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Pennsylvania e-cigarette tax burns business owners

By   /  August 18, 2016  /  Pennsylvania, Regulations, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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With a new 40 percent tax on their inventories, store owners are worried the state may put them out of business.

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Union moves to limit First Amendment rights of teachers

By   /  August 16, 2016  /  Education, Labor, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

SILENCED: Because Hobby Lobby is a for-profit entity, it is being denied its First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion.

The union does not allow religious objectors to appeal how their money is used.

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Nanny State of the Week: Your pool isn’t cool

By   /  August 8, 2016  /  Nanny State of the Week, News, Pennsylvania, Regulations  /  No Comments

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If that weren’t enough, the city then decided it had been too soft: City Hall issued a statement through Guss that, even if these kinds of pools were technically legal if permitted correctly, they would refuse to issue permits should anyone attempt something similar — and that the Cedar Street block party would not receive any permits, pools or otherwise, to operate in the future.

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Pittsburgh charter to serve students with dyslexia

By   /  August 4, 2016  /  Education Blog, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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The Provident Charter School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s first public charter for students with dyslexia, is now open after six years of planning. “The school not only gives parents another option,” said one Provident advocate, “it means that you’re sending your child to a program that’s geared specially to them, where they’re not going to be the dummy, […]

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Forced to compete with Uber and Lyft, Pittsburgh Yellow Cab innovates

By   /  August 2, 2016  /  News, Pennsylvania, Regulations, Transportation  /  No Comments

Pittsburgh's pension system is only 62 percent funded, but that's way better than it was just two years ago.

People who know Pittsburgh often have a story about waiting in vain for a Yellow Cab. But the Smartphone-based car services Uber and Lyft’s entrance into the city in 2014 has changed transportation for Pittsburghers forever. Notably, the stagnant near-monopoly of Yellow Cab has not just yielded to the car services that were happily permitted […]

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Political hangover: Conventions are over, bill goes to taxpayers

By   /  July 29, 2016  /  National, News, Ohio, PA Independent, Pennsylvania, Politics & Elections, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Several blocks surrounding the Wells Fargo Center, site of this week’s Democratic National Convention, looked like a militarized zone.

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