US & Canada round-up: Drag on US economy as austerity bites, and more

31 May 13
A round-up of public finance news stories from the US and Canada you might have missed this week (May 27-31).

A round-up of public finance news stories from the US and Canada you might have missed this week (May 27–31).

A drop in government spending dragged more on the US economy than initially thought in the first three months of the year, a sign of increasing pain from Washington's austerity drive. (Huffington Post)

A clunky computerised data system that maintained information on inmates in New Jersey's county jails was largely responsible for $23.6m spent on unemployment benefits, Medicaid coverage, food stamps, and cash assistance received by those behind bars, according to state comptroller A. Matthew Boxer. (Philly.com, Philadelphia)

Canada’s Fraser Institute think-tank has said greater use of public-private partnerships for major infrastructure projects could deliver better value-for-money to taxpayers. (news1130.com)

A new report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, the Internal Revenue Service’s own auditor, points to a ‘lack of aggressive steps’ to address misuse of the credit cards IRS employees use when traveling. (Hawaii Reporter)

Former legislative auditor Charles Robinson will replace Martha Shoffner as Arkansas state treasurer, governor Mike Beebe has announced. Shoffner resigned last week. (Baxter Bulletin)

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