Haupt: Why traditional media segued to the left

Published on: August 21, 2017
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf speaks during a news conference at the Jordan Medical Education Center Atrium at University of Pennsylvania, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 in Philadelphia. Wolf discussed the state's newly redesigned prescription drug monitoring program. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Pennsylvania tax plan would cost state thousands of jobs, study finds

Published on: August 16, 2017
Shutterstock imageUNAFFORDABLE CARE: Before signing Obamacare into law, President Obama repeatedly promised that families would see their health care costs decrease by $2,500 per year, yet it looks like health insurance premiums will continue to rise for American families.

Florida health care system finishes at bottom of pack, study finds

Published on: August 18, 2017

Congressman: Repealing death tax would be ‘nirvana’

Published on: August 15, 2017

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Photo Credit: Flickr/Creative Commons/Don McCullough http://bit.ly/1C3vGW3DRONES: The FAA is considering under the guise of public safety making the mandatory registration of small drones flown by hobbyists.

Colorado in focus: Breckenridge eyes new law to regulate drones

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Summit Daily: Breckenridge eyes new law to regulate drones Breckenridge Town Council is poised to act where the Colorado Legislature has not, as council prepares to take up a proposed ordinance on Tuesday’s meeting agenda to regulate unmanned aerial drones. Passage of an ordinance clearly spelling out what drone operators, commercial or recreational, may and […]
Published on: August 21, 2017
AP file photoTAKING ON FRAUD: In the early days of his first term, Gov. Scott Walker signed an act aimed at targeting public assistance fraud.

Wisconsin in focus: Wisconsin budget negotiations include borrowing, electric vehicle fee

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Janesville Gazette: Wisconsin budget negotiations include borrowing, electric vehicle fee The co-chair of the Legislature’s budget-writing committee says the framework of a deal to end a state budget impasse would include a new fee on electric vehicles amount to about $100 a year and include around $400 million in additional borrowing to pay for roads. […]
Published on: August 22, 2017

Florida in focus: Tampa Electric customers should not pay for utility’s fatal misjudgments

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Tampa Bay Times opinion: Tampa Electric customers should not pay for utility’s fatal misjudgments There will be financial fallout from the terrible miscalculations that resulted in five workers being killed in June at Tampa Electric’s Big Bend Power Station. State and federal regulators should ensure those costs are borne by the company’s shareholders, not its customers. […]
Published on: August 21, 2017
The city of Harrisburg is home to the Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex, pictured above. It's also one of the commonwealth's most financially distressed municipalities.

Pennsylvania in focus: Pennsylvania must start freezing spending, top senator says

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The News Observer: Pennsylvania must start freezing spending, top senator says Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf should start freezing spending on various programs because the deficit-strapped state government soon will not be able to pay every bill on time, Pennsylvania’s ranking state senator said Monday. Since the recession, the state Treasury Department has reliably supplied cash infusions […]
Published on: August 21, 2017

Minnesota in focus: Hastings farmers: Grants, regulation shifts crucial to success

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Rosemount TownPages: Hastings farmers: Grants, regulation shifts crucial to success A Hastings farmer known for trailblazing Minnesota’s industrial hemp industry is urging lawmakers to lift some limitations on how his crop can be used and marketed. Towers of spindly, green leaves swayed gently in the breeze as researchers, hemp industry stakeholders and members of the Minnesota […]
Published on: August 22, 2017

Asset forfeiture foes in Michigan criticize new Justice Department directive

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Property-rights and civil-liberties advocates in Michigan vow to continue efforts to reform the state’s civil asset forfeiture rules in the wake of the U.S. Justice Department’s recent move to expand the controversial practice. Civil asset forfeiture is a tool used by law enforcement agencies to seize property and cash from citizens before anyone is even […]
Published on: August 11, 2017
THE LAW: Scott has asked county election supervisors to uphold the laws on early voting

Business-friendly policies put Florida economy in overdrive, governor says

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s office has been highlighting new economic numbers on state job growth, consumer confidence and the unemployment rate, arguing that they validate his business-friendly policies. Consumer optimism numbers for July contain a few undercurrents of uncertainty, however, and Scott’s political opponents say the state’s economic growth has come in the form of […]
Published on: August 10, 2017
Shutterstock imageUNAFFORDABLE CARE: Before signing Obamacare into law, President Obama repeatedly promised that families would see their health care costs decrease by $2,500 per year, yet it looks like health insurance premiums will continue to rise for American families.

New health care plan would make smaller, bipartisan reforms

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A number of Congressional members have begun working on a new alternative health-care plan after the last effort to replace Obamacare stalled. But a healthcare expert says it’s likely too late. The Problem Solvers’ Caucus, consisting of a bipartisan group of 43 House members, introduced a plan to try and combat the coming spike in […]
Published on: August 9, 2017

Michigan pension reformers turn their attention to local governments

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Having successfully tackled teacher pension reform, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and state legislative leaders now want to devise a plan to rein in pension debt at the municipal level. Leaders of municipal organizations, however, are raising caution signs about the effort and stressing that a “one-size-fits-all” approach handed down from the state legislature wouldn’t be […]
Published on: August 7, 2017

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PENSION REFORM: Pennsylvania would become the fourth state in the nation to set-up a 401(k) plan for new hires.

Pennsylvania Senate Republicans work to convert pensions to 401(k)-style plans

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A bill to reform Pennsylvania’s state pension system will give state workers better retirement security, reduce the state’s financial risks and put the brakes on ballooning property tax bills, supporters say. Senate Bill 1 passed the Senate Finance Committee last week and is now in Appropriations. It would allow new state employees to choose either […]
Published on: June 2, 2017

Nanny State of the Week: Bad science guides Novato nannies

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Anti-smoking nannies have pushed their crusade further and further, and in California they’re increasingly reaching into peoples’ lives. Next up? They’re trying to prohibit smoking inside your own home.
Published on: March 27, 2017
Photo by Steve WilsonREDUCTION: State regulatory agencies could be forced to sunset outdated regulations if a new law is passed by the Mississippi Legislature.

Who’s watching the watchers? Mississippi licensing boards about to get a new boss

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A bill passed by the Mississippi Legislature could provide supervision for the state's occupational licensing boards.
Published on: March 29, 2017