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. blows lid off Vermont’s bake sale brownie ban

By   /  September 19, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Education, Health Care, News, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Part 21 of 21 in the series Nanny State of the Week

By Eric Boehm |
Brownies, cookies, cupcakes and other essential elements of any successful bake sale have been banned by new rules for food in Vermont public schools.
Thanks to rules that grew out of a 2010 state law, bake sales used as school fundraisers [...]

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GAO: TSA doesn’t know what it doesn’t know

By   /  September 19, 2014  /  Audits, Federal Government, Issues, National, News  /  No Comments

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The Transportation Security Administration’s exists to keep terrorists and other potential threats away from American airliners, in the name of preventing another 9/11.

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Natural gas boom boosts companies from coast-to-coast

By   /  September 17, 2014  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, Jobs + Growth, National, News  /  No Comments

SUPPLY CHAIN: Lots of natural gas production means lots of new pipes being manufactured. And that means lots of business for Chris Wysong's company, which makes gages that ensure the pipes will fit together properly.

By Eric Boehm |
There are no drilling rigs in Holland, Mich., but the local economy is still feeling the effects of America’s natural gas drilling boom.
The same is true in Newton, N.C., which is hundreds of miles from the rich natural gas deposits being tapped in North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Texas.
In those places and [...]

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Watchdog Radio: An interview with ‘Atlas Shrugged Part III’ producer Harmon Kazlow

By   /  September 12, 2014  /  Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments


By Eric Boehm |
MINNEAPOLIS – Atlas Shrugged, Part III, picks up where 2013′s “Part II” left off – heroine Dagny Taggart has crash-landed in the Colorado mountains as she continues to seek answers to the question of “Who is John Galt?”
The final installment in the Atlas Shrugged trilogy will provide that answer, and more, [...]

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Nanny of the Week: School bans lip balm, 11 year-old girl fights back

By   /  September 12, 2014  /  Abuse of power, National, News, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

FEELING CHAPPED: School board nannies in Virginia say Chapstick and other forms of lip balm are not allowed in schools because they could be a danger to students with allergies.

Part 20 of 21 in the series Nanny State of the Week

By Eric Boehm |
When even the kids know the nanny state has gone too far, well, you know its really gone too far.
The Augusta County School Board in Virginia was scolded this week by an 11-year old girl who takes issue with the [...]

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Parents sue state over Philadelphia schools

By   /  September 10, 2014  /  Accountability, Education, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments


A group of parents whose children attend Philadelphia public schools are asking state courts to step in after the secretary of education ignored complaints about the district.

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