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Judge awards more than $700,000 in legal fees to Kosilek’s lawyers – Boston.com

A federal judge said today that he would award more than $700,000 in legal fees to the team of lawyers who represented Michelle Kosilek, the convicted murderer who sued the state for a sex change operation to treat her gender identity disorder.

Chief US District Judge Mark L. Wolf said from the bench in court in Boston that he recognized the cost to taxpayers, but he said the costs derived from a hard-fought lawsuit to preserve Kosilek’s constitutional rights…

“Resistance at all costs can end up costing the taxpayers quite a lot,” the judge said, adding that the Department of Correction has had to pay hundreds of thousands in legal fees to lawyers in other cases in which the department violated prisoners’ constitutional rights.

“The repeated violation of constitutional rights of prisoners … costs taxpayers money that is needed for other purposes,” he said.

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Ratepayer Rip Off

LA WATCHDOG – On Friday, our increasingly desperate City Council approved the “final development” of the troubled Children’s Museum / Discovery Science Center of Los Angeles (the “Children’s Museum”) and its $21 million financial plan.

An integral part of this plan includes the looting of our Department of Water and Power for $3.9 million and the Bureau of Sanitation (part of the Department of Public Works) for $3.6 million, a total of $7.5 million.

Needless to say, the proponents of this scam, led by termed out Richard Alarcon, (currently facing voter fraud and perjury charges) dressed this project up by claiming it is “something special for our children” and promoting the benefits of environmental awareness, conservation, sustainability, and recycling, right up there with apple pie and motherhood.

But all this hot air from the City Council barnyard is not supported by any facts, figures, or analysis that would confirm the economic feasibility of this hare brained scheme cooked up in the bowels of City Hall over ten years ago.

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California workers misused $613,000 in taxpayer funds, report finds – latimes.com

SACRAMENTO — State employees misused $613,000 in taxpayer funds through bribery schemes, mail fraud, waste, and improper billings for travel and pay, officials said Tuesday.

The misdeeds were detailed in a report by state Auditor Elaine Howle on whistle-blower investigations concluded by her office in the last two years. “This report details nine substantiated allegations involving several state departments,” Howle wrote to Gov. Jerry Brown.

The biggest loss occurred in the bribery case, in the Los Angeles offices of the state Franchise Tax Board and the Secretary of State. In each office, an employee engaged in a kickback scheme with the owner of a courier service that shorted the state of nearly $250,000 in public money overall, the report said.

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California Psychiatrists Paid $400,000 By Taxpayers

Mohammad Safi, a graduate of a medical school in Afghanistan, began working as a psychiatrist at a California mental hospital in 2006, making $90,682 in his first six months. Last year, he took home $822,302, all of it paid by taxpayers.

Safi benefited from what amounted to a bidding war after a federal court forced the state to improve inmate care. The prisons raised pay to lure psychiatrists, the mental health department followed suit to keep employees, and costs soared. Last year, 16 California psychiatrists, including Safi, made more than $400,000, while only one did in the other 11 most populous states, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

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D.C. says more than 300 city workers involved in unemployment scandal

The District said Monday that hundreds of city workers took nearly $2 million in fraudulent unemployment benefits, a scandal that roiled the D.C. government earlier this year and prompted widespread firings and criminal charges. Lisa Mallory, the director of the D.C. Department of Employment Services, told the D.C. Council that her agency had detected $1.9 million in overpayments to District workers who collected unemployment benefits while on the city’s payroll.

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Quarter-billion-dollar stimulus grant creates just 400 jobs – Washington Times

Battery maker A123 Systems vowed thousands of new jobs when it received a nearly quarter-billion-dollar stimulus grant in late 2009, but federal job-tracking figures show only a few hundred positions were created before the company joined a growing list of federally backed energy businesses that ended in bankruptcy…

But even when the quarterly reports are combined, a total of 408 new positions were reported under the stimulus program since 2009, amounting to more than $300,000 spent for each new job reported.

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Brushing Off Alternative Energy Failures with Our Tax Money

This story is from a few months ago, another great example of what happens when you let a President with no business experience gamble with your tax dollars. Is this what they want to do with the taxes they want to raise? Flush that tax payer money down the toilet? It is recently back in the news because of the second story linked in this same post. Take a look and Think for Yourself.

WASHINGTON — Abound Solar, a solar panel maker that received a $400 million loan guarantee from the federal government, announced on Thursday that it would file for bankruptcy amid plummeting prices and intense competition from Chinese manufacturers in the solar equipment market.

The failure of Abound, which tapped about $68 million of the loan guarantee before the Energy Department cut off its credit last September, comes after the collapse last year of Solyndra, another high-tech solar panel maker that had received federal funds.

via Abound Solar Says It Will File for Bankruptcy – NYTimes.com.

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Government Losing More on Auto Bailout

The U.S. government is expected to lose more than 25-billion dollars on the 85-billion dollar auto bailout.

via Government losing more on auto bailout – AM 590 – FM 96.5 | WKZO Everything Kalamazoo.