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Jake Haulk

    Wed, September 20, 2017

    PA Credit Rating Cut

    Standard ~Poor’s on Wednesday lowered Pennsylvania’s bond rating to A-plus, a drop from AA-minus, taking it to the third-lowest rating of all states except Illinois and New Jersey.

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    Wed, May 13, 2015

    Wilkinsburg: Poster Child for Failure of PA Education System

    (May 13, 2015)--Last November the superintendent of the Wilkinsburg School District was complaining that poor education performance was closely tied to a lack of resources (see Policy Brief, Volume ...

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    Mon, December 17, 2012

    Rebutting Higher Taxes

    (December 17, 2012)--In a recent editorial in a Pittsburgh newspaper, a small business owner argued that if the Bush tax cuts for the richest two percent of taxpayers are not extended, small ...

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    Wed, December 14, 2011

    The Assessment Nightmare Before (and After) Christmas

    (December 14, 2011)--As if the craziness surrounding the much delayed implementation of the Supreme Court's decision regarding Allegheny County's base year could not get any worse, it is possible ...

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    Wed, June 17, 2009

    PA's Perilous Predicament

    The normal rite of spring known as the budget battle in Harrisburg is fast becoming a struggle for the future of Pennsylvania. As a result of the serious recession and declining revenue the state ...

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    Tue, May 12, 2009

    Reviving Pennsylvania

    By Jake Haulk Matthew J. Brouillette

    Editor's note: This is the first in a series of occasional commentaries on how Pennsylvania can turn around its economic fortunes. Today, troubling ...

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    Tue, December 09, 2008

    Card Check Will Worsen Pittsburgh's Competitive Disadvantage

    Two of the most important economic and demographic developments over the past twenty years or so have been the movement of people away from the Northern and North central states to Right to Work ...

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