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              more   A former employee of a Rhea County-based nonprofit allegedly used nearly $12,000 of taxpayer money on himself. This, according to a report that Tennessee Comptrollers published this week. That man, Reynaldo Rivera, worked as a maintenance technician for the Dayton-based Rhea of Sunshine (ROS), Inc. ROS assists people with disabilities. ROS is primarily funded by the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD), according to the comptrollers’ report. Comptrollers reported that Rivera allegedly used ROS money to buy vehicle parts for his personal use totaling at least $11,871. “Rivera engaged in a fraudulent purchasing scheme where he obtained vehicle parts using ROS’s O’Reilly Auto Parts and Advance Auto Parts vendor accounts and used the parts for his personal vehicles and for his private automotive repair business,” comptrollers reported. “Rivera used ROS’s vendor accounts to purchase vehicle parts for vehicles that were not in ROS’s fleet. For instance, Rivera purchased multiple parts for a Chevrolet El Camino, which he was personally restoring.” Comptrollers said Rivera falsified invoices to carry out his alleged scheme. Rivera allegedly wrote ROS vehicle...
              moreby Scott McClallen   Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) awarded $2.5 million in Michigan Industry Cluster Approach 3.0 (MICA 3.0) grants to business groups statewide to address labor shortages. “These grants are putting Michiganders first by helping innovative employers in high-demand industries address talent shortages across Michigan,” Whitmer said in a statement. “Together, we can continue leading the future of agriculture, construction, IT, manufacturing, mobility, and so much more as we usher in a new era of prosperity for our families, communities, and small businesses.” Michigan witnessed a labor shortage pre-pandemic, and since then, the labor force has shrunk 4.2% as of August 2021. “Supporting the convening of industry representatives and their critical partners will help Michigan create innovative solutions to address the state’s diverse talent needs,” LEO’s Office of Employment and Training Stephanie Beckhorn said in a statement. LEO awarded funds to 11 organizations. Here are their names, industry, and grant amount. Focus: HOPE. Manufacturing. $250,000. Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit. Multi-industry. $249,660 IMPART Alliance: Health care. $249,914. Marshall Area...
              moreby J.D. Davidson   A bill before the Ohio House would end nearly all August special elections in the state in an effort to save taxpayers money and increase election integrity, the bill’s sponsor said. State Rep. Thomas Hall, R-Madison Township, said August special elections draw few voters and cost state and local governments tens of thousands of dollars. He also said eliminating special elections would help increase transparency and election integrity. “Unless there are unique circumstances, we should have two elections a year in Ohio: a primary election and a general election,” Hall said. “August special elections are costly to taxpayers and fail to engage a meaningful amount of the electorate in the process. They should be eliminated from the elections calendar.” Ohio law allows for special August elections to fill vacant seats at various levels of government. Local governments also can place tax levies on the ballot. House Bill 458, which Hall said has the support of Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, would allow for special elections in limited circumstances, including being called by the governor to...
    Appearing on “Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo,” Republican Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso shared his frustration with the Biden Administration’s visit to Europe as energy prices and inflation surge. Fox News host Maria Bartiromo asked Barrasso about the Biden Administration’s disregard for taxpayer money. She mentioned the $85 billion dollars in weapons left in Afghanistan, $100 million in materials to build a wall left in Texas, the flights flying migrants to airports across the country, and Biden’s plan to pay $450,000 per migrant. “They bloated up their tax and spending spree now to $4 trillion … They have five different programs in [the Build Back Better Act] to give money to illegal immigrants. You can go page by page, item and item, wasteful spending and regulations that are going to drive up the cost of energy for American families through the winter and into next year.” Barrasso stated. “People are facing more inflation. I think we’re going to face the most expensive Christmas ever and that’s if you can even get gifts to arrive as a result of the gross...
    Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Friday why the Biden administration would give taxpayer money to migrants who broke federal law. A report released by The Wall Street Journal on Oct. 28 said the Department of Justice (DOJ) was considering paying illegal immigrant families separated after illegally crossing into the U.S. during the Trump administration up to $450,000 each. The payments would be settlements resulting from ongoing lawsuits filed on behalf of children and parents. “Why give taxpayer money to people who broke federal law to get here?” Doocy asked. (RELATED: DOJ Officials Blame Trump For Child Separation Under Zero Tolerance Policy) “You like this question, Peter. We talked about this yesterday,” Jean-Pierre responded. “One of the things that we have to remember … why we’re in this place that we are today is because we had an administration that had an inhumane, immoral policy that was taking babies away from their families, from their mothers.” Doocy: “Why give taxpayer money to people who broke federal law to get here?” Jean-Pierre:...
    Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich slammed President Biden's reported plan to give $450,000 payments to illegal immigrants that were separated at the border. On "The Faulkner Focus," he said the idea is unconstitutional and accused the administration of "incentivizing" people to come to the U.S. illegally. Brnovich poked fun at the Biden family, saying migrants should receive a Hunter Biden painting rather than cash payouts. REPORTED BIDEN PLAN TO PAY ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS $450k COULD SURPASS PAYMENTS TO SOME 9/11, MILITARY FAMILIES MARK BRNOVICH: President Biden has been untethered to the Constitution and any legal authority since day one of his administration. As you know, we have multiple lawsuits. In fact, literally on Friday the U.S. Supreme Court accepted our case involving the public charge rule, which the Biden administration abandoned their defense of a statute that basically – a rule that says you have to be able to support yourself. This is what I call incentivizing people to come here.  CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP And now you throw on top of this their unwillingness to enforce...
    Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) accused Dr. Anthony Fauci and the National Institutes of Health of "sending puppies to slaughter" Monday after she sent a letter demanding answers to reports that taxpayer money from his department was used to subject dogs to abusive and inhumane experimental testing. Mace told "Fox News Primetime" that she began looking into the White House medical advisor's department following reports that hundreds of thousands of U.S. taxpayer dollars were used to subject dogs to cruel testing before ultimately killing them. What she found was nothing short of "barbaric and gruesome scientific experiments," she said. "What we learned recently is that Dr. Fauci is sending puppies to slaughter basically. I learned a few weeks ago that a grant worth about $1.68 million was spent to take 44 beagle puppies, to take their vocal cords out so the scientists couldn’t hear their cries or their barks. They were then drugged, killed and dissected. Almost $2 million to kill 44 beagle puppies," she told guest host Brian Kilmeade. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, listens during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and...
    The National Institutes of Health has been condemned for torturing monkeys with acid, toy snakes and rubber spiders for research after it was revealed Dr Anthony Fauci had approved funding horrific experiments on beagles.    Watchdog the White Coat Waste Project (WCW) first accused the NIH of conducting 'bizarre psychological experiments' on monkeys back in December 2019, revealing that the experiments has cost taxpayers 'nearly $100 million just since 2007' and have been 'continuously funded for over 40 years'.  It re-emerged the day after Fauci - director of the NIH's National Institutes for Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) was condemned for funding experiments which saw beagles left in the desert for flies to eat them.  The WCW first unveiled the monkey experiment in December 2019, announcing a lawsuit against after the NIH reportedly refused to provide them with 'videos and other materials related to wasteful and bizarre psychological experiments on primates'. The National Institutes of Health is under fire after a nonprofit revealed that organization used millions of taxpayer dollars to conduct torturous experiments on monkeys and puppies The organization alleges...
    THOUSANDS of pounds of taxpayers’ cash is being spent on luxuries such as National Trust passes, footie tickets and PlayStations for NHS patients. Public money has also gone on holidays, garden furniture, trampolines and tickets to theme parks. 5Luxuries like PlayStations have been purchased using taxpayer cashCredit: Getty - Contributor 5While everyone’s care needs will be different, it beggars belief health ­budgets could be forking out for video games and football tickets, said James Roberts of the TaxPayers’ AllianceCredit: Getty They were all allowed under a growing scheme known as personal health budgets, which allow around 200,000 patients in England to decide what care or equipment would support them. Critics say there should be tighter rules on spending at a time when millions of workers face a National Insurance hike to provide £12billion extra a year for the NHS from next spring. Last night James Roberts of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: “Given the new health and social care levy, taxpayers will not accept their money being wasted. “While everyone’s care needs will be different, it beggars belief health ­budgets...
                        Georgia taxpayers spent more than $1.1 million so that state Department of Labor (DOL) employees could eat meals — free of charge to them — during a 15-month period. This, according to a new report from the Office of the State Inspector General (OIG). Inspector General Scott McAfee sent a copy of the report to The Georgia Star News on Tuesday. “By offering to purchase meals, DOL removed any incentive for individual employees to prepare and bring their own meal to the office, a practice that is generally more cost-effective and efficient when compared to retail purchases,” McAfee said in the report. Exactly, 1,026 DOL employees accepted meals when COVID-19 forced the DOL to have staffing shortages, the report said. The food purchases continued without interruption until June 11, 2021, when Georgia Department of Administrative Services [DOAS] suspended the DOL’s ability to buy meals using a purchasing card (p-card). This, despite the DOL’s objections, according to the report. According to the report, DOL administrators discouraged staff from leaving...
    Eleven months after now-President Joe Biden defeated then-President Donald Trump by more than 7 million votes, MAGA Republicans in Wisconsin — including State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos — are pandering to Trump by promoting a pointless review of the election results in that state. And Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul, a Democrat, called them out at a recent press conference in Madison. Kaul, according to the Capital Times' Jack Kelly, told reporters, "This investigation suffers from glaring flaws that destroy any credibility that its results could have." The Wisconsin AG denounced the partisan review as "a waste of taxpayer money," slammed it as "corrosive to our democracy" and urged Vos to "shut this fake investigation down." Kelly explains, "Beyond his issues with the partisanship that has driven the review, Kaul also outlined several legal questions he has about the investigation. Kaul said he has concerns about the seeming ambiguity over who seems to be leading the investigation — former State Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman or an Assembly committee — and the lack of communication between the reviewers and his...
    [WARNING: Adult Language] Wednesday on SiriusXM’s “The Megyn Kelly Show,” host Megyn Kelly said that the Biden Administration’s scientists have lied long enough on the when and how the COVID pandemic started. Kelly’s criticisms centered on EcoHealth Alliance President Peter Daszak, a zoologist who worked with the Wuhan Institute of Virology and reportedly used U.S. government grants for gain-of-function research. Kelly said, “Why wouldn’t the board investigate him? I mean, the obvious answer is because they were in on that because they knew, because they can’t fire Peter Daszak because they’ll go down with him. So who’s going to investigate the board? I don’t think they will get rid of him, right? If their hands are dirty, they’re not going to get rid of him. So what are our options? Because this guy clearly should not be staying in his post.” Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin said, “Right. Again we can’t have the scientists policing the scientists. It doesn’t work. That’s what we should have learned from this pandemic. We can’t have Anthony Fauci overseeing Anthony Fauci. We can’t have Francis Collins overseeing...
    Documents from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) obtained by a taxpayer watchdog organization reveal that the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), led by Dr. Anthony Fauci, spent $1.68 million on unnecessary research that killed dozens of beagle puppies. Between October 2018 and February 2019, NIAID-funded research at SRI International involved force-feeding or injecting 44 beagle puppies aged 6-8 months old with an experimental drug before killing and dissecting them, according to documents obtained by White Coat Waste Project (WCW), a taxpayer watchdog organization with a focus on scientific research. The research, deemed unnecessary by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), cost taxpayers $1.68 million. The NIH documents stated the experiments were conducted “to provide data of suitable quality and integrity to support application to the U.S . Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other regulatory agencies.” However, following reporting by the Daily Caller and others on previous WCW investigations, the FDA stated this summer it “does not mandate that human drugs be studied in dogs.” The SRI research involved cutting the dogs’ vocal cords so they...
    In his extensive interview with Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Fox News’ Chris Wallace asked what’s the point of former President Donald Trump demanding an election audit for the state after winning it handily in 2020. Wallace put Abbott under significant pressure on Fox News Sunday about whether the governor would support an incest and rape exception for Texas’ controversial anti-abortion law. As the interview continued, Wallace brought up Trump’s open letter demanding a 2020 election audit in Texas even though he carried the state by more than 600,000 votes. Wallace said office of the Texas secretary of state has signed off on 4 audits in the state’s biggest counties, so he asked Abbott, “Isn’t it just a terrible waste of taxpayer money to have an audit in a state that everybody says went fine and that President Trump won by 600,000 votes? And aren’t you contributing to undermining confidence in our election process?” Abbott countered that “there are audits of every aspect of government,” and the audits “were already underway.” This prompted him to ask “why do we audit...
    President Joe Biden’s administration is asking Congress to authorize about $6.4 billion in American taxpayer money to bring 95,000 Afghans to the United States for permanent resettlement. In a call with reporters on Tuesday, administration officials said the White House would request Congress to authorize about $6.4 billion in funding to resettle tens of thousands of Afghans across the U.S. Pro-mass migration groups had asked Biden to authorize $8 billion in funds for Afghans. Roughly $1.7 billion of the funding will go toward “funding and resources to the Afghans to help them set up a new home in the U.S.,” NBC News reports. In total, the administration official said they have already brought 65,000 Afghans to the U.S. for permanent resettlement over the last month and expect to bring an additional 30,000 Afghans to the U.S. The administration’s goal to resettle in the U.S. about 95,000 Afghans is the first glimpse into Biden’s massive resettlement operation — the largest since former President Barack Obama brought more than 12,000 Syrians to the U.S. from 2012 to 2016. Though Biden has pitched...
    Disgraced Governor Andrew Cuomo could collect at least $50,000 taxpayer money a year in state pension even after he resigned in shame over his sex pest scandal.  The New York governor is entitled to a monthly pension of $4,222 and annual pension of $50,662 from the state of New York, according to think tank Empire Center's pension calculator. The calculations are based on Cuomo retiring and starting to collect his pension on August 25 - his last day in office - at the age of 63 and after working for the state for 15 years. Cuomo is the highest paid governor in American history, earning a salary of $225,000 in 2020, before his dramatic fall from grace.  The governor announced his resignation Tuesday, one week after a damning report from New York Attorney General Letitia James' office found he sexually harassed 11 women.  After resigning, Cuomo still faces at least three criminal investigations and at least one lawsuit - however the impeachment investigation by New York lawmakers has been dropped.  Disgraced Governor Andrew Cuomo could collect at least $50,000 taxpayer money...
                        Metro Nashville officials this week released a plan that they said will tackle homelessness within the city. According to nashville.gov, the city will serve up to 40 people at once at two new Mobile Housing Navigation sites. “The city has since October helped 452 people move into stable housing through its federally-funded Rapid Rehousing effort, with resources in place to assist at least another 200 neighbors currently on a waiting list,” nashville.gov said. These sites operate in local churches and other community spaces. Metro officials will first place them in West Nashville and Madison, nashville.gov said. “Up to 20 people at each site will receive immediate stabilization and intensive support services. The small-group approach is proven to reduce the time people spend on the path from homelessness to stable housing,” nashville.gov said. “With three Mobile Housing Navigation Centers running concurrently, Nashville could serve an estimated 250 people in the next two years. Mayor [John] Cooper directed $850,000 for the model, an investment Metro Council approved Tuesday. Meanwhile, Metro...
    The Daily Caller reported that the NIAID task order says, "28 beagles were to be allowed to develop infections for three months before being euthanized for blood collection." "The dog experiments are set to be completed by January 2022, however, the task order states that the beagles are to be euthanized 196 days after the start of the study," the Daily Caller reported. "According to emails obtained by WCW, the study began on Nov. 12, 2020, meaning the beagles would have been scheduled to be euthanized in June 2021." The experiments were deemed to be unnecessary since the investigational drug "has been extensively tested and confirmed ... in different animal models such as mice ... Mongolian gerbils ... and rhesus macaques," according to the White Coat Waste Project, a government watchdog group. Justin Goodman, White Coat Waste Project vice president of advocacy and public policy, said that Fauci "needs to be held accountable for this staggering waste" of taxpayer money. "It's not just Wuhan," Goodman said in a statement. "Fauci's budget has ballooned to over $6 billion in...
    On Biden's first day in office, he froze money being used in construction of the border wall, effectively ending one of Trump's signature presidential promises. Biden also has, throughout his tenure, canceled construction permits for the border wall.What are the details?The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Government Operations and Border Management released a report last week detailing the taxpayer dollars being spent on guarding construction materials that have gone unused because of Biden's orders canceling construction of the wall. According to the report, Biden's administration has spent about $2 billion — or $3 million per day — on costs associated with canceling wall construction. "By the end of the Trump Administration, $10 billion had been transferred to U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) accounts for border wall construction and related projects. As of June 2021, the Biden Administration has wasted roughly 20 percent ($2 billion) of that $10 billion on suspension and termination costs related to border wall contracts," the report states. "The Biden Administration is paying contractors at least $3 million per day to guard steel, concrete,...
    BILL Cosby plans to claw back ''hundreds of thousands'' of taxpayer dollars in ''compensation'' for his time behind bars. The 83-year-old disgraced comedian was released from prison on June 30 after Pennsylvania's highest court overturned his sexual assault conviction. 5Bill Cosby plans to claim thousands of dollars in compensationCredit: Splash 5His publicist Andrew Wyatt said he hopes to win ''a couple hundred grand'' And now his publicist Andrew Wyatt says that he hopes to win ''a couple hundred grand'' in compensation. During an interview on  The Domenick Nati Show he said: ''We are looking at what recourse, what legal recourse we can take against the state of Pennsylvania. ''We are looking at all legal angles for those things right now.'' When asked if Cosby is owed money for every day he spent in prison he responded: ''He's owed money. It's a lot of owed money. ''Our attorneys are filing the paperwork now. He is owed a lot of money.'' Last week it was reported that Cosby and his wife Camille considered taking a lawsuit against Montgomery County angered by the three years...
     Bill Cosby's spokesman has said he hopes to recoup damages for wrongful incarceration from the state of Pennsylvania, and accused attorneys for Cosby's accusers of having 'an ax to grind against black men.' Cosby was released from prison on June 30 after serving two years behind bars, when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court vacated his 2018 conviction for sexual assault, citing violations of his due process rights. Now, his publicist Andrew Wyatt says that Cosby hopes to win 'a couple hundred grand' in compensation for the time he spend behind bars on the now-vacated conviction. 'We are looking at what recourse, what legal recourse we can take against the state of Pennsylvania,' Wyatt told The Domenick Nati Show in an interview on Friday. 'We are looking at all legal angles for those things right now.' Publicist Andrew Wyatt (right) says that Cosby hopes to win 'a couple hundred grand' in compensation for the time he spend behind bars on the now-vacated conviction Bill Cosby stands next to his spokesman Andrew Wyatt and lawyer Jennifer Bonjean outside Cosby's home after Pennsylvania's highest...
    LOS ANGELES—The California Department of Transportation paid more than $13 million to have security at 120 vacant homes, Fox 11 reported exclusively. The report said Caltrans paid $9 million to the state’s highway patrol from November to April and another $4 million to a private security firm for five months. Caltrans told the station in a statement that the homes were purchased 60 years ago when the state wanted to connect the 710 freeway to the 210 in Pasadena. "Now that the project is no longer moving forward, our goal is to sell these homes and provide current and former tenants, as well as those who qualify for the Affordable Sales Program, a path to first-time homeownership," the statement read. The statement said "regulatory changes" were needed to "expedite the sale" of these properties. Caltrans said it is in the process of securing the homes and the security costs have been reduced since the peaks in March and December. An estimated 161,000 people are experiencing homelessness in California, more than in any other. Advocates say they can’t house people quickly...
    The merits of so-called Critical Race Theory continue to dominate discussion about public education in America, especially as some believe there is an apparent political agenda involved in its teaching in schools. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) argues no taxpayer money should be given to any schools, from the university level to the grade school level that teaches Critical Race Theory. During an appearance on Mobile, AL radio FM Talk 106.5, the Alabama freshman U.S. Senator said it was being taught despite what some may say, and it needed to be eliminated from the curriculums. “We’ve got to take it seriously for the fact that it is being taught,” he said. “I’ve brought it up that we’ve got to make sure we’re not giving any taxpayer money to anybody in any state, especially our state of Alabama, which I was looking after — no taxpayer money goes to any university, elementary school or K-12 that is going to teach this Critical Race Theory. I’ve talked to some people in politics in the state of Alabama on the state level that say,...
    More On: tennessee GOP rep accuses State Dept. of ‘woke PR’ over passport genders Possible witness sought in case of missing Tennessee girl Ex-wife of MLK assassin charged with animal cruelty in Tennessee Man accused of trying to sell car with girlfriend’s corpse inside Tennessee will pay for tourists to travel to its largest cities this year – but some are questioning if the gift is the best use of taxpayer dollars. Gov. Bill Lee (R) was joined by country music star Brad Paisley in a video promoting the “Tennessee on Me” initiative, although some top lawmakers said they were blindsided by the announcement, a report said. “The state’s buying all these airline tickets and giving ‘em away to anybody who books two nights in a hotel room to come to Tennessee, so it’s ‘Tennessee on Me,’” Lee said in the spot, posted by Paisley to his Twitter on July 4. The state will fund $250 vouchers for up to 10,000 people who book two-nights at participating hotels in Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville, according to WKRN. The reservations...
    Two retired police officers hired by Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R) to investigate the state's 2020 vote count are being paid thousands of dollars in taxpayer money. The Associated Press reported details of the contracts on Thursday, citing documents it obtained. News of the hires was first announced last month. The contracts show that the investigators hired so far, Mike Sandvick and Steve Page, are each being paid $3,200 per month over three months, or about $9,600 total, to look into “potential irregularities and/or illegalities” in last year’s presidential election, the AP reported. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel had reported in May that the state’s top Republican would be hiring retired police officers to look into specific areas of the 2020 election. The AP reports that Vos plans on hiring a third investigator and an attorney to handle the investigation.   The move to investigate the election results follows similar efforts in other states across the country and as former President TrumpDonald TrumpIran claims U.S. to lift all oil sanctions but State Department says 'nothing is agreed' Ivanka Trump, Kushner distance themselves from Trump claims on election:...
    REPUBLICANS have slammed President Joe Biden for using taxpayer money to offer transgender veterans gender confirmation surgery. Members of the GOP denounced The Department of Veterans Affairs' move after an announcement was made on Saturday. 2Despite the motion to help veterans, not everyone is in agreement with the Biden administration's moveCredit: AP Speaking at a Pride Month event in Orlando over the weekend, Secretary Denis McDonough said: "We’re making these changes not only because they are the right thing to do, but because they can save lives." He noted that his decision stems from the "recommendation of our clinicians, so this is a health care decision that has very real physical health care impacts as well as significant mental health impacts." According to McDonough, the change — which will likely undergo a yearslong federal rulemaking process — was helpful in overcoming a "dark history" of discrimination against LGBTQ service members, the Associated Press reported. McDonough, the Biden administration's secretary of veterans affairs, explained the new move is just the first step in expanding VA health benefits to cover the gender confirmation...
    Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Justin Goodman of the White Coat Waste Project joined Thursday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow to discuss U.S. taxpayer funding of virology research involving animal experimentation at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Ernst addressed her partnership with the White Coat Waste Project. “The White Coat waste project is really targeting the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which we know to be at the center of the COVID-19 pandemic,” she remarked. “U.S. Taxpayer money has been funneled to the Wuhan Institute through a nonprofit known as EcoHealth Alliance to fund dangerous coronavirus studies.” She added, “What we are working on is blocking funding from ever going to the Wuhan Institute of Virology ever again, but then, also holding those accountable for not following federal guidelines, federal laws, and being transparent in how those grant dollars were spent.” Goodman described animal experimentation in the Wuhan lab as “cruel” and “dangerous.” “The White Coat Waste Project is a taxpayer watchdog group,” he stated, “and we’re primarily concerned with the $20 billion a year that...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Organizers say they want L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin out of office due in part to his response to the homelessness crisis in Venice. Bonin getting served with the notice of intent to recall was the first step toward a possible special election to remove him from office amid growing frustration and anger over the homelessness crisis. According to critics, the councilman’s handling of the crisis in his westside district is just one of several concerns, including not keeping campaign promises. RELATED: LA Councilman Bonin Proposes $5 Million Encampment To Home Program To Help With Venice Homelessness “I would say that homelessness is part of it,” said recall organizer XX. “Every single thing that he can do wrong, he’s done wrong I feel like.” Bonin said the recall effort is part of an attack on progressive politicians in the community. He released a statement, saying in part: “This is an extravagant waste of taxpayer money and a thinly disguised attempt to derail my efforts to provide real solutions to our homelessness crisis… I will not be...
                        Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed Nashville attorney Jim Roberts to the newsmakers line to discusses the continued winning as the tax referendum nears a vote on July 27 ballot. Leahy: Joining us now on our newsmaker line by attorney Jim Roberts, the man who put the Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act on the ballot. I think it’s gonna stay there. Where are we in terms of the legal fight, Jim? Roberts: Well, good morning to you! We are still winning. We are on the ballot for July 27 on all six amendments. The litigation launched this Monday, with Metro going full force, trying to suppress the vote right to vote on this. But it doesn’t look like they’re having much success. It’s been a very legally technical type lawsuit. It’s not very interesting to watch, but essentially, Metro is doing everything...
    Republican Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy said Tuesday that giving the “corrupted administration” in Guatemala more taxpayer money is “like giving whiskey and car keys to a teenager.” “I think that the reason the vice president went to Guatemala and met with President [Alejandro] Giammattei is to offer him billions and billions of American taxpayer dollars to try to make his country better, and with no disrespect but that’s like giving whiskey and car keys to a teenager,” Kennedy told “Fox & Friends.” “President Giammattei is an authoritarian. He presides over a corrupted administration. They’re probably going to steal the money. Corruption is rampant,” Kennedy continued. (RELATED: Failure Of Action’: Lara Logan Says Biden Wants To ‘Obliterate Immigration Law’ And ‘Open The Border’) The senator claimed drug cartels are running Guatemala and that the primary reason the country’s president wants his people to move to America is that “they get a job and send money back home,” which Kennedy said is a great asset to Guatemala’s GDP. “Now, you don’t have to be Einstein’s cousin to figure all of this...
    More On: Coronavirus US-linked Chinese military scientist filed patent for COVID vaccine just after contagion emerged: report Biden still ‘very confident’ in Fauci — despite dismissing Wuhan ‘lab leak’ evidence Chinese virologist says Fauci’s emails ‘verify’ her Wuhan lab leak claims Doctor working in COVID-19 ward severely beaten by mob after patient dies: report The nonprofit exec whose organization sent nearly $600,000 in US taxpayer money to a Chinese lab that may have been the source of COVID-19, masterminded an effort near the start of the pandemic to squelch the notion that the coronavirus was man-made, a new report reveals. Peter Daszak, president of the New York City-based EcoHealth Alliance, secretly organized a statement issued by the influential British medical journal The Lancet in February 2020, according to Vanity Fair. A total of 27 scientists — including Daszak, 55, who trained as a zoologist — signed the statement, which expressed “solidarity with all scientists and health professionals in China.” “We stand together to strongly condemn conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin,” the statement affirmed...
    Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton demanded answers Wednesday from a defense contractor after a report alleged that the defense contractor hosted a three-day training program for white male executives. Cotton addressed CEO Lockheed Martin CEO, Jim Taiclet, in the letter and asked him to verify various details about the reported program. Journalist Christopher Rufo reported a week earlier that the defense contractor had allegedly hosted “White Men As Full Diversity Partners,” a diversity-consulting firm that directed 13 of the company’s senior employees to deconstruct their “white male privilege.”  BREAKING: Last week, I called on the U.S. Senate to investigative Lockheed Martin’s white male reeducation programs. Today, Sen. @TomCottonAR delivered, launching an inquiry and demanding answers from CEO Jim Taiclet. Sen. Cotton is fighting for all Americans. We are with you! pic.twitter.com/ClktsvDbHH — Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) June 2, 2021 “This training, if it occurred, appears to violate the principle of equal treatment that is the bedrock of American law, including civil-rights law,” Cotton wrote. “Title VII of the Civil Rights Act in particular forbids employers from discriminating on...
    Democratic Missouri Rep. Cori Bush, who has repeatedly pushed to defund the police, spent taxpayer money on a day of private security for herself, according to newly released Statement of Disbursements of the House records reviewed by the Daily Caller. The Daily Caller first reported in April that Bush and members of the progressive-Democrat group in Congress called “the Squad” spent thousands of campaign funds on private security. According to the new Statement of Disbursements of the House records, Bush also spent taxpayer funds on a day of private security for herself between Jan. 1 to March 31. Bush spent $880.00 on private security services through RSAT Security Consulting LLC on February 19, 2021. The company’s Facebook page says that RSAT Security Consulting is led by a team with “50+ years of experience across national security, energy security, police, and military security operations.”(RELATED: ‘The Squad’ Pushes To ‘Defund The Police’ While Spending Thousands On Private Security To Protect Themselves) RSAT’s Instagram page shows photos of police officers, military members, and members of the Secret Service. (Screen Shot/RSAT_Security/Instagram/Security) BUSH’S PAYMENT:  (ScreenShot. Statement...
    Republican Sen. Rand Paul brought a stack of colorful posters as visual aids to the Senate floor Friday for a half-hour long speech lamenting “ridiculous” taxpayer-funded research at multiple federal agencies. "I don’t think this bill makes us stronger. In fact, I think the Chinese sit back … and laugh at America thinking we’re going to be stronger by borrowing more money from China," Paul said in opposition to the Endless Frontier Act, which would expand research at the National Science Foundation that proponents say would help the United States keep up with China. BLM PROTESTER TO NEARBY POLICE: ‘WE GONNA BLOW YOUR MOTHERF***ING HEAD OFF’ "So I just don't think it makes us any stronger at all. I think it makes us weaker. It would be one thing if it weren't being so horribly wasted,” the Kentucky Republican added. Paul, a well-documented fiscal conservative, argued that a country with a $28 trillion national debt should not spend money on the research included in this bill. He used poster boards to outline spending on research that he contends frivolous, including...
    The left-wing city council of Bristol in conjunction with the University of Bristol will embark on a taxpayer-funded, £290,000 “reparative justice project” to atone for the city’s involvement in the historical slave trade centuries ago. Bristol University’s ‘History of Slavery’ Professor Olivette Otel alongside Dr Richard Stone of the history department will be tasked with examining records following the abolition of slavery in Bristol as well as records from plantations in the Caribbean to determine who profited off the slave trade and the identities of the slaves. The £290,000 project, which received financial backing from the government’s UK Research and Innovation, will look to add plaques and other physical monuments to the city in order to contextualise how Bristol benefitted economically from slave labour, according to The Times. Dr Stone said that the Black Lives Matter movement was critical in spurring on the initiative and that he hoped other cities, such as Liverpool, will follow Bristol’s lead. Last summer, BLM activists famously ripped down a historical statue of British philanthropist and slave trader Sir Edward Colston, before dumping it in the harbour as police stood by....
    A majority of U.S. likely voters prefer a smaller government with “fewer services and lower taxes,” a Rasmussen Reports survey released Friday found. The survey, taken May 17-18, 2021, among 1,000 likely voters, asked respondents if they preferred a “more active government with more services and higher taxes or a smaller government with fewer services and lower taxes.” Fifty-five percent said they prefer a smaller government with fewer services and lower taxes compared to 37 percent who chose a more active government with more services and higher taxes. Predictably, opinions were sharply divided on party lines, with 57 percent of Democrats supporting a more active government with more services and higher taxes and 78 percent of Republicans choosing a smaller government. Fifty-six percent of independents sided with the majority of Republicans, who prefer a smaller government and lower taxes. Notably, 51 percent of non-white voters prefer a smaller government, as do the plurality of black voters specifically, 46 percent. According to the survey, the vast majority of respondents, 68 percent, say the government does not spend taxpayer money wisely or...
    Illegal migrants are being allowed to get taxpayer funds to pay their rent as part of a $5 billion Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program announced this week. When asked about whether she would enforce the Trump-era rule that only citizens can receive the vouchers, Fudge said, “The answer is no.” “We are doing everything we can possibly to take any living person in this nation off the streets,” Fudge told reporters. “That’s kind of our posture.” The Washington Times reported on the expansion of President Joe Biden’s open border policies: Ms. Fudge announced that HUD will use money from the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package signed into law in February to provide 70,000 emergency housing vouchers nationwide to about 750 local housing authorities. She said it will help about 130,000 people find or keep safe, quality housing. HUD’s most recent count of the U.S. homeless population in January 2020 found about 580,000 people living on the streets, up 2 percent from the previous year. But Ms. Fudge said the pandemic has worsened the problem in the U.S., with more...
                      by J.D. Davidson  Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s plan to encourage more people to get the COVID-19 vaccine by offering millions of taxpayer dollars and college scholarships through a raffle program appears to be legal, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said. Yost tweeted the opinion, but he stopped short of saying he believed DeWine’s plan was a was a good idea. “About the $1M [vaccination] lottery: I heard about it yesterday. It doesn’t appear to violate state law, though it depends on how it’s designed,” Yost’s tweet read. “Just because a thing may be legally done does not mean it should be. The wisdom of it is a question for the Governor and the General Assembly.” DeWine’s idea is for five weekly drawings beginning May 26, with each week’s winner getting $1 million. To be eligible, Ohioans must be age 18 or older and have had at least one vaccine dose. Those under 18 can win a full, four-year scholarship to a state college or university in a separate drawing. The drawings...
                        In a state-wide address, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced on Wednesday that individuals who get vaccinated will be entered for a chance to win a drawing of $1 million. Five different winners will be selected at a rate on one each week. DeWine noted that the money to be given away comes from federal Coronavirus Relief funds. “The Ohio Department of Health will be the sponsoring agency for the drawings, and the Ohio Lottery will conduct them. The money will come from existing federal Coronavirus Relief Funds,” DeWine explained. Many critics have questioned the use of taxpayer money to fund these extravagant giveaways, including a potential GOP primary opponent to DeWine, former Rep. Jim Renacci. Renacci told Breitbart News, “We should be reinvesting this money back into our state, our communities, our lakeshore — there are so many places we could reinvest this money, and yet we are going to give it away, just for getting a shot.” He continued, “This is a perfect example of how career...
    San Diego County, California, will spend $5 million to provide taxpayer-funded lawyers to illegal aliens in federal custody to help them fight their deportations. This week, San Diego’s Board of Supervisors approved a one-year pilot program that will cost taxpayers about $5 million to reward illegal aliens with free legal representation so they can fight their deportations in court. The Associated Press reports: The 3-2 vote orders work to begin on a $5 million, one-year pilot program administered through the county’s public defender’s office. It would provide lawyers for free to those detained at Otay Mesa Detention Center, the local federal immigration detention facility. [Emphasis added] County staff have 90 days to report back on a plan to fund and operate the program permanently in partnership with immigrant defense and non-profit groups. [Emphasis added] While dozens of Democrat-controlled localities have adopted taxpayer-funded programs to provide free lawyers to illegal aliens fighting deportation, San Diego County would be the first jurisdiction along the United States-Mexico border to adopt such a measure. Already, San Diego County has a rigid sanctuary policy that...
    The IRS estimates the average taxpayer spends 12 hours working on their taxes and pays an average of $230 to get their paperwork filed. "Your tax return is in no way that simple," Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Chief Tax Information Officer Mark Steber said. "I don't care who you are or what economic situation you're in; high, medium, low, no income, or unemployed."  However, tax experts say those forms and schedules are actually designed to help people save money. "If you have knowledge about how it works, you can utilize the tax code to benefit you more in the long run," explained Fola Financial founder Sheneya Wilson. "However, most people don't have that knowledge, and I think that is what creates this fear of the IRS and paying taxes when essentially the tax code is not there to harm anyone" Watch this video to learn more about how the tax code got to be so complicated and whether it really is a good thing for the taxpayer. SIGN UP: Money 101 is an 8-week learning course to financial freedom, delivered...
    A K9 dog faces off with Spot, a robotic dog built by Boston Dynamics and used by the NYPD for policing. Mark Ralston/ AFP via Getty Images New York lawmaker Jamaal Bowman called the use of robot dogs by the NYPD "ridiculous" and "crazy." Each robot dog — created by tech company Boston Dynamics — costs upwards of $74,000.  The NYPD faced backlash for using the 70-pound robot dogs outfitted with lights and cameras. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A New York lawmaker has blasted the New York City Police Department's use of robot dogs, calling the expensive investment from the police a "crazy" waste of taxpayer money while people are "struggling to put food on the table."  "People are living in poverty, struggling to put food on the table, keep a roof over their heads, take care of their kids, afford childcare — but now we got damn robot police dogs walking down the street," congressman Jamaal Bowman said.  "This is some 'Robocop' s---," Bowman added.  He went on to say that resources should be...
    President Joe Biden is violating federal directives imposed by Congress by halting construction of border wall along the United States-Mexico border, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) says. One of Biden’s first executive orders halted construction of the border wall which was funded by the Trump administration in an effort to help reduce illegal immigration. This month, reports circulated the Biden administration is considering restarting border wall construction to fill in “gaps” in the barrier. The southern border is nearly 2,000-miles long — the majority of which has little-to-no border wall. In a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which is investigating whether Biden illegally ordered a halt to construction, Gosar writes Biden did violate federal directives via Congress because the funding is already allocated to the infrastructure project. “In my view, the Biden administration is in violation of congressional directives to build the border wall,” Gosar writes to GAO officials: Mr. Biden, by order, stopped all construction and ordered the federal subcontractors to cease and desist. This reckless maneuver prevented contractors from demobilizing in an orderly fashion, thus wasting taxpayer dollars. My constituents and...
    Ricky Gervais, Taika Waititi, and Zac Efron are all part of a new stop-motion short film to bring awareness to animal testing! Deadline reports that the film “Save Ralph,” brings the stars together with Humane Society International. Titled Save Ralph, the short will be released on April 6. In the film, HSI spokesbunny Ralph (voiced by Waititi) is interviewed about life as a lab “tester.” Ralph is a stand-in for creatures of all shapes and species currently being used in labs. The stars took part in promoting the film. “This is a cool thing that is coming soon,” Waititi shared alongside a Save Ralph movie poster on Twitter. “If you don’t watch it and love it then you hate animals and we can’t be friends anymore.” Source: The Humane Society of the United States/YouTube Gervais announced the film on Facebook, stating, “So proud to be a part of this short film to help end animal testing.” This isn’t the stars’ first time doing animal advocacy work. Ricky Gervais has spoken out against trophy hunting, fur farming, animal testing,...
    Governor Ron DeSantis has declared that critical race theory will not be taught in Florida schools because it 'teaches kids to hate their country and each other'.  DeSantis made the comments on Wednesday when he proposed a $106million boost in funding for civics education in the state, using money from President Joe Biden's coronavirus aid package.   He said $17million would be targeted for developing civics curricula with 'foundational concepts' - and not 'unsanctioned narratives like critical race theory'.   'Let me be clear: There is no room in our classrooms for things like critical race theory,' the Republican governor told a news conference in Naples. 'Teaching kids to hate their country and to hate each other is not worth one red cent of taxpayer money.'  Governor Ron DeSantis on Wednesday declared that critical race theory will not be taught in Florida schools because it 'teaches kids to hate their country and each other'
    Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz said Wednesday that American taxpayer money is fueling the waves of migrants heading to the U.S. southern border. While appearing on Newsmax’s “The Chris Salcedo Show” Gaetz explained to host Chris Salcedo how money is driving migrants to attempt to enter the country illegally and how, as a result, “the U.S. government may be one of the biggest human traffickers in the world.” (RELATED: Democratic Rep. Says He’s ‘Been Warning’ Biden Of Border Crisis, Human Trafficking And Cartels) Salcedo began by noting that President Joe Biden is “finally speaking out” about the border crisis and “telling foreign nationals not to come here illegally.” He added that it took “slow Joe” awhile to try to stop “his illegal immigration crisis.” He then played a video clip of what he claimed Biden said “to cause this crisis.” The clip, from a September 2019 Democratic presidential primary debate, showed Biden saying he wanted to “immediately surge through the border” everyone who was attempting to claim asylum in the U.S., and that if they were “fleeing oppression”...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts Congressman Stephen Lynch said the state’s delegation is “furious” about cuts at the MBTA, saying it does make sense after the organization received $1 billion in federal funding. The MBTA cut nine bus routes and 20% of T service as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Though the MBTA received more than $1 billion in federal aid, most of the money was used to cover last year’s losses. READ MORE: Red Flag Warning Issued In Massachusetts For Critical Fire Weather Conditions Lynch, who is on the House Transportation Committee along with Congressmen Seth Moulton and Jake Auchincloss, was asked about the cuts during an appearance with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on Monday. “They’re going to take the billion dollars and lay people off? I don’t think so,” Lynch said. “We push this money out to the MBTA for the purpose of providing services, and keeping people employed.” Lynch said he and his colleagues are going to “have some hard discussions” with the MBTA and Gov. Charlie Baker. READ MORE: Northeastern University To Hold Commencement Ceremony At...
                      by Brad Polumbo  President Biden just signed his sweeping $1.9 trillion spending package into law. Once this bill hits the books, total taxpayer expenditure on (ostensibly) COVID relief will hit $6 trillion—which, roughly estimated, comes out to $41,870 in spending per federal taxpayer. Did you see anywhere near that much in benefit? The sheer immensity of this spending is hard to grasp. For context, $6 trillion is more than one-fourth of what the US economy produces in an entire year, according to Fox Business. The COVID spending blowout is at least eight times bigger than the (inflation-adjusted) price tag of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “New Deal.” Moreover, the COVID spending bills have all lost huge sums of money to unrelated carve-outs, politician pet projects, corporate bailouts, fraud, waste, and worse. In the latest $1.9 trillion package, more than 90 percent of the spending is not directly related to containing COVID-19. Only 1 percent of the money, about $15 to $20 billion, is spent on vaccines. Meanwhile, hundreds of billions go to bailing out poorly managed state governments’ budget holes that predate the pandemic and $86 billion rescues failing...
                      by Scott McClallen  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration paid former CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) Jeff Mason $128,500 –26 weeks of pay – to “retire” last year. The Detroit News reported Mason’s deal was among eight other employees separated from MEDC, bringing the total cost of payouts to $308,623 over the last four years. Those agreements included non-disparagement clauses limiting ex-employees from diminishing the MEDC’s reputation. However, agency employees said the deals weren’t funded by taxpayer money. “Corporate employee salaries, and any potential severances, are funded almost exclusively by revenues that are allocated to the MEDC through tribal gaming compacts,” MEDC spokesperson Kathleen Achtenberg told The Center Square in an email. The group’s executive committee is appointed by the governor and uses legislature-appropriated money through the Michigan Strategic Fund. The MEDC pools that tribal gaming money with taxpayer money to give grants to private entities. For example, while Michigan was facing between a $1 billion to $2 billion budget deficit, the MEDC gave away over $5 million to private businesses, including Kroger....
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) protested the $1.9 trillion in so-called COVID relief passed by Congress during Fox News Channel’s “The Ingraham Angle” on Tuesday. McCarthy highlighted payments to government employees who were never laid off during the pandemic shutdown and claimed it rewarded mismanagement. “It is what Margaret Thatcher said: You will eventually run out of everybody else’s money,” he said. “And that’s what’s happening with this $1.9 trillion. This money does nothing to put people back to work, back to school or back to health. It used it to reward those that they care most about, the mismanagement of states across this nation, to reward federal employees who have not been laid off, give them $21,000 or state employees a $25,000 bonus. That is hard-working taxpayers’ money. It is costing every family more than $5,000. And a few people will get a $1,400 check. It’s one of those emails you get from another nation.” Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor
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