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Revised Pension Estimate for Rep. Mark Cohen

By at April 29, 2016 | 11:11 pm | 0 Comment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 29, 2016

Revised Pension Estimate for Rep. Mark Cohen

Rock the Capital learned last night that the formula used to project Mr. Cohen’s pension used a 1.25% multiplier rather thanRead the rest

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Pension Payments to Rep. Mark Cohen

By at April 28, 2016 | 10:51 pm | 0 Comment

Enclosed please find data relating to the projected pension pay out to Rep. Mark Cohen (D-Philadelphia) who was defeated on April 26, 2016. Rock The Capital filed Right to Know requests with the State Employees’ Retirement System (“SERS”) on Wednesday,… Read the rest

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Pension Clock: Eric Epstein’s Remarks

By at March 7, 2016 | 12:59 pm | 0 Comment

Pension Clock: Eric Epstein’s Remarks

This display represents a visual accounting of four failures:

First, there is constitutional delinquency.  Borrowing against the pensions, forbidden by our constitution, has been the defacto policy of Pennsylvania’s state government since 2003;

Second, as the credit rating downgrades have… Read the rest

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Pennsylvania Pension Debt Clock

By at February 24, 2016 | 8:29 pm | 0 Comment

Pennsylvania Pension Debt Clock

  • Fact: Fifteen years ago Governor Ridge signed into law Act 9 with overwhelming support  from the legislature.
  • Fact: The legislation did not provide a revenue mechanism to fund increased benefits.
  • Fact: Act 9 is not going to be repealed,

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Release of Legislative Audit for 2015

By at January 5, 2016 | 11:14 pm | 0 Comment

January 5, 2016

Representative Mark Keller
Chairman, Legislative Audit Advisory Commission
Room 108, Ryan Office Building
P.O. Box 202086
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2086
717-705-7012 (fax)

Dear Chairman Keller:

In recent years, Pennsylvania citizens have… Read the rest

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State by State Budget Comparison for FY 2015 and FY 2016

By at December 29, 2015 | 6:46 pm | 0 Comment

Group Proposes Solutions to Avoid Future Impasses

December 29, 2015

(Harrisburg) – Rock the Capital released a state by state comparison of budget data that includes the following:

  • Target date for passing the budget.
  • Date

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Kitchen cabinet

By at December 22, 2015 | 5:43 pm | 0 Comment

by Andrew Staub

Gov. Tom Wolf campaigned on a promise he’d be a “different kind of governor,” but his most recent nomination raised concerns that political patronage is afoot.

Wolf late Friday afternoon announced he had nominated Michael Newsome, a… Read the rest

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PPL’s Rate Request Reduced By $46.5 Million

By at October 16, 2015 | 11:11 am | 0 Comment

PPL Electric Utilities negotiated a settlement with advocates and interest groups who intervened in the Company’s rate case.

In March, PPL sought to increase the total bill for a residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours per month by 6.9%, or $10.19… Read the rest

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The Pay Raise Hangover

By at September 19, 2015 | 9:40 pm | 0 Comment

On September 26, 2005 an angry crowd greeted legislators who were returning from their summer hiatus following their July 7, 2:00 am stick up of taxpayers. Parking spots were nameless, petitions organized by Bob Durgin draped the Capitol steps, and… Read the rest

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Eric Epstein’s Comments in Support of Judge Panepinto

By at July 31, 2015 | 3:44 pm | 0 Comment

On July 7, 2005, the legislature suspended democracy, the Governor looked the other way and the judiciary went on moral recess.

On July 7, 2015, the legislature is locked in a budget stalemate with the Governor, and the judiciary’s standing… Read the rest

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