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From the capitol

DECEMBER 9, 2019 | JOURNAL STANDARD (ILLINOIS) | by Brian Stewart

Watchdog group Truth in Accounting has issued a report that ranks Illinois among the least fiscally-transparent states in the nation.

The big pension bait and switch

DECEMBER 9, 2019 | THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER | by Dan Walters

Local officials, particularly those in California’s 400-plus cities, have been complaining loudly in recent years about pension costs, raising the specter of insolvency if they continue their rapid increase.

Pressure grows for healthcare to get on the price transparency train

DECEMBER 9, 2019 | SUTHERLAND INSTITUTE (UTAH) | by Derek Monson

National hospital associations are suing the government to stop a federal price transparency rule for hospitals. Undeterred, the federal Department of Health and Human Services has also proposed a price transparency rule for insurers.

Pennsylvania receives ‘B’ for financial transparency in new analysis

DECEMBER 6, 2019 | THE DAILY REVIEW | by Todd Defeo

Pennsylvania received a decent score when it comes to its financial transparency, but the commonwealth has room for improvement, a new analysis found.

To close state’s budget deficit, raise taxes or cut spending?

DECEMBER 5, 2019 | WRVO PUBLIC MEDIA (NEW YORK) | by Karen Dewitt

New York state is facing the largest budget gap in several years. The $6 billion deficit is due largely to higher costs for Medicaid, the health care insurance program for low-income people.

The Pentagon’s autopilot budget is wasting too many tax dollars

DECEMBER 4, 2019 | DAILY CALLER | by U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-IA

During this holiday season, Americans gather with friends and family to count our blessings. Blessed to live in the land of the free and home of the brave, we give thanks to the courageous sons and daughters who put their lives on the line to secure freedom and liberty from one generation to the next.

New statewide parking tax coming Jan. 1

DECEMBER 4, 2019 | ALTON DAILY NEWS (ILLINOIS) | by Jim Moran

On New Year’s Day, Illinois residents will see a bevy of new taxes and laws, including a state tax on parking spaces.

Bevin: ‘The pension system is going to fail in Kentucky’

DECEMBER 4, 2019 | WLKY NEWS (KENTUCKY)

Outgoing Gov. Matt Bevin says he worries about the future of Kentucky's public pension system under Gov.-elect Andy Beshear.

We debuted a simpler financial report

DECEMBER 3, 2019 | CITY OF ST. CHARLES (ILLINOIS)

Our Finance Department has produced the Popular Annual Financial Report for our fiscal year ended April 30, 2019. This is our inaugural version of this report, which is meant to make City finances clear and understandable. The City of St. Charles has a proud tradition of responsible financial stewardship under the direction of our City Council. This simplified financial report offers a transparent vision of City finances

Illinois among least financially-transparent states in U.S., report finds

DECEMBER 2, 2019 | THE CENTER SQUARE – ILLINOIS | by Scot Bertram

Illinois ranked as one of the least financially-transparent states in the nation. That’s according to a new report from the nonpartisan watchdog organization Truth in Accounting, based on fiscal year 2018 data, the most recent year available.

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