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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.

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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:

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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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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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‘Made in America’ Just a Political Slogan to Conservatives

By at February 10, 2015 | 1:01 pm | 0 Comment

‘Made in America’ Just a Political Slogan to Conservatives

Conservatives in Congress have once again proven they are un-American and unpatriotic. This time, it’s because of their fierce approval for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

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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

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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.

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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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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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Wolf bans gifts for executive branch first day as PA governor

By at January 22, 2015 | 12:02 pm | 0 Comment

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Not long after taking the oath of office, Gov. Tom Wolfmade good on promises to instill two good-government protections.

Wolf immediately signed executive orders banning gifts for members… Read the rest

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