A Pennsylvania legislator wants to look into reviving a long-dead bit of bureaucracy, where the state decides whether a community needs a medical facility that’s being proposed. The federal government is now advising against these regulations, though its responsible for many states implementing them in the first place.Read More →
It’s been less than three months since the Minnesota Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton decided there would not be a taxpayer-funded soccer-specific stadium in downtown Minneapolis.
But Minnesotans, or at least residents of St. Paul, might end up picking up the tab for a stadium anyway.Read More →
The Pittsburgh area and Erie County are providing summer jobs for a couple thousand kids, between them, and the public is still footing most of the bill. In the Pittsburgh program, some employers are now paying interns’ wages, but it’s unclear how much of the total tab the public is picking up. Erie County’s program, only in its second year, has begun reaching out to the private sector.Read More →
Three Pennsylvania senators say they will introduce new legislation ironing out the lack of logic in current fireworks law.Read More →
Elise Truchan has learned some lessons in her first run-in with bureaucracy.
“I’ve learned that people lie,” is unfortunately one of them, her father recounted to Watchdog.org.
Elise built an elaborate tree house for a eighth-grade school project — complete with sliding plexiglass windows and a rope ladder for entrants more coordinated and less wimpy than this reporter. But her family is now fighting to not have to immediately tear it town.Read More →
On primary election day, voters in Allegheny County decided they were concerned with how their tax dollars are spent. They re-elected a controller who’s insisted on not just checking the numbers, but also looking at efficiency.Read More →