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.

PA Senate approves Medical marijuana; future in House uncertain

By   /  September 29, 2014  /  Issues, News, Pennsylvania, State Government, State House, State Senate  /  No Comments

MEDICAL POT AND OBAMACARE: Is it okay to oppose the federal government interfering in health care decisions while supporting state efforts to limit those same decisions? It's a question Republicans have to answer as the national debate on medical marijuana continues.

Pennsylvania is one step closer to legalizing medical marijuana, but time is running short for the legislation this year.

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Nanny of the Week: Seattle imposes fine on residents who throw away food

By   /  September 26, 2014  /  National, News, Washington  /  No Comments

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Each week in this space, we focus on government run amuck.

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Government employees and politicians get special status from TSA

By   /  September 26, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Accountability, Federal Government, National, News, Power Abuse  /  No Comments


Government employees and politicians get preferential treatment from the Transportation Security Administration simply for being government employees and politicians.

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Fitch slaps PA with another debt downgrade as pensions, bad budgeting continue to wreck state’s finances

By   /  September 24, 2014  /  Finances, News, Pennsylvania, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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If three times is a trend, we’ll have to find another word to describe the fact Pennsylvania’s credit rating has been downgraded for a fourth time in just a little over two years.

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Federal agencies often lose track of all that money, GAO audit finds

By   /  September 24, 2014  /  Audits, Budget and Spending, Federal Government, Federal Stimulus, Finances, Issues, National, News  /  No Comments


When anyone talks about government picking winners and losers, they usually mean the process in which officials hand out special favors to the politically connected.

Read More → 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 22 in the series Nanny State of the Week

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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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