Phillly union heads raided teacher health care fund to pay for offices |

HOUSE CALL: Philadelphia Federation of Teachers union heads borrowed more than $6 million out of a teacher healthcare fund to … More

Campaign contributions provoke cries of crony capitalism in Martin Tower zoning fight | Two developers who donated thousands to the political campaigns of Bethlehem City Council members stand to benefit from a hotly… More


Here are 7 Utah liquor laws that would even drive Pennsylvanians crazy | SALT LAKE CITY — When former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett delivered his 2014 budget address, he compared the state’s much-maligned More


Over 35 years, PA state senator has fought for both sides of liquor battle | The question over whether to privatize Pennsylvania’s state-owned wine and liquor stores has divided state lawmakers for decades, but at… More


Commentary: Police made a mistake. I’m correcting it | By Andrew Staub | PA Independent When a Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, police officer’s May 26 traffic stop of a pickup truck More


Are PA beer distributors unable to tap full potential of craft beer surge? | By Andrew Staub | PA Independent There was a time when Joe Greco and his buddies would all buy a… More


Liquor privatization veto won’t end competition for beer distributors | By Andrew Staub | PA Independent ALTOONA, Pa. — The trade association for beer distributors across the state has staunchly… More


In Pennsylvania, shipping wine a complicated affair | By Andrew Staub | PA Independent Wine connoisseurs in 30 states can buy their vino the 21st-century way: From AmazonMore


Veto power? PA couple says PUC gives movers ability to block new competition | By Andrew Staub | PA Independent Cosmo Losco and his wife Mary Anne want to start a moving business, but… More

Private enterprise helps handle urban blight in Erie | By Rachel Martin | ERIE, Pa. — It’s nice when being a do-gooder also works to your advantage. “We… More


Erie shows wrong way to shop for economic growth solutions | By Rachel Martin | ERIE, Pa. — After sitting empty for decades, by 2001 Erie’s historic Koehler Brewery was… More


Erie eatery an example of innovative business launch campaign – without government |

FOOD APPEAL: Mike and Liz Augustine appealed to the world at large to help them transition from a pop-up restaurant … More

Loopholes in Pennsylvania’s Ethics Act allow family hires | By Andrew Staub | PA Independent Sometimes abstinence really is the best policy, at least for elected officials who consider… More


Throop turns request for salary data into open-records battle | By Andrew Staub | PA Independent Throop officials didn’t make it easy to find out how much they pay their… More


Throop’s struggles filling jobs pays off for councilwoman’s family | By Andrew Staub | PA Independent When Throop ran into obstacles filling two borough jobs, Councilwoman Charlene Tomasovitch twice had… More


Council nepotism leads to small town government, one big family | By Andrew Staub | PA Independent In the tiny borough of Throop, a five-square-mile patch of former hard coal… More

Teachers union gets free office space from broke Philly school district | By Evan Grossman | While local students are forced to go without basic supplies like toilet paper and textbooksMore


Bipartisan property tax reform tangled in partisan PA budget debate | By Andrew Staub | PA Independent HARRISBURG, Pa. — Based on some of the political rhetoric pouring from the Capitol,… More

Charter school advocates howling mad over Wolf’s budget | By Evan Grossman │ Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is out to destroy charter schools, and his budget provides evidence, school… More


Wilkes-Barre could be test case for more ACLU action against one-strike ordinances | By Andrew Staub | PA Independent Adam Peters lost thousands of dollars when the city of Wilkes-Barre shuttered one of… More