Sep 1, 2014

Candidate Molovinsky Banned By NPR

WDIY, the NPR affiliate in Bethlehem, refused to make my interview available by pod-cast on their website. The show, Lehigh Valley Discourse, aired on July 10th, and featured host Alan Jennings interviewing both myself and Bernie O'Hare. To his credit, Alan Jennings has quit the station in protest to the censorship. Who would guess that an NPR station would succumb to political pressure, but then again, it's no accident that there isn't one independent in the State House. With help from your contributions, I will begin buying spots on commercial radio.


Anonymous said...

There is no liberal press. Yeah, right!

doug_b said...

PA is one of six states that is digging an even deeper pension hole:

By Andrew Staub, PA Independent

Pennsylvania is famous for its potholes, but it has an even bigger sinkhole problem that could cost taxpayers way more than minor car repairs caused by pock-marked roads.

Truth in Accounting, an economic think tank based in Chicago, released its Fiscal Year 2013 State of the States Report last week. It determined Pennsylvania is a “sinkhole state,” meaning it’s “sinking in debt.”

While the Keystone State owns $38.9 billion in available assets, it owes more than $100 billion, the report says. That makes for $62 billion in obligations, which have been pushed toward the future.

To pay that debt off today, every taxpayer would have to pony up $14,500 — enough to send a Pennsylvania resident to a state university for two years and leave him or her with some beer money, too. It’s the 14th-worst figure in the country.

“One of the reasons Pennsylvania is in this precarious financial position is state officials use antiquated budgeting and accounting rules to report Pennsylvania’s financial condition,” the report says.

Truth In Accounting started by examining the federal fiscal situation but eventually realized states weren’t exactly truthful on their financial statements.

“We were like, ‘Oh, my God, these elected officials are making decisions about the finances of the state and the budget based upon misleading information,” said Sheila Weinberg, founder and CEO of Truth in Accounting.

That led to the State of the State Report, which found that Pennsylvania has $53.8 billion in retirement benefits that have been promised but not funded. Just $3.2 billion of that showed up the state’s balance sheet, according to Truth in Accounting.

More than 50 percent of the state’s bills include promised pension and retiree health-care benefits, according to the report. If the debt isn’t addressed, Pennsylvania might sink even further, the report indicated.

“Unless these pension and retirees’ health care benefits are renegotiated, future taxpayers will be burdened with paying for these benefits without receiving any corresponding government services or benefits” the report found.

Staub can be reached at Follow @PAIndependent on Twitter for more.

michael molovinsky said...

doug@9:58, it's worse than you report. needless to say the democrats, who carry favor with unions, including public sector, have done nothing about pension reform. But, both chambers of the state house are controlled by republicans, who also avoided the issue, even though the republican governor did encourage them to act on the problem. no local republican, even including school board members, will cross party lines on this or any other issue. the consequences of partisanship.

doug_b said...

My wife and I miss some things about PA - but those are just memories.

It's so sad........