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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 all levels accountable to the public. We salute each of them. #1 Barb Haselden Barb Haselden probably saved […]

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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 area receive 75% of the federal rate.” Annual Salary: $50,400. 3) Kentucky: $188.22. Tied to 110% of the […]

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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. The pipeline, being built and run by TransCanada, will bring tar sands oil from Alberta to the Gulf Coast. All the oil will be exported. Major beneficiaries, […]

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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 Download PDF

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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. Then, McCord lost his job as state treasurer, a post he held the past six years, last week […]

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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 school districts to raise property taxes. The retirement systems have a combined debt of some $55 billion. It’s a […]

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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 Audit and refused to issue an Request For Proposal (“RFP”) for accounting services.* Rock the Capital is respectfully requesting that […]

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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

By Andrew Staub 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 of the executive branch and prohibiting no-bid contracts for private law firms. The new governor did not specifically mention the ethics reform measure in his […]

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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, a government reform group, on Wednesday blasted the Legislative Audit Advisory Commission for failing to […]

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Gift ban legislation to get second chance as PA Gov.-elect Wolf pushes his own ethics reform

By at November 21, 2014 | 2:54 pm | 0 Comment

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent Gov.-elect Tom Wolf has already asked his transition team to sign a code of conduct prohibiting members from accepting gifts, and he plans to implement a similar ban for the executive branch when he takes office Jan. 20. Wolf’s Fresh Start policy plan indicates the rule will be simple: […]

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