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.

Two more Philly Dems charged in once-abandoned bribery sting

By   /  December 17, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Accountability, Ethics, News, Pennsylvania, Power Abuse  /  No Comments


Two more Philadelphia lawmakers were charged Tuesday in connection to a sting operation that caught them accepting bribes in return for votes.

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Interns parody ‘All About That Bass,’ Congress rewards NASA with $360-million budget boost

By   /  December 16, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Congress, Federal Government, Finances, Government Waste, Mississippi, National, News  /  No Comments

NASA Interns

By Eric Boehm |
Congress handed NASA a $360-million raise in the recently passed federal budget bill, and it’s a good thing too.
Because NASA is clearly doing some really important work with its nearly $18-billion annual budget.
Last week, just as Congress was finalizing the details of the so-called “Cromnibus” bill, a $1-trillion spending plan to […]

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Watchdog Radio: Torture, Gruber and the Cromnibus (oh my)

By   /  December 15, 2014  /  National, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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By Eric Boehm and Matt Kittle |
It was a big week in the nation’s capital, beginning with the release of the U.S. Senate’s report on torture conducted by the CIA and ending with the passage of the so-called “Cromnibus” spending bill that will keep the federal government from shutting down.
But it was also a […]

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Torture and Jonathan Gruber: Telling lies because the ends can justify the means

By   /  December 12, 2014  /  Commentary, National  /  No Comments

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For those who enjoy the absurdist theatrics of big government, Tuesday was a big day.

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Why 2015 could be the year for medical marijuana legalization in Pennsylvania

By   /  December 10, 2014  /  News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

UNKNOWN: State officials met several times to discuss the financial impact of possibly legalizing medical marijuana, but they decided they just don't know.

Medical marijuana legislation will get a second chance in 2015.

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Michigan man charged with crime only after revealing how cops seized his assets

By   /  December 9, 2014  /  Michigan, News  /  No Comments

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In September, police in Michigan seized cash and property from a Michigan man who was legally growing medical marijuana for himself and four other individuals.

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