Regulation

Buying ‘Burgh Votes

  • March 25, 2006

“Rendell: Plan ready to build new arena” in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

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Public Union Democracy

Union membership continues slide in Pa.

  • March 25, 2006

No surprise. It is 2006, not 1926. But, having milked the private-sector cash cow dry, PA AFL-CIO President Bill George is turning to government sector jobs so he can…

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Regulation

Pension Editorials

  • March 24, 2006

The Valley Independent believes that the “Pension battle should be instructive,” while the Reading Eagle suggests that the “State pension plan needs to be revised.”…

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Government Accountability

Rendell Vetoes “Fair Share Act”

  • March 24, 2006

From the PA Manufacturers Association… FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 24, 2006 GOV. RENDELL VETOES BILL CANDIDATE RENDELL ENDORSEDFair Share Act vetoed by governor was identical to measure passed in…

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Taxes & Economy

Abuse of Eminent Domain

  • Nathan Benefield
  • March 23, 2006

Harrisburg Airport continues its quest to use eminent domain to take over a nearby competitor, according to the Patriot News. The Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority (SARAA) is trying…

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Anton gives Rendell an “F”

  • March 22, 2006

Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association President & CEO Fred W. Anton III gives Gov. Rendell some advice at the Northeast Pennsylvania Manufacturers and Employer’s Association luncheon. Read the Republic Herald story.

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Regulation

Public Pensions and Risky Hedge Funds

  • March 22, 2006

The Massachusetts Secretary of State is voicing criticism in the Boston Globe over the amount of pension money going into risky hedge funds. This is noteworthy because Pennsylvania State…

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“Full of Baloney”?

  • March 22, 2006

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Eric Heyl on Rep. Peter Daley’s efforts to expose the “dark side to Quiznos.” Yes, the sandwich shop.

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Health Care

Health benefit costs

  • March 21, 2006

Th Bucks County Courier Times looks at the healthcare benefits crisis… Good health comes at hefty cost to taxpayers “Biting the bullet’ at public systems Public…

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Taxes & Economy

Minimum wage push continues

  • Nathan Benefield
  • March 17, 2006

From The Morning Call Online: “Kate Philips, Rendell’s spokeswoman, said the administration is grateful the bill emerged from the committee, but that $6.25 ”barely keeps us competitive” with…

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Regulation

Insult to injury

  • March 17, 2006

State weighs COLA raise in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

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Taxes & Economy

Who Pays for the Minimum Wage?

  • March 16, 2006

From Michigan’s Mackinac Center…. “When a business experiences increasing inventories, raising prices is the last thing it should do to resolve the problem. The same principle applies to labor.

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Taxes & Economy

Hey, Big Spender

  • March 16, 2006

Peggy Noonan in today’s Wall Street Journal on President Bush’s bankrupt fiscal policies and his notion of “compassionate conservatism” Noonan: “That’s not what I understood him to mean. If…

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Regulation

State kept funding agency in audit dispute

  • March 14, 2006

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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Regulation

Cities start adding up retiree benefit costs

  • March 13, 2006

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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