Episode 35: What is your government actually spending its money on?

Michael Schaus

Free to Offend Episode 35 | Guest: Todd Maddison, Transparent California

As the economy continues to climb out of the hole dug by state leaders during the pandemic, brace yourself for ever-increasing calls for higher taxes and more government spending.

Of course, unlike the private sector, government never really suffered a massive drop in revenue—not to mention state and local governments are receiving billions of dollars from the federal government. Nonetheless, the ever-present demand for “more money” will likely increase from state and local agencies.

Which is why it is so important to know how, exactly, that money is spent.

Todd Maddison, director of research for Transparent California, joins the show to talk about why Nevada Policy’s transparency projects—TransparentCalifornia.com and TransparentNevada.com—are such important tools for keeping government spending in check.


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Michael Schaus

Michael Schaus

Communications Director

Michael Schaus is communications director at the Nevada Policy Research Institute and is responsible for managing the organization’s messaging with the public, the media and NPRI’s membership. He is also currently a policy advisor for the Heartland Institute.

Prior to joining NPRI, Michael worked in media as a national columnist, a political humorist and a radio talk show host in Denver, Colorado. Active in both print and radio, he shared his insights and free-market economics perspective with large local and national audiences.

Michael became interested in economic theory earlier in life while employed in the financial sector. As the liaison between a local community bank and the Federal Reserve, he acquired an in-depth understanding of just how manipulative big government can be toward industry and enterprise. It was that experience with big-government intervention that initially led him into public-affairs commentary.