Pennsylvania Issues

DEP Reaches Natural Resource Damage Settlement with Talen Generation, LLC for 2005 Martins Creek Ash Spill

By at May 6, 2016 | 11:35 am | 0 Comment

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA Dept. of Environmental Protection Commonwealth News Bureau Room 308, Main Capitol Building Harrisburg PA., 17120 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 05/4/2016 CONTACT: Colleen Connolly, DEP 570-826-2035 DEP Reaches Natural Resource Damage Settlement with Talen Generation, LLC for 2005 Martins Creek Ash Spill The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Pennsylvania Fish and […]

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PA Pension Debt has passed $66 billion

By at May 6, 2016 | 11:32 am | 0 Comment

PA Pension Debt has passed $66 billion

Pennsylvania’s Pension Debt has now passed $66 billion.   The new figure is a revision using the 12/31/15 State Employees Retirement System (SERS) report.  Prior to its release, the “clock” was based on the 12/31/14 report and adjusted as accurately as possible.   And, given the pension fund discount rate  of 7.5%, the (old) number increased at […]

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Revised Pension Estimate for Rep. Mark Cohen

By at April 29, 2016 | 11:11 pm | 0 Comment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 29, 2016 Revised Pension Estimate for Rep. Mark Cohen Rock the Capital learned last night that the formula used to project Mr. Cohen’s pension used a 1.25% multiplier rather than a 1.5% multiplier. Rep. Mark Cohen (D-Philadelphia) will qualify for a pension benefit of 3% (2% X 1.5) of Final Average Pay […]

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Governor Wolf Outlines “Government that Works” Reform Plan

By at March 18, 2016 | 3:31 pm | 0 Comment

Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf outlined his “Government that Works” Reform Plan which calls for the banning of gifts, contracting reform, increasing lobbying oversight, and increasing transparency. “Since taking office, I’ve taken significant steps forward in making our government more open and transparent,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “However, special interests still wield […]

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Dept of State Investigates Kane

By at February 17, 2016 | 12:39 pm | 0 Comment

Kane is now being investigated by the Department of State for using campaign funds for her private criminal matters Download PDF

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State by State Budget Comparison for FY 2015 and FY 2016

By at December 29, 2015 | 6:46 pm | 0 Comment

Group Proposes Solutions to Avoid Future Impasses December 29, 2015 (Harrisburg) – Rock the Capital released a state by state comparison of budget data that includes the following: Target date for passing the budget. Date budget was signed into law. Population of State. Amount of budget. Per capita cost of budget. Eric Epstein, Coordinator of […]

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Ethics Commission Launches Investigation of Kane

By at December 29, 2015 | 10:05 am | 0 Comment

State Ethics Commission Launches Full Investigation of Kathleen Kane’s Activities as They Relate to the State Ethics Act A Nice Christmas Gift for Pennsylvania Citizens Download PDF

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From Auditor General Eugene DePasquale

By at December 22, 2015 | 5:49 pm | 0 Comment

Preparing for the New Year Welcome to the December 2015 edition of the Auditor Express, a periodic e-newsletter showcasing the ways the Department of the Auditor General is helping to improve government accountability, transparency, and the effective use of taxpayer dollars. This edition features a quick round-up of school-related issues from this fall. We look […]

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Kane appoints special prosecutor to unravel PornGate

By at December 11, 2015 | 9:23 am | 0 Comment

by Andrew Staub Pennsylvanians have already suffered the indignity of learning that judges, prosecutors and other law enforcement officials have used state computer systems to exchange pornographic, racist and misogynistic emails. Now, state taxpayers will pick up the bill for a team of special prosecutors hired to sort out the sordid details of PornGate. Standing […]

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After Sandusky wins back pension, PA senator calls for stricter forfeiture law

By at December 3, 2015 | 11:17 pm | 0 Comment

by Andrew Staub Jerry Sandusky might have gotten his public pension back, but one lawmaker wants to ensure taxpayers aren’t footing the bill for other sex offenders’ retirements. State Sen. Larry Farnese, D-Philadelphia, plans to introduce legislation that would bar public officials and employees from collecting retirement benefits if they’re convicted of, or plead guilty […]

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