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$3.7 million
Amount in toll revenue the Seattle area's new Interstate 405 express toll lanes brought in between the Sept. 27 grand opening of the new lanes in the corridor between Lynnwood and Bellevue and the end of last year, nearly four times the amount of toll revenue that had been forecast as traffic volumes reached levels not expected for two years despite tolls that can spike to as much as $9 or $10
>> Seattle Times | Posted Feb. 11, 2016

$140,000
Total in bonuses paid to 47 employees of the University of Colorado system for their work on new $12.5 million payroll and finance systems that got off to a rough start, leaving some university employees, including graduate students, without paychecks in December and January
>> Boulder Daily Camera | Posted Feb. 10, 2016

An estimated 605,000
Number of driver's licenses California issued last year to people who were in the United States illegally, accounting for nearly half of all of the new licenses the state issued during the year, as the Department of Motor Vehicles implemented a new state law allowing them
>> Los Angeles Times | Posted Feb. 9, 2016

More than $793,000
Amount that Faisal Khan, who left in November as the Chicago City Council's first and possibly last legislative inspector general, was paid during his turbulent four-year term for his part-time work, billing the city $250 an hour for an average of 26 hours and 13 minutes a week while most of the aides he employed worked for $24 an hour
>> Chicago Sun-Times
64
Number of Boston's city employees, 57 of them police officers, who were paid more than $250,000 last year as the city's municipal payroll swelled by 4 percent to a new high of $1.6 billion, pushed higher by buyouts of sick and vacation time for retiring firefighters and overtime tabs
>> Boston Globe | Posted Feb. 8, 2016

$8.2 million
Amount the California Correctional Peace Officers Association's political action committee collected in the last six months of 2015, according to the PAC's 11,459-page financial disclosure statement itemizing nearly 28,000 identical contributions of $287.08
>> Sacramento Bee | Posted Feb. 5, 2016

149
Number of criminal exonerations known to have occurred across the country last year, a record high due largely to local district attorneys setting up units to review cases where the legal system may have acted unjustly, with the exonerated defendants having served on average more than 14 years in prison, according to the University of Michigan Law School's National Registry of Exonerations
>> Reuters | Posted Feb. 4, 2016

$3.4 billion
Wages related the 60,215 jobs created last year by trash recycling in Minnesota as industrial sectors including metal-casting firms, steel foundries, box makers and pallet-reusing warehouses boosted their use of recycled goods, accounting for $26 billion worth of sales, according to a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency report
>> Minneapolis Star Tribune | Posted Feb. 3, 2016

36%
Percentage of new freshmen at the University of Alabama in 2014 who were Alabamians, compared to 72 percent in 2004, the largest swing among 100 state universities reflecting a trend among the most prominent of the institutions to enroll more out-of-state students to maximize tuition revenue as state support withers
>> Washington Post | Posted Feb. 2, 2016

7.7%
Increase in average private-sector salaries for technology specialists last year, according to a survey by the technology career site Dice, a record increase adding to the headwinds that government agencies face in trying to attract top tech talent to the public workforce
>> FedScoop | Posted Feb. 1, 2016

$74.1 billion
California's obligation, as of mid-2015, to cover government retirees' medical expenses over the next three decades, a figure that grew nearly $2.4 billion from the year before, although that growth came in at $1.5 billion less than actuaries had anticipated a year earlier, according to a new report by state Controller Betty Yee.
>> Sacramento Bee | Posted Jan. 29, 2016

2.4%
Average investment return rate for 812 U.S. colleges' and universities' endowments in 2015, the lowest rate since 2012 and one that follows two years of healthy growth, according to a survey by Commonfund and the National Association of College and University Business Officers
>> Inside Higher Ed | Posted Jan. 28, 2016

$764,102
Amount the University of Colorado at Boulder spent to host a Republican presidential debate in October, an expenditure that a university-commissioned analysis says earned the institution between $4.1 million and $4.2 million worth of publicity value, including $3.87 million in media value based on articles that mentioned the university by name and gave some detail about it
>> Boulder Daily Camera | Posted Jan. 27, 2016

$153
Cost of an electric tape dispenser bought by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, among office-equipment purchases being questioned by county auditors who have criticized the agency's fiscal oversight as the amount the department spent for supplies and equipment has more than doubled, to $709,000, between fiscal 2014 and 2015
>> Los Angeles Times | Posted Jan. 26, 2016

8%
Percentage of Americans who say they are very or extremely confident that the federal government can make progress on problems facing the nation in 2016, according to an Associated Press/NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll in which 61 percent expressed little or no confidence in the federal government to confront the most important priorities
>> AP/Yahoo News | Posted Jan. 25, 2016

74%
Percentage of customers at Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles offices who were served in under 30 minutes in November 2015, compared to 59 percent the previous November, according to state Department of Transportation data reflecting an effort by Gov. Charlie Baker, who ran on a platform of making government more efficient, to improve services at the office through a new queueing system and other changes
>> Boston Globe | Posted Jan. 22, 2016

2.01%
Pennsylvania's current food-stamp error rate, the lowest in the 29 years the state has been keeping records and a reduction from 4.73 percent in 2014, an improvement that state Department of Human Services officials credit to improved technology and better staff training and say has saved the state $35 million in federal funds
>> Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Posted Jan. 21, 2016

Nearly 10%
Percentage of college graduates who think that Judith Sheindlin, the star of the TV court show "Judge Judy," is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court, according to a newly released survey by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, which said its findings add up to "a crisis in civic education"
>> Cleveland Plain Dealer | Posted Jan. 20, 2016

58%
Percentage of survey respondents in seven Mountain West states who oppose giving state governments control over federal public lands, according to a poll sponsored by Colorado College that raises questions about public support for an issue that is central to the armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon
>> Los Angeles Times | Posted Jan. 19, 2016

About 97%
Percentage of U.S. public libraries that now offer Internet access in the form of free onsite Wi-Fi, according to a report from the American Library Association, while libraries in a number of cities are also providing portable Internet hot spots for patrons to use at home
>> Government Technology | Posted Jan. 15, 2016

Almost $64,000
Annual cost of housing, feeding and caring for a prison inmate in California, up from $49,000 five years ago, with this fiscal year's state corrections budget one of the largest ever at $10.1 billion despite criminal justice reforms that over three years have reduced the state's prison population by some 30,000 inmates
>> Reuters | Posted Jan. 14, 2016

81
Age of U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, the Utah Republican who as president pro tempore of the Senate and third in the line of presidential succession was the "designated survivor" for this year's State of the Union address, kept far away from the House chamber where the speech was delivered in case of a catastrophic event
>> The Guardian | Posted Jan. 13, 2016

$3.5 million
Cost to taxpayers in 2014 for office space, travel, pensions and other benefits for the four living former presidents, expenses that are the subject of legislation passed by the House that would limit expenses by $1 for every dollar above $400,000 earned in a year by a former president and also would provide no federal funds for office expenses or travel for former presidents who earn more than $600,000 a year
>> AP/Yahoo News | Posted Jan. 12, 2016

Approximately $117,000
Amount per week that the armed militia group occupying a federal wildlife refuge near Burns, Ore., is costing the Bureau of Land Management due to employees of its district office, which has been closed due to safety concerns, being on paid administrative leave
>> Government Executive | Posted Jan. 11, 2016

29.1
Median number of days that states could run their operations from the money in their general-fund budget reserves in fiscal year 2015, compared to 41.3 days in fiscal 2007 just before the economic downturn
>> Pew Charitable Trusts/Route Fifty | Posted Jan. 8, 2016

$20,844.17
Monthly pension payment received by the widow of a former California Board of Equalization member in 2014 from the California Public Employees' Retirement system, by far the largest monthly pension allowance among those paid to former elected California state officials, their beneficiaries and survivors that year
>> Sacramento Bee | Posted Jan. 7, 2016

16%
Percentage of Americans who identified government as the "most important problem facing the United States" in 2015 in a new Gallup survey, the most common answer to the question for the second year in a row, while 13 percent listed the economy, 8 percent chose unemployment and 8 percent selected immigration
>> Government Executive | Posted Jan. 6, 2016

5%
Score that both Pope Francis and Donald Trump received in a recent Gallup poll asking Americans who they admire most, making them tied as runners-up to President Obama among men, while Hillary Clinton scored the most-admired spot for women for the 14th year in a row and for an overall total of 20 years
>> Quartz | Posted Jan. 5, 2016

86.8%
Percentage of complaints that the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission, which was approved by the state's voters in 2006 but which critics say is struggling to do its work for lack of authority, resources and money, has declined to hear since it was created
>> Denver Post | Posted Jan. 4, 2016

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