Southeast Ohio businesses still fighting oil and gas tax hike

By   /  May 25, 2015  /  News, Ohio, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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In Marietta, Ohio, business owners still have an oil and gas tax hike Gov. John Kasich has fought for since 2012 hanging over their heads.

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Watchdog Podcasts: Breaking the Bank — What can we learn from Illinois’ failed pension reform efforts?

By   /  May 22, 2015  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, California, Finances, Illinois, Issues, Pennsylvania, Pensions, Podcast, State Budgets, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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In this week’s episode, hosts Eric Boehm and Steve Greenhut take a look at the recent state Supreme Court ruling in Illinois that tossed aside a legislative effort to deal with the state’s $100 billion pension debt.

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Obamacare expansion cash could fill huge highway funding gap

By   /  May 21, 2015  /  Arkansas, Federal Government, National, News, State Budgets  /  No Comments

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Are Republicans willing to increase taxes or cut infrastructure spending to keep federal taxpayers on the hook for Obamacare expansion?

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Pension reform promises $18 billion savings, but questions linger

By   /  May 20, 2015  /  Finances, Issues, News, PA Independent, Pennsylvania, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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“If this bills gets passed, as written, and signed by the governor, someone will definitely sue over it,” predicts James McAneny, executive director of the Public Employee Retirement Commission.

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Watchdog Podcasts: Sit Down, Shut Up — Live from Chicago, it’s School Choice!

By   /  May 19, 2015  /  Audio, Education, Education Blog, Illinois, Issues, Media, Podcast, State Budgets, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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In this week’s episode, Yount sits down with Paul Brennan at the recent Chicago School Choice Conference to talk about the growth of school choice options across the country. Even though many school choice programs have been limited in their scope and targeted to only the poor, they are undoubtedly working.

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Watchdog Podcast: Breaking the Bank — Public workers are new American royalty

By   /  May 18, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, California, Issues, Pensions, Podcast, State Budgets, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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In this week’s episode, hosts Eric Boehm and Steve Greenhut take a step back from the usual number-crunching and budget-busting to ask a sociological question: are America’s highly-paid public sector workers a new form of royalty?

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