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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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Featured , Political , Watch Dog

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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Letter to Mark Keller: Legislature’s Annual Audit

By at January 8, 2015 | 11:03 am | 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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Featured , Legal , Political

The Fracking Boom is a Fracking Bubble

By at December 30, 2014 | 10:09 am | 0 Comment

The Fracking Boom is a Fracking Bubble

Gas prices have plunged to the low $2 range—except in Pennsylvania.

In Pennsylvania, the prices at the pump are in the mid-$2 range.

That’s because Gov. Tom Corbett and the legislature imposed a 28-cent per gallon surcharge tax. Until 2019,… Read the rest

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A note to Tom Wolf

By at December 30, 2014 | 10:00 am | 0 Comment

A note to Tom Wolf

It’s time to look pragmatically at Harrisburg’s flawed state bailout, and pull the plug on the pieces that aren’t working, like the insider parking deal.

The City of Harrisburg is insolvent. In fact, its yearly operating budget is millions of… Read the rest

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Featured , Political

Coal or Candy?

By at December 8, 2014 | 9:00 am | 0 Comment

Coal or Candy?

Coal: The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Candy: Law enforcement for the capture of Eric Frein.

Candy: Tom Wolf for proposing middle-class tax cuts.

Coal: Public officials for sending and storing pornographic e-mails.

Candy: Attorney General Kane for investigating pornographic e-mails.… Read the rest

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Featured , Pennsylvania Issues , Political

Gene Stilp’s Theory of Legislative De-Evolution

By at December 5, 2014 | 11:04 pm | 0 Comment

Gene Stilp’s Theory of Legislative De-Evolution

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Pennsylvania Issues , Political

Perceptions of Reality— And a Failure to Indict

By at December 3, 2014 | 12:38 pm | 0 Comment

Perceptions of Reality— And a Failure to Indict

She quietly walked into the classroom and stood there, just inside the door, against a wall.

The professor, his back to her, continued his lecture, unaware of her presence until his students’ eyes began focusing upon her rather than him.… Read the rest

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How Americans Came to Oppose Fracking

By at November 25, 2014 | 1:25 pm | 0 Comment

How Americans Came to Oppose Fracking

For the first time since high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as nonconventional fracking, was developed, more Americans oppose it than support it.

According to a national survey conducted by the independent non-partisan Pew Research Center, 47 percent of… Read the rest

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Energy & Environment , Featured , Pennsylvania Issues , Political

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