What’s he got to say? Kemper Project manager remains muzzled

Steelers may be ‘free rider’ in Pittsburgh transit spat

By   /  February 27, 2015  /  Finances, Local News, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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Pittsburgh’s beloved football team has decided to punt on renewing an agreement that provides fans with free rides to its front door. If the Steelers do not continue to underwrite these fares, ironically, they are the free rider. A “free rider” is an economics term for someone who receives a benefit without contributing to the costs of producing the benefit.

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Pennsylvania ponders extras for film industry in shadow of $2.3 billion deficit

By   /  February 25, 2015  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Finances, Jobs + Growth, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, Taxes  /  No Comments

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Some Pennsylvania legislators want to increase handouts to the film industry, even though the state and its new governor face a huge deficit and some economists say the payoffs are murky at best for taxpayers.

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Gov. Christie plays offense on New Jersey pension reforms

By   /  February 24, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Finances, New Jersey, Pensions, State Budgets  /  No Comments

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Backed into a fiscal corner, a defiant Gov. Chris Christie went on the offensive by proposing an ambitious reform to freeze existing New Jersey state pensions, create new replacement plans and eventually turn over control of the retirement system to labor unions of public workers.

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Hertz underpaid one PA county by nearly half a million, audit found

By   /  February 20, 2015  /  Accountability, Finances, Local News, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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An audit by Allegheny County’s controller found a nearly half-million-dollar “oops” by the Hertz at the airport. It paid only half of the taxes it collected, and the mistake may cost another $307,000 in penalties and interest as well. With this find, the controller’s office will now audit back to 2008, when the tax was passed.

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New Jersey is No. 1, pays 12 times above U.S. average for roads

By   /  February 12, 2015  /  Finances, New Jersey, News, State Budgets, transportation  /  No Comments

Governor's Office/Tim Larsen

New Jersey spends more on its highway system than any other state — and 12 times higher than the national average. The result is a $15 billion debt for the state’s transportation fund.

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Anonymous is hitting ISIS harder than any government could

By   /  February 11, 2015  /  Federal Government, Finances, National, News, Politics, Technology  /  No Comments

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The hacking collective Anonymous is on the offensive yet again, striking the Islamic State’s many proactive social media users who use sites such as Twitter and Facebook to recruit for jihad terrorism.

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