Is the EPA to blame for 1,500 GE layoffs in Pennsylvania?

By   /  December 16, 2015  /  General, PA Independent, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

President Barack Obama’s war on coal has helped claim 1,500 more victims, this time in Erie, Pa., at a 100-year-old locomotive plant. General Electric Transportation recently announced that it was cutting about one-third of its work force in Erie because of a decline in orders. Experts say a big reason involves Obama’s various clean air […]

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Free-market group targets ‘slush funds’ buried in state budget plan

By   /  December 11, 2015  /  General, Governor, Legislature, PA Independent, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent State lawmakers could sock Pennsylvanians with a $1.2 billion tax increase just in time for the Christmas holiday, but they’re making sure to stuff their stockings as they try to end the five-month-long budget impasse, according to one group’s analysis. The Commonwealth Foundation, a free-market think tank based in […]

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Property tax elimination vote on horizon in Pennsylvania Senate

By   /  November 20, 2015  /  General, Governor, Legislature, PA Independent, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent Next week could be a big week for proponents of eliminating Pennsylvania’s hated school property tax. Then again, this week was supposed to be a big week, until Senate Republicans postponed a plan to vote on legislation that would abolish the school property tax. “We want to send the […]

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Public Utility Commission fines Uber $50 million for defying regulators’ authority

By   /  November 18, 2015  /  General, PA Independent, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

The showdown between Uber and Pennsylvania has escalated, and it’s getting expensive. A pair of Pennsylvania judges on Tuesday recommended a massive $50 million fine against ride-sharing company Uber for operating in the state without a license and for resisting the state Public Utility Commission’s efforts to obtain information about how many rides Uber has […]

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Bill shielding identities of police who use force passes Pennsylvania House

By   /  November 18, 2015  /  General, Legislature, PA Independent, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent Police officers are public employees paid with public money, but when they pull the trigger in the line of duty, Pennsylvania lawmakers say their privacy should be paramount, at least until an investigation is completed. The state House on Tuesday passed a controversial bill that would shield — at least […]

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Tangled collection of interest groups watching newest PA liquor privatization bill

By   /  November 17, 2015  /  General, Governor, Legislature, PA Independent, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent Nothing about privatizing Pennsylvania’s government monopoly over wine and spirits sales is simple. The arduous process of trying to unwind the state’s booze business began anew Monday, when Republicans on the House Liquor Control Committee sent another privatization bill to the full chamber. State lawmakers aren’t treating the legislation […]

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