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Greeks, Germans and Flying Crockery

"Rather go to bed without dinner than to rise in debt," advised Benjamin Franklin.

That seems to be not exactly how the Greeks see things, where Franklin's cautionary advice on borrowing is likely to be swapped for an ethos that's more accepting of ...

Posted on 21 July 2015 Keep Reading...

PA Must Get Education Spending Under Control

I have spent a lot of time learning about the education system since I was elected to the Pennsylvania Senate. I have visited the majority of the schools in my district, as well as many others. I have also met with many school officials, talked to many teachers and parents, and I meet with ...

Posted on 21 July 2015 Keep Reading...

Entitlement and the Waldron Mercy Firing

The marriage between Waldron Mercy Academy and Margie Winters, the school's former director of religious education, was definitely not a match made in heaven. In fact, it ended in a nasty, very-public divorce, with reconciliation seemingly out of the question. And both sides in this contentious ...

Posted on 16 July 2015 Keep Reading...

Hands Off My Raisins!

Laura and Marvin Horne are raisin farmers. Early one morning in 2002, a truck appeared at their business and the drivers demanded a whopping 47 percent of their raisin crop. The truck was sent by the federal government and those demanding Horne's raisin crop claimed to be operating under a ...

Posted on 16 July 2015 Keep Reading...

Wolf Campaigns for Nation's Biggest Tax Hike

Two weeks after the June 30 budget deadline, Governor Tom Wolf is on the road pitching the budget plan he first unveiled in early March. He's standing by his plan despite a series of embarrassing setbacks: zero votes for his budget in the House when it was brought to the floor in early June; an ...

Posted on 16 July 2015 Keep Reading...

Will School Takeover Process Work?

(July 16, 2015)--In late June, buried in the fight over the budget and liquor store privatization, a bill cleared the Pennsylvania Senate that would create a statewide school district called the Achievement School District (ASD). This district's sole purpose is to take over elementary and ...

Posted on 16 July 2015 Keep Reading...

Wolf's Taxing Budget

The 2015-16 fiscal year is officially underway, and with no state spending plan in place, it seems as if we are reverting to the old days of budget impasses and standoffs.

Despite the General Assembly meeting its constitutional obligation of getting a budget to ...

Posted on 16 July 2015 Keep Reading...

Dem Disarray Could Boost GOP

Republicans held a smart, enthusiastic, well-organized leadership conference here last month that drew presidential candidates and party rock stars, plus edgy, informative panels for grassroots activists. But they will need a lot more than that to cross Pennsylvania's finish line in the 2016 ...

Posted on 16 July 2015 Keep Reading...

A Day at the Beach

SEA ISLE, N.J.

The sun was shining and the beach looked relaxing – and safe – until we stopped at a local bait shop to ask what's biting.

"The fishing boats spotted a great white yesterday off Cape May – ...

Posted on 16 July 2015 Keep Reading...

Welfare Costs Driving State Budget Up

Pop quiz: What's the largest spending increase in Governor Tom Wolf's budget proposal? You might assume education, as the governor has repeatedly insisted the state must reinvest in public schools. Paying for ballooning public pension costs would also be a reasonable guess.

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Posted on 16 July 2015 Keep Reading...

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