9 July 2012 0 Comments

Union Pensions: Union Forced Automatic Payroll Deductions Are the Key to Union Political Power.

Eliminating automatic payroll deduction for public sector unions is a key policy initiative. It is compelling because automatic, forced, payment to a private organization that one does not want to join is counter to American Culture. It is a complete wonder how the Unions have been able to get away with what they have? Our […]

3 July 2012 0 Comments

Liberty Index Update June 2012 Part 10: Key Votes – REAL ID NON-PARTICIPATION ACT – Government Control of Biometric Data

Biometric National IDs and Passports: A False Sense of Security  22 June 2012 Right Side News Katitza Rodriguez presents fascinating information about government passport and national ID. Thanks to Senator Mike Folmer, Pennsylvania passed Act 38 of 2012 REAL ID NON-PARTICIPATION ACT      Senator Folmer’s vigilance has raised the profile and called attention to […]

2 July 2012 0 Comments

Liberty Index Update June 2012 Part 9: Key Votes – Pension Bailout of 2010 (Act 120 of 2010) — The Problem Did Not Go Away

Two years ago, The General Assembly kicked the Public Sector Employee Pension Problem down the road.  This was done by bailing out the Public Sector Defined Benefit Plan that is hammering The Forgotten Taxpayer at will, as  a matter of actuarial fact, get worse. Act 120 of 2010 PSERS and SERS Union Pension Bailout Bill  […]

1 July 2012 0 Comments

Liberty Index Update June 2012 Part 8: Key Votes HARRISBURG CITY BOND BAILOUT BILL Act 79 of 2011

Bipartisan Harrisburg Bond Holder Bailout Bill   ACT 79 of 2011   Oct 20 2011   SB 1151    Municipalities Financial Recovery Act empowered the Governor to take over Harrisburg’s finances and prevent Harrisburg from filing for bankruptcy protection and to protect Harrisburg’s Debtors, Bond Holders from the shellacking they would take in bankruptcy court, perhaps, up to half of […]

30 June 2012 0 Comments

Liberty Index Update June 2012 Part 7: Key Votes – REAL ID NON-PARTICIPATION ACT

                FOR LIBERTY  Act 38 May 8 SB 354 REAL ID NON-PARTICIPATION ACT      TIER 3 FOR LIBERTY – Major Impact on Liberty — A “yea” vote will add 50  points to the grade and a “nay” vote will subtract  50  points   from the grade. Senator Mike Folmer’s bill […]

29 June 2012 0 Comments

Liberty Index Update June 2012 Part 6: Key Votes – Voter ID

        Act 18 of 2012 Photo ID  – For Liberty                                                                                                                                                                                          TIER 3 FOR LIBERTY – Major Impact on Liberty — A “YEA” Vote Was a VOTE FOR LIBERTY  A “YEA” vote will add 50  points to the grade and a “NAY” vote will deduct  50  points from the grade. Voter ID has […]

28 June 2012 0 Comments

Liberty Index Update June 2012 Part 5: Key Votes – Act 60 of 2012 – REFINANCING UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION- Debt to Federal Government

Over the years, the unaffordably generous unemployment compensation debt caused Pennsylvania (in reality, its productive taxpayers) Act 60 of 2012 UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION DEBT TO FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REFINANCED SAVING MILLIONS FOR TAXPAYERS       Act 60 of 2012    June 12 SB 1310   Refinancing Unemployment Compensation  Debt TIER 3 FOR LIBERTY   A “YEA” Vote […]

27 June 2012 0 Comments

Liberty Index Update June 2012 Part 4: Key Votes – More on Act 13 and Act 18 – Political Subsidies Imposed on Productive Taxpayers

Act 13 of 2012, like Act 18 of 2012, is a political settlement among many competing interest groups.  The term “Fee” is used because Republicans need to maintain the false image of The Forgotten Taxpayer’s BFF.  While a more accurate picture is that of the wolf in sheep’s clothing. Act 13 is a piece with […]

26 June 2012 0 Comments

Liberty Index Update June 2012 Part 3: Key Votes – Act 13 of 2012 Interacts with Act 16 of 2012

Act 13 of 2012 imposes  the Marcellus Shale Impact Fee/Tax l and Act 16 of 2012 creates the Shell Cracker Keystone Opportunity Zone. This political dynamic is instructive. In my view, politicizing economic decisions has had an adverse impact on both politics and power as well as our economy and our individual, financial, well-being. On […]

23 June 2012 0 Comments

Liberty Index Update June 2012 Part 2: Key Votes – Marcellus Shale Impact Fee/Tax

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette did a nice analysis of the benefits of the Marcellus Shale Impact Tax will have for area counties and municipalities. There does not seem to be a similar analysis for any other part of the State. Penna. Department of Environmental Protection offers answers to some frequently asked questions. Act 13 of 2012 […]