unlikely to affect Illinois

March 13, 2017 | Chicago City Wire

Includes " "Each of the 50 states have their own constitutions and laws framing government benefits," Bill Bergman, director of research at the Truth in Accounting and a regular blogger on financial issues, said in a Chicago City Wire email interview.

Rauner's budget-balancing claim doesn't come close to adding up

March 10, 2017 | Politifact

By Madeleine Doubek, includes "Since his 2017 budget speech last month, Democratic opponents have suggested Rauner's plan is $4.6 billion to $7 billion out of balance. ...

Report: Chicago a winded city financially

March 9, 2017 | Chicago City Wire

By Glenn Minnis, includes "Chicago ranks near the bottom in fiscal strength from among 116 cities with populations of at least 200,000, an analysis by the non-profit group Truth In Accounting (TIA) has found. 

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