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Building on a Tax

By at May 25, 2011 | 7:50 pm | 737 Comments

Building on a Tax

Yet in 1901 the state legislature met in a building that looked, according to the man who had it built, “ugly.” This simply would not due. So – again, according to legend – the legislature sent a delegation to the power brokers in those three industries and gave them one of two choices: pony up the $13 Million (over $300 Million today) for the new building or we’ll levy a tax on you that we’ll never repeal. No tax was levied, so we must assume that they capitulated.

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Inadequate Nuclear Reactor Safety in the U.S.

By at May 12, 2011 | 2:57 pm | 1,056 Comments

Inadequate Nuclear Reactor Safety in the U.S.

What is the fallout in the United States from Fukushima? Congressman Edward Markey (D-Mass), a senior member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee wanted to know

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Top Ten Reasons Not To Tax Marcellus Shale

By at May 2, 2011 | 9:51 am | 933 Comments

Top Ten Reasons Not To Tax Marcellus Shale

RTC’s Eric Epstein with a fresh top ten list. Epstein sizes up all the “below the radar” reasons why we should not tax the Marcellus.

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A Sudden Burst of Marcellus Reality

By at April 28, 2011 | 3:22 pm | 67 Comments

A Sudden Burst of Marcellus Reality

Scarnati, has heard the screams and noted the reverberations of polls taken from a jaded public. How can Governor Corbett, with a straight face, tell Pennsylvanians they must share the burden of balancing Pennsylvania’s $4 to $5 billion dollar budget deficit, but the gas industry is free to make as many millions as they want — knowing, laughing, that the Governor has no interest in taxing the riches drillers are sucking out of the state.

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Governor Corbett’s Brain Belongs in the Lone Star State

By at April 19, 2011 | 1:23 pm | 30 Comments

Governor Corbett’s Brain Belongs in the Lone Star State

So where does logic and the governor’s decision connect? He told the crowd to square their spurs and saddle up for a roughly 1380 mile ride to Texas. Yes, the Lone Star state…

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A Knock on Fracking’s Footprint

By at April 13, 2011 | 10:39 am | 43 Comments

A Knock on Fracking’s Footprint

Researchers at Cornell University are blowing apart the notion that natural gas is the cleanest energy source behind solar and wind. Robert Howarth and his team sized up the greenhouse footprint of natural gas.

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Fukushima Paralyzes Japan’s Fishing Industry

By at April 5, 2011 | 1:05 pm | 120 Comments

Fukushima Paralyzes Japan’s Fishing Industry

With the level of radiation rising in seawater near the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant, the Japanese government is setting safety standards for the consumption of fish. That after finding fish carrying sky high loads of radiation. Tests were conducted on some species recovered about 50 miles from Fukushima, in water that is, if the readings are correct, several million times over Japan’s legal limit.

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A line in the Parking Lot around Pennsylvania’s Liquor Control Board

By at March 23, 2011 | 2:16 pm | 64 Comments

A line in the Parking Lot around Pennsylvania’s Liquor Control Board

If Pennsylvania’s Liquor Control Board has its way consumers will shop its stores more often and drink more often,at least that is the plan. The harder Governor Corbett tries to privatize the state run industry the more imaginative push-back he gets from LCB’s board.

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Pennsylvania’s horse racing industry: Fact or Fiction

By at December 17, 2010 | 3:14 pm | 129 Comments

Pennsylvania’s horse racing industry: Fact or Fiction

Pennsylvania leaders says the horse racing industry is alive and well, but when you start digging through the mud it looks like figures formed out of balsa wood. Rock The Capital separates fact from ole fiction.

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A lifeline to the so called group of “99” on the unemployment line

By at December 10, 2010 | 2:00 pm | 0 Comment

You know the line about the early bird and the worm and its no different for the thousands about to lose unemployment benefits. Labor and Industry Secretary Sandi Vito says people must continue to file claims — it is the only way to get the money if benefits are restored. “Unemployed Pennsylvanians who haven’t received all the benefits possible under the […]

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