It’s been forty years since Richard Nixon’s obsession with Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers backfired and led to the 1971 landmark First Amendment Decision, i.e., New York Times v. United States. The ruling made it possible for newspapers to… Read the rest[...read more]
Two Pennsylvania legislators who have taken money from—and enthusiastically supported—the natural gas industry have teamed up to now praise coal.
State Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Williamsport), chair of the Environmental Resource and Energy Committee, and Rep. Tim Solobay (D-Canonsburg, Pa.) are… Read the rest[...read more]
With his popularity about the same as a hairy wart, Gov. Tom Corbett (R-Pa.) had to make some critical changes in his administration if he has any hope of winning a second term in 2014.
There are many things he… Read the rest[...read more]
The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) dollar estimates are derived from the purchasing power parity (PPP) per capita of various nations.
This list of the top ten richest countries in the world is based on 2011-2012 reports from the International Monetary… Read the rest[...read more]
How do you make a state bailout not look like a state bailout?
That question is now being answered in Harrisburg, even if in a ridiculous fashion, in part by two words: parking spaces.
For months observers of Harrisburg’s bond… Read the rest[...read more]
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Charitable noncash contributions
Charity, as I hope everyone remembers, begins with a tax deduction. Now, let’s say you emptied your closets and gave everything to Goodwill or a similar charity. The value of your donated items —… Read the rest[...read more]
The Pennsylvania Turnpike was a landmark achievement for Pennsylvania
motorists when it officially opened on October 1, 1940. Pennsylvanians had greater access to work, recreation, and family. Many Baby- boomers have happy motoring memories of stopping to picnic, eating clam… Read the rest[...read more]
Talk show hosts and other bloviators have spent hours giving their versions of the fiscal cliff.
In fewer than 750 words, I’ll explain the truth.
Taxes and the deficit are intertwined. If Congress can’t come up with a plan to… Read the rest[...read more]