Shutterstock ImageCYBER CRIME: A Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to make it illegal for state employees to use work computers to view pornography.

Technology industry: Pennsylvania governor’s proposed tech tax would cost jobs

Published on: May 23, 2017
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Haupt: Justice and the political machine

Published on: May 22, 2017

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Colorado in focus: Denver’s increasing population density takes its toll

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Denver Post: Denver’s increasing population density takes its toll: breathing room drops below national norm A decade of high-density development and population growth inside Denver is devouring breathing room: Open space per resident has shrunk to less than the national norm. And people in the thick of it are chapped. “It is a new asphalt […]
Published on: May 24, 2017
Shutterstock imageBAN: A bill making its way through committee could soon ban online gambling, to the benefit of many wealthy casino owners who have previously generously supported certain politicians.

Pennsylvania in focus: Legislature moving internet gaming bill

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The Morning Call: Legislature moving internet gaming bill You would not have to gamble with rain, sleet or snow in Pennsylvania under a bill moving through the Legislature Tuesday. The Senate Appropriations committee voted 24-2 on a bill that would permit gamblers to wager online, or buy traditional lottery tickets and play legalized fantasy sports […]
Published on: May 24, 2017

Florida in focus: In urging veto of schools bill, ad distorts Republicans’ remarks

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Miami Herald: In urging veto of schools bill, ad distorts Republicans’ remarks The fight over whether Republican Gov. Rick Scott should sign or veto a controversial $419 million K-12 public schools bill is escalating to new levels: Ad wars. A labor union-backed political advocacy group debuted an online video ad Tuesday, asking Scott to veto […]
Published on: May 24, 2017
AP file photoYOUR MONEY: Gov. Scott Walker laid out his $76.1 billion biennial budget plan Wednesday before a join session of the Legislature. The proposal calls for significant increases in k-12 education spending, a 5 percent tuition cut, and no gasoline tax increases.

Wisconsin in focus: Gov. Scott Walker tweets he’ll veto state budget if it raises property taxes

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Wisconsin State Journal: Scott Walker tweets he’ll veto state budget, if it raised property taxes Gov. Scott Walker, in another sign of escalating tension with fellow Republicans who control the Legislature, vowed Monday to take the unprecedented step of vetoing the entire $76 billion state budget if it raises property taxes on homeowners. Walker issued […]
Published on: May 23, 2017

Hearing aid legislation would raise cost of personal sound amplification products

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With a committee vote pending on the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017, critics of the legislation warn the bill would increase government regulations and raise the cost of personal sound amplification products (PSAPs). A gun-owner group warned in a letter on Tuesday that language in the act could even tread into Second Amendment rights. […]
Published on: May 18, 2017
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Frontier League supports bill that would exempt certain players from state minimum wage

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Independent minor league baseball could be threatened without help from lawmakers, the attorney for the Frontier League with teams in Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and elsewhere said. Tom Ysursa, general counsel for the Frontier League, said league officials support a measure that recently passed the Illinois State Senate that would exempt certain minor league players […]
Published on: May 15, 2017

Bill would require tax disclosure for presidential candidate to appear on Illinois’ ballot

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Illinois state senators have advanced a bill that would have removed President Donald Trump from the ballot in Illinois if it were law last year. The sponsor, State Sen. Daniel Biss, D-Evanston, says his legislation would require any presidential candidate wishing to appear on Illinois’ ballot to disclose the previous five years of tax returns […]
Published on: May 11, 2017
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Wisconsin wineries say state law limiting hours limits business

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The growing throngs of Wisconsin wineries are pressing state lawmakers to grant them extended operating hours, but tavern owners in the state hope to put a cork on those efforts. Current regulations that force many wineries to shut their doors at 9 p.m. limits the wineries’ ability to hold events such as weddings, wedding receptions […]
Published on: May 11, 2017

Pennsylvania considers replacing school property tax with income, sales tax hikes

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Many Pennsylvania homeowners and state lawmakers are now sounding the drumbeat to eliminate the school property tax, which they say is overburdening senior citizens and has been rising precipitously in recent years. Sen. David G. Argall, a Republican from Schuylkill County, has proposed Senate Bill 76, which would eliminate the school property tax and make […]
Published on: May 8, 2017

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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

Is the ocean ‘land owned or controlled’ by feds? Antiquities Act lawsuit aims to find out

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A lawsuit argues that President Obama's creation of a national monument in the Atlantic Ocean is beyond the reach of the Antiquities Act.
Published on: March 24, 2017