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: Code Blue — The Medicaid ‘doc fix’ that isn’t fixing much of anything

By   /  April 17, 2015  /  Federal Government, Finances, Health Care, Podcast, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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In this week’s episode, hosts Katie Watson and Jason Hart take a deep dive into the so-called “doc fix” bill approved by Congress last week. It’s not exactly fixing some of the underlying issues with Medicaid, which continues to be billions of dollars in the red, but at least it will put an end to annual fights over how doctors are reimbursed for their services.

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Watchdog Podcasts: Sit Down, Shut Up — A dystopian future, brought to you by textbook companies

By   /  April 16, 2015  /  Education, Education Blog, Issues, Podcast, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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In this week’s podcast, Yount and Payton are joined by Watchdog.org education reporter Moria Costa, who brings with her a scary tale of textbook companies using schoolkids as data mines. It’s all in the name of good marketing, but it’s putting our kids’ identities at risk and school officials are letting it happen.

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Pennsylvania pension funds could run dry in as little as 10 years

By   /  April 16, 2015  /  News, Pennsylvania, Pensions  /  No Comments

Source: Mercatus Center "Can Public Pensions Fulfill Their Promises?"

Without higher contributions from workers and taxpayers, Pennsylvania’s public sector pension plans may not be able to pay for their promises.

And if investment returns fail to live up to expectations, the two pension funds could run dry before the end of the next decade.

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Watchdog Podcast: Behind The Headlines — Connecting the dots between lobbyists and members of Congress

By   /  April 15, 2015  /  Accountability, Issues, Podcast, Politics, Politics & Elections, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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By Eric Boehm | Watchdog Radio
This is Behind the Headlines, Watchdog.org’s podcast that takes a deeper look at the political news of the day.
In this week’s episode, host Eric Boehm sits down with Sarah Rosier of the Lucy Burns Institute to talk about its new report, an attempt to connect the dots between deep-pocketed lobbyists […]

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The case for a new holiday: Inside the first ever Freedom Day celebration

By   /  April 14, 2015  /  Accountability, Federal Government, First Amendment, Free Speech, National, News, Politics & Elections, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo by Eric Boehm

With apologies to Sara Lee: nobody doesn’t like freedom.

But do Americans appreciate and understand their freedom enough? Frayda Levy thinks not, and wants to make sure people take time, once a year, to appreciate the uniquely American experience of it all.

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Watchdog Podcast: In Our Backyards — Most important policy is coming from the states, not DC (and that’s a good thing)

By   /  April 13, 2015  /  Federal Government, Podcast, State Budgets, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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By Ben Yount | Watchdog Radio
This is “In Our Backyards,” Watchdog.org’s podcast that examines local government — because the government that is the closest to you often can 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 local officials can […]

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