Pennsylvania in focus: New bill would prevent school districts, municipalities from filing assessment appeals

By   /  May 26, 2017  /  News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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Pittsburgh Post=Gazette: New bill would prevent school districts, municipalities from filing assessment appeals It’s a bill that probably will get the wholehearted support of anyone who has bought a house only to be welcomed to the neighborhood by a property assessment appeal filed by the local school district or municipality. House Bill 1213 now pending […]

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McCaleb: Public pensions in some ways mirror Madoff’s Ponzi scheme

By   /  May 25, 2017  /  Colorado, Commentary, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, Ohio, Opinion, Pennsylvania, Pensions, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

“In a world full of lies, the most dangerous ones are those we tell ourselves.”  ― Diana B. Henriques HBO debuted its original movie on Ponzi-schemer Bernie Madoff over the weekend. Based on Henriques’ book “The Wizard of Lies,” the film (and book) tells the chilling tale of Madoff’s fraudulent investment scheme in which more than […]

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Pennsylvania in focus: Steel vital to national security, industry pleads

By   /  May 25, 2017  /  News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Steel vital to national security, industry pleads The Trump administration’s investigation into whether imported steel threatens national security was enthusiastically greeted Wednesday by U.S. steelmakers, who said the best way to ensure the vitality of their industry is through a comprehensive approach to curbing unfairly traded imports. But others who testified at a […]

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Epstein: Reality sets in for wealthiest state in country

By   /  May 24, 2017  /  Colorado, Commentary, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Pensions  /  No Comments

A recent story in the Wall Street Journal foretells a grim financial future for Connecticut, the wealthiest state in the union by per capita income. Its great wealth, however, does not translate into financial stability. For this coming year, the state expects a $400 million shortfall in tax collections that will only compound its looming […]

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Pennsylvania in focus: Legislature moving internet gaming bill

By   /  May 24, 2017  /  News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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The Morning Call: Legislature moving internet gaming bill You would not have to gamble with rain, sleet or snow in Pennsylvania under a bill moving through the Legislature Tuesday. The Senate Appropriations committee voted 24-2 on a bill that would permit gamblers to wager online, or buy traditional lottery tickets and play legalized fantasy sports […]

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Technology industry: Pennsylvania governor’s proposed tech tax would cost jobs

By   /  May 23, 2017  /  News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed what’s been dubbed a tech tax to help balance the budget this year, but technology firms in the state are booting up an opposition campaign against a revenue plan they see as a job killer. “If adopted, this tax will impact nearly every business in the Commonwealth,” says a […]

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