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.

After indictments, Ironworkers’ union left on electoral sidelines

By   /  October 30, 2014  /  Elections, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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Formerly a heavy-hitter in Pennsylvania politics, at least in Philadelphia and its suburbs, Ironworkers’ Local 401 has spent far less during the 2014 election cycle than any others in recent history.

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Examining Gov. Corbett’s record of no-tax pledges and big tax breaks

By   /  October 29, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Elections, Issues, Jobs + Growth, News, Pennsylvania, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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Gov. Tom Corbett stood at the podium in the state Capitol media center, flanked by representatives of business, labor and government from all parts of Pennsylvania, to announce the biggest tax break in state history.

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Watchdog Radio: Author Nick Schou chats about ‘Kill The Messenger’

By   /  October 27, 2014  /  Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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Nick Schou, the author of book-turned-movie “Kill The Messenger” about the life of journalist Gary Webb, stops by the Watchdog Radio show to chat with hosts Eric Boehm and Matt Kittle.

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The Tom Wolf income tax plan – Part 3: Legislative and legal hurdles

By   /  October 24, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Elections, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

MONEY BACK: The IRS continues to improperly grant billions of dollars in tax credits, a new government audit says.

Pennsylvania voters will go to the polls Nov. 4 and may very well choose Tom Wolf, a York County businessman, to be their next governor.

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The Tom Wolf income tax plan: Making the rich pay their ‘fair share’

By   /  October 23, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Elections, Issues, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Source: Tax Foundation

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf says he wants to make taxes in Pennsylvania more fair.

Some of the state’s wealthier residents might question his definition of the word.

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The Tom Wolf income tax plan: What we know, and what we don’t

By   /  October 22, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Education, Elections, Issues, News, Pennsylvania, Politics, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

OF TOMS AND TAXES: Tom Wolf, left, the Democratic candidate for governor in Pennsylvania, says the state's richest residents should pay a higher share of the state's education costs. He wants to implement a more progressive tax system to shift the burden away from property taxes.

Four years ago, Pennsylvanians went to the polls and elected Tom Corbett as the 46th governor of their state.

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