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  • Pension Games

    "The Tribune and WGN-Chicago teamed up in the series to uncover lucrative pension perks for union officials and in the process exposed how for decades lawmakers used the pension system for personal and political gain."
  • Inside the RSOs

    Boozer examined the perks afforded undergraduate administration - from paid tuition, parking and stipends for six full-time students totally almost $70,000. The fees came from the University of Memphis' Student Activity Fee. The follow-ups included coverage of a freshman senator who was dismissed for being quoted in the story.
  • "Paying for Perks"

    Fairfax County fire department officials were frequently using taxpayer funded take-home vehicles for personal use. The vehicles were often used for commuting instead of emergencies, and were often taken out of the county leading to high gas costs paid for by the public. The investigation also shows fire officials lied when filling out "logs and other public records."
  • "Buffalo economic development agency scandal"

    The News exposed numerous economic blunders by members of Buffalo's economic development agency. The use of anti-poverty funds for employee health insurance perks and BlackBerry devices are just some of the misuses of city finances. The city also financed a failed restaurant that was owned by a "former pro basketball player" with the anti-poverty funds.
  • County Hall: The Perks of Public Office

    The series looks at local politicians and their spending habits. These habits were rather lavish for a local government which had to cut spending on certain programs. The stories focus on “everything from how commissioners were using aides as personal chauffeurs to the global travel the commissioners took with no benefit to taxpayers”. Further, advisors of the mayor were receiving “double digit” pay raises, while the budget was crumbling.
  • Colleges Use Cheap Loans to Lure Stars to Faculty

    “Although colleges and universities have often provided housing for officials to live on campuses, in recent years they have also begun to use low-interest or no-interest mortgage loans as a recruiting tool, sometimes from their own endowments”.
  • "Tennessee Municipal Bond Fund"

    For over 20 years, The Tennessee Municipal Bond Fund has built up a "powerful political network" throughout the state that provided financial perks to its leader and employees. The fund marketed itself as a "nonprofit," a claim that the Tennessean proved false.
  • Lisa Knows Best;The Perks of Office

    City Pages takes a hard look at the Minneapolis City Council members' questionable behavior. Lisa Goodman for instance is a formidable power player who oversees downtown development. Her friends benefit from her position while her enemies are targeted. Councilwoman Barb Johnson meanwhile spent campaign funds on laundry, cell phone bills and haircuts which helped rack up more than $100,000 in her campaign expenses.
  • DFW Travel Spending

    CBS News 11 reviewed thousands of pages of documents pertaining to travel expenses by executives and board members who oversee DFW International Airport. They discovered dozens of trips around the country and around the world where executives enjoyed first-class travel, accommodations and meals at the expense of airport users and taxpayers, at a time when the airport faced a multi-million dollar budget shortfall and had publicly announced plans to control expenses. They also found that the airport CEO was the highest paid airport executive in the United states and that he and dozens of other employees had car allowances for travel to and from work. They also reviewed executive compensation packages and discovered 100 airport employees who made at least $100,000 more than any other airport in the country.
  • Retiree' benefits under fire; Car perks add up for taxpayers; Were city workers' nest eggs too generous?

    The series examined lash perks of government workers in Broward and Palm Beach counties. The stories found that even as local governments cried poverty because of state-mandated tax cuts, they continued to heap generous benefits to public employees - even if it meant imposing tax hikes down the road.