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Pension Backgrounder

By at July 28, 2014 | 11:48 am | 0 Comment

Rock the Capital has compiled a summary of key pension dates and developments relating to Pennsylvania’s public pension crisis. Feel free to duplicate or reference this document, but we ask that you attribute Rock the Capital as the source.

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Auditor Express: Fighting for Accountability, People and Jobs

By at July 14, 2014 | 11:07 am | 0 Comment

by Eugene A. DePasquale

 

Good morning,

I recently released two major audits that may be of interest to you. One found that the welfare benefit system failed to detect benefits being issued on cards associated with Social Security Numbers… Read the rest

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The Pay Raise Nine Years Later: Report from Rock the Capital

By at July 7, 2014 | 4:59 pm | 0 Comment

The Pay Raise Nine Years Later: Report from Rock the Capital

(Harrisburg, Pa) – Rock The Capital released a review of current and former state legislators who accepted an increase in their pay through “unvouchered expenses” and refused to pay the money back.

Legislators who refused to return “unvouchered expenses,” or… Read the rest

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Pennsylvania Dramatically Decreased Funding for Higher Education from 2008-2014

By at June 30, 2014 | 10:42 am | 0 Comment

Pennsylvania Dramatically Decreased Funding for Higher Education from 2008-2014

State Ranks Low in Seven of Eight Indicators

Most of the debate surrounding Governor Corbett’s education polices have focused on the impact of budget cuts on public schools K -12. Reductions in full-day kindergarten programs, furloughed teachers, increased… Read the rest

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Top Ten Corrupt States

By at June 30, 2014 | 10:26 am | 0 Comment

Top Ten Corrupt States

  1. Mississippi.
  2. Louisiana.
  3. Tennessee.
  4. Illinois.
  5. Pennsylvania.
  6. Alabama.
  7. Alaska.
  8. South Dakota.
  9. Kentucky.
  10. Florida.

 

Sources: Fortune.com, Wiley.com
Photo by joseph a

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State rep. wants to ban vanity plates for Pa. lawmakers

By at June 11, 2014 | 10:37 am | 0 Comment

State rep. wants to ban vanity plates for Pa. lawmakers

By Andrew Staub

In case Pennsylvania lawmakers need to get creative with their vanity license plates, NO1 SEN and BESTREP are still available, at least for now.

Members of the state’s General Assembly and congressional delegation could find themselves in… Read the rest

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Top Ten Highest Paid Legislatures

By at June 9, 2014 | 10:34 am | 0 Comment

Top Ten Highest Paid Legislatures

Pennsylvania Remains Second Highest Paid Legislature in the Nation

 

State Ranking Annual Salary
1) California: $90,526.
Decrease from 2012 when

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Corbett took gifts, contributions; Gave plum appointments, favorable legislation, and regulatory decisions to gift-givers

By at June 6, 2014 | 1:31 pm | 0 Comment

For immediate release:
May 29, 2014

For more information contact:
Ed Boito, 717-599-1119
eboito@comcast.net

 

Corbett took gifts, contributions; Gave plum appointments, favorable legislation, and regulatory decisions to gift-givers

Government reform advocates call for investigation;Read the rest

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Reform-minded activists deliver cash ‘bribes’ in state Capitol

By at May 28, 2014 | 3:03 pm | 0 Comment

Reform-minded activists deliver cash ‘bribes’ in state Capitol

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

For about a decade, activists for government reform have tried unsuccessfully to persuade Pennsylvania lawmakers and two governors to ban gifts.

On Tuesday, they started speaking in cash, though none of the sort… Read the rest

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The Road Not Taken: A Summary of Attempts to Ban Gifts from 2006-2014

By at May 27, 2014 | 8:00 am | 0 Comment

The Road Not Taken: A Summary of Attempts to Ban Gifts from 2006-2014

Comments by Eric Epstein
Image Concepts by Gene Stilp

May 27, 2014

 

The plot is always the same and the ending is never a surprise. Political scandal followed by public outrage. Politicians… Read the rest

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