Federal lawmakers seek to deregulate gun silencers

Published on: July 23, 2017
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

FEATURED

Shutterstock ImageMEDICAID MONEY: New Jersey is launching a pilot program to reduce Medicaid costs.

Colorado in focus: Senate health care bill would mean $9 billion less for Colorado in Medicaid funding

By

Denver Post: Senate health care bill would mean $9 billion less for Colorado in Medicaid funding A new report finds that Colorado could lose out on more than $9 billion in federal funding for Medicaid over the first decade of a proposal the U.S. Senate is expected to bring up for a key vote Tuesday. […]
Published on: July 25, 2017
Shutterstock ImageRELIEF COMING?: The Pennsylvania state House is expected to consider property tax relief this week.

Pennsylvania in focus: Pennsylvania looks at tax relief mechanisms

By

Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Pennsylvania looks at tax relief mechanisms The property tax question on November’s ballot won’t provide direct relief if it passes, but it could open the door for legislative action and lead to lower tax burdens for homeowners. “It just opens the door a little bit wider for the General Assembly to do […]
Published on: July 25, 2017

Florida in focus: Home prices closing in on previous peaks

By

Sun Sentinel: Home prices closing in on previous peaks Home prices increased across South Florida in June and are inching ever closer to the peaks achieved before the market meltdown a decade ago. Still, analysts are not forecasting another historic collapse. They say the robust market is due for a dip and predict prices will […]
Published on: July 25, 2017

Wisconsin in focus: Foxconn nearing decision to invest in Wisconsin

By

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Foxconn nearing decision to invest in Wisconsin Foxconn Technology Group will make a midweek announcement in Milwaukee that Wisconsin is the company’s choice, or at least its leading choice, for a huge new electronics factory, a source told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Monday. The announcement probably will not name a specific site for […]
Published on: July 25, 2017
AP file photo

Illinois gas prices likely to rise after state budget strips tax exemption on ethanol

By

An advocate for gasoline wholesalers says they’ve been betrayed by the newest Illinois budget and could see a shift away from ethanol-mixed fuel because of it. E10 gasoline, which is regular gas with ten percent ethanol blended in, has had a 20 percent tax exemption at the wholesale level since 2011. The budget passed by […]
Published on: July 24, 2017

Proposed legislation would open up records on federal pension recipients

By

A Florida congressman and an open-government organization have launched a campaign to make key information on federal pension recipients subject to public disclosure. The legislation, which is being sponsored by Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis, would make information about pension recipients subject to the federal Freedom of Information Act. The information subject to public review would […]
Published on: July 19, 2017
DAMAGED CROPS:

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

By

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’

By

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

By

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

TRENDINg

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

By  |  1 Comment

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

By

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

By

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