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Kill the Cola

By at December 15, 2010 | 9:00 am | 1,105 Comments

Kill the Cola

The time for automatic Colas needs to come to an end. Salaries for legislative folks are rising along with all the benefits regardless of whether there is merit for the increase. Average Americans are struggling to put food on the table and the time has come to create an independent compensation commission.

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Pining for regulatory oversight in of all places, Marcellus

By at December 14, 2010 | 10:20 am | 3 Comments

Pining for regulatory oversight in of all places, Marcellus

These days it seems like everything that is touched turns to gold in the Marcellus but one company is finding out it will have some tough obstacles to overcome in building a pipeline to haul natural gas. Its an issue that is being closely watched because there is more to it than meets the eye on the surface.

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All the reasons you need to vote for Sarah Palin

By at December 13, 2010 | 12:38 pm | 1 Comments

All the reasons you need to vote for Sarah Palin

Top Ten Reasons to Vote for Sarah Palin 10) Bristol Palin can beat up Jamie-Lee Spears. 9) Redefines foreign affair. 8) Thinks oil is a vegetable grown in North Korea. 7) Can pronounce nuclear. 6) Could look into Putin’s soul, and disarm Russia’s missile defense. 5) She is hotter than the head French dude’s rock-star […]

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A Busload of savings for School Districts

By at December 13, 2010 | 11:00 am | 485 Comments

A Busload of savings for School Districts

Although the West Chester Area School District’s community budget task force is no longer operating, its influence continues. The WCASD board in November adopted changes in its transportation plan that are expected to save almost $1 million, WCASD officials told Rock The Capital. The transportation sub-committee of WCASD’s task force presented recommendations for money saving […]

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Why Job Growth Remains Sluggish when Corporations are Recording Record Profits

By at December 12, 2010 | 12:00 pm | 242 Comments

Why Job Growth Remains Sluggish when Corporations are Recording Record Profits

How is that corporate America just reported all-time record quarterly profits and yet job growth continues to crawl?

The answer is not as mysterious as one may think. If you hear the opinions of most employers and small and mid-sized employer groups, the problem comes down to uncertainty.

Any reasonable employer is only willing to move forward with job expansion when there is a reasonably predictable view of what the future holds in terms of economic conditions, benefit costs and the predictability of likely changes in tax regulations and government incentives.

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A Pennsylvania school district found the right formula to cut costs, can it work in other cities

By at December 11, 2010 | 4:26 pm | 55 Comments

A Pennsylvania school district found the right formula to cut costs, can it work in other cities

Pennsylvania school districts are facing tough economic times, and the more ideas about how to deal with them, the better. Taking a cue from the West Chester Area School District, the Central Dauphin School District in suburban Harrisburg called upon residents to form a community budget task force to come up with money saving ideas for the 2011-2012 budget. After reading about […]

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The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission: Unsafe at Any Speed

By at December 9, 2010 | 8:37 pm | 120 Comments

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission: Unsafe at Any Speed

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 rolls at Howard Johnsons, and taking Sunday afternoon drives to view fall foliage. That era […]

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Pulling the plug on America’s first commercial nuclear power plant

By at December 9, 2010 | 4:21 pm | 39 Comments

Pulling the plug on America’s first commercial nuclear power plant

By industry standards, the Oyster Creek Nuclear power plant in Forked River, New Jersey is ancient. It went on line in 1969, and Exelon, the rightful owners, by federal license, is entitled to operate it until 2029, 60 years after it began providing electricity to what now numbers hundreds of thousands of homes. But Exelon now plans […]

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Governor Rendell is pushing his brand

By at December 7, 2010 | 11:50 am | 1,212 Comments

Governor Rendell is pushing his brand

Governor Ed Rendell, now just weeks shy of leaving the governor’s mansion, is weighing (it would seem) all options except the unemployment line.  Rendell has been plenty candid about airing his views 24/7 or something like that. He recently told the on-line site Salon that he is open to offers at Fox, CNN and MSNBC. […]

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Why WikiLeaks matters

By at December 6, 2010 | 1:45 pm | 3 Comments

Why WikiLeaks matters

Unless you have been living under a rock or in a cave – and, hopefully, the terrorists who might find actionable intelligence in the released memos are doing just that – you have heard something about the most recent WikiLeaks document dump. The airing of our diplomatic dirty laundry, the exposing of our techniques and opinions, may […]

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