Eric is a reporter for Watchdog.org 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.

Nanny of the Week: New York City plans to ban out-of-state cars

By   /  January 26, 2015  /  National, New York, News  /  No Comments

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Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.

But parking your tires, your Ford or your Honda with a Massachusetts license plate on the streets of New York overnight certainly won’t be free.

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Watchdog Radio: What if we cancel the State of the Union?

By   /  January 26, 2015  /  National, News, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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Get ready to give more of your money to the government.

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Audit: HHS failure to screen Obamacare contract recipients cost taxpayers $400M

By   /  January 23, 2015  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Federal Government, Health Care, National, News  /  No Comments

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Not even good enough for government work.

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Workers will likely pay for ‘free’ paid sick leave

By   /  January 22, 2015  /  Congress, Federal Government, Jobs + Growth, Labor, National, News  /  No Comments

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Minneapolis residents Rebekah and Ben Erler were the middle class heroes of President Obama’s state of the union address Tuesday night.

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Nanny of the week: Towns ban sledding

By   /  January 19, 2015  /  National, News  /  No Comments

WINTER FUN BANNED: Towns are banning sledding and tobogganing because of fears about lawsuits. There's plenty of blame to go around for this one.

Part 30 of 31 in the series Nanny State of the Week

By Eric Boehm | Watchdog. org
It’s one of the great joys of childhood — zooming down a snowy hillside in a plastic toboggan, determined to go farther and faster than all your friends.
Do you dare to go head-first? Can you find just the right […]

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Watchdog Radio: Previewing the State of the Union address

By   /  January 19, 2015  /  Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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President Obama will deliver the State of the Union address Tuesday, and it will be the first time he’ll do so with Republicans in complete control of Congress.

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