City’s bad decisions sink public pensions

By   /  April 1, 2015  /  Accountability, Finances, Labor, Local Government, Local News, News, Pennsylvania, Pensions, Taxes  /  No Comments

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The Pennsylvania auditor general’s office did not mince words in its report on Jeannette, Pennsylvania’s pension problems: officials need to make “fiscally responsible decisions.” And the city’s recent promises to its uniformed retirees don’t seem to fall into that category.

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Philadelphia schools tread on rocky fiscal footing

By   /  March 31, 2015  /  Education, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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PHILADELPHIA — If the School District of Philadelphia gets every penny it expects from increased state and local funding, massive investments in city schools will only temporarily solve the district’s financial woes.

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Watchdog Podcast: In Our Backyards — The never-ending debate over property tax reform

By   /  March 30, 2015  /  Pennsylvania, Podcast, Taxes, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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By Eric Boehm and Andrew Staub | Watchdog Radio
This is “In Our Backyards,” Watchdog.org’s podcast that examines local government — because the government that is the closest to you often can be the most important, even if you don’t hear much about it.
We’ll look at city councils, school boards and even water treatment authorities, because […]

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Lawmaker wants expanded subpoena power to catch waste, fraud, abuse

By   /  March 30, 2015  /  Accountability, News, Pennsylvania, State Government  /  No Comments

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State Rep. Cris Dush believes expanded subpoena power would give the state House a tool to fight waste, fraud and abuse.

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Week in Review: Pennsylvania schools getting mixed message from Harrisburg

By   /  March 27, 2015  /  Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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Pennsylvania schools are getting mixed messages about the state budget.

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Criminal investigation sought in McAuliffe-Mayorkas dealings

By   /  March 27, 2015  /  California, Iowa, National, Nevada, News, Pennsylvania, Virginia  /  No Comments

'GET THE FULL FACTS': Cause of Action president Dan Epstein wants a criminal investigation into activities involving the federal EB-5 visa program.

A government accountability group says “unanswered questions” warrant a criminal investigation into actions by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and others involved in the EB-5 visa program.

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