Five-cent taxes on single-use plastic bags are spreading across Virginia’s more urban localities. On Saturday, Arlington County and the City of Alexandria adopted the local tax ordinances, while Fairfax County adopted a similar ordinance on September 14. The taxes take effect on January 1, 2022.
“Arlington is proud to take this step to reduce plastic bag waste in our community and to do so with our regional partners,” Arlington County Board Chair Matt de Ferranti said in a press release. “We have long sought the legal authority for this small fee as a way to protect our environment and become a more sustainable community. We look forward to working with residents and neighbors on implementation.” Read More
Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson announced Wednesday that he is stepping down from his position, but he also said he has a successor in mind. Wilson, in a letter to members of the Tennessee General Assembly, suggested that Deputy Comptroller Jason Mumpower replace him. Read More
Former Haywood County Mayor Franklin Smith filed a false accident claim after his wife was involved in an auto accident in May 2018 while she drove a county-owned vehicle, according to Tennessee Comptrollers.
Comptrollers did not identify the former county mayor by name in a report they submitted this week. Read More
The former chief operating officer of the taxpayer-funded Cumberland Pediatric Associates in Lebanon allegedly stole more than half a million dollars, Tennessee Comptrollers said.
Comptrollers identified the woman as Emily Gannon. Read More
Tennessee Comptrollers said in an audit late last week that the Decatur County government’s problems are severe enough that, as of now, they will not approve the county’s new budget.
The county taxpayers will also have to pay a nearly $10,000 fine to the Internal Revenue Service, Comptrollers said. Read More
An investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has resulted in the indictment of April Hicks, a former bookkeeper in the Crockett County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office. Read More
Some people may not know it, but if you see or know of waste, fraud of abuse in the local or Tennessee state governments then you can call a special hotline to report it. Read More
A Tennessee Comptroller’s Office investigation has resulted in the indictment of Christina Morris, the former cafeteria manager at Patriot Academy in Dandridge, Tennessee. Read More
Tennessee Comptrollers released an audit Friday that, among other things, blasted the Tennessee Department of Correction for poor management of prisons and not reporting things they were supposed to report. Read More
A new performance audit by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has found a number of areas that require increased oversight by the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees. Read More
Two new reports from Tennessee Comptrollers show that local governments are short millions of dollars. Read More
Members of the BonDeCroft Utility District in White County abused their positions of public trust to help themselves, according to an audit Tennessee Comptrollers released Thursday. Read More
The former recorder for the town of Big Sandy allegedly stole more than $4,000 from the town, according to Tennessee Comptrollers. Read More
Authorities have indicted a former Spring Hill finance department employee and charged her with various charges related to her alleged theft of more than $1,500 of other people’s money. Read More
A Fentress County employee allegedly stole nearly $240,000 from taxpayers, according to an audit Tennessee Comptrollers released this week. Read More
On Tuesday’s Tennessee Star Report with Steve Gill and Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 am to 8:00 am – Gill and Leahy discussed the legal implications of Williamson County schools Superintendent Mike Looney who has allegedly gone rogue and… Read More
Over in McNairy County, there’s a lot of room for improvement with how county officials manage taxpayer money, according to an audit Tennessee Comptrollers released this week. “The county’s audit for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2018 includes 11 findings of noncompliance or significant deficiency within county government offices,”… Read More
The federal government assessed the Smith County School System more than $35,000 for not complying with Obamacare, according to a state audit released this week. Smith County taxpayers, of course, will have to pick up the slack and pay that fine. The audit, however, did not offer specifics. “During the… Read More
The Decatur County government has just received less than admirable state audit findings. With 11 findings as opposed to the previous year’s eight, that’s putting it mildly. In a press release, for instance, Comptrollers say this year’s results “leave much room for improvement.” “The audit findings reveal many problems including… Read More
How did a system designed to provide government of, by, and for the people devolve into a system in which bureaucrats unaccountable to voters produce masses of law that was never voted on by an elected official? Read More
Members of the Tennessee Comptrollers’ Office say they had far fewer city and county audit findings in Fiscal Year 2017 than they did the previous fiscal year. This has gone on for the past few years, said John Dunn, spokesman for the Tennessee Comptrollers’ Office. “For example, in FY 2016,… Read More
The safety and well-being of students is the highest priority of any school. Any educator sexual misconduct or sexual abuse that involves children destroys trust and harms the entire school community. Read More