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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.

Watchdog Podcast: Behind the Headlines (Ep. 08)

By   /  February 27, 2015  /  National, News, Podcast, Podcasts, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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By Eric Boehm and Yael Ossowski | Watchdog.org
This is Behind the Headlines, Watchdog.org’s podcast that takes a deeper look at the political news being uncovered by our Watchdog reporters.
You might have heard the news, but if you haven’t gone behind the headlines, you don’t know what you might be missing.
In this week’s episode: We’ve all […]

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Watchdog Podcast: Breaking the Piggy Bank (Ep. 07)

By   /  February 25, 2015  /  Podcast, Podcasts, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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In this week’s episode, hosts Eric Boehm and Steve Greenhut discuss the practice of pension spiking — a nifty trick discovered by public sector employees that allows them to sometimes double or even triple their annual pension payouts by scooping up higher-paying positions in the final few months before they retire. It costs taxpayers plenty, and it happens just about everywhere.

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Congress, Supreme Court scrutinize how feds take your stuff

By   /  February 25, 2015  /  Abuse of power, Congress, Federal Government, National, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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Carol Hinders caught the attention of the Internal Revenue Service because she ran a Mexican restaurant.

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Watchdog Podcast: In Our Backyards (Ep. 06)

By   /  February 24, 2015  /  Podcast, Podcasts, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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Part 7 of 8 in the series Watchdog Podcasts

This is In Our Backyards, Watchdog.org’s podcast that examines local government — because the government that is the closest to you can often be the most important, even if you don’t hear much about it.
We’ll look at city councils, school boards and even water treatment authorities, because your […]

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Watchdog Podcast: Behind The Headlines

By   /  February 23, 2015  /  Education Blog, News, Pennsylvania, Podcast, Podcasts, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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This is Behind The Headlines, Watchdog.org’s podcast that takes a deeper look at the state-level political news being uncovered by our Watchdog reporters. You might have heard the news, but if you haven’t gone behind the headlines, you don’t know what you might be missing.

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Nanny of the Week: Georgia lawmaker wants to ban mermaids, werewolves, other fictional creatures from real life

By   /  February 23, 2015  /  Georgia, News  /  No Comments

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Part 34 of 34 in the series Nanny State of the Week

By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org
A lawmaker in Georgia wants to ban mermaids, centaurs, werewolves and other half-human, half-animal creatures that don’t exist.
But he’s not talking about banning them from bookshelves or theater screens. No, state Rep. Tom Kirby, R-Gwinnett, is proposing legislation that would […]

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