PA Week in Review: Battle over pension reform continues

By   /  September 4, 2015  /  PA Independent, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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The battle over public pension reform is ongoing in Harrisburg, with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican lawmakers still unable to reach a compromise.

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Texas lags in privatizing school services

By   /  September 3, 2015  /  Education Blog, News, Pennsylvania, Texas  /  No Comments

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“Texas school districts’ reluctance to adopt competitive contracting practices means that a whole lot of money is being left on the table.”

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Anglers could be on the hook for Pennsylvania’s public pensions

By   /  September 3, 2015  /  News, PA Independent, Pennsylvania, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission could charge more for fishing licenses to help pay upcoming pension obligations.

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Pennsylvania labor union leaders blast 401(k) plans they offer their own staff

By   /  September 2, 2015  /  Education, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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It’s a classic case of “do as I say, not as I do” as union leaders blast 401(k) plans they offer their own staffs.

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Pennsylvania AG’s use of outside law firms draws scrutiny

By   /  September 2, 2015  /  News, PA Independent, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. Kane said that criminal charges against her are part of an effort by state prosecutors and judges to conceal pornographic and racially insensitive emails they circulated with one another. Kane is charged with leaking grand jury information to a newspaper reporter as payback to a former state prosecutor and then lying about it under oath. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Some believe outside law firms hired by the Attorney General’s Office are nothing but hired guns trying to extract profits from business.

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Philadelphia City Council wants more school oversight

By   /  September 1, 2015  /  Education, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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The Council has been calling for a fiscal oversight agency to monitor how Philly schools spend public money.

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