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Monday, November 18th, 2019

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Watchdog.org Stories

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania House committee to look at reforms for cash gifts to politicians, public employees

By Kim Jarrett | The Center Square ​ | ​

Pennsylvania's House State Government Committee will consider a bill prohibiting public officers, candidates for public office and public employees from accepting cash gifts and a separate bill that would allow for the sale of the lieutenant governor’s residence. Read more

Illinois

Amid wide federal corruption probe, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton announces retirement

By Greg Bishop | The Center Square ​ | ​

Senate President John Cullerton announced his retirement Thursday as the General Assembly wrapped up its last session day of the year, and the FBI continued its investigation into alleged political corruption in the senate and other elements of Illinois government. Read more

Louisiana

'Public defenders are paid to lose': Louisiana looking at reforms to legal defense system

By David Jacobs | The Center Square ​ | ​

Public defenders in Louisiana get extra funding when their clients are convicted, creating perverse incentives that make it harder to establish trust between poor defendants and their attorneys, advocates said Thursday. Read more

Wisconsin

Report: Cost of Wisconsin taxes down since '97, property taxes still the highest cost

By Benjamin Yount | The Center Square ​ | ​

A new report puts Wisconsin just inside the top 20 most expensive states when it comes to taxes. But that's much better than Wisconsin used to be.  Read more