Pennsylvania Issues

View porn on state computers? You should go to jail, lawmaker says

By at March 27, 2015 | 9:00 am | 0 Comment

View porn on state computers? You should go to jail, lawmaker says

By Andrew Staub, PA Independent

Sometimes office policy just isn’t enough.

A Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to make it illegal for state employees to use commonwealth-owned computers, networks or cellphones to view or exchange pornography.

“While most state agencies… Read the rest

[...read more]

Featured , Pennsylvania Issues

’Rithmatic Doesn’t Add Up in One School District

By at March 11, 2015 | 10:46 am | 0 Comment

’Rithmatic Doesn’t Add Up in One School District

The Danville Education Association (Pa.) has been operating without a contract for three years.

Two years ago, the teachers approved recommendations of an independent fact-finder; the board rejected it. This eventually led to a protest strike of five days in … Read the rest

[...read more]

Featured , Pennsylvania Issues

The Wreck of the Kathleen Kane

By at March 10, 2015 | 12:22 pm | 0 Comment

The Wreck of the Kathleen Kane

We know what happened to the Edmund Fitzgerald. We do not know what will happen to the Kathleen Kane.* However, politically, it would be miraculous if she staged a comeback. In the meantime, things are a wreck for her because… Read the rest

[...read more]

Featured , Pennsylvania Issues , Political

Pennsylvania Judges make million dollar pay grab

By at March 9, 2015 | 1:45 pm | 0 Comment

Pennsylvania Judges make million dollar pay grab

Pennsylvanians have been well served and protected in recent decades by a hard-won constitutional reform requiring all state judges retire at age 70.

But some Pennsylvania judges are working hard to do away with this needed protection.

State judges want… Read the rest

[...read more]

Featured , Pennsylvania Issues , Political , Watch Dog

Pennsylvania Legislature grew reserves in tough budget times, audit says

By at March 2, 2015 | 12:22 pm | 0 Comment

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]

Featured , Pennsylvania Issues , Political , Uncategorized , Watch Dog

Legislative Audit for 2014: Testimony of Eric Epstein

By at February 23, 2015 | 1:40 am | 0 Comment

February 23, 2015

Representative Mark Keller
Chairman, Legislative Audit Advisory Commission
Room 108, Ryan Office Building
P.O. Box 202086
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2086
Voice: 717-787-5774
Fax:     717-705-2088

Dear Chairman Keller:

In recent years,… Read the rest

[...read more]

Featured , Pennsylvania Issues , Political , Uncategorized , Watch Dog

COUNTDOWN! Good guys of 2014

By at February 16, 2015 | 4:58 pm | 0 Comment

COUNTDOWN! Good guys of 2014

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 allRead the rest

[...read more]

Featured , Pennsylvania Issues , Political , Watch Dog

Top Legislative Per Diems for 2014

By at February 16, 2015 | 4:49 pm | 0 Comment

Top Legislative Per Diems for 2014

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

[...read more]

Featured , Pennsylvania Issues , Political , Watch Dog

Elements of Comprehensive and Sustainable Public-Sector Defined Benefit Pension Reform

By at February 7, 2015 | 10:29 pm | 0 Comment

What Everyone Needs to Know

Richard C. Dreyfuss

Pension Workshop
Central Dauphin School District
February 3, 2015

Download PDF

[...read more]

Dauphin County Watch , Education , Featured , Pennsylvania Issues , Watch Dog

Former state treasurer’s guilty plea puts his public pension at risk

By at February 7, 2015 | 10:04 pm | 0 Comment

Former state treasurer’s guilty plea puts his public pension at risk

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]

Featured , Legal , Pennsylvania Issues , Political , Watch Dog

Slider by webdesign