Study: Heroin use costs U.S. more than $51 billion a year

Published on: June 21, 2017

Tax snuffs out Pennsylvania vape shops

Published on: June 20, 2017

Haupt: Fed up with elder abuse

Published on: June 20, 2017

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Colorado in focus: Colorado teachers’ active-shooter training shows them how to fire back

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Fox News: Colorado teachers’ active-shooter training shows them how to fire back More than a dozen Colorado teachers received training on how to fire back at active shooters in schools, in a program that gun-rights advocates call essential. Laura Carno, the founder of Coloradoans for Civil Liberties, described its program “in a nutshell” as “training […]
Published on: June 22, 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
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Florida in focus: Democrat governor candidate wants state law so women can maintain no-cost birth control if Obamacare is repealed

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Tampa Bay Times: Democrat governor candidate wants state law so women can maintain no-cost birth control if Obamacare is repealed  Criticizing President Donald Trump’s administration for wanting to “turn back the clock and take essential healthcare away from women” by rolling back parts of Obamacare, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum on Thursday will propose protecting […]
Published on: June 22, 2017
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Wisconsin in focus: Green Bay Democrats want to open BadgerCare to all Wisconsin residents

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Green Bay Press-Gazette: Green Bay Democrats want to open BadgerCare to all Wisconsin residents Two local Democrats and a citizen advocacy group are calling for opening BadgerCare enrollment to all state residents in order to combat rising health care costs. State Sen. Dave Hansen and state Rep. Eric Genrich, both Democrats from Green Bay, said the […]
Published on: June 22, 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

Critics of Florida tourism agencies pleased with new accountability, transparency measures

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A public-private agency that promotes Florida’s tourism industry won full funding from the state legislature despite criticism that the state support amounts to corporate welfare. But the $76 million approved for Visit Florida during a special session of the legislature last week came with stiffer reporting requirements aimed at making the agency’s activities more transparent. […]
Published on: June 16, 2017

Forbes: New York Shakespeare Festival received $30M from taxpayers

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New York City’s Public Theater “Shakespeare in the Park” production of “Julius Caesar” sparked political drama for its on-stage assassination of a Trump-like Roman ruler. Before the performance Donald Trump Jr. asked via a tweet, “I wonder how much of this ‘art’ is funded by taxpayers?” Here’s the answer to Trump Jr’s question: Data at […]
Published on: June 13, 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
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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