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Before the Dauphin County Commissioners: Comments of Eric Epstein

By at July 25, 2013 | 4:46 pm | 0 Comment

It has been almost a year since my  presentation on August 1, 2012, but my journey for answers began over 25 years ago. Beginning in 1987, I have documented noncompliance issues afflicting the Harrisburg Steam Generating Faculty (HSGF), renamed the Harrisburg Materials, Energy, Recycling and Resource Recovery Facility (Facility) in 1992. On March 11, 1974, […]

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Opinion Piece: Bottomless Pitts

By at July 18, 2013 | 10:41 am | 0 Comment

Opinion Piece: Bottomless Pitts

To the Editor: I wanted to take the time to thank you for the article you published on July 12, 2013 regarding  Congressman Joe Pitts ability to harvest a    state pension of $90,867 per year  in addition to his annual Congressional salary of $174,000. I  appreciated the information you provided and wish to shed […]

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Pension Class of 2001

By at July 15, 2013 | 7:00 am | 0 Comment

Pension Class of 2001

Top Ten Pension Plans for Members of the House of Representatives Annual Pension: Top Ten   1) Frank Oliver: $286,118. 2) Camille George, $141,387. 3) Elinor Z. Taylor: $130,896. (Deceased) 4) Jeff Coy: $122,590.08. 5) Merle Philips: $120,261. 6) Bill Rieger: $114,900. (Deceased) 7) John Perzel: $85,653.24 (Forfeited) 8) Bruce Smith: $83,086.92 (Includes PSERS) 9) George […]

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SERS Meeting Schedule

By at July 12, 2013 | 11:50 am | 0 Comment

Meetings are held in the Fifth Floor Board Room at SERS’ headquarters, 30 North Third Street, Suite 150, Harrisburg, PA. The meetings begin at 9:30 a.m. and are open to the public, except during Executive Session. Meeting Dates for 2013: January 23 March 6 April 24 June 5 July 17 September 11 October 23 December […]

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RTC Minute: Legislative Pension Report

By at July 10, 2013 | 8:33 pm | 0 Comment

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New Report on Legislative Pensions

By at July 2, 2013 | 6:36 pm | 0 Comment

 Please note change of date Due to unforeseen developments, Rock the Capital has rescheduled the press conference it originally planned for  Monday July 8, 2013. The press conference will take place on Wednesday  July 10, 2013 at 11: 00 a.m. in the Rotunda of the Main Capital Building.   PRESS ADVISORY Contact: Eric Epstein (717)-541-1101 […]

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Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Pension Systems

By at June 20, 2013 | 10:45 am | 0 Comment

As the discussions of state budgetary woes reach an unprecedented pitch, this article argues that the most pervasive reforms in the Commonwealth’s pension system have come from market failure and corporate activism in policy decisions.  Tax breaks for large businesses, large banks, and the wealthy have eroded the state budget, weighing a heavier financial burden […]

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Forget about Shutting the Barn Door – the Harrisburg Incinerator Scoundrels Run Free.

By at June 5, 2013 | 11:41 am | 0 Comment

Forget about Shutting the Barn Door – the Harrisburg Incinerator Scoundrels Run Free.

Thank You Mayor Linda Thompson! Make no mistake about it, this week’s SEC charge against and accepted by the City, was a charge against Linda Thompson for failure to disclose pertinent financial information. Did heads roll?  Was an apology forthcoming from the Mayor?  Did the buck stop with her? Of course not. As I think […]

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Welcome to Pumpkin World: Where One In-the-Bag Pennsylvania Attorney General Follows Another

By at May 24, 2013 | 9:00 am | 0 Comment

Welcome to Pumpkin World: Where One In-the-Bag Pennsylvania Attorney General Follows Another

With her announcement to not press criminal charges or even bring a civil action against those who have abused the Hershey Trust, Attorney General Kathleen Kane, in typically disappointing fashion, fits in perfectly with her predecessors in the office. Bob Fernandez’s series for The Philadelphia Inquirer on the corruption, self-dealing and profiteering at what is […]

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Retain Ron Castille on the Supreme Court?

By at May 20, 2013 | 11:00 am | 0 Comment

Retain Ron Castille on the Supreme Court?

Retain Ron Castille on the Supreme Court? Just say “No!” During his tenure, both as a justice and as chief justice, Ron Castille has distinguished himself for poor judgment, legal sleight-of-hand, intemperance, double-standards of conduct, and allowing corruption in our courts to flourish. He has proven beyond any reasonable doubt that he does not belong […]

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