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The Smoke Behind the Mirror: The Property Tax Independence Act

By at February 17, 2017 | 1:05 pm | 0 Comment

Everybody hates property taxes. On that we can agree. But the current proposal floating around Harrisburg is more onerous than property taxes, and would actually increase taxes.

The Property Tax Independence Act will be introduced in the Senate. This proposal… Read the rest

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FAQ: The Pension Debt Clock

By at February 7, 2017 | 10:41 pm | 0 Comment

by Richard Dreyfuss

What is a defined benefit pension plan?

A defined-benefit (DB) pension plan provides formula-based monthly benefits to qualifying members at retirement.

The technical term for these benefit payments is an “annuity”.

Generally, members are required to contribute… Read the rest

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Jewish Federation on Greater Harrisburg Statement on Immigrants & Refugees

By at February 7, 2017 | 6:22 pm | 0 Comment

This statement of the Jewish Community Relations Council was unanimously approved by the Board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg at its meeting on February 2 on refugees and immigrants following the White House Executive Order of January 29,… Read the rest

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Pension Debt Clock – Press Briefing 1/24/17 – State Capitol

By at January 25, 2017 | 1:28 pm | 0 Comment

by RC Dreyfuss

I would like to take 10 minutes to share my perspectives as a retired HR executive & actuary (>35 years). I am currently a self-employed consulting resource to several public policy organizations.

I appreciate Barry (Shutt’s) friendship… Read the rest

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Advocates letter to AG’s Chief Integrity Officer, (1/23/17)

By at January 23, 2017 | 7:30 pm | 0 Comment

January 23, 2017

TO:

ATTORNEY ERIC FILLMAN
CHIEF INTEGRITY OFFICER
PENNSYLVANIA OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL
16TH FLOOR
STRAWBERRY SQUARE
HARRISBURG, PA 17120

FROM:

GENE STILP
TAXPAYERS AND RATEPAYERS UNITED
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Beyond Nuclear Calls for Immediate Shutdown of Reactors with Defective Parts

By at January 23, 2017 | 7:22 pm | 0 Comment

Beyond Nuclear, a leading national anti-nuclear advocacy group, today called on the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to make public the full list of U.S nuclear power plants that are known to be operating with potentially defective parts imported from… Read the rest

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Letter from Simon Campbell Calling for Investigation of Parks Miller, Kane and Castor

By at January 23, 2017 | 7:21 pm | 0 Comment

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Reform Advocates Ask Shapiro to Investigate Kane, Parks Miller, Castor Connections

By at January 17, 2017 | 11:34 am | 0 Comment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 17, 2017

CONTACT:
GENE STILP 717-829-5600
ERIC EPSTEIN 717-635-8615

STATE REFORM ADVOCATES ASK NEW ATTORNEY GENERAL SHAPIRO TO INVESTIGATE THE KATHLEEN KANE, STACY PARKS MILLER, BRUCE CASTOR CONNECTIONS 

In a letter dated September 17, 2017, … Read the rest

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How Many Elected Offices Can Full-Time Legislators Hold Simultaneously?

By at January 17, 2017 | 11:29 am | 0 Comment

Carolyn Comitta has been Mayor of West Chester since January of 2010. Her second term is over at the end of 2017.  When folks have asked Mayor Comitta  about the process for replacing her as Mayor, she has stated that… Read the rest

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Pension Status for the Legislative Class of 2015-2016

By at January 10, 2017 | 1:01 pm | 0 Comment

RockTheCapital.com (“RTC”) has reviewed the long-term pension crisis which currently sits at $70 billion in unfunded liabilities (funds the tax payers  owe). This behemoth has already reduced our credit rating. Crippling debt will eventually impoverish the state. The three main… Read the rest

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