Watchdog Podcast: A Greek tragedy, school choice at the Supreme Court and political spy games in Wisconsin

By   /  July 3, 2015  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, California, Commentary, Education, Education Blog, Features, Federal Government, Finances, Issues, National, News, Pensions, Podcast, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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Greece is in crisis after decades of over-spending finally caught up to it.

What lessons does the mess in Greece offer for American cities and states that have piled up debts in the public pension system?

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Brewing up a veto? Wolf still pondering liquor-privatization bill

By   /  July 2, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Government Regulation, News, PA Independent, Pennsylvania, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Republican lawmakers say privatizing state-owned wine and liquor stores would bring greater consumer convenience. Ultimately, Gov. Tom Wolf must decide.

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Wolf’s veto, opposing mandates leave Pennsylvania without budget

By   /  July 1, 2015  /  News, PA Independent, Pennsylvania, Pensions, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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By Andrew Staub | PA Independent
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania – Republican lawmakers on Tuesday steamrolled through liquor privatization, public pension reform and a state budget without a tax increase.
They were doing what the people elected them to do, they said.
Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, squashed the conservative celebration not long after, announcing he will veto the entire […]

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Altered pension bill would save PA $11 billion over long term, analysis finds

By   /  June 30, 2015  /  News, PA Independent, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Changes to a pension reform bill poised to reach Gov. Tom Wolf this week might alleviate some concerns about a legal challenge, but it will cost the state billions of dollars of savings, according to an actuarial analysis released Monday afternoon.

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Pennsylvania budget battle poses taxing questions

By   /  June 29, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, News, PA Independent, Pennsylvania, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Republican lawmakers spent the weekend advancing a $30.1 billion budget plan that holds the line on taxes, but it faces a near-certain veto from Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

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Christie vetoes tax hikes as he nears White House run

By   /  June 26, 2015  /  Governor, New Jersey, News, Politics, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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Preparing to run for the White House, Gov. Chris Christie polished his image as a tax-cutter Friday with a billion dollars’ worth of vetoes to the state budget passed by the New Jersey Legislature.

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