Op-Ed: Pennsylvanians can’t afford Biden’s multi-trillion tax-and-spend plan
With the legislative sausage-making now underway, it’s likely Pennsylvanians would find the menu of specific tax hikes distasteful.Read More: Op-Ed: Pennsylvanians can’t afford Biden’s multi-trillion tax-and-spend plan
Pennsylvania’s notoriously high level of regulation is a burden on our state economy. To make the Keystone State a competitive place to live, work, or grow a business, reforms are needed to rein in the regulatory process. Taxpayers deserve a streamlined regulatory process that scrutinizes proposed regulations to ensure frivolous reforms do not overburden the state economy and do not prevent job-seekers from accessing employment.
Insult to injury
State weighs COLA raise in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
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EDITORIAL | Gambling easy with house cash Taxpayers left on hook for state, teacher pensions
This Times-Tribune editorial recognizes the need to address the looming pension crisis.
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State kept funding agency in audit dispute
State Rep. Mike Veon and State Sen. Gerald LaValle’s BIG slush fund gets scrutiny from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. While the Veon/LaValle scandal may be an extreme example of how…
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Cities start adding up retiree benefit costs
An article from the Pittsburgh Business Times on the coming government retiree benefits crisis. Governments at all levels are only beginning to understand how big of a financial crisis…
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When Social Security looks fiscally responsible
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Editorial on the coming pension crisis. What continues to amaze us is the feedback from un-informed and mis-informed union members who are saying that we (the Commonwealth…
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The Laws of Economics are Sovereign, Even in Pennsylvania
It’s a shame that King Canute never ran for office in Pennsylvania. King Canute was the mighty English ruler who, tired of the ceaseless flattery of his advisors, had them…
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Repealed, but not removed
WGAL’s Ben Simoneau highlights how the “unvouchered expense” payments will impact taxpayers for years via pension increases for lawmakers. What Simoneau didn’t cover (not that I expected him…
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Gettin’ out while the gettin’s good
The Hempfield Area School District is expecting nearly 90 employees (mostly teachers) to retire this year, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. This is a district where the average salary…
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Pennsylvania Pensions: Man-Made Financial Disasters
The “Process Improvement Theory” relates to the timing in a process when errors are diagnosed and fixed. As the theory goes, at each ensuing interval in which a problem is…
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State employees’ pensions might carry big price tag
“Might”? Whoever wrote the headline for this Patriot-News story on the looming pension crisis should have read the story. Even the plan administrators at PSERS and SERS don’t see…
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Capitolwire.com thoughts on AFSCME’s reponse to the pension study
No problem with state pensions …that’s what David R. Fillman, Executive Director, Council 13, The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), said in a news…
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Pay no attention to the coming crisis.
In an Alfred E Neuman-esque “What, me worry?” Council 13 of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees claims there is no future pension problem in Pennsylvania. “…
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EDITORIAL | Pension padding
“Getting elected to the state’s freewheeling Legislature isn’t nearly as sweet as leaving the public body after several terms.” Read more from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
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Raw Deal for the People of Pennsylvania
More coverage of our pension study in the Beaver County Times/Allegheny Times.
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The Real War on Wal-Mart is to Expand Government
Brendan Miniter in today’s Wall Street Journal… “Let’s first understand that the drive to enact anti-Wal-Mart legislation has very little to do with the retail giant except in two…
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Pension scandal could rival pay-jacking
The Mercury – News on our pension study.
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The Pay Raise and Pension Link
Herald Standard story by Alison Hawkes on how “unvouchered expenses” are going to boost pensions for those lawmakers who took the unconstitutional money.
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Pension sticker shock about to hit
This Morning Call article by Christina Gostomski begins by looking at how PA’s archaic pension system is going to impact our property taxes.
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Think tank sees trouble for Pa. pension funds
From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette……
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Exploding pensions hurting taxpayers, new report claims
Lancaster New Era on our latest report……
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Beneath the Surface: Pennsylvania’s Looming Pension and Healthcare Benefits Crisis
Pennsylvania government employee-benefit plans operate in a vacuum. In a world where private-sector benefit cutbacks and cost reductions occur on a daily basis, state government in Harrisburg has not responded…
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