Double-dipping reports heighten concerns about Nevada pension system

Double-dipping reports heighten concerns about Nevada pension system

By Michael Carroll / Watchdog.org Buoyed by recent exposés about retirees “double-dipping” on the public’s dime, critics of Nevada’s pension system now express hope for a groundswell of taxpayer support for reforming the system. About 700 state employees have taken advantage of a 2001 law allowing state retirees to return to jobs in the public sector deemed […]

High tobacco taxes fueling illicit trade and criminal activity

High tobacco taxes fueling illicit trade and criminal activity

Jessica Markowitz / Taxpayers Protection Alliance It’s a special kind of irony when lawmakers gamble on the legal lifestyle choices of others to compensate for the poor budgetary decisions that they make. Time and time again lawmakers turn to taxing soda and tobacco as lucrative revenue opportunities. But, budgeting problems stem from not spending money […]

First U.S. company offers microchip implants to employees

First U.S. company offers microchip implants to employees

From Technocracy News Although not required, chipping is socially demanding and will establish two classes of workers: those who have and those who don’t. Technocrats do because they can, not because it is particularly smart. ⁃ TN Editor A Wisconsin company called Three Square Market is going to offer employees implantable chips to open doors, buy snacks, log in […]

Bogus Fed research claim: “Gold Standard didn’t really tame inflation”

Bogus Fed research claim: “Gold Standard didn’t really tame inflation”

By Mike “Mish” Shedlock The Wall Street Journal reports Gold Standard Didn’t Really Tame Inflation, New Research Says. The research was by St. Louis Fed economist Fernando Martin. Curiously, his study precisely shows that the gold standard did indeed tame inflation. Let’s investigate Martin’s bogus claim and his peculiar logic in making it. In his email to the […]

Adobe Flash is dead. Good riddance

Adobe Flash is dead. Good riddance

WASHINGTON, July 26, 2017 – It’s the end of an era. Adobe, the creator of Flash, has announced a timetable for its official demise. In a July 25, 2017 online news flash – no pun intended – the company presents its reason for sunsetting this once highly popular video imaging technology: “Adobe is planning to […]

Business leaders see government policies driving Pennsylvania’s population dip

Business leaders see government policies driving Pennsylvania’s population dip

By Michael Carroll / Watchdog.org Pennsylvania business leaders see the recent decline in the state’s population as a result of tepid economic growth, an oversized public sector and an overall lack of competitiveness. Pennsylvania’s population dropped by more than 7,600 between 2015 and 2016, according to an economic outlook report from Wells Fargo Securities.  The […]

Federal agencies can scale down by buying out their youngest employees

Federal agencies can scale down by buying out their youngest employees

By Ross Marchand / Taxpayers Protection Alliance At a time of burgeoning federal deficits, lawmakers are increasingly turning to agencies to tighten their belts and cut down on red ink. Agencies, in response, target bloated payrolls, seeking staff reductions to achieve cost reductions. Well, in theory at least. In practice, the procedures for slimming down the […]

International robotics competition draws student from around the world

International robotics competition draws student from around the world

Student inventors from across the globe defied the STEM gender gap this week, convening in the District to compete in the world’s first international robot contest for high schoolers. First daughter Ivanka Trump arrived at the competition Tuesday morning to congratulate the six all-female teams on their work in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). “For […]

The Left’s misleading green jobs claims

The Left’s misleading green jobs claims

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