Newspaper Articles – Eric Boehm

Congressional Approval Required for Insurance Company Bailouts

Insurance companies made out well with passage of the Affordable Care Act, getting a major expansion in the size of the market thanks to the law’s mandate that most Americans buy health insurance,

Parents Sue State Over Philly Schools

A group of parents whose children attend Philadelphia public schools are asking state courts to step in after the secretary of education ignored complaints about the district.

PA Senate Discussing Move to 401(k)-Style Pension Plans

Republican lawmakers in the Pennsylvania House spent the past week trying to cobble together enough votes to overhaul the state pension system.

Pennsylvania Turnpike Tolls Headed Up . . . and Up

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: The cost of using the Pennsylvania Turnpike will increase next year.

Feds May Disallow State Tax, Force Pennsylvania to Repay $1.7 Billion

Pennsylvania may have to repay $1.7 billion to the federal government and may not be allowed to continue levying a tax on managed care providers to help fund Medicaid programs.

Pennsylvania Reform Plan Would Save Billions Over Long Haul but Nothing Now

An effort to overhaul Pennsylvania’s public sector pension plans got a key thumbs-up in June but still faces several hurdles and would do little to solve the short-term pension problems in this yea

PA Legislators Get Stern Warnings from Credit Rating Agencies

Once is a fluke. Twice can be a coincidence. Three times is a trend.

Bipartisan Effort Moves Colorado Toward Banning Traffic Cameras

Red-light cameras are really all about the green, says Colorado state Sen. Scott Renfroe.

Great Expectations: States Still Using Unrealistic Pension Assumptions

Two years ago, when Rhode Island passed bipartisan legislation to reform a state pension system that threatened to bankrupt the state, it was hailed as an example for other states to follow.

Pension Crisis: PA Auditor General Warns of Tax Increases, Bankruptcy

Pennsylvania's public pension nightmares are worse than they seem, and local governments face the prospect of tax increases or even bankruptcies caused by mounting levels of pension debt.