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Defusing the Pension Time Bomb

By at May 22, 2015 | 9:36 pm | 0 Comment

by Rep. John D McGinnis (R-Blair County)

For more than 10 years, taxpayer dollars in Pennsylvania have been improperly diverted to other ends from funding the state pension systems, SERS and PSERS.  If a corporation misappropriated retirement funds in this… Read the rest

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Council nepotism leads to small town government, one big family

By at April 21, 2015 | 7:18 pm | 0 Comment

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

In the tiny borough of Throop, a five-square-mile patch of former hard coal country home to about 4,000 people in northeastern Pennsylvania, Charlene Tomasovitch needed just 726 votesRead the rest

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View porn on state computers? You should go to jail, lawmaker says

By at March 27, 2015 | 9:00 am | 0 Comment

View porn on state computers? You should go to jail, lawmaker says

By Andrew Staub, PA Independent

Sometimes office policy just isn’t enough.

A Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to make it illegal for state employees to use commonwealth-owned computers, networks or cellphones to view or exchange pornography.

“While most state agencies… Read the rest

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Featured , Pennsylvania Issues

The Wreck of the Kathleen Kane

By at March 10, 2015 | 12:22 pm | 0 Comment

The Wreck of the Kathleen Kane

We know what happened to the Edmund Fitzgerald. We now know what happened in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in March in the Kathleen Kane case. We generally know what will happen to the Kathleen Kane.

Politically, it would be miraculous… Read the rest

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Pennsylvania Legislature grew reserves in tough budget times, audit says

By at March 2, 2015 | 12:22 pm | 0 Comment

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Pennsylvania lawmakers last summer passed a patchwork spending plan that contributed to a credit rating downgrade and exacerbated a budget shortfall expected to top $2 billion this year.

Yet at the time… Read the rest

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Featured , Pennsylvania Issues , Political , Uncategorized , Watch Dog

COUNTDOWN! Good guys of 2014

By at February 16, 2015 | 4:58 pm | 0 Comment

COUNTDOWN! Good guys of 2014

By Steve Wilson of Watchdog.org

This is it. Our top two in a hall-of-fame lineup of 17 Good Guys of 2014. These citizens, government officials and politicians took to heart the mission of Watchdog.org, to hold government at allRead the rest

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Former state treasurer’s guilty plea puts his public pension at risk

By at February 7, 2015 | 10:04 pm | 0 Comment

Former state treasurer’s guilty plea puts his public pension at risk

by Andrew Staub | PA Independent

First, Rob McCord lost his bid to be Pennsylvania’s newest governor when he finished third in the Democratic primary and watched as nominee Tom Wolf unseated Republican incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett.

Then,… Read the rest

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Featured , Legal , Pennsylvania Issues , Political , Watch Dog

Gov. Tom Wolf reinstates moratorium on further gas leasing of public lands

By at February 2, 2015 | 5:59 pm | 0 Comment

Great news for Pennsylvania’s state forests and state parks.

In a ceremony at Benjamin Rush State Park in Philadelphia this morning, Governor Wolf reinstated a moratorium on further gas leasing of public lands. The executive order would supersede… Read the rest

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Energy & Environment , Featured , Marcellus Shale , Pennsylvania Issues

Wolf bans gifts for executive branch first day as PA governor

By at January 22, 2015 | 12:02 pm | 0 Comment

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Not long after taking the oath of office, Gov. Tom Wolfmade good on promises to instill two good-government protections.

Wolf immediately signed executive orders banning gifts for members… Read the rest

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Reform activist calls for more timely audit of PA Legislature

By at January 16, 2015 | 4:09 pm | 0 Comment

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Eric Epstein wants to know how much of a financial reserve the state Legislature has squirreled away, and he wants the answer by the end of this month.

The coordinator of Rock the Capital,… Read the rest

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