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Housing Task Force Punts on Appeals Policy

(June 28, 2016)--Earlier this year the City of Pittsburgh withdrew over 1,000 appeals of property values that it planned to appeal for being too low. In announcing the decision, an April 18th press release from the Mayor's office stated "…the moratorium will remain in effect for the ...

Posted on 28 June 2016 Keep Reading...

House Budget: Massive Spending Increase

House Budget: Massive Spending Increase Would Target Poor for Higher Taxes
Proposal Side-Steps Broad Taxes but Relies on Unreliable Cigarette Tax Hike

June 28, 2016, HARRISBURG, Pa.–Monday night, the state House Appropriations Committee passed a $31.6 ...

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Toomey: Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) today continued his fight to protect our communities from violent criminals and suspected terrorists who are in the U.S. illegally by introducing the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act. In a speech on the Senate floor, Sen. Toomey marked one ...

Posted on 28 June 2016 Keep Reading...

Toomey Outraged Over Blocking of Vets Funding Bill

TOOMEY OUTRAGED BY SENATE DEMOCRATS BLOCKING FUNDING FOR VETERANS, ZIKA, AND PITTSBURGH'S 911TH AIRLIFT WING

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa) today voted for important funding to provide health services to our veterans, $1.1 billion to ...

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Conscience and GOP Convention Delegate Voting Rules

Over the weekend a reporter on Fox News said something that struck my attention: "There is a move to have the Republican Convention Rules Committee enact a measure that would prevent bound delegates from abstaining from votes on the first ballot, based on their conscience." This reference ...

Posted on 28 June 2016 Keep Reading...

Don't Just 'Get it Done'

State Budget: Don't Just 'Get it Done,' Get it Done Right
Hiking Taxes to Meet Budget Deadline Is Price Too High

June 24, 2016, HARRISBURG, Pa.–With less than one week until the June 30 budget deadline, legislative leaders should resist the temptation to ...

Posted on 27 June 2016 Keep Reading...

Feedback Etiquette: A Guide

Writers tend to have thicker skin than most politicians and, unlike the latter, can handle criticism. In fact, publishing email contact information encourages reader feedback. With few exceptions, my emails, pro or con, receive responses, usually beginning with thanks for readers' interest.

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Posted on 27 June 2016 Keep Reading...

Good News, Bad News on State Budget

News about the 2016-2017 budget negotiations is starting to trickle out of the Capitol. The good news is that Governor Wolf has dropped his demands for increases in the sales and personal income tax. His original budget request was completely detached from reality and included an eleven percent ...

Posted on 23 June 2016 Keep Reading...

PA on Wrong End of Debt, Solvency Ranking

Spending restraint and opposition to tax hikes by Republican lawmakers over the past five years have likely kept Pennsylvania from entering a fiscal death spiral. A new study by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, which compares solvency and other fiscal health indicators among the ...

Posted on 23 June 2016 Keep Reading...

Hopelessness of Gun Conversation

For millennia, the ability to interpret hieroglyphics had been lost to the ages. So when Jean-Francois Champollion decoded the Rosetta Stone it was a monumental breakthrough. Since then, a "Rosetta Stone" has come to refer to anything that offers a roadmap for understanding the ...

Posted on 23 June 2016 Keep Reading...

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