Photo Courtesy of WikimediaBURIED PROBLEMS?: Are Colorado cities who are proposing to use city cable to get into the broadband business courting financial problems?

Op-Ed: Minnesota over-reaches on new broadband standards

Published on: June 23, 2017

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Colorado in focus: Vice President Pence to be in Colorado Springs to speak at Focus on the Family

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Colorado Springs Gazette: Vice President Pence to be in Colorado Springs to speak at Focus on the Family Vice President Mike Pence will be in Colorado Springs Friday to speak at Focus on the Family’s 40th anniversary celebration. “As a ministry, we’ve long cared about life and having a public official of his stature address […]
Published on: June 23, 2017

Pennsylvania in focus: New Pennsylvania law eliminates Keystone Exam requirement for career and technical education students

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Lancaster Online: New Pennsylvania law eliminates Keystone Exam requirement for career and technical education students Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law Wednesday a bill creating an alternate pathway to high school graduation for students in career and technology education — one without Keystone Exams. The new law eliminates the statutory requirement for Keystone Exams […]
Published on: June 22, 2017

Florida in focus: In your 20s and living with mom and dad? In Florida, you’re not alone.

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Tampa Tribune: In your 20s and living with mom and dad? In Florida, you’re not alone. After graduating from the University of Florida in 2015, Gabrielle Piloto jumped on the highway and headed south to Tampa. She had landed a marketing job at a law firm and envisioned renting an apartment downtown or in Seminole […]
Published on: June 23, 2017
AP file photoMIDNIGHT BINGE: Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., is hoping to check a flood of 'midnight regulations' coming from the Obama administration. The impact on business could be very costly.

Wisconsin in focus: Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson and 3 other Republicans withhold support from Senate health care bill

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson and 3 other Republicans withhold support from Senate health care bill Republican Ron Johnson of Wisconsin joined three other conservatives in the U.S. Senate in withholding their support for the Obamacare replacement bill their party unveiled Thursday. “Currently, for a variety of reasons, we are not ready to vote […]
Published on: June 23, 2017

Tax snuffs out Pennsylvania vape shops

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Note to readers: This story was written by the Commonwealth Foundation, a Pennsylvania-based policy institute. Facing a budget shortfall last year, lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf slapped a massive 40 percent wholesale tax on vaping products, forcing vape shop owners to pay the tax retroactively even on products already on their store shelves. The impact […]
Published on: June 20, 2017

Haupt: Fed up with elder abuse

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“The Federal Reserve can continue to print more money, but cities and states can’t.” – Rob Liner The central bank has crushed the interest rates seniors have relied on for centuries to supplement their incomes and live lives that are meaningful and independent. After slaving in factories, fighting wars for our country and preserving democracy […]
Published on: June 20, 2017
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Supreme Court’s ruling on Wisconsin mapmaking case could impact gerrymandering across U.S.

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There could be changes coming to how Illinois’ legislative maps are drawn every ten years with the U.S. Supreme Court agreeing to take up a Wisconsin case on the very issue. Longtime Democratic Party activist Bill Whitford brought the case Gill v. Whitford, which challenges Wisconsin’s 2011 State Assembly map as unconstitutional. He said his […]
Published on: June 19, 2017

Pennsylvania pension reform seen by some as example for other states

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A bipartisan pension reform plan signed into law Monday by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf could provide a model for other states with high pension liabilities to pull out of the fiscal sinkhole, pension experts say. Under the plan signed by the state’s Democratic governor and passed by the Republican legislature, new employees hired by the […]
Published on: June 19, 2017

Group seeks transparency in high-stakes Puerto Rico bankruptcy case

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A group of investigative journalists in Puerto Rico is suing the congressionally created board that acts as the island territory’s representative in bankruptcy proceedings, claiming they are failing to be transparent in their financial dealings. The stakes are high for plenty of Americans, as Puerto Rico’s debt has far-reaching implications in a number of financial sectors […]
Published on: June 16, 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