PORK-BARREL SPENDING: Gene Stilp's 'Pignelope' urges voters to remember higher gas taxes funded transportation improvements when they go to the polls.

Haupt: Only we can cure D.C.’s swine flu

Published on: June 26, 2017

Labor shortages pose challenge for humming New Hampshire economy

Published on: June 25, 2017
Photo Courtesy of WikimediaBURIED PROBLEMS?: Are Colorado cities who are proposing to use city cable to get into the broadband business courting financial problems?

Op-Ed: Minnesota over-reaches on new broadband standards

Published on: June 23, 2017


Colorado in focus: DaVita CEO for governor? Candidacy would trigger a flood of cash, controversy


Denver Post: DaVita CEO for governor? Candidacy would trigger a flood of cash and controversy One of the most feared names in Colorado’s early race for governor is a celebrity CEO with a cheerleader’s disposition and a love of “The Three Musketeers.” But the well-documented quirks of Kent Thiry, who leads the Denver-based dialysis giant DaVita […]
Published on: June 26, 2017
Shutterstock ImageBIG SPENDING: It won't get much attention, but Pennsylvania's total operating budget would exceed $78 billion under Gov. Tom Wolf's budget proposal.

Pennsylvania in focus: What you need to know about Pa.’s budget deadline talks


Patriot News: Cigarettes, gambling and jobs: What you need to know about Pa.’s budget deadline talks OK Pennsylvania. You did your part to pay for prisons, state universities, a safety net for the poor, that state trooper who just clocked your speed on the interstate. Now, it’s up to your elected representatives to decide how to […]
Published on: June 26, 2017

Florida in focus: Half of Florida’s legislators rate ‘F’ or ‘D’ in their support for open records


Miami Herald: Half of Florida’s legislators rate ‘F’ or ‘D’ in their support for open records Half of Florida’s legislators failed or nearly failed in a review of their support for public records and meetings given by Florida newspapers and an open-government group after this year’s legislative sessions. In a “scorecard” produced by the Florida […]
Published on: June 26, 2017

Wisconsin in focus: Tourism, hospitality, manufacturing groups bristle at highway tolling talk


Wisconsin State Journal: Tourism, hospitality, manufacturing groups bristle at highway tolling talk Some Wisconsin business leaders say introducing highway tolling in the state could harm its economy, even as top lawmakers cite the idea as a possible linchpin to negotiations over the state’s next budget. The opposition from the state’s business lobby, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, […]
Published on: June 26, 2017

Pennsylvania debate: Should state offer subsidies to keep nuclear plants afloat?


Pennsylvania state lawmakers are wading into a policy dispute that pits two groups of energy behemoths in the state against each other and raises the possibility of ratepayer subsidies going to struggling nuclear power plants. More than 60 Pennsylvania state lawmakers formed a bipartisan Nuclear Energy Caucus to foster discussions about the future of the […]
Published on: June 22, 2017

Study: Heroin use costs U.S. more than $51 billion a year


Heroin use and addiction in the U.S. costs more than $51 billion every year, according to a new study released by the University of Illinois at Chicago’s school of Pharmacy. Researchers came to the figure by tallying the costs of crime and incarceration, lost productivity on the economy, and treatment of not only addiction but […]
Published on: June 21, 2017

Tax snuffs out Pennsylvania vape shops


Note to readers: This story was written by the Commonwealth Foundation, a Pennsylvania-based policy institute. Facing a budget shortfall last year, lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf slapped a massive 40 percent wholesale tax on vaping products, forcing vape shop owners to pay the tax retroactively even on products already on their store shelves. The impact […]
Published on: June 20, 2017
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Supreme Court’s ruling on Wisconsin mapmaking case could impact gerrymandering across U.S.


There could be changes coming to how Illinois’ legislative maps are drawn every ten years with the U.S. Supreme Court agreeing to take up a Wisconsin case on the very issue. Longtime Democratic Party activist Bill Whitford brought the case Gill v. Whitford, which challenges Wisconsin’s 2011 State Assembly map as unconstitutional. He said his […]
Published on: June 19, 2017

Pennsylvania pension reform seen by some as example for other states


A bipartisan pension reform plan signed into law Monday by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf could provide a model for other states with high pension liabilities to pull out of the fiscal sinkhole, pension experts say. Under the plan signed by the state’s Democratic governor and passed by the Republican legislature, new employees hired by the […]
Published on: June 19, 2017


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


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