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Sick and Tired Workers: An Epidemic of Corporate Greed

By at April 21, 2015 | 7:24 pm | 0 Comment

Sick and Tired Workers: An Epidemic of Corporate Greed

Snaking its way through the Pennsylvania legislature is a bill that will block local governments from requiring companies to provide sick leave, even if unpaid, that is more than required by state or federal regulations. There are no Pennsylvania or federal regulations requiring companies to provide sick leave. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that […]

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The Fracking Boom is a Fracking Bubble

By at December 30, 2014 | 10:09 am | 0 Comment

The Fracking Boom is a Fracking Bubble

Gas prices have plunged to the low $2 range—except in Pennsylvania. In Pennsylvania, the prices at the pump are in the mid-$2 range. That’s because Gov. Tom Corbett and the legislature imposed a 28-cent per gallon surcharge tax. Until 2019, Pennsylvanians will be paying an additional $2.3 billion a year in taxes and fees—$11.5 billion […]

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Cowardice Plagues Pa. House of Representatives

By at October 23, 2014 | 5:22 pm | 0 Comment

Cowardice Plagues Pa. House of Representatives

The Institute for Legislative Action of the National Rifle Association (NRA-ILA) gives politicians Defender of Freedom awards. The award, accompanied by a glowing press release, has little to do with freedom; it has everything to do with legislators advancing the NRA agenda. Usually, the award goes to someone who managed, sometimes against great odds, to […]

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The Politics of Animal Cruelty

By at September 30, 2014 | 9:28 am | 0 Comment

The Politics of Animal Cruelty

Pennsylvanians can still butcher, braise, and broil their pet cats and dogs because a murky mixture of politics has left a critical bill on the table in the state senate. Residents may also continue to use cats, dogs, and other animals as targets for what some erroneously call “sporting events.” Although there are no documented […]

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Labor Day Assignment: Educating the Uninformed

By at September 2, 2014 | 11:14 am | 0 Comment

Labor Day Assignment: Educating the Uninformed

It’s Labor Day weekend, the schools have been in session about a week, and the disgruntled voices of a minority drone on. Their screeching refrain, often in letters to the editor and talk show call-ins, is familiar: –Teachers only work half a year. –Teachers are overpaid. –Local school districts and their taxpayers shouldn’t have to […]

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Standing Tall for Landowner Rights

By at June 4, 2013 | 9:31 am | 0 Comment

Standing Tall for Landowner Rights

Julia Trigg Crawford of Direct, Texas, is the manager of a 650-acre farm that her grandfather first bought in 1948. The farm produces mostly corn, wheat, and soy. On its north border is the Red River; to the west is the Bois d’Arc Creek. TransCanada is an Alberta-based corporation that is building the controversial Keystone […]

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You Can’t Wash Away Fracking’s Effects

By at February 21, 2013 | 1:49 pm | 0 Comment

You Can’t Wash Away Fracking’s Effects

Jos Lara just wanted a job. A company working in the natural gas fields needed a man to power wash wastewater tanks. Clean off the debris. Make them shining again. And so Jos Lara became a power washer for the Rain for Rent Co. The chemicals, the smell was so bad. Once I got out, […]

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Pennsylvania Legislators Shoot Down Pigeons—Again

By at December 17, 2011 | 11:48 am | 3 Comments

Pennsylvania Legislators Shoot Down Pigeons—Again

If the first year gross anatomy class at the Penn State Hershey medical school needs spare body parts to study, they can visit the cloak room of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. That’s where most of the legislators left their spines. The House voted 124–69, Dec. 13, to send an animal welfare bill back to […]

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Labor Not Represented in Management of ‘The People’s Universities’

By at December 14, 2011 | 7:20 am | 1 Comments

Labor Not Represented in Management of ‘The People’s Universities’

Although more than one million Pennsylvanians are members of labor unions, and the state has a long history of worker exploitation and union activism, neither of the two largest university systems has a labor representative on its governing board. The only labor representative on the Board of Governors of the State System of Higher Education […]

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Penn State Trustees Violated State Law

By at November 21, 2011 | 9:47 pm | 3 Comments

Penn State Trustees Violated State Law

The Penn State Board of Trustees may have several times violated state law for its failure to publicly announce meetings and how it handled the firing of Coach Joe Paterno. However, these violations may be the least of the Board’s worries, as it scrambles to reduce fall-out from the scandal that began with revelations that […]

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