By Andrew Staub | PA Independent
Pennsylvania lawmakers last summer passed a patchwork spending plan that contributed to a credit rating downgrade and exacerbated a budget shortfall expected to top $2 billion this year.
Yet at the time… Read the rest[...read more]
February 23, 2015
Representative Mark Keller
Chairman, Legislative Audit Advisory Commission
Room 108, Ryan Office Building
P.O. Box 202086
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2086
Dear Chairman Keller:
In recent years,… Read the rest[...read more]
By Steve Wilson of Watchdog.org
This is it. Our top two in a hall-of-fame lineup of 17 Good Guys of 2014. These citizens, government officials and politicians took to heart the mission of Watchdog.org, to hold government at all… Read the rest[...read more]
The following states have no per diems: Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Ohio.
1) Alaska: $234.
Linked to the the time of the year and tied to the federal rate. “Legislators who reside in the Capitol… Read the rest
What Everyone Needs to Know
Richard C. Dreyfuss
Central Dauphin School District
February 3, 2015
by Andrew Staub | PA Independent
First, Rob McCord lost his bid to be Pennsylvania’s newest governor when he finished third in the Democratic primary and watched as nominee Tom Wolf unseated Republican incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett.
Then,… Read the rest[...read more]
A version of this essay was originally published by Pennsylvania Legislative Services, July 2014.
Former Gov. Tom Corbett was right. The problem with our school employees’ and state employees’ retirement systems is real, and it’s forcing… Read the rest[...read more]
Great news for Pennsylvania’s state forests and state parks.
In a ceremony at Benjamin Rush State Park in Philadelphia this morning, Governor Wolf reinstated a moratorium on further gas leasing of public lands. The executive order would supersede… Read the rest[...read more]
U.S. fracking production crashes, but incoming PA Gov. Wolf still hopes to raise big revenue from Marcellus shale
Pennsylvania budget and policymakers, including incoming Governor Tom Wolf, still hold out the hope of raising upwards of $1 billion a year in taxes from Marcellus shale fracking.
But the fracking industry they hope to tax soon may be shut… Read the rest[...read more]
Sen. Corman & Treasurer McCord to be awarded “2015 Partners for Change” by PFSA for efforts to protect children from abuse
Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance (PFSA) will recognize PA Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman and PA State Treasurer Rob McCord on April 1 for their outstanding commitment to protecting children, and successfully fighting for the $60 million PSU-NCAA settlement… Read the rest[...read more]