Labor shortages pose challenge for humming New Hampshire economy

By   /  June 25, 2017  /  New Hampshire, News  /  No Comments

New Hampshire’s jobless rate remained one of the lowest in the nation in May, continuing a steady pace of job creation and moderate wage gains, but some economists see potential labor shortages taking the wind out of the state’s sails. The state’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate last month came in at 2.9 percent, a 0.1-point […]

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Pennsylvania debate: Should state offer subsidies to keep nuclear plants afloat?

By   /  June 22, 2017  /  News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

Pennsylvania state lawmakers are wading into a policy dispute that pits two groups of energy behemoths in the state against each other and raises the possibility of ratepayer subsidies going to struggling nuclear power plants. More than 60 Pennsylvania state lawmakers formed a bipartisan Nuclear Energy Caucus to foster discussions about the future of the […]

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Pennsylvania pension reform seen by some as example for other states

By   /  June 19, 2017  /  Illinois, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

A bipartisan pension reform plan signed into law Monday by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf could provide a model for other states with high pension liabilities to pull out of the fiscal sinkhole, pension experts say. Under the plan signed by the state’s Democratic governor and passed by the Republican legislature, new employees hired by the […]

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Critics of Florida tourism agencies pleased with new accountability, transparency measures

By   /  June 16, 2017  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

A public-private agency that promotes Florida’s tourism industry won full funding from the state legislature despite criticism that the state support amounts to corporate welfare. But the $76 million approved for Visit Florida during a special session of the legislature last week came with stiffer reporting requirements aimed at making the agency’s activities more transparent. […]

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Colorado pension system faces risky future despite past fixes

By   /  June 15, 2017  /  Colorado, News  /  No Comments

Incremental fixes, tinkering and benefit adjustments over the past decade have failed to keep Colorado’s public-employee pension system within a reasonable fiscal comfort zone, say critics of the system. The state’s Public Employee Retirement Association (PERA) completed a month-long “listening tour” of the state last week, giving PERA officials a chance to hear from stakeholders […]

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Lawsuit: Ghost teachers cost Pennsylvania school district more than $500,000

By   /  June 9, 2017  /  News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

School District of Philadelphia

A lawsuit filed in Berks County Court last week aims to end a Pennsylvania school district’s practice of paying full-time officers of teachers unions with taxpayer dollars. An Oklahoma City-based nonprofit group called Americans for Fair Treatment filed the lawsuit against the Reading School District with the help of the Fairness Center in Harrisburg. The […]

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