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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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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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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Scranton handed out $3 million in ‘double pensions,’ adding to fiscal woes

By   /  June 26, 2015  /  Finances, Issues, Local Government, Local News, News, PA Independent, Pennsylvania, Pensions, State Government  /  No Comments

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Even as it was careening towards bankruptcy, the city of Scranton, Pennsylvania, okayed $3 million in bonus pension payments for a handful of city employees.

Those extra payments effectively doubled the retirement pay of 35 city workers, and they were handed out without a proper analysis of the cost to the city’s taxpayers, according to a state audit released this week.

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Red light, green light: PA considers allowing red-light cameras to run past 2017

By   /  June 26, 2015  /  Local Government, Local News, News, PA Independent, Pennsylvania, State Government  /  No Comments

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Red-light cameras that keep a watchful eye on Pennsylvania drivers in select municipalities are scheduled to power down in 2017, but some state lawmakers aren’t ready to put the program in park.

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As Ohio renewable debate rages, study predicts electricity hit of $1.92 billion by 2026

By   /  June 26, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Government Regulation, Legislature, News, Ohio, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

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A recent study claims keeping Ohio’s renewable portfolio standards will cost $1.92 billion by 2026.

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