Political

Part 1: The Taxpayer Chain Gang

By at June 20, 2016 | 7:19 am | 0 Comment

by Jeff Coleman and Eric J. Epstein

An old and misguided political adage claimed that Democrats built schools and Republicans built prisons.  It’s simply not true, and the reality is much more complex.

It would be far more accurate to… Read the rest

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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

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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… Read the rest

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Trump on real unemployment rate

By at May 2, 2016 | 9:01 pm | 0 Comment

Trump on real unemployment rate

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Political

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 thanRead the rest

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Since 2008 median income stagnates in PA, salaries of state officials grow: Enter Trump

By at April 16, 2016 | 8:07 pm | 0 Comment

State officials in both political parties have done little to better the economic standing of average Pennsylvanians, even while they accept generous cost-of-living increases, further insulating themselves from the economic hardships felt by their voters.

As we approach the spring… Read the rest

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Gerrymandering Kills Representative Democracy

By at March 24, 2016 | 10:53 am | 0 Comment

by A. Sniveling Malcontent

Recently Harrisburg denizens heard the early sounds of discontent about the way legislative and Congressional districts are drawn every 10 years after the national census. Our current system, approved by voters following the… Read the rest

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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… Read the rest

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Pennsylvania Issues , Political , Press Releases

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

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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… Read the rest

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