Nanny of the Week: Republican in NY backs cat declawing ban

By   /  May 11, 2015  /  Nanny State of the Week, New York, News, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

SCRATCH 'EM: New York could become the first state to ban declawing of cats, injecting government into the relationship between cats and their owners.

When it comes to the health and well-being of cats in New York, the politicians think they know more than veterinarians.

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PA General Assembly takes four months to send first bill to Wolf

By   /  May 6, 2015  /  PA Independent, Pennsylvania, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Lt. Gov. Mike Stack ran the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, but even that wasn’t as protracted a process as passing a bill in Harrisburg.
Stack signed his first bill as Senate president Tuesday as lawmakers began sending their first pieces of legislation to Gov. Tom Wolf since he took […]

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Lt. Gov. Stack running Pittsburgh Marathon for a cause: Film tax credits

By   /  May 1, 2015  /  PA Independent, Pennsylvania, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent
Lt. Gov. Mike Stack will run in this Sunday’s Pittsburgh Marathon, but a news release Friday had a twist even director M. Night Shyamalan could appreciate.
Stack, a Democrat, will lace up to “focus attention on the need to raise the film tax credit,” his office said.  Independent filmmakers from Pittsburgh will record Stack’s run […]

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Week in Review: Lawmaker wants state to control struggling schools

By   /  May 1, 2015  /  PA Independent, Pennsylvania, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

By PA Independent Staff
Pennsylvania took over the struggling School District of Philadelphia 14 years ago, hoping to help address poor student performance and sharp budget deficits.
The results have been mixed, but that isn’t stopping one state lawmaker from proposing a plan that would have the state intervene in other failing districts, too, Philadelphia education reporter […]

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Sen. Wagner’s latest union challenge would rein in employee compensation

By   /  April 29, 2015  /  PA Independent, Pennsylvania, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent
State Sen. Scott Wagner doesn’t like Pennsylvania’s public-sector unions, and leaders of organized labor certainly aren’t enamored with the York County Republican who once compared them to power-hungry dictators such as Hitler.
The rocky relationship was again evident recently when the AFL-CIO plastered Wagner’s face — along with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s […]

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Higher taxes all ’round: 3 things to know about IFO report on Wolf’s tax plan

By   /  April 27, 2015  /  PA Independent, Pennsylvania, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
All Pennsylvanians would face higher taxes if Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal becomes law.
On the campaign trail and in his first budget plan, Wolf had pitched an ambitious overhaul of Pennsylvania’s tax system that he said would place a larger burden on high-income households while shielding those who made less […]

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