Eric is the national regulatory reporter for He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. His work has appeared in Reason Magazine, National Review Online, The Freeman Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Examiner and Fox News. He was once featured in a BuzzFeed list-icle. Follow him on Twitter @EricBoehm87.

Pennsylvania’s budget mess is going from bad to worse

By   /  February 11, 2016  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Commentary, Economy, Issues, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

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Pennsylvania will be facing a $2.4 billion budget shortfall by the 2016-17 budget year. Just two years ago, the shortfall in 2016-17 was projected to be $1.7 billion.

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Virginia House set to vote on health care reforms as hospitals push back

By   /  February 8, 2016  /  Health Care, Issues, News, Politics & Elections, regulations, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments


Lawmakers in Virginia House could give their stamp of approval to a package of health care reforms intended to ease anti-competitive regulations.

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Nanny State of the Week: Town inspection checks whether you cleaned your toilet

By   /  February 8, 2016  /  Accountability, Issues, Judiciary, Minnesota, Nanny State of the Week, News, Power Abuse, regulations, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

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A Minnesota town wants to make sure their residents are keeping a tidy home. Those who don’t submit to mandatory home inspections are being taken to court.

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Watchdog Podcast: Was Iowa the Super Bowl of the presidential race, or just Opening Day?

By   /  February 5, 2016  /  Accountability, Commentary, Federal Government, Issues, National, Podcast, Politics & Elections, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments


It’s Super Bowl weekend, but for many political junkies, the big game came a few days early.

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Bipartisan support for fixing occupational licensing system

By   /  February 5, 2016  /  Federal Government, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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Senators from both parties agree with the White House on the issue of occupational licensing: it’s out of control.

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Nanny State of the Week: Chicago aims to toughen ineffective plastic bag ban

By   /  February 1, 2016  /  Accountability, Illinois, Issues, Nanny State of the Week, News, Power Abuse, WatchBlog  /  No Comments


Six months after passing a plastic bag ban, the city of Chicago is planning to step-up enforcement against those crinkly bandits blowing through the streets

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