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Philadelphia teachers union rejects $100M offer

By   /  November 29, 2016  /  Education, Education Blog, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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Jordan has refused to take the offer to the members, saying, “This offer has no recognition of the years that people have sacrificed.”

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Blue lives do matter, but applying hate-crime laws to attacks on police is redundant

By   /  November 29, 2016  /  Commentary, Criminal Justice, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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Legislation that affords special protection to police officers is sweeping the nation. These bills, sometimes called “Blue Lives Matter” bills, put police, firefighters, EMTs, and other first responders under hate-crimes designation protection. Louisiana was the first state to pass this kind of law, and it went into effect in August. New York, Wisconsin, Kentucky, and […]

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Erie County courts ready for new records law

By   /  November 28, 2016  /  Criminal Justice, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

Lawmakers in Harrisburg approved more than $1 billion in new borrowing for Pennsylvania on Wednesday.

Back in February, Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law a measure designed to help low-level offenders find employment.  Nine months later, Act 5 is finally in effect.  The Erie County clerk’s office has already received two petitions to limit access. “There’s an inordinate amount of individuals in Pennsylvania that have small offenses on their records […]

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Watchdog’s Top 10 List: Bureaucrats Behaving Badly

By   /  November 28, 2016  /  Crony Capitalism, Federal Government, Florida, Legislature, Mississippi, National, News, Pennsylvania, Power Abuse, State Budgets, State Government, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Bureaucrats and politicians manipulate the system, for their own benefit and for the benefit of their friends and financial allies. How do they get away with it? They get a lot of practice and, all too often, nobody is watching. But we are. Here’s a top 10 list of bureaucrats, politicians and rent seekers who […]

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Less crime, more inmates at Allegheny County jail

By   /  November 17, 2016  /  Criminal Justice, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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A newly released report by the University of Pittsburgh Institute on Politics finds that incarceration in Allegheny County has increased significantly despite falling crime rates. The criminal justice task force, co-chaired by Pitt law professor Mark Nordenburgh and former U.S. Attorney Frederick Thieman, found that in addition to the social costs of high incarceration rates, […]

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Legislators take another look at murky liquor law

By   /  November 15, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Legislature, News, Pennsylvania, Regulations, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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When Antony Davies’ dad sent him a case of wine from California, it was no easy feat to pick it up. “In Pennsylvania, wine must [by law] be shipped to a state store,” explains Davies, an associate economics professor at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. “That means making a special trip at the time that the […]

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