News & Brews September 27, 2021

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SEC joins FBI in investigating PSERS

Like the FBI, the U.S. Securities and Exchanged Commission has begun investigating our state’s largest pension fund. On Friday, the SEC subpoenaed the Public School Employees Retirement System (PSERS) seeking “records about its board’s adoption of a false figure for its financial performance — and about improper ‘compensation and gifts’ possibly offered staff,” Spotlight PA reports.

Rep. Kevin Boyle arrested

Rep. Kevin Boyle (Philadelphia and Montgomery counties) was arrested on Friday and charged with harassment and violation of a protection from abuse order that his wife had filed. Last week, news broke that Democrat leadership in the House had removed Boyle as chair of the House Finance Committee and limited his access to the Capitol. The House Republican Caucus has called for Boyle’s resignation.

Wolf’s climate plan draws criticism

Gov. Wolf’s recently announced ‘Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan 2021’ is drawing criticism from those who believe the plan not only misinterprets science but also would cost thousands of jobs in Pennsylvania. Read more here.

After AZ’s audit confirms election outcome, what’s up in PA?

After the months-long audit of Arizona’s presidential election confirmed President Biden’s victory in the state, the Inquirer took a look at where things stand with Pennsylvania’s audit of our presidential election results.

Get read for 30 more years of turnpike toll hikes

When Ben Franklin said “nothing is certain except death and taxes,” he clearly didn’t know about the PA Turnpike. The Tribune-Review looks at why tolls have not only been rising for the past 13 years but also will continue to increase until 2050. (And, of course, here’s even more of the backstory on rising turnpike tolls.)

DePasquale eyeing another run for Congress

Former Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is preparing for another run for U.S. Congress, but he’s holding off making a final decision until the redrawn congressional district map is finalized. PennLive has more.

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