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.

How unions and council members derailed Phoenix’s efforts to stop pension abuse

By   /  November 28, 2014  /  Arizona, Budget and Spending, Elections, Finances, National, News, Pensions  /  No Comments

Source: Wiki Commons

Cities and states across the country are facing a difficult financial future because of growing pension obligations.

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New PA bosses look a lot like the old PA bosses

By   /  November 26, 2014  /  Issues, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

LOWERING THE CEILING: State lawmakers approved a bill to drop the state's RACP debt ceiling to $3.45 billion from $4.05 billion.

Gov. Tom Corbett and state Sen. Dominic Pileggi were given the boot earlier this month, reshuffling political power heading into 2015.

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Nanny of the Week: Proposed bans on Thanksgiving Day shopping

By   /  November 24, 2014  /  National  /  No Comments

BLACK FRIDAY ON THURSDAY: More retailers are opening for business on Thanksgiving, but some politicians want to keep stores closed, regardless of what consumers want.

Part 27 of 27 in the series Nanny State of the Week

By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org
The Friday after Thanksgiving is the biggest retail shopping day of the year, but increasingly the Christmas season is creeping backwards and threatening to crush the turkey and cranberry sauce.
More and more stores have opened on Thanksgiving in recent years, […]

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Labor union work by federal employees on ‘official time’ costs taxpayers millions

By   /  November 24, 2014  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Congress, Federal Government, National, News  /  No Comments

AP file photo

Unionized federal employees spent 2.48 million hours working for their unions while getting paid by taxpayers during 2013, and more than 360 workers who are on the federal payroll spent 100 percent of their time working for their union.

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Pension funds spend millions on investment fees, but PA taxpayers in the dark

By   /  November 21, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, News, Pennsylvania, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

pension jar

Taxpayers are largely in the dark when it comes to Pennsylvania’s pension funds’ riskiest investments.

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After Grubergate controversy fades, legal challenge to Obamacare remains

By   /  November 21, 2014  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Health Care, National, News, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

COMING THIS FALL: The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to hear a challenge to a system a lower-court judge has called a "protectionist regime."

Jonathan Gruber, the MIT economist and one-time architect of the Affordable Care Act, has been in the news a lot over the past two weeks.

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