Pittsburgh's pension system is only 62 percent funded, but that's way better than it was just two years ago.

Business leaders see government policies driving Pennsylvania’s population dip

Published on: July 20, 2017
JUSTICE FOR ALL: Yes, politics has a part in judicial selections. Don't be shocked.

Haupt: Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere

Published on: July 18, 2017

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Colorado in focus: Betsy DeVos delivers local control message at conservative summit in Denver

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Denver Post: Betsy DeVos delivers local control message at conservative summit in Denver U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, booed at a college commencement and reviled by teacher groups across the nation, found a cozier audience Thursday in Denver at a gathering of conservative thinkers and policy advocates. DeVos garnered two standing ovations from members of the […]
Published on: July 21, 2017

Pennsylvania in focus: Penn State board proposes tuition hike for ’17-’18 school year

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Philadelphia Inquirer: Penn State board proposes tuition hike for ’17-’18 school year Pennsylvania State University students may soon be seeing an increase in their cost of attendance. On Thursday, the university’s Board of Trustees Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning proposed an operating budget for the coming school year that, if approved, will increase […]
Published on: July 21, 2017

Florida in focus: Gov. Rick Scott for President?

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Tampa Bay Times: Gov. Rick Scott for President? Reubin Askew tried. So did Bob Graham. And Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio. When you’ve shown an ability to win statewide elections in America’s biggest swing state, you’re almost automatically a credible contender for president. Could Rick Scott be the Floridian who finally winds up in the […]
Published on: July 21, 2017

Wisconsin in focus: Tiny town, big bucks: Official earns $142,000 to run village of 4,000

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Tiny town, big bucks: Official earns $142,000 to run village of 4,000 Meet Andy Pederson, who has one of the cushiest government jobs in the Milwaukee area. Pederson is the village administrator for the tiny suburb of Bayside, a community not much larger than a subdivision. Its 2010 population: 4,389. In his position, […]
Published on: July 21, 2017
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GOP tax reforms stoke debate in states with large manufacturing, agriculture sectors

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A congressional panel last week spotlighted how federal tax reform could help small businesses, but one possible component of the GOP reform plans would cost businesses an estimated $1.5 trillion over the next decade. Though a hearing scheduled Thursday by the Tax Policy Subcommittee will highlight how tax reform could strengthen economic growth nationwide, one […]
Published on: July 17, 2017

Krug: Editors and publishers fail when transparency is absent in reader ‘comments’

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Where the media falls down so badly so often is in its approach to stories. Slanted and misleading headlines, hyperbolic and unsubstantiated reporting that’s short on facts and long on opinion, and manufactured outrage probably are the worst of what stands for journalism today. But that’s simply the content that lives above the comment line. […]
Published on: July 17, 2017

Ohio gets down to business of retooling its workforce

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Ohio’s state government leaders are venturing beyond tax policies, fiscal issues and regulations and into the wonky realm of realigning its workforce and higher education system to better meet the needs of businesses. Since taking office in 2011, Gov. John Kasich has highlighted the disconnect among university and college programs, employer training programs, economic development […]
Published on: July 14, 2017
Shutterstock ImageCOSTLY SUBSIDIES: Farm subsidy programs benefit connected farmers and hurt consumers, a study shows.

GOP tax reforms stoke debate in states with large manufacturing, agriculture sectors

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A congressional panel this week will spotlight how federal tax reform could help small businesses, but one possible component of the GOP reform plans would cost businesses an estimated $1.5 trillion over the next decade. Though a hearing scheduled Thursday by the Tax Policy Subcommittee will highlight how tax reform could strengthen economic growth nationwide, […]
Published on: July 12, 2017

Loyalty begins at home

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“Without loyalty there is no family. Without loyalty there is no friendship. Without loyalty there is no commitment to community or country. Without loyalty we have a Godless society.” –Thomas More When the first 102 English Separatists arrived at the shores of Plymouth aboard the Mayflower it was the most eventful day in our history. […]
Published on: July 11, 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