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REVIEW: Most Municipal Police Websites in NJ Failed to Comply with Internal Affairs Mandates

A review of 100 departments’ websites finds 80% failed to meet the Attorney General’s mandates intended to encourage public reporting of police misconduct. TRENTON (December 18, 2023)(CNBNews) – A review of municipal police department websites across New Jersey found that few met requirements and best practices intended to encourage public reporting of police misconduct, according to a report released by the Office of the State Comptroller (OSC). OSC’s review of 100 randomly selected municipal police departments’ websites found that 80 did not meet a basic mandate from the Attorney General to make publicly available a standardized internal affairs report form... Read more →


Peyton and Me: Visiting Mount Ephraim, Westville and Gloucester City

William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews MOUNT EPHRAIM, NJ --The Black Horse Tavern at 13 Black Horse Pike, Mount Ephraim, owned by Bobby Ray Harris, is now open to the public. In 2019, Harris acquired the former Guiseppi's Restaurant. From late 2019, when he purchased it, up until this year, he has faced several challenges that have hindered him from opening the tavern. One of the challenges Harris faced was the deteriorating condition of the building that housed the old restaurant, built back in 1922. The situation was so bad that Harris had to demolish the building and rebuild it... Read more →


GUEST OPINION: The Ugly Truth Behind “We Buy Ugly Houses”

by Anjeanette Damon, Byard Duncan and Mollie Simon ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Cory Evans was well-versed in the HomeVestors of America playbook when he arrived at a suburban Los Angeles home on Nov. 4, 2016. His franchise with the “We Buy Ugly Houses” company had executed more than 50 deals in the preceding two years. Patriot Holdings would soon become one of the company’s most successful franchises by following HomeVestors’ strategy of finding homeowners in desperate situations, then convincing them to... Read more →


Gloucester City Employee Salaries as of 2020

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (September 26, 2022)(CNBNewsnet)--The 2022-23 Gloucester City Municipal Budget totals $22,458,751. Of that amount, $14,453,739, or 65 percent is for employees' salaries and pensions. Below are the salaries for the 117 employees of the City of Gloucester City. Page 2 PAGE 3 RELATED: Gloucester City Comes in at 23:New Jersey Has The Highest Per Capita In Property Taxes in the United States Gloucester City One Of Five Towns In Camden County With The Highest Tax Percentage Increase In 2021 Read more →


YOUR MONEY: Bloomsburg PA Using Climate Change Funds to Repair Four Parking Lots

By Anthony Hennen | The Center Square (The Center Square) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture sends $740,000 to Pennsylvania for “critical infrastructure to combat climate change” – but most of the money will go toward repaving parking lots. The USDA Rural Development program provides taxpayer money for all sorts of programs, from infrastructure to health care to environmental and economic concerns in the rural parts of America. In the fiscal year 2022, it provided almost $1.5 billion for local projects. Its latest announcement noted 16 projects in Pennsylvania, but the lion’s share of the funding will go to four... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: SHARED SERVICES

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Columnist It was announced this week on the Haddonfield Police Department's Facebook site that a state grant of $75,000 had been received. The purpose of the grant is to study the feasibility of combining the Fire and Emergency Medical Services of Haddonfield, Haddon Heights and Barrington. It is surprising that Haddonfield would want/need to decrease their property taxes. After all, Haddonfield is rich, isn't it? Well, the last year for which tax rates are available is 2019. At that time the average property tax rate for Haddonfield (which is 37th highest dollar amount of the 565... Read more →


Delta-8 Gummies In 2022: Here's A Guide To The Best Delta 8 Edibles

Before you pick a company to purchase your Delta-8 gummies, it is essential to do your research and familiarize yourself with the reputation of the brand and the product better. It is crucial to choose one attentive to make sure the product is suitable for its consumers. It uses ethical guidelines from the moment of the source to harvesting and testing, and production. What are Delta-8 Gummies? Delta-8 THC is similar to the usual candy gummies in taste, but they are made up of Delta-8 extract and best delta 8 edibles marijuana products. Will Delta-8 get me high? In essence,... Read more →


After years of being Apart Animals and their Owners Reunited

If your pet's eyes fill with sadness just from you going to work, then imagine what it’s like for animals that have been separated from their owners for years! Now you’re going to see the most incredible Animal Reunions with their Owners Ever Caught On Camera! source YouTube Read more →


Newark Charter School Students Protest Treatment of Black Teachers

Patrick Wall, Chalkbeat Newark Mar 18, 2022 NEWARK, NJ--Hundreds of students walked out of a Newark charter school and rallied outside City Hall on Friday to call attention to what students said is the frequent mistreatment of Black students and faculty. Around 9 a.m., students began streaming out of the Lincoln Park High School campus of North Star Academy, which is New Jersey’s largest charter school operator with more than 6,000 students in Newark and Camden. After marching from the Central Ward campus to nearby City Hall, student organizers and a former teacher gave speeches about a culture of anti-Blackness... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY:

Throwing Money At A Problem Won't Make It Go Away

" The only South Jersey school district in the 400 range, or lower 1/3rd is our own Gloucester City School District. " By Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews If it is possible to waste money, New Jersey knows how to do it! In 2020 Governor Murphy raised the state's contribution to education. He felt that former Governor Chris Christie had underfunded education in our state, so he allocated $9 billion to all schools. Of that amount 60%, or $5.4 billion goes to 31 Abbott districts and the remaining $3.6 billion is shared by the rest of the districts. How many districts... Read more →


Judicial Watch Receives Incident Report Pertaining to Ashley Biden's Found Diary

Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it received a 6-page incident report and bodycam footage from the Delray Beach, FL, Police Department, detailing the turnover of records related to the diary and/or other property of Ashley Biden, daughter of President Joe Biden. According to the incident report, an attorney turned in “possibly stolen luggage” to the Delray Beach PD which contained “documents and envelopes in folders” with the name Ashley Biden. The Delray Beach PD included bodycam footage of an attorney handing over the items. The Delray Beach PD also noted in the incident report that the FBI... Read more →


Tips to Unroot android devices 

Lodging your Android smartphone or tablet gives you operating system operation boons, enabling you to edit or cancel system lines, customize your phonebook, change the firmware and much further. There are disadvantages to this process. Most importantly, it avoids the bond of your device. Your device isn't defended from security pitfalls after lodging. You can fluently bed it, if you have an embedded Android device and you want to reclaim its bond or keep it safe. Here we have the tips and tricks to tricks for unrooted android devices that are available now. There are several ways to bed your... Read more →


Tips to protect you from Cyber-attack – A Study by Peter DeCaprio

Hackers are everywhere these days. They never sleep and always try to get their way in your computer/phone to steal your personal information like passwords, bank account etc. To protect yourself from getting hacked by them you need to know what they are actually doing at that time when you are not with your PC/laptop or any other device which connects to the internet. This is really helpful for all. We have to do a lot to protect you from hackers. So that's why I think this article is very helpful for us. Protect Your Computer – Simple tips to... Read more →


How to Remain Confident After a Job Rejection

Rejection takes a toll on humans. It signals to the rejected that the rejector doesn’t see them as a good fit in a relationship, social setting, or for an open job. Even though rejection stings, the following are seven ways on how to remain confident after a job rejection. 1. Remember, It’s Not Personal It’s rare for a company to reject a job candidate for personal reasons. Not passing the background check or failing to meet requirements is cause for rejection. Companies must hire the best candidates for every position. Every new hire requires an investment that covers recruiting, training,... Read more →


OPINION: The Pension System for Police, Fire Departments and County Sheriffs Needs to be Fixed

UPDATED/CORRECTED Dorothy Heade | CNBNews contributor GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (October 19, 2021)--Recently there was quite the conversation on CNBNews about Gloucester City employees who are enrolled in the NJ state pension plans. One person explained that when he retired from his private industry job he should make out just as well and questioned if the rest of us were jealous. The answer is "no." If someone worked for Comcast (as an example) and is collecting a million dollar pension, congratulations! I, as a consumer, have the opportunity to use Comcast's services or Verizon , Dish, Direct or no cable service... Read more →


New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut Join Together to Share Gun Data

New Jersey joins other regional states on agreement to share gun data South Carolina sheriff takes strong stance against laws on gun control ~CNBNewsnet (The Center Square) – New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and the governors of three other Northeastern states announced a new agreement to share crime gun data, a move they say will help stem gun violence in their states. The governors announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) during a virtual meeting Thursday. Under the accord, law enforcement agencies in the four states will share data in a bid to identify and arrest lawbreakers, including dealers, traffickers and... Read more →


COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS LIFTED IN PHILLY

Gloucestercitynews.net files PHILADELPHIA-(June 13, 2021)--After nearly 15 months of COVID-19 restrictions, the City of Philadelphia dropped the last of the Safer-at-Home COVID restrictions on Friday, June 11. Part of these changes include no longer requiring that fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors, and that the 11 p.m. last call curfew at restaurants is lifted. What’s CHANGED? As of 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 11, 2021, the City of Philadelphia is no longer requiring that fully vaccinated people wear masks in most indoor settings. People who are not vaccinated or are not fully vaccinated are still required to wear masks indoors and... Read more →


Guest Opinion: Fracking Ban Threatens 10 Million Jobs

“Just to clarify, would there be any place for fossil fuels, including coal and fracking, in a Biden administration?” CNN’s Dana Bash said. “No, we would — we would work it out. We would make sure it's eliminated and no more subsidies for either one of those, either — any fossil fuel,” Biden said in response. (July 31, 2019 video/USAToday) ++++++ Stephanie Catarino Wissman | RealClearWire/The Center Square The fracking ban threatens American jobs and derails our environmental progress Now the global leader in natural gas and oil production, the U.S. has set the standard for safe, reliable, and affordable... Read more →


Consumer Alert: Spotting scammy emails

by Emily Wu Attorney, Federal Trade Commission Let’s say you get an email about a charge to your credit card for something you aren’t expecting or don’t want. Your first instinct may be to immediately call the company or respond to the email and to stop the payment. Scammers know that, and are taking advantage of it in a new phishing scheme. People tell us they’re getting emails that look like they’re from Norton, a company that sells antivirus and anti-malware software. (Tip: the emails are NOT from Norton.) The emails say you’ve been (or are about to be) charged... Read more →


NRA-ILA Opinion: House Bows to Biden, Passes Law to Cancel Your RIGHT to Obtain a Firearm

image Credit: Google User Content The U.S. House Representatives, with the urging and support of Joe Biden, passed two bills on Thursday – H.R. 8 and H.R. 1446 – that would usher in a sweeping overhaul of how firearms are bought and sold in the U.S. Neither would impede criminals, who overwhelmingly obtain their firearms outside normal channels of lawful commerce. But together they would transform the constitutionally protected right to obtain firearms into a privilege administered at the whim of anti-gun bureaucrats. To understand why these bills are so consequential, it’s important to understand how retail firearm sales work... Read more →


OPPONENT SAY: House Democrats $1.9 trillion coronavirus bill waste taxpayer money, full of pork

WASHINGTON POLITICS Tax and Spend Gloucestercitynews.net files Bethany Blankley | The Center Square (The Center Square) – The Democrats’ $1.9 trillion emergency relief bill – which is up for a vote Friday – includes a slew of bailout money for state governments unrelated to the pandemic, opponents say.Under the guise of COVID-19 relief money, U.S. Rep. Jason Smith, R-Mo., told Fox News the bill “is more the pretext than the purpose behind what Democrats are proposing. Their approach is the wrong plan, at the wrong time, for all the wrong reasons.” The 591-page bill proposed on Feb. 19 includes an... Read more →


GUEST OPINION: Pennsylvania voters will have their say on emergency declarations

By Rep. Clint Owlett Feb 8, 2021 THE CENTER SQUARE Pennsylvania voters will finally have a say this spring in the state’s handling of extended disaster emergencies. At the upcoming primary election, on May 18, voters will be asked to vote on a proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would limit the duration of an emergency declaration by a governor to a maximum of 21 days. Under the proposed amendment, the declaration could be extended, but only with legislative approval. Gloucestercitynews.net files “Legislative approval” means you, the citizens of this commonwealth, would have a voice in whether or not... Read more →


Despite Turmoil With Last Nov. Paper Ballots, NJ Adds More Drop Boxes for Future Elections

Editor’s Note: This coverage is made possible through Votebeat, a nonpartisan reporting project covering local election integrity and voting access. The article is available for reprint under the terms of Votebeat’s republishing policy. GENESIS OBANDO | JANUARY 14, 2021 | NJ DECIDES 2021 Counties in New Jersey are adding more drop boxes for voters to use in future elections, but officials across the state are not sure how those elections will look considering how COVID-19 drastically changed the process in 2020. The open question now is if the state will hold elections primarily with voting machines, mail-in ballots, or a... Read more →


GUEST OPINION: Can the Electoral College Vote Really Be Contested?

BY Aron Solomon While the Electoral College vote this month was seen by political observers as President Trump's last long-shot at challenging the election result, there is perhaps one more to come. Gloucestercitynews.net files Over the past several days, the flurry of activity from inside the While House hasn't been the rustle of packing tape and bubble wrap but rather a series of meetings between President Trump and key groups of legal and legislative advisors. The topic being discussed has been whether to mount a formal challenge to the Electoral College vote in states where they allege fraud and other... Read more →


Understanding the Backdrop of Elite Sports in South Korea

(December 22, 2020)--It is wrong to say that the pandemic of 2020 has kind of highlighted South Korea again in the world map primarily because of its top-class K dramas(ideal for binge-watching) and its quirky boy and girl-bands. While K-Dramas and bands are the latest crazes, the nation of South Korea has many other aspects to offer for its popularity in the atlas. One of the most important areas, that the nation takes pride in its performance in International Level Championships like the Olympics, FIFA World Cup, etc. Foundation of Elite Sports in South Korea Elite Sports can be defined... Read more →


(Video)President Trump's Pre-Recorded Speech Regarding the Nov. 3 Election

WASHINGTON, DC (December 1, 2020)President Donald Trump makes a previously-unannounced, pre-recorded speech on the election, released on Facebook, on December 2, 2020. Uploaded to YouTube for archival purposes by Factba.se (https://factba.se) RELATED CNBNews Politics Peyton and Me Meandering Through the Streets of South Jersey (Gloucester City, Chapter I) Peyton and Me Meandering Through the Streets of South Jersey (Brooklawn Chapter II) Peyton and Me Meandering Through the Streets of South Jersey (Gloucester City Chapter III) Peyton and Me Meandering through the Streets of SJ(Gloucester City Chapter IV) CNB Crime CNBNews Tips and Snippets CNBNews Point of View BREAKING NEWS Read more →


NTD Video: Pres. Trump on Alleged Fraud; Owner Arrested for Defying Lockdown

(December 2, 2020)--Trump on alleged fraud; Owner arrested for defying lockdown; Salesforce buys Slack | NTD Business Read more →


7 Great Ideas for People Attraction into Your Business

(November 4, 2020)--If you run any sort of business that needs people to pay a visit to your home or business, then you'll know all about the importance of pedestrian traffic. No matter whether you run a little cafe, a furniture store, or a manicure center, the foremost important thing is getting people through your doors. There is a variety of the way during which this will be achieved, and a few of the recommendations are literally very easy to implement, and won’t cost you a fortune. During this article, we'll check out 7 great ideas that will help your... Read more →


Former President Obama and the Beach House Loopholes

PARADISE LOST Republished by The Gloucestercitynews.net with permission of ProPublica The coastal estate in Waimanalo, Hawaii, that officials say is being built, in part, for the Obamas. (Darryl Oumi, special to Honolulu Star-Advertiser) Obama and the Beach House Loopholes Although Hawaii has laws meant to preserve disappearing shorelines, beachfront property owners have been able to bypass them. That’s what happened at an expansive coastal estate officials say the Obamas will live in. by Sophie Cocke, Honolulu Star-Advertiser Aug. 15, 6 a.m. EDT SERIES: PARADISE LOST Hawaii’s Disappearing Beaches ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up... Read more →


Judicial Watch: Records Show FDA Paid for 'Fresh and Never Frozen’ Human Fetal Parts

for Use In ‘Humanized Mice’ Creation (Washington, DC) (Gloucestercitynews.net)(June 24, 2020)– Judicial Watch announced today it received 165 pages of records from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) showing the FDA between 2012 and 2018 entered into 8 contracts worth $96,370 with Advanced Bioscience Resources (ABR) to acquire “fresh and never frozen” tissue from 1st and 2nd trimester aborted fetuses for use in creating “humanized mice” for ongoing research. ABR is a non-profit firm which has been the subject of criminal referrals from House and Senate committees investigating whether Planned Parenthood or any other entity was illegally profiting from the... Read more →


What Every CEO Needs to Know About Cybersecurity  

Companies often push cybersecurity aside, but CEOs are responsible for helping teams create and implement effective cybersecurity and risk management plans. Gloucestercitynews.net-(March 19, 2020)--As companies continue to expand their information technology resources, cybersecurity measures can often get left behind. CEOs are forced to focus on the more pressing matters of business as usual, and IT departments are floundering to provide the most effective solutions possible without the support of executives. Instead, an effective approach to cybersecurity begins with the CEO. Your involvement in creating and implementing cybersecurity measures in your organization has a profound impact on how well those security... Read more →


Honduras Arrests U.S.-Bound Iranians as New Caravan Heads North

JudicialWatch.org News We now have another unnerving story about the border crisis, Iran, and national security. Our Corruption Chronicles blog reports: Central American immigrants take part in a caravan heading to the United States on the road linking Ciudad Hidalgo and Tapachula, Mexico, on October 21, 2018. # Pedro Pardo / AFP / Getty As hundreds join a new U.S.-bound caravan in Honduras, authorities in the crime-infested Central American nation reveal that four Iranians were recently arrested there. Like thousands of illegal immigrants from around the world, the Iranians entered Honduras illegally and were heading north to the United States,... Read more →


Towns in New Jersey Join Second Amendment Sanctuary Movement

CNBNews.net NEW JERSEY—Some towns in New Jersey have joined the Second Amendment sanctuary movement, according to ammoland.com. This movement is a form of civil disobedience that has taken off in Virginia, and it is also making strides in Kentucky. CNBNews graphic files Alexander Roubian of the New Jersey Second Amendment Society stated that two towns in the Garden State have already declared themselves as Second Amendment sanctuary jurisdictions, while “we are aware of dozens of others that are supportive of passing similar measures. We have been working non-stop to help spread resolutions to towns and cities throughout New Jersey with... Read more →


N.J. Working Families Demands Criminal Investigation Following Release of EDA Report

(January 17, 2020)--New Jersey Working Families State Director Sue Altman (photo)released the following statement in response to yesterday’s task force report: “The task force’s new report unearthed a staggering level of corruption unprecedented in New Jersey history. George Norcross, his brothers and his companies conspired to cheat taxpayers of hundreds of millions of dollars – and they did it with the full cooperation of the Christie administration and legislative leaders. “This is Trenton at its worst. Norcross lied to the Legislature, and no one dared ask him hard questions or hold him accountable. “It’s time for law enforcement to step... Read more →


Guest Opinion: Trump "The Salty Sailor"

Read this once, pause for a minute or two to think honestly about it, then read it again. I can find no fault with it. The views this mother has about Donald Trump are much like many other people. Her characterization of Trump as the "Salty Sailor" or as “The Fireman” paint an excellent picture!! She has written many great books about her son and family. This is a Comment from KAREN VAUGHN, Mother of Aaron Vaughn, Navy Seal. Sometimes God uses the no-nonsense, salty sailor to get the job done. Appreciating what the man is doing doesn't mean we... Read more →


E-cigarette critics get research dollars from industry competitors

By Kathy Hoekstra / April 10, 2017 / Watchdog.org Some interesting news recently landed in Jeff Stier’s inbox. “Today’s a good day to quit smoking!” proclaimed an email from NYC Quits, part of a statewide tobacco control program that gives away free nicotine patches and gum every year. INBOX INVITE: New York City gives away free nicotine patches as part of it’s quit smoking program Stier, a risk analyst with the National Center for Public Policy Analysis, signed up for the program, not because he’s a smoker (other than the occasional cigar) but for research. “I got a few free... Read more →


COMMENTARY: Bad science guides Novato nannies

Nanny State of the Week: By Kevin Glass / March 27, 2017 / WATCHDOG.ORG Anti-smoking nannies have pushed their crusade further and further, and in California, they’re increasingly reaching further and further into peoples’ lives. Next up? They’re trying to prohibit smoking inside your own home. The city of Novato has passed one of the most sweeping anti-smoking ordinances in the country. It prohibits smoking in all restaurants, service areas, public parks, apartment buildings, condo units and more. In fact, the ordinance is so sweeping that it specifies the two places where smoking is not banned: inside of private cars... Read more →


Report: Pennsylvania illegally funded police with more than $222 million of highway money

Pennsylvania violated its state constitution last fiscal year by diverting more than $222.2 million away from state roads and giving it to the state police, according to a report released by the Pennsylvania Legislative Budget and Finance Committee. The Pennsylvania Constitution allows money from gasoline taxes, vehicle taxes and vehicle licensing fees to be used for maintaining safety of public highways and bridges. However, the report calculated that the state police spent $532.8 million on maintaining safety on those roads while receiving $755 million from the Motor License Fund. The diverted funds would have otherwise been used to pay for... Read more →


YOUR MONEY: Philadelphia’s tobacco retailer regulations under scrutiny

By Kathy Hoekstra The Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Commerce and Economic Development will held a public hearing last week. Among the agenda items are tobacco retailer permit regulations that took effect Jan. 1. AP Photo/Matt Rourke SINGLED OUT: Tobacco retailers are targeted by new regulations intended to curb under-age smoking, but most kids get their cigarettes from someplace else. The Philadelphia Board of Health adopted the ruleslast fall, citing an estimated 2,000 smoking-related deaths in the city, a high number of tobacco retailers per capita and the desire to curb youth smoking rates. The updated regulations increased tobacco retailer... Read more →


Philadelphians register resentment over regulations, taxes | Watchdog.org

By Tyler Arnold / PHILADELPHIA PA (MARCH 7, 2017)--— Philadelphia freedom isn’t shining on local businesses. Instead, the shadow of big government is covering the city, according to about 50 local retailers who piled into a hearing Tuesday to voice their concerns about the way the city is taxing and regulating tobacco and other products. At the top of the list of complaints were city council-imposed soda and tobacco taxes and new regulations on tobacco shops mandated by the unelected Board of Health Regulations. “I came here to invest and buy a business,” said Maqbool Khokhar, a 7/11 franchise owner,... Read more →


Drink up: In Philadelphia, beer is cheaper than soda thanks to beverage tax - Watchdog.org

By Johnny Kampis / PHILADELPHIA PA--Philadelphia’s new beverage tax has resulted in non-alcoholic drinks costing more than beer, in some instances. The Tax Foundation, an independent tax policy research organization, pointed out that after the new tax went into effect Jan. 1, customers experienced sticker shock. The beverage tax, which at 1.5 cents per ounce is 24 times the amount that is levied on beer, is applied not just to sugar-heavy sodas, but also such beverages as fruit drinks, sweetened iced tea and juices that contain less than 50 percent real fruit. Even some drinks that have no sugar, such... Read more →


Nanny State of the Week: Too much summer fun on New Jersey lakes

By Kevin Glass /Watchdog.org Restrictive rules being proposed for five lakes in New Jersey, including the largest body of freshwater in the state, could have a huge impact on tourism and summer fun. Some of the proposals come at the request of lakefront residents who claim their properties are being subjected to too many unwelcome visitors. According to the New Jersey Daily Record, some of the proposals include prohibiting boat anchoring within 200 yards of shore, and limitations on rafts and tubes tethered to the boats. They would also crack down on how long tow lines for waterskiers can be... Read more →


EPA’s about-face on fracking report: Science or politics?

Wetland, Woodbourne Forest and Wildlife Preserve, Susquehanna County. The preserve, managed by The Nature Conservancy, protects a large tract of old-growth hemlock and northern hardwoods. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) By Kathy Hoekstra / December 21, 2016 / WATCHDOG.ORG Gordon Tomb pays about $40 per month to heat his home in central Pennsylvania. And he wants to keep it that way. “I’ve lived in Pennsylvania for more than 60 years and have never paid so little for my home heating,” Tomb, a senior fellow with the free market Commonwealth Foundation, told Watchdog.org in an interview. He credits his low heating bills to... Read more →


Nanny State of the Week: Butts out in public housing

By Kevin Glass | Watchdog.org The federal government proved again there are always strings attached to government money. If the federal government is going to help people out, the bureaucrats in charge are always going to try to take on the role of nanny. This time, it’s with the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s proposal to ban smoking in all public housing. This applies not just to common areas but to the interiors of the living units — and to all spaces within 25 feet of the buildings, too. This will affect over 700,000 public housing units nationwide. Photo... Read more →


New Jersey parents want to end last-in-first-out for teacher layoffs | Watchdog

By Heather Kays To the casual observer, a law requiring layoffs of competent teachers while ineffective teachers stay employed might not seem like it is in the best interest of students. Enter the state of New Jersey, where the law requires exactly that. So six parents from Newark filed a lawsuit this month challenging the constitutionality of the state’s 2012 legislative overhaul of the tenure system, which made tenure more difficult to achieve while preserving the principle of last-in-first-out (LIFO) for teacher layoffs. Fareeah Harris, a parent plaintiff and mother of four with two children currently in the Newark public... Read more →


Less crime, more inmates at Allegheny County jail - Watchdog.org

A newly released report by the University of Pittsburgh Institute on Politics finds that incarceration in Allegheny County has increased significantly despite falling crime rates. The criminal justice task force, co-chaired by Pitt law professor Mark Nordenburgh and former U.S. Attorney Frederick Thieman, found that in addition to the social costs of high incarceration rates, increases in the Allegheny County Jail population in the past 20 years have added $12 million per year to county taxpayer costs. Allegheny County spends 42 percent of its general fund on criminal justice, and a total of $80 million per year operating the county... Read more →


New Jersey parents want to end last-in-first-out for teacher layoffs

By Heather Kays | Watchdog.org To the casual observer, a law requiring layoffs of competent teachers while ineffective teachers stay employed might not seem like it is in the best interest of students. Enter the state of New Jersey, where the law requires exactly that. So six parents from Newark filed a lawsuit this month challenging the constitutionality of the state’s 2012 legislative overhaul of the tenure system, which made tenure more difficult to achieve while preserving the principle of last-in-first-out (LIFO) for teacher layoffs. Fareeah Harris, a parent plaintiff and mother of four with two children currently in the... Read more →


Nanny State of the Week: Food truck destruction by the health nannies

By Kevin Glass | Watchdog.org The threat of too many food options could overrun hungry lunchtime diners in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Unless the nanny-state bureaucrats have something to say about it. The Williamsport city planning commission is considering rules that would harshly regulate food trucks in the downtown drag in Williamsport, as local brick-and-mortar restaurants complained enough to get their considerations on the agenda. The claimed rationale is for increased safety for consumers, but it’s clear the city is just kneeling to the whim of the more powerful restaurant businesses. Courtesy of Flickr user Ted Eytan. BUSINESS DESTRUCTION: Williamsport central planners... Read more →


Nanny State of the Week: New Jersey’s great leaf-blowing war

By Kevin Glass | Watchdog.org Fall brings temperate weather, changing colors, falling leaves and — if the nannies in New Jersey have anything to say about it — backbreaking labor. Neighborhood advocacy groups across the state have been working to prohibit the use of leaf blowers, which they say are too noisy and disrupt the peace and quiet of their neighborhoods. Photo courtesy of Flickr user Dale HOT AIR: Leaf-blowers are a hot topic of conversation, and prohibition, in affluent New Jersey suburbs. Earlier this year, Maplewood, New Jersey, banned leaf blowers used by commercial businesses for the summer, largely... Read more →


Pennsylvania tax credit scholarships save more than they cost

By Emily Leayman | Pennsylvania Watchdog In Pennsylvania, tax credit scholarships do more than help 50,000 children attend private schools. The savings yielded by students leaving public schools while leaving their per-pupil funding behind has significantly reduced the burden on taxpayers, says a new study by a school choice advocacy group. In a new audit, EdChoice analyzed 10 tax credit scholarships in seven states. Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit reaped the biggest overall savings. EITC, one of two tax credit scholarship programs in Pennsylvania, has saved taxpayers between $722 million and $1.7 billion since 2002, the report said. That equates... Read more →