Shutterstock imageUNAFFORDABLE CARE: Before signing Obamacare into law, President Obama repeatedly promised that families would see their health care costs decrease by $2,500 per year, yet it looks like health insurance premiums will continue to rise for American families.

Florida health care system finishes at bottom of pack, study finds

Published on: August 18, 2017
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf speaks during a news conference at the Jordan Medical Education Center Atrium at University of Pennsylvania, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 in Philadelphia. Wolf discussed the state's newly redesigned prescription drug monitoring program. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Pennsylvania tax plan would cost state thousands of jobs, study finds

Published on: August 16, 2017

Congressman: Repealing death tax would be ‘nirvana’

Published on: August 15, 2017

Haupt: Abandoning the gold standard created legalized theft

Published on: August 14, 2017

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Shutterstock ImageHEADED INTO OVERTIME: City officials continue to obstruct the city council's investigation into large overtime payments in June 2014.

Colorado in focus: Denver Sheriff Department overtime is excessive

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Denver Post opinion: Denver Sheriff Department overtime is excessive Despite hiring 200 deputies, the Denver Sheriff Department spent $14 million on overtime in 2016, and is on track to spend nearly as much in 2017, according to data reported by The Denver Post’s Noelle Phillips. In 2015, the department spent $10 million. In 2014, it spent […]
Published on: August 18, 2017

Wisconsin in focus: Wisconsin ban on Irish butter sales fail the smell test? Judge lets courts sort it out

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin ban on Irish butter sales fail the smell test? Judge lets courts sort it out  Consumers know what they like, and they don’t need the state deciding what butter they can buy based on a bureaucrat’s subjective standards about flavor, texture and smell, a lawyer argued Tuesday. At issue is the constitutionality of […]
Published on: August 18, 2017
VACANCY: Landlord Adam Peters can't hang this sign for six months after Wilkes-Barre shuttered one of his rental units.

Florida in focus: Why are so few Tampa Bay houses for sale? They’re being rented

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Tampa Tribune: Why are so few Tampa Bay houses for sale? They’re being rented Oreste Mesa Jr. owns a modest 40-year-old house in West Tampa just off MacDill Avenue. It’s an area where many homeowners are hearing the siren song of builders and cashing out while the market is strong. But Mesa has no intention […]
Published on: August 18, 2017
LOOKING BACK: Pennsylvania state lawmakers spent much of this week on budget negotiations and are expected to continue their slog through the weekend.

Pennsylvania in focus: Vacation’s over, time to finish state budget

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Erie Times-News opinion: Vacation’s over, time to finish state budget Pennsylvania’s GOP-controlled Legislature passed a $32 billion 2017-18 spending plan on time with no opposition from Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who let it lapse into law without his signature. The figure was not far off his initial proposal. Left undone, however, was the revenue plan […]
Published on: August 17, 2017

Asset forfeiture foes in Michigan criticize new Justice Department directive

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Property-rights and civil-liberties advocates in Michigan vow to continue efforts to reform the state’s civil asset forfeiture rules in the wake of the U.S. Justice Department’s recent move to expand the controversial practice. Civil asset forfeiture is a tool used by law enforcement agencies to seize property and cash from citizens before anyone is even […]
Published on: August 11, 2017
THE LAW: Scott has asked county election supervisors to uphold the laws on early voting

Business-friendly policies put Florida economy in overdrive, governor says

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s office has been highlighting new economic numbers on state job growth, consumer confidence and the unemployment rate, arguing that they validate his business-friendly policies. Consumer optimism numbers for July contain a few undercurrents of uncertainty, however, and Scott’s political opponents say the state’s economic growth has come in the form of […]
Published on: August 10, 2017
Shutterstock imageUNAFFORDABLE CARE: Before signing Obamacare into law, President Obama repeatedly promised that families would see their health care costs decrease by $2,500 per year, yet it looks like health insurance premiums will continue to rise for American families.

New health care plan would make smaller, bipartisan reforms

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A number of Congressional members have begun working on a new alternative health-care plan after the last effort to replace Obamacare stalled. But a healthcare expert says it’s likely too late. The Problem Solvers’ Caucus, consisting of a bipartisan group of 43 House members, introduced a plan to try and combat the coming spike in […]
Published on: August 9, 2017

Michigan pension reformers turn their attention to local governments

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Having successfully tackled teacher pension reform, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and state legislative leaders now want to devise a plan to rein in pension debt at the municipal level. Leaders of municipal organizations, however, are raising caution signs about the effort and stressing that a “one-size-fits-all” approach handed down from the state legislature wouldn’t be […]
Published on: August 7, 2017
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Ohio policy group joins federal legal fight against forced union dues

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Illinois workers whose fight against being forced to pay dues to a union they don’t want to join have an ally in an Ohio policy group. The Buckeye Institute last month filed what’s called an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of state of Illinois employee Mark Janus, who filed a federal […]
Published on: August 3, 2017

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PENSION REFORM: Pennsylvania would become the fourth state in the nation to set-up a 401(k) plan for new hires.

Pennsylvania Senate Republicans work to convert pensions to 401(k)-style plans

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A bill to reform Pennsylvania’s state pension system will give state workers better retirement security, reduce the state’s financial risks and put the brakes on ballooning property tax bills, supporters say. Senate Bill 1 passed the Senate Finance Committee last week and is now in Appropriations. It would allow new state employees to choose either […]
Published on: June 2, 2017

Nanny State of the Week: Bad science guides Novato nannies

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Anti-smoking nannies have pushed their crusade further and further, and in California they’re increasingly reaching into peoples’ lives. Next up? They’re trying to prohibit smoking inside your own home.
Published on: March 27, 2017
Photo by Steve WilsonREDUCTION: State regulatory agencies could be forced to sunset outdated regulations if a new law is passed by the Mississippi Legislature.

Who’s watching the watchers? Mississippi licensing boards about to get a new boss

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A bill passed by the Mississippi Legislature could provide supervision for the state's occupational licensing boards.
Published on: March 29, 2017