Pennsylvania Issues

An out-of-the-box solution to Pennsylvania’s $50 billion retirement system debt

By at August 5, 2014 | 1:38 pm | 0 Comment

An out-of-the-box solution to Pennsylvania’s $50 billion retirement system debt

The problem with our school employees’ and state employees’ retirement systems is real, and it’s forcing school districts to raise property taxes.

The retirement systems have a combined debt of nearly $50 billion. It’s a debt that must be paid,… Read the rest

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Ghost Employee

By at August 4, 2014 | 3:09 pm | 0 Comment

Ghost Employee

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Auditor Express: Fighting for Accountability, People and Jobs

By at July 14, 2014 | 11:07 am | 0 Comment

by Eugene A. DePasquale

 

Good morning,

I recently released two major audits that may be of interest to you. One found that the welfare benefit system failed to detect benefits being issued on cards associated with Social Security Numbers… 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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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
Photo by joseph a

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State rep. wants to ban vanity plates for Pa. lawmakers

By at June 11, 2014 | 10:37 am | 0 Comment

State rep. wants to ban vanity plates for Pa. lawmakers

By Andrew Staub

In case Pennsylvania lawmakers need to get creative with their vanity license plates, NO1 SEN and BESTREP are still available, at least for now.

Members of the state’s General Assembly and congressional delegation could find themselves in… Read the rest

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Top Ten Highest Paid Legislatures

By at June 9, 2014 | 10:34 am | 0 Comment

Top Ten Highest Paid Legislatures

Pennsylvania Remains Second Highest Paid Legislature in the Nation

 

State Ranking Annual Salary
1) California: $90,526.
Decrease from 2012 when

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Walter Brasch wins Penn Press Club award

By at June 6, 2014 | 1:33 pm | 0 Comment

Walter Brasch, whose weekly column appears in Rock the Capital, recently won awards for both his column and his radio commentary.

Brasch won first place in commentary (general) and second place in commentary (humor) from the Pennsylvania Press Club, against… Read the rest

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