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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.

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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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Featured , Pennsylvania Issues , Political , Watch Dog

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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Featured , Political , Watch Dog

Epipen Law: Letter to the Editor

By at January 6, 2015 | 4:40 pm | 0 Comment

I have just read your article about the EpiPen law going into effect in the schools of Pennsylvania.  I am quite sure that the state Dept. of  Health – having been guided by names like Mayo Clinic, and Dr. Todd… Read the rest

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Education , Featured , Pennsylvania Issues

Gene Stilp’s Theory of Legislative De-Evolution

By at December 5, 2014 | 11:04 pm | 0 Comment

Gene Stilp’s Theory of Legislative De-Evolution

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Pennsylvania Issues , Political

Gift ban legislation to get second chance as PA Gov.-elect Wolf pushes his own ethics reform

By at November 21, 2014 | 2:54 pm | 0 Comment

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Gov.-elect Tom Wolf has already asked his transition team to sign a code of conduct prohibiting members from accepting gifts, and he plans to implement a similar ban for the executive branch… Read the rest

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Pennsylvania Issues , Political , Watch Dog

The Glaring Loophole in Pennsylvania’s Courts

By at November 1, 2014 | 3:18 pm | 0 Comment

by Ted Babiy

Our small family homebuilding business has been shattered by a nightmarish loophole that undermines Pennsylvania’s entire legal system.  By refusing to publish 94% of its Decisions, the Superior Court denies transparency, accountability, and the fair… Read the rest

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