Hello all! I’m Ben Nassau, PHAN’s summer intern. I’ve been told that I should introduce myself so that’s what this post is about. Let’s start with the basics: I’m going to be a senior at Muhlenberg College in the fall and I’m planning on pursuing a PhD in math after I graduate. I’m super passionate about identity politics and power dynamics, as well as game design, chocolate, and cats. read more
The companies Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. offer smart phone apps that allow you to find drivers available for hire. The companies have expanded rapidly in the last year and are just now hitting the City of Pittsburgh.
This summer we will be joined by guest blogger Ben Nassau, PHAN's summer intern. Disclaimer: The opinions contained here are in no way endorsed by PHAN. They’re just the ramblings of a college student. Proceed with caution. read more
Last night, the House of Representatives passed a budget plan for 2014-15. However, how this plan is paid for is still a mystery. One commonsense idea that could still be included in the budget is the passage of severance tax on natural gas drillers. For 2014-15 a 5% tax could raise over $400 million in new funds above the current impact fee. This could go a long way in restoring funding cut out of the House budget plan.
We're closing in on the end game of the Pennsylvania budget process and lawmakers are considering two different pension proposals -- both of which would be a step backward. Here's an update on these options, with links to where you can find more information.
I just read this Mother Jones story on a letter from the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) that focuses on whether or not auto insurance is affordable for low income consumers. In making the case for the affordability of the auto insurance products of its members, NAMIC quoted statistics from the Consumer Expenditures Survey: