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Auditor General DePasquale Launches Audits of Two State Employee Retirement Systems’ Management of $78 Billion in Assets

By at July 28, 2016 | 12:40 pm | 0 Comment

HARRISBURG (July 25, 2016) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced that he is launching simultaneous audits of the two retirement systems that manage $78 billion in assets for more than 854,000 state and school employees and retirees.

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SchoolWATCH

By at July 28, 2016 | 12:35 pm | 0 Comment

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Department of Education’sSchoolWATCH database, launched in January 2015, allows parents, students and taxpayers for the first time to easily track and compare school district and charter school spending.

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Rob McCord’s Pension Payout, (RTK, February, 2015)

By at July 28, 2016 | 12:27 pm | 0 Comment

Refund amount: $63,799.62.

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Barbara Hafer’s pension pay out based on RTK Requests, (2012)

By at July 28, 2016 | 12:23 pm | 0 Comment

Gross monthly annuity: $4,035.29

Please note that as of the date of the receipt of the SERS data, there was no record of a lump sum withdrawal.

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Richard Nixon: The Last Liberal President?

By at July 28, 2016 | 12:06 pm | 74 Comments

Richard Nixon: The Last Liberal President?

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

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Basic Education Funding

By at July 6, 2016 | 5:59 pm | 0 Comment

A breakdown of how the $200 million increase in basic education funding will be distributed among the state’s school districts.

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Part 1: The Taxpayer Chain Gang

By at June 20, 2016 | 7:19 am | 0 Comment

by Jeff Coleman and Eric J. Epstein

An old and misguided political adage claimed that Democrats built schools and Republicans built prisons.  It’s simply not true, and the reality is much more complex.

It would be far more accurate to… Read the rest

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The Pension Iceberg One Decade Later

By at June 3, 2016 | 11:58 am | 0 Comment

New Report Shows Pension Debt Skyrockets 730 Percent in Ten Years

June 2, 2016, HARRISBURG, Pa.—In 2006, the president of the largest state workers’ union stated, “Pennsylvania is not the Titanic, and there are no icebergs in our… Read the rest

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Pennsylvania’s Pension Liability Climbs to Over $66 Billion: No Solution in Sight

By at June 1, 2016 | 10:33 am | 0 Comment

by Eric Epstein and researched by Richard Dreyfuss,

Pennsylvania’s pension time bomb continues to grow despite the rhetoric kicked around the Capitol.  Official “figures” tend to not fully account for the magnitude of the problem. Pennsylvania’s pension funding standards are… Read the rest

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Memorial Day

By at May 29, 2016 | 10:51 pm | 0 Comment

Memorial Day

Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained… Read the rest

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