Study: Green-energy mandates will hit PA’s poorest hardest

By   /  December 18, 2012  /  Accountability, Audio, Energy, Environment, Environmental, Featured, Issues, Media, News, Pennsylvania, State Government  /  No Comments

COSTLY MANDATES: A Pennsylvania state law will cost consumers $16 billion over eight years, according to a new report.

HARRISBURG – A state mandate that requires electric providers to use more renewable and alternative sources in coming years will drive up the cost of electricity for all Pennsylvanians by $16 billion over the next eight years, according to a new study.

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PA: Monday’s unanimous Electoral College vote could be PA’s last

By   /  December 17, 2012  /  2012 General Election, Accountability, Audio, Elections, Electoral College, Featured, Federal Government, Issues, Media, News, Pennsylvania, Politics, State Elections, State Government, State Politics, State Senate  /  3 Comments

ELECTORAL COLLEGE: Instead of being a "blue state" or a "red state," Pennsylvania would be a "purple state" under Pileggi's proposal.

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s 20 presidential electors unanimously backed President Obama on Monday during the 57th meeting of the state’s Electoral College.
But it might be the last time the highly ceremonial yet official process for electing a president is done in such a uniform way.
A Republican-penned proposal already making waves weeks before [...]

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PA Week in Review: Free tickets to ride

By   /  December 14, 2012  /  Accountability, Audio, Featured, Federal Government, Finances, Issues, Media, News, News Roundup, Pennsylvania, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government, State House, State Politics, State Senate  /  No Comments

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By PA Independent Staff
HARRISBURG – From a cabinet secretary of one of Pennsylvania’s largest state government agencies to the toll-takers on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, this week was all about government officials getting free rides on the taxpayers’ dime.
From Rhode Island, DPW Secretary makes six-hour taxpayer-funded commute
Secretary of Public Welfare Gary Alexander lives in Rhode Island and [...]

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PA: Hands off! Ruling makes it tougher for state to seize private property

By   /  December 6, 2012  /  Accountability, Audio, Featured 6, Issues, Judiciary, Media, News, Pennsylvania, Power Abuse, State Government  /  No Comments

FORFEITURE: In a decision filed last month, Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini called the state’s civil asset forfeiture law “state-sanctioned theft” and ordered a lower court to re-examine a recent forfeiture case in Centre County.

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
HARRISBURG – A Commonwealth Court ruling is being hailed as a victory for property rights and a small blow against civil asset forfeiture laws, which allow the state to seize private property that may be connected to a crime.
In a decision filed last month, Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini called [...]

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PA: Scranton resident says high personnel costs amount to theft

By   /  November 28, 2012  /  Accountability, Audio, Featured, Finances, Issues, Local Government, Local News, Media, News, Pennsylvania, Pensions, Pensions, State Budgets  /  No Comments

Scranton residents will be hit with a 12 percent tax increase in 2013 and a 39 percent tax hike over the next three years.  The city is also looking to add a 1 percent commuter tax and will borrow $39 million next year.

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
HARRISBURG — In one of Pennsylvania’s most financially troubled cities, nearly every tax dollar taken from the pockets of city residents in 2013 will be headed directly to the wallets of past and present city employees.
Meanwhile, taxpayers supporting vital city services face a tax hike of 12 percent, the specter [...]

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