Watchdog Podcast: A Greek tragedy, school choice at the Supreme Court and political spy games in Wisconsin
Greece is in crisis after decades of over-spending finally caught up to it.
What lessons does the mess in Greece offer for American cities and states that have piled up debts in the public pension system?Read More →
By Andrew Staub | PA Independent
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania – Republican lawmakers on Tuesday steamrolled through liquor privatization, public pension reform and a state budget without a tax increase.
They were doing what the people elected them to do, they said.
Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, squashed the conservative celebration not long after, announcing he will veto the entire […]
Even as it was careening towards bankruptcy, the city of Scranton, Pennsylvania, okayed $3 million in bonus pension payments for a handful of city employees.
Those extra payments effectively doubled the retirement pay of 35 city workers, and they were handed out without a proper analysis of the cost to the city’s taxpayers, according to a state audit released this week.Read More →
Fresh from a failure to fix New Jersey’s pension system and its $170 billion deficit, Gov. Chris Christie is scheduled to formally announce his run for the White House next week. But first, the governor is expected to veto parts of a state budget that would restore $1.8 billion he cut from the state’s scheduled pension contribution. Next Tuesday, Christie has a date to tell the world why he should be the next president.Read More →
Unable to work together to reform an ailing state pension system that faces a $170 billion deficit, Gov. Chris Christie and the New Jersey Legislature are headed for state budget showdown in Trenton next week.Read More →
Pennsylvania lawmakers have just 12 days to deliver a budget to Gov. Tom Wolf to meet the June 30 deadline, but the state Senate’s top Republican said Thursday afternoon there’s “plenty of time” to finish a spending plan and finally address two of the GOP’s most vexing public policy issues.Read More →