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Money and Water Flow Naturally Away From Their Source

By at November 16, 2012 | 7:00 am | 0 Comment

Money and Water Flow Naturally Away From Their Source

I have an electric stream behind my house. Water flows down the rocks, offering a drinking fountain for the dog, birds and wasps that live here, and soothing sound for me. There is a pump submerged at the bottom of the stream to raise the water back to the top. Even with the pump running, […]

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Don’t Count Out the Labor Movement

By at August 31, 2012 | 7:00 am | 0 Comment

Don’t Count Out the Labor Movement

Almost every conservative political columnist, pundit, commentator, blogger, and bloviator has written about the decline and forthcoming death of the labor movement. They happily point to Wisconsin, where Republican Gov. Scott Walker shortly after taking office in January 2011 took advantage of a Republican majority in the House and Senate to ram through legislation that […]

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Top Sales Tax States

By at July 30, 2012 | 9:20 am | 0 Comment

Top Sales Tax States

State Rate Indiana 7.0% Mississippi 7.0% New Jersey 7.0% Rhode Island 7.0% Tennessee 7.0% Minnesota 6.875% Nevada 6.85% Connecticut 6.35% Arizona 6.60% Washington 6.50% Kansas 6.30% California 6.25% Massachusetts 6.25% Texas 6.25% Illinois 6.25% Source: Sales Tax Institute Photo by robertstinnett

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Marcellus-Related Plant Offered $2 Billion to Come to Pa.

By at June 12, 2012 | 7:50 am | 0 Comment

Marcellus-Related Plant Offered $2 Billion to Come to Pa.

Shell Oil Co., a child of Royal Dutch Shell the latter reportedly the largest oil company in Europe and second largest company in the world is thinking about building an ethane cracker plant in Monaca Borough, Beaver County, 30-some miles northwest of Pittsburgh, Pa. The proposed plant would be used to crack ethane from natural […]

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Top Ten Reforms Ignored by Governor Corbett and the Legislature

By at October 24, 2011 | 9:39 am | 135 Comments

Top Ten Reforms Ignored by Governor Corbett and the Legislature

10) 52% of Pennsylvania voters prefer the current electoral system. (a) 9) 54% of Pennsylvania voters support pension reform. (b) 7) 65% of Pennsylvanians favor a natural gas tax. (c) 8) 67% of Pennsylvania voters want to prohibit public officials form taking gifts. (d) 6) 72% of Pennsylvania voters want to vote on a Constitution […]

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The Story Never Ends: Newsman Joe Bianco

By at October 19, 2011 | 9:32 am | 2 Comments

The Story Never Ends: Newsman Joe Bianco

Joe Bianco first walked into a newspaper office in Newark, New Jersey. It was 1948, and he had no training of any kind for a journalism career. He spent a chunk of World War II as a Navy Corpsman, but, contrary to all the bloodletting going on at newspapers these days, they rarely ever involve […]

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Republican lawmakers could force Gov. Corbett to sign Marcellus tax

By at October 14, 2011 | 10:08 am | 167 Comments

Republican lawmakers could force Gov. Corbett to sign Marcellus tax

Gov. Tom Corbett has presented a plan that would allow county and municipal leaders in Marcellus Shale drilling areas to enact an “impact fee.” The plan essentially requires impact fee proponents to show how much their budgets have been inflated by the presence of drilling operations, then establish a fee of between $10,000 and $40,000 […]

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We need the work done, and they need the work, so…

By at October 4, 2011 | 8:52 am | 5 Comments

We need the work done, and they need the work, so…

Gifford Pinchot did it. In 1931, his state in the grip of The Great Depression and his state’s roads a muddy mess, Gov. Pinchot declared he would “get the farmers out of the mud.” Pinchot was governor of Pennsylvania 1923-1927 and 1931-1935. (In those days, the state constitution prohibited a governor succeeding himself). As he […]

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Developers use courts to SLAPP down citizen objections

By at September 30, 2011 | 9:41 am | 129 Comments

Developers use courts to SLAPP down citizen objections

It almost sounds like a football metaphor. The big guy SLAPPing down a smaller opponent on the way to the goal line. It is a concept many municipalities across the commonwealth are too familiar with. A big developer comes to town and runs into problems getting township planners to accept his proposal for a few […]

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Sludge

By at September 29, 2011 | 10:07 am | 101 Comments

Sludge

I should have known something was wrong when I heard the cheerful voice of the operator who sounded something like the ProgressiveAuto Insurance woman on hallucinogenics.  It was a voice reflecting a level of happiness I didn’t usually associate with public employees in my home state of Mississippi.  Maybe Pennsylvania would be different, after all. […]

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