Shutterstock ImageCYBER CRIME: A Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to make it illegal for state employees to use work computers to view pornography.

Technology industry: Pennsylvania governor’s proposed tech tax would cost jobs

Published on: May 23, 2017

Epstein: Reality sets in for wealthiest state in country

Published on: May 24, 2017
The Justitia statue in Frankfurt, Germany

Haupt: Justice and the political machine

Published on: May 22, 2017


Colorado in focus: Denver Mayor signs major sentencing reform bill


ABC 7: Denver Mayor signs major sentencing reform bill With a stroke of his pen, Denver’s mayor has responded to President Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration.Mayor Michael Hancock signed a sentencing reform bill Thursday that will help protect immigrants who are here legally from being put at risk of deportation due to convictions for […]
Published on: May 26, 2017
.OOPS! Turns out Gov. Scott Walker is not at the center of some sinister "criminal scheme." A John Doe prosecutor is force to correct the record Thursday.

Pennsylvania in focus: New bill would prevent school districts, municipalities from filing assessment appeals


Pittsburgh Post=Gazette: New bill would prevent school districts, municipalities from filing assessment appeals It’s a bill that probably will get the wholehearted support of anyone who has bought a house only to be welcomed to the neighborhood by a property assessment appeal filed by the local school district or municipality. House Bill 1213 now pending […]
Published on: May 26, 2017
GREEN LIGHT: The court's ruling allows Gov. Scott to continue his push for pension reform in the Sunshine State.

Florida in focus: Florida Gov. OKs end to tampon tax, approves two tax holidays


Sun Sentinel: Florida Gov. oks end to tampon tax, approves 2 tax holidays Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday signed a $180 million tax cut package that will eliminate taxes charged on tampons and will create two sales tax holidays that will be held over the next three months. Scott approved the bill even though […]
Published on: May 26, 2017

Wisconsin in focus: Wisconsin GOP advances measure that would make state first to drug test for health benefit


Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin GOP advances measure that would make state first to drug test for health benefit Wisconsin could become the first state in the nation to require needy but able-bodied adults to work and submit to drug tests to qualify for public health coverage, under a proposal advanced by lawmakers Thursday.Republicans on the […]
Published on: May 26, 2017

Report: Many Michigan families struggle with monthly expenses


LANSING – “Living in Michigan is expensive,” and “you do not have to be poor to experience financial hardship.” That is the conclusion drawn by Michigan League for Public Policy analyst Peter Ruark about the data revealed in the league’s “Making Ends Meet in Michigan” report. According to data released by the league, the average […]
Published on: May 21, 2017

Colorado’s economy shows strong growth, rural communities lag behind


New numbers crunched by the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office show Colorado is blazing a trail of robust economic growth, business optimism and very low unemployment. But despite numbers that show state economic growth as high as 5.1 percent, some economists and economic development officials in Colorado see challenges on the horizon. These include lagging […]
Published on: May 19, 2017

Hearing aid legislation would raise cost of personal sound amplification products


With a committee vote pending on the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017, critics of the legislation warn the bill would increase government regulations and raise the cost of personal sound amplification products (PSAPs). A gun-owner group warned in a letter on Tuesday that language in the act could even tread into Second Amendment rights. […]
Published on: May 18, 2017
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Frontier League supports bill that would exempt certain players from state minimum wage


Independent minor league baseball could be threatened without help from lawmakers, the attorney for the Frontier League with teams in Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and elsewhere said. Tom Ysursa, general counsel for the Frontier League, said league officials support a measure that recently passed the Illinois State Senate that would exempt certain minor league players […]
Published on: May 15, 2017
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Wisconsin wineries say state law limiting hours limits business


The growing throngs of Wisconsin wineries are pressing state lawmakers to grant them extended operating hours, but tavern owners in the state hope to put a cork on those efforts. Current regulations that force many wineries to shut their doors at 9 p.m. limits the wineries’ ability to hold events such as weddings, wedding receptions […]
Published on: May 11, 2017


Nanny State of the Week: Bad science guides Novato nannies


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


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

Is the ocean ‘land owned or controlled’ by feds? Antiquities Act lawsuit aims to find out


A lawsuit argues that President Obama's creation of a national monument in the Atlantic Ocean is beyond the reach of the Antiquities Act.
Published on: March 24, 2017