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Federal Dysfunction

"The likelihood of lawsbeing enforced is slim," said Democrat Commissioner Ann M. Ravel, chairwoman ofthe Federal Election Commission, in a recent New York Times interview regardingmoney being raised and spent in the 2016 presidential election – which isprojected to generate a ...

Posted on 20 May 2015 Keep Reading...

Pittsburgh Job Counts Revised

For the second year in a row the Department of Labor
and Industry has made downward benchmark revisions to the
establishment payroll employment data for the Pittsburgh region,
altering the jobs picture as portrayed in the numbers originally
released the prior year.

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Posted on 20 May 2015 Keep Reading...

Liberal Double Standards

Liberals insist that conservatives hate women and minorities.

Perhaps there's proof of their allegations:

On a May 11 national television show, a panelist said, "I don't think we
would be taking her seriously at all if ...

Posted on 20 May 2015 Keep Reading...

Needed: Leaders With Moral Compass

Sometimes the view of American society through the prism of social media and cable news is incredibly disheartening.

We shrug off – or, worse, defend – cheaters in professional sports; we not only accept but often praise awful jobs reports; our ...

Posted on 18 May 2015 Keep Reading...

PA Business Leaders Reject Wolf Tax Plan

The Governor of Pennsylvania decided to use his perceived electoral mandate to take on one of the biggest issues that has confronted and confounded the commonwealth for decades: property tax reform. So he advanced a plan that would raise sales and personal income taxes in exchange for a cut in ...

Posted on 18 May 2015 Keep Reading...

Toomey at the Gate

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa) is running for his first reelection since his victory in 2010 probably against Joe Sestak (D). It's bound to be one of the most interesting U.S. Senate races of 2016.

And one of the priciest. Total spending is likely to top the $50 million ...

Posted on 18 May 2015 Keep Reading...

Senate Pension Plan Step in Right Direction

Yesterday the Senate passed, by an overwhelming margin, much needed changes to government employee retirement benefits. One Republican, Senator Stewart Greenleaf, joined all Democrats in voting against the measure.

Senate Pension Plan a Step in the Right Direction

Senate Bill 1 ...

Posted on 14 May 2015 Keep Reading...

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 14, Number 56). This argument has been made by so many defenders of poorly performing school ...

Posted on 13 May 2015 Keep Reading...

Iran: Gulf Region Bully

Iran acts like a Persian Gulf hegemon because it can. Tehran's military, while capable of making a less-than-concerted attack costly, would be overmatched by the armed forces of the United States and those of the Persian Gulf states and crumble quickly along with its regime. The window of ...

Posted on 13 May 2015 Keep Reading...

PA Senate Passes Pension Reform Bill

For Immediate Release
Commonwealth Foundation
Contact: Cindy Hamill (856) 607-4208

Senate Pension Reform: Sustainable for Taxpayers, Fair to Public Employees
Critical Retirement Bill Heads to the House, Positioned for Budget Discussions

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Posted on 13 May 2015 Keep Reading...

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