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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 Talen Generation, LLC for 2005 Martins Creek Ash Spill The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Pennsylvania Fish and […]

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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 possible.   And, given the pension fund discount rate  of 7.5%, the (old) number increased at […]

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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 than a 1.5% multiplier. Rep. Mark Cohen (D-Philadelphia) will qualify for a pension benefit of 3% (2% X 1.5) of Final Average Pay […]

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Release of Legislative Audit for 2015

By at January 5, 2016 | 11:14 pm | 0 Comment

January 5, 2016 Representative Mark Keller Chairman, Legislative Audit Advisory Commission Room 108, Ryan Office Building P.O. Box 202086 Harrisburg, PA 17120-2086 717-705-7012 (fax) Dear Chairman Keller: 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 […]

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Kane appoints special prosecutor to unravel PornGate

By at December 11, 2015 | 9:23 am | 0 Comment

by Andrew Staub Pennsylvanians have already suffered the indignity of learning that judges, prosecutors and other law enforcement officials have used state computer systems to exchange pornographic, racist and misogynistic emails. Now, state taxpayers will pick up the bill for a team of special prosecutors hired to sort out the sordid details of PornGate. Standing […]

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After Sandusky wins back pension, PA senator calls for stricter forfeiture law

By at December 3, 2015 | 11:17 pm | 0 Comment

by Andrew Staub Jerry Sandusky might have gotten his public pension back, but one lawmaker wants to ensure taxpayers aren’t footing the bill for other sex offenders’ retirements. State Sen. Larry Farnese, D-Philadelphia, plans to introduce legislation that would bar public officials and employees from collecting retirement benefits if they’re convicted of, or plead guilty […]

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THIS IS A HISTORIC DAY FOR GOOD GOVERNMENT IN PENNSYLVANIA AS DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERALS ARE FINALLY CALLED TO TESTIFY

By at November 18, 2015 | 4:28 pm | 0 Comment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2015 CONTACT: GENE STILP 717-829-5600 THIS IS A HISTORIC DAY FOR GOOD GOVERNMENT IN PENNSYLVANIA AS DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERALS ARE FINALLY CALLED TO TESTIFY   After months of delay, the Senate Special Committee on Direct Address is finding out how easy it is to actually be responsible legislators. Good […]

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STILP ACCUSES SUPREME COURT OF INACTION ON DISBARMENT OF KATHLEEN KANE

By at November 18, 2015 | 4:26 pm | 0 Comment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NOVEMBER 13, 2015 CONTACT: GENE STILP 717-829-5600 genestilp@comcast.net   STILP ACCUSES SUPREME COURT OF INACTION ON DISBARMENT OF KATHLEEN KANE   Just what are the responsibilities of the Supreme Court when a suspended Pennsylvania attorney ignores the suspension order and practices law? The unanimous opinion is that the Supreme Court, through its […]

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Rep. John McGinnis Publishes Book on Pennsylvania’s Pension Crisis

By at November 9, 2015 | 3:08 pm | 0 Comment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Rep. John McGinnis (814) 942-1028 Rep. John McGinnis Publishes Book on Pennsylvania’s Pension Crisis     Treatise exposes dire consequences of politicians’ self-serving behavior HOMETOWN, PA (Nov. 9, 2015) — Rep. John McGinnis (R-Blair County) announces today the publication of his book on the Pennsylvania pension crisis: Future Forsaken: PENnscam and the […]

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No cookies for you! Wolf’s gift ban foils sweet-toothed Pennsylvania employees

By at September 24, 2015 | 10:41 pm | 0 Comment

by Eric Boehm for PA Independent Some sweet-toothed state employees were busted by Pennsylvania’s inspector general for skirting the Wolf administration’s gift ban. Their offense: accepting a plate of holiday cookies. The cookies, which the inspector general notes were “homemade…and were of nominal value” and were “presented on an ordinary tray and not a basket […]

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