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Regents promise to be ‘more cautious’ in finding a home for next NU president

January 20, 2015

Jack Gould, Board Issues chairman for watchdog group Common Cause Nebraska, argued the wisest decision on the board’s part would be to forgo buying a house – or providing a stipend for one – altogether. “There is this huge list of perks that we give to administrators and coaches,” he said. “It’s a list that (can include) everything from a house to an expense account to lawn and maid service. All of this stuff that comes to them is a contradiction to the fact that they’re out there talking about keeping costs down for students. They’re living a lifestyle that is not in any way consistent with a student working three jobs to try to get through school.”

Ethics thumbnail for issue buckets

Regents promise to be ‘more cautious’ in finding a home for next NU president

January 20, 2015

Jack Gould, Board Issues chairman for watchdog group Common Cause Nebraska, argued the wisest decision on the board’s part would be to forgo buying a house – or providing a stipend for one – altogether. “There is this huge list of perks that we give to administrators and coaches,” he said. “It’s a list that (can include) everything from a house to an expense account to lawn and maid service. All of this stuff that comes to them is a contradiction to the fact that they’re out there talking about keeping costs down for students. They’re living a lifestyle that is not in any way consistent with a student working three jobs to try to get through school.”

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Campaign cash schemes targeted — again

January 14, 2015

More than two years after former state Sen. Brenda Council found herself in the middle of a campaign cash scandal which eventually helped squeeze her out of office, at least one state lawmaker continues her seemingly uphill push to end any similar schemes.

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Auditors knock University of Nebraska’s expensive world travelers

December 19, 2014

The University of Nebraska has been dinged by the state auditor for allowing employees to spend nearly $96,000 on 20 first-class flights around the world, book $300-a-night oceanfront resort rooms for a week and get reimbursed for alcohol while traveling, in violation of state law.

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Former OPPD employee made more than $1 million in three years.

October 19, 2014

Jeff Reinhart, a former OPPD employee, took home over $1 million in three years, including moving, housing and tuition payments. All without any approval from the elected public power officials. Jack Gould of Common Cause Nebraska weighs in.

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