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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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Pressure or Common Sense at Pennsylvania’s DEP

By at May 5, 2011 | 12:59 pm | 0 Comment

Pressure or Common Sense at Pennsylvania’s DEP

Is it political pressure, or common sense that once again prevails at Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection? The DEP is backpedaling on a policy change it made only a few short weeks ago that hamstrung inspectors in the Marcellus Shale and cast a jaundiced eye on DEP’s, then Acting Secretary, Michael Krancer. Krancer has since been appointed to the position.

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Rock The Capital Minute

By at April 29, 2011 | 12:18 pm | 98 Comments

Rock The Capital Minute

In this Edition of Rock The Capital Minute, a joint RTC-Democracy Rising story into judges in Pennsylvania serving past their time, PublicK NuisancE returns with a story you should not miss, and Scott Paterno’s piece on Marcellus Fever is spreading like wildfire.

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More Good News – Public Integrity Commission Proposed

By at April 7, 2011 | 10:07 am | 3 Comments

More Good News – Public Integrity Commission Proposed

A bi-partisan group of lawmakers from both the House and Senate announced the introduction of legislation to create an independent Public Integrity Commission with comprehensive powers to root out corruption in PA. Led by Reps. Curt Schroder (Chester) and Eugene DePasquale (York) in the House, and by Sens. Ted Erickson (Delaware) and John Yudichak (Luzerne) in the Senate, the proposal is the most comprehensive response to date to the years of local and state scandals plaguing PA.

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Public Schools not “too big to fail”

By at April 6, 2011 | 12:39 pm | 43 Comments

Public Schools not “too big to fail”

Teachers, we are told, are to blame for our schools’ abysmal performance, and their unions are the scourge of our wallets. The proper course, according to Good King Corbett, is “school choice.” Take the money from the public schools and give it to commercial enterprises, which promise to, lead us from the darkness of illiteracy to the sunshine of epitomous knowledge.

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Is Pennsylvania’s Water out of Reach Of Japan’s Radioactive Crisis

By at March 29, 2011 | 10:49 am | 3 Comments

Is Pennsylvania’s Water out of Reach Of Japan’s Radioactive Crisis

Radioactive water leaking from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ground and Pacific Ocean are cause for concern in Pennsylvania and other states. Governor Tom Corbett says tests confirm that public drinking water is safe. However, low levels of iodine 131 turned up, which is a radioactive byproduct of rainwater. Corbett said, “the bottom line […]

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Investigation: Revelations about Three Mile Island raise doubts over nuclear plant safety

By at March 15, 2011 | 5:03 pm | 9 Comments

Investigation: Revelations about Three Mile Island raise doubts over nuclear plant safety

What happened at TMI is a whole lot worse than has ever been reported, says one person who truly was in the inside during the chaos and subsequent accident at Three Mile Island in 1979.

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Letter to Editor

By at March 14, 2011 | 11:05 am | 2 Comments

Letter to Editor

With such intense focus on public employees pensions, a reader wants to know how come nobody is taking a look at the costs associated with managing the assets. Our reader took the time to put in down in black and white.

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Four Months to Find Common Ground in Pennsylvania

By at February 24, 2011 | 2:35 pm | 2 Comments

Four Months to Find Common Ground in Pennsylvania

Governor Corbett is trying to tamp down concerns in Pennsylvania over the future of unions’ right to exist, however, Corbett speaking out of the other half of his mouth says he would sign such a measure into law if should find its way to his hand.

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Contrasting Realities in Wisconsin

By at February 23, 2011 | 1:18 pm | 3 Comments

Contrasting Realities in Wisconsin

Scott Paterno returns with the conclusion of his insight and perspective of what continues to unfold in Wisconsin. Paterno suspects unions are trying to scare the middle class by saying that middle wage earners will vanish without the power of unions and collective bargaining.

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