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It Could Happen Here: Profanity police

The town of Middleborough, Mass., recently revived a ban on swearing in public after foregoing enforcement for over 40 years. The law allows officers to use their own judgment to give a $20 fine to anyone using curse words. According to the Boston Globe, residents voted 183-50 to change swearing from a crime – rarely …

Legislature violates its own spending rules

The General Assembly violated its own rules by spending leftover money at the end of the fiscal year, overspent on electricity and provided an $84-per-visitor subsidy to the Old State House, according to auditors. The Auditors of Public Accounts found the Joint Committee on Legislative Management, which is responsible for the financial affairs of the …

It Could Happen Here: Savings, unknown

Canada’s Parliamentary Budget Officer wants to know how the government plans to save $5.2 billion. The departments say the savings are “efficiencies,” but won’t give any more details, forcing the PBO to go to court. Parliament created the PBO because Conservatives wanted an office to “provide an accurate, impartial accounting of federal finances,” according to …

DDS struggles to oversee worker’s compensation

The Department of Developmental Services did not keep proper records of their worker’s compensation files and one woman worked despite being “totally disabled,” according to state auditors. Most of the worker’s compensation files reviewed by the auditors were missing forms. Multiple forms were missing from some files. Auditors said the missing forms prevent the agency …

It Could Happen Here: Subsidizing stay-at-home moms

The German Parliament is expected to approve new payments to parents of toddlers who keep their kids home in an effort to reduce waiting lists at state-run daycare centers. According to the New York Times, the legislation has been “bundled with other social benefits,” making it likely the bill will pass. This bill encourages families …

Rail hearing in Enfield evokes strong emotions

Enfield – The Connecticut Department of Transportation received generally positive feedback from nearly 60 attendees at a public hearing Wednesday, but some proposed station locations prompted dissent. Mark Alexander, DOT transportation assistant planning director, said most of the comments received by DOT about the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Rail Project have been positive. “It’s about time,” said …