Starting Wednesday, Obamacare will punish businesses who help employees with health care

By   /  July 1, 2015  /  Federal Government, Health Care, Issues, National, News  /  No Comments

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Employers who reimburse their workers for health care costs will face massive tax penalties beginning Wednesday.

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Welfare program for laid-off workers doesn’t work; renewed anyway

By   /  July 1, 2015  /  Economy, Federal Government, Government Regulation, Government Waste, Jobs + Growth, National, News  /  No Comments

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A billion-dollar welfare program to help laid-off workers displaced by foreign competition has been saved from extinction, even though it’s been judged ineffective and wasteful according to the federal government’s own commissioned studies.

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Is Supreme Court EPA ruling no big deal or something much larger?

By   /  June 30, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Federal Government, National, News, Regulations  /  No Comments

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There’s plenty of discussion about the implications of the Supreme Court ruling against the EPA on Monday.

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Watchdog Podcast: Busy week for SCOTUS and controversy over the Confederate flag

By   /  June 26, 2015  /  Federal Government, First Amendment, Issues, Judiciary, National, Podcast, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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On this week’s podcast: a busy week at the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled Thursday in favor of upholding the federal health insurance exchange and Friday in favor of same-sex marriage.

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King v Burwell could leave many states in a health care bind

By   /  June 25, 2015  /  Federal Government, Health Care, Issues, National, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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When the Supreme Court reaches a decision in the King v. Burwell case, which could come any day now, the 34 states that use the federal exchange may be forced to either set up state exchanges or lose their health care subsidies entirely. A ruling for the plaintiffs would put at stake over $1.7 billion per month in subsidies to over 6.3 million people.

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Ruffled feathers: Larger wind turbines bad news for birds, groups say

By   /  June 24, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Federal Government, National, News  /  No Comments

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The U.S. Department of Energy wants to see bigger wind turbines built across the country, but the American Bird Conservancy says that would mean more birds will be killed.

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