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.

Pentagon loses $500M in Yemen, gets $96B budget increase from Congress

By   /  March 26, 2015  /  Commentary, National  /  No Comments

NO COMPREHENSIVE MISSION PLAN: Auditors at the GAO say the Department of Defense failed to give Congress most of the information it is supposed to provide in a once-every-four-years briefing on mission and roles.

If employees of the federal government went to Las Vegas and managed to lose $500 million in taxpayer dollars at the slot machines and roulette wheel, there would be expected and understandable outrage from Congress.

But in another desert half-a-world away, employees of the federal government recently lost $500 million in taxpayer-funded supplies.

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Watchdog Podcast: Behind The Headlines — Crony capitalism at the Small Business Administration

By   /  March 25, 2015  /  Accountability, First Amendment, Issues, News, Podcast, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments


This is Behind the Headlines,’s podcast that takes a deeper look at the political news our Watchdog reporters uncover.

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Watchdog Podcast: Code Blue — The fifth birthday for Obamacare

By   /  March 24, 2015  /  Health Care, Podcast, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments


By Katie Watson, Jason Hart |
Code Blue is Watchdog Radio’s weekly look at heath issues, ranging from the latest public health debates to small government views on health care reform.
Medicaid and Medicare are breaking the budgets of states and the federal government, but there are other options out there. Is Obamacare the best we […]

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Nine of Pennsylvania’s 10 largest cities have more pensioners than workers

By   /  March 24, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Finances, Issues, Local Government, News, Pennsylvania, Pensions, State Government  /  No Comments


By Eric Boehm |
Meet the new poster child for Pennsylvania’s municipal pension problems.
York is a mid-sized city of 43,000 residents in central Pennsylvania near the state’s southern border that’s facing more than $64 million in pension-related debt.
In next year’s budget, York will be expected to pay more than $10 million toward the retirement fund […]

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Union lobbyist who worked one day as a teacher suing Illinois over $30,000 pension

By   /  March 19, 2015  /  Education, Finances, Illinois, Lobbying, News, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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After working one day as a substitute teacher in Illinois, David Piccioli could be entitled to an annual pension of more than $30,000.

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Watchdog Podcasts: Behind The Headlines — Latest developments in VA scandal

By   /  March 19, 2015  /  Accountability, Podcast, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments


In this week’s episode, host Ben Yount sits down with Tori Richards to talk about the latest developments in the still-ongoing scandal at Veterans Affairs. Richards has uncovered a case in Louisiana where a VA hospital employee was fired for blowing the whistle on his boss for making fake patient waiting lists.

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