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They Brand Cattle, Don’t They?

By at February 27, 2015 | 12:13 am | 0 Comment

They Brand Cattle, Don’t They?

“Branding! We have to make you a brand!”

“I’m not cattle,” I told my sometimes faux foil assistant Marshbaum, who had just burst into my office. “And if you think I’m getting a tattoo,” I replied, “my body isn’t a… Read the rest

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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

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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

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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

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Featured , Pennsylvania Issues , Political , 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

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Featured , Legal , Pennsylvania Issues , Political , Watch Dog

An Out-of-the-Box Solution to Pennsylvania’s $50 Billion Retirement System Debt

By at February 7, 2015 | 9:42 pm | 0 Comment

An Out-of-the-Box Solution to Pennsylvania’s $50 Billion Retirement System Debt

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

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Education , Featured , Pennsylvania Issues , Political , Watch Dog

Legislative Audit for 2014: Testimony of Eric Epstein

By at February 2, 2015 | 5:43 pm | 0 Comment

In recent years, Pennsylvania citizens have witnessed a sad parade of scandals and lapses of judgment by public officials. During this period the Legislative Audit Advisory Commission has delayed the release of the Legislature’s Annual

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U.S. fracking production crashes, but incoming PA Gov. Wolf still hopes to raise big revenue from Marcellus shale

By at January 29, 2015 | 11:10 pm | 0 Comment

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

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Energy & Environment , Featured , Marcellus Shale , Pennsylvania Issues , Political

Reform activist calls for more timely audit of PA Legislature

By at January 16, 2015 | 4:09 pm | 0 Comment

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Eric Epstein wants to know how much of a financial reserve the state Legislature has squirreled away, and he wants the answer by the end of this month.

The coordinator of Rock the Capital,… Read the rest

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A Textbook Case of Willful Distortion

By at January 13, 2015 | 5:08 pm | 0 Comment

A Textbook Case of Willful Distortion

HarperCollins says it’s sorry. It says it regrets not including Israel on a map of the Middle East in an atlas it published and distributed in the Middle East. It says all remaining copies of the atlas will be pulped.… Read the rest

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