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.

Labor Day: Should we say ‘thank you’ or ‘no thank you’ to modern labor movement?

By   /  August 29, 2014  /  Accountability, Power Abuse, unions, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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It’s Labor Day weekend, which means the unofficial end of summer and the official start of football season.

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Nanny of the Week: Mississippi makes bird feeders illegal – by accident

By   /  August 29, 2014  /  Mississippi, National, News  /  No Comments

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Part 18 of 18 in the series Nanny State of the Week

By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org
Residents of Mississippi with backyard bird feeders could run afoul of new state regulations that prohibit the “supplementary feeding” of wild animals.
The new rules appear to have been intended to limit the use of outdoor salt licks and other types [...]

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Three things to know: New poll shows Corbett trailing Wolf by 25 points in PA gubernatorial race

By   /  August 28, 2014  /  Elections, Issues, News, Pennsylvania, State Government, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

RUNNING AWAY: York County businessman Tom Wolf, left, leads Gov. Tom Corbett, right, by 25 points in a new statewide poll released Thursday.

With a little more than two months remaining before voters go to the polls, Gov. Tom Corbett has a lot of work to do if he wants to win a second term in office.

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Philly family lost house over $40 drug purchase

By   /  August 27, 2014  /  Issues, Judiciary, Local News, News, Pennsylvania, State Government  /  No Comments

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In March, Chris Sourovelis’ son was caught selling $40 of heroine to an undercover police officer.

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Do not confuse public spending with private charity

By   /  August 26, 2014  /  Commentary  /  No Comments

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The “ice bucket challenge,” a fundraiser for research into ALS, has swamped many a Facebook news feed in recent weeks.

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Nanny of the Week: Vermont city could ban ‘human activity’

By   /  August 22, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, Issues, National, News, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

I CANOE, CAN YOU? You can, at least in Montpeiler's Berlin Lake, despite the concerns of some environmental activists.

Maybe they should just clear all the people out and turn Vermont over to the moose and the bears.

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