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Corbett would work “… to cap the legislative accounts at a fraction of its current level.”

By at July 23, 2014 | 11:42 am | 0 Comment

During the gubernatorial election campaign in 2010, Democracy Rising and Rock the Capital asked candidate Tom Corbett about the legislature’s surplus:

“Do you believe the legislature, unlike executive and judicial agencies with rare exceptions, should be able to carry funds… Read the rest

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SEC to Investigate Legislators Taking Cash

By at July 23, 2014 | 11:19 am | 0 Comment

SEC to Investigate Legislators Taking Cash

The legislative sting case that the Attorney General Kathleen Kane decided not to pursue is now being investigated by the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission.

As part of a Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General’s sting operation, four state representatives were allegedly… Read the rest

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Passing Gas to the Consumer

By at July 15, 2014 | 11:24 am | 0 Comment

Passing Gas to the Consumer

Gas prices at the pump during the July 4th extended weekend were the highest they have been in six years. This, of course, has little to do with supply-and-demand economics. It has everything to do with supply-and-gouge profits.

Over the… Read the rest

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Weary and Wary of the Philadelphia School District Passion Play? Another Approach

By at July 9, 2014 | 10:21 am | 0 Comment

Weary and Wary of the Philadelphia School District Passion Play? Another Approach

Every year with the coming of the summer solstice, Philadelphia School District honchos put up a hue and cry for money to put a band-aid on a total debacle.   Every year we hear of cuts beyond the bone and the… Read the rest

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The Pay Raise Nine Years Later: Report from Rock the Capital

By at July 7, 2014 | 4:59 pm | 0 Comment

The Pay Raise Nine Years Later: Report from Rock the Capital

(Harrisburg, Pa) – Rock The Capital released a review of current and former state legislators who accepted an increase in their pay through “unvouchered expenses” and refused to pay the money back.

Legislators who refused to return “unvouchered expenses,” or… Read the rest

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A year wasted? That’s up for debate

By at July 7, 2014 | 11:04 am | 0 Comment

A year wasted? That’s up for debate

By Andrew Staub
PA Independent

The theme at the state Capitol this week could be “unfinished business.”
After all, Republican Gov. Tom Corbett has refused to sign a no-new-taxes budget passed by state legislators from his own party and… Read the rest

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Senate Committee Says Pigeon Shoots are Animal Cruelty

By at July 1, 2014 | 2:34 pm | 0 Comment

Senate Committee Says Pigeon Shoots are Animal Cruelty

HARRISBURG, Pa.–The Pennsylvania State senate may vote on a bill this week that will make it a first degree misdemeanor to kill a cat or dog “for the purpose of human consumption.” The penalty is a fine of $1,000-$10,000 and… Read the rest

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Pennsylvania Dramatically Decreased Funding for Higher Education from 2008-2014

By at June 30, 2014 | 10:42 am | 0 Comment

Pennsylvania Dramatically Decreased Funding for Higher Education from 2008-2014

State Ranks Low in Seven of Eight Indicators

Most of the debate surrounding Governor Corbett’s education polices have focused on the impact of budget cuts on public schools K -12. Reductions in full-day kindergarten programs, furloughed teachers, increased… Read the rest

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Top Ten Corrupt States

By at June 30, 2014 | 10:26 am | 0 Comment

Top Ten Corrupt States

  1. Mississippi.
  2. Louisiana.
  3. Tennessee.
  4. Illinois.
  5. Pennsylvania.
  6. Alabama.
  7. Alaska.
  8. South Dakota.
  9. Kentucky.
  10. Florida.

 

Sources: Fortune.com, Wiley.com
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The Phillies Are Not Phigments of Imagination

By at June 17, 2014 | 12:09 pm | 0 Comment

The Phillies Are Not Phigments of Imagination

Newspapers are often a “court of last resort” for our readers whose problems can’t be dealt with elsewhere.

Thus, it was no great surprise to receive a letter from a young girl who was confused about the Philadelphia Phillies. In… Read the rest

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