Could minimum wage increase save taxpayers billions on welfare?

By   /  April 21, 2015  /  General, PA Independent, Pennsylvania, Video  /  No Comments

By Rachel Martin | Watchdog.org
PITTSBURGH — Taxpayers are on the hook for billions each year in welfare to working families. That’s one message organizers of the “Fight for 15” campaign are trying to drive home.
“I shouldn’t have to be on welfare, when I work my ass off,” Ashona Osborne, participant at a rally in […]

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Could minimum wage increase save taxpayers billions on welfare?

By   /  April 21, 2015  /  Jobs + Growth, Labor, News, Pennsylvania, Video  /  No Comments

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It’s an idea that gets at something not often discussed in the national debate over hiking the minimum wage: Maybe it’s not just companies versus workers, or government versus companies. Maybe taxpayers are a vital part of the equation, paying to support both halves of an unhealthy relationship that has exploded onto the streets in the past year.

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PA lawmaker again tries to pull state from ‘bottom of the barrel’ in terms of citizen trust

By   /  March 11, 2015  /  Accountability, Ethics, Pennsylvania, State Government, Transparency, Video  /  No Comments

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One Pennsylvania legislator is taking a third swing at increasing transparency about lawmakers’ work, incomes and possible conflicts. “We’re at the bottom of the barrel right now,” in terms of how much citizens trust government, State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, told Watchdog.org. “We’re down there with the attorneys,” he jokingly added.

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New state prison facing old problem: Money

By   /  March 11, 2015  /  Media, Nebraska, Video  /  No Comments

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If you were looking forward to a brand-spanking new prison in Nebraska, look again.
A $300 million dollar price-tag finds lawmakers examining a list of other options.

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Winner-take-all fight is on Omaha’s 2016 House race radar

By   /  March 3, 2015  /  Media, Nebraska, Politics & Elections, Video  /  No Comments

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Along with all the talk about how Nebraska awards electoral votes in presidential elections, and there’s been plenty over the past several years, this year’s fight over winner-take-all has new repercussions. AKA: Brad Ashford’s re-election

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Omaha police chief: Deadly officer-involved shooting ‘does not appear to be criminal’

By   /  February 26, 2015  /  Media, National Security, Nebraska, Transparency, Video  /  No Comments

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An unarmed suspect was shot twice in the back by an Omaha police officer this week, according to Chief Todd Schmaderer who adds the shooting, caught on video by police, “does not appear to be criminal.”

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