Yaël is a writer, journalist and radio host. He has served as a Florida Bureau Chief for Watchdog.org and served as the site’s chief translator from Spanish into English. Yaël has worked as a multimedia journalist in Philadelphia, Charlotte, Tampa, and Vienna, and his writings have appeared in the Washington Examiner, The Gaston Gazette, Reason Magazine, Sunshine State News, Wisconsin Reporter, and PanAmerican Post. He has worked and studied in three countries across two continents. His Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History is from Concordia University in Montréal and the University of Vienna. He speaks four languages and his hometown is Saint-Hyainthe, Québec. His personal website is Yael.ca and his PGP key is available here.

Funding Philadelphia schools, one vice at a time

By   /  August 8, 2014  /  Education, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

cigarettes.  Cost of a bad habit.

Crushed by the burden of dwindling tax revenues and budget cuts, Philadelphia schools had their hopes set on a quick and easy cigarette tax to alleviate their financial problems.

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Philly schools to be ‘one-stop location’ for government handouts

By   /  July 30, 2014  /  Education, Issues, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments


Instead of the welfare office and City Hall, Philadelphia residents may soon be lining up at schools to apply for government benefits.

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Tom Steyer wants to ‘penalize people’ who add to ‘climate risk’

By   /  July 1, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, National, News  /  No Comments


Speaking in New York City last week, Wall Street billionaire Tom Steyer laid clear his vision for penalizing people whose actions may contribute to climate change.

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‘Risky Business’ billionaire bankers prop up federal carbon taxes

By   /  June 25, 2014  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, Government Regulation, National, News, Politics, Taxes  /  No Comments


Ramping up the focus on the economic consequences of global warming, the newly minted Risky Business Project has unveiled a report predicting billions of dollars in damage if government fails to intervene.

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‘Nation of random enforcement’: Is America’s chief executive too powerful?

By   /  February 27, 2014  /  Congress, National, News  /  No Comments


By Yaël Ossowski | Watchdog.org
When President Barack Obama chooses to enforce select portions of federal law, is he playing the part of chief executive or skirting around Congress and, by extension, the U.S. Constitution?
That’s the question House Republicans put forth in a House Judiciary Committee meeting Wednesday, stacking the witness panel with four fellow House GOP members [...]

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The Vermont paradox: The taxpayer advocate is a state employee

By   /  February 11, 2014  /  Vermont  /  No Comments


By Yaël Ossowski | Vermont Watchdog

With an office and desk housed within the Vermont Department of Taxes, Gloria Hobson is not your average salaried government employee.

In fact, based upon her job description and title, one would argue her work serves as the ultimate paradox: a “taxpayer advocate” with a state government paycheck.

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