Eric is a reporter for and former bureau chief for Pennsylvania Independent. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he enjoys great weather and low taxes while writing about state governments, pensions, labor issues and economic/civil liberty. Previously, he worked for more than three years in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, covering Pennsylvania state politics and occasionally sneaking across the border to Delaware to buy six-packs of beer. He has also lived (in order of desirability) in Brussels, Belgium, Pennsburg, Pa., Fairfield, Conn., and Rochester, N.Y. His work has appeared in Reason Magazine, National Review Online, The Freeman Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Examiner and elsewhere. He received a bachelor's degree from Fairfield University in 2009, but he refuses to hang on his wall until his student loans are fully paid off sometime in the mid-2020s. When he steps away from the computer, he enjoys drinking craft beers in classy bars, cheering for an eclectic mix of favorite sports teams (mostly based in Philadelphia) and traveling to new places.

Watchdog Podcasts: Sit Down, Shut Up — Minorities demand school choice, lawmakers must listen

By   /  May 26, 2015  /  Education Blog, Pensions, Podcast, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments


Then, have we gone way, way too far when it comes to no-tolerance policies in schools? Kicking kids out of school for relatively minor offenses isn’t helping anyone – and minorities are getting hurt the most.

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Watchdog Podcasts: Behind the Headlines — Hey, FDA, don’t take away our trans-fats!

By   /  May 25, 2015  /  Federal Government, Government Regulation, Issues, Podcast, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments


Ben Yount sits down with Richard Williams, vice president for research at the Mercatus Center and a former official at the FDA, to talk about fatty foods.

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Nanny of the Week: NJ continues ban on self-serve gasoline, because sometimes it snows

By   /  May 25, 2015  /  National, News  /  No Comments

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New Jersey is one of just two states in the country that prohibits drivers from pumping their own gasoline. That won’t be changing any time soon.

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Watchdog Podcasts: Breaking the Bank — What can we learn from Illinois’ failed pension reform efforts?

By   /  May 22, 2015  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, California, Finances, Illinois, Issues, Pennsylvania, Pensions, Podcast, State Budgets, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments


In this week’s episode, hosts Eric Boehm and Steve Greenhut take a look at the recent state Supreme Court ruling in Illinois that tossed aside a legislative effort to deal with the state’s $100 billion pension debt.

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FBI flip-flops on disclosing cell phone surveillance tech

By   /  May 22, 2015  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Issues, Judiciary, National, News, Open Records, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

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The FBI is trying to reassure everyone that they weren’t secretly spying on your cell phone, and certainly wasn’t telling local cops to keep it secret.

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Watchdog Podcast: Code Blue — The baptists, the bootleggers and the televangelists of health care reform

By   /  May 21, 2015  /  Federal Government, Health Care, Issues, Podcast, Politics & Elections, Power Abuse, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments


A look at the so-called “baptists, bootleggers and televangelists” that helped to turn government-run health care reform into a reality.

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