Study: PA’s debt would cost taxpayers $14,500 each to pay off today

By   /  September 1, 2014  /  News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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Pennsylvania is famous for its potholes, but it has an even bigger sinkhole problem that could cost taxpayers way more than minor car repairs caused by pock-marked roads.

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Week in review: Lawsuit targets civil forfeiture laws in Pennsylvania

By   /  August 29, 2014  /  Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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This week, PA Independent took a look at how Philadelphia law enforcement officials have been using civil forfeiture laws to seize millions of dollars of cash and property — a system that has one family fighting for its home over $40 worth of drugs, according to a class-action lawsuit.

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Three things to know: New poll shows Corbett trailing Wolf by 25 points in PA gubernatorial race

By   /  August 28, 2014  /  Elections, Issues, News, Pennsylvania, State Government, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

RUNNING AWAY: York County businessman Tom Wolf, left, leads Gov. Tom Corbett, right, by 25 points in a new statewide poll released Thursday.

With a little more than two months remaining before voters go to the polls, Gov. Tom Corbett has a lot of work to do if he wants to win a second term in office.

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No rest for the death industry as it awaits high court decision

By   /  August 28, 2014  /  National, News, Pennsylvania, State Government  /  No Comments

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Funeral home directors and others wait to see whether the Supreme Court will take their case, in which a lower court threw out many regulations over the death industry in Pennsylvania, calling it a “protectionist regime.” Plaintiffs say the case has wide implications for all Americans who may be affected by outdated rules.

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With school budgets tight, prevailing wage again goes under microscope in PA

By   /  August 28, 2014  /  News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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When the Central York School District wanted to repair the roof on a middle school about two years ago, the school board found itself playing a game of financial chicken.

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Harrisburg treasurer charged with theft

By   /  August 27, 2014  /  Abuse of power, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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For more than four decades, the Historic Harrisburg Association has been working to revitalize the state capital in the wake of the devastating flooding that Hurricane Agnes wrought in 1972.

Over the past year, according to the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office, the nonprofit was helping out on a much more personal level, and in a way that was unbeknownst to its board until this summer.

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