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A Look at Proposed 2015 Pittsburgh Budget

(October 15, 2014)--The City's 2015 operating budget and five year financial forecast were submitted to the oversight board on September 22nd. The 2015 budget shows $512.6 million in revenue, $505.9 million in expenditures and an operating result (surplus) of $6.7 million. This Policy Brief ...

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A Free Market Economist's Take on 'The Roosevelts'

By now, you've probably seen or heard about Ken Burns' 14-hour documentary on the three most famous Roosevelts: Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor. I have to confess that I almost didn't watch it.

There were two reasons for my reluctance. First, I am not a fan of ...

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Time to Have That Conversation on Race

Jerry Seinfeld to priest in confessional: Well, I should tell you that I'm Jewish.

Father: That's no sin.

Jerry: Oh good. Anyway, I wanted to talk to you about Dr. Whatley. I have a suspicion that he's converted to Judaism just ...

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Conservative Talk Radio Causing Own Demise?

Conservative talk-radio is hurting. Liberals are gleefully circling the wagons, celebrating their adversary's imminent demise, even as conservative talk-radio remains far more popular than liberal talk-radio.

Liberals think they know the reason for the decline: ...

Posted on 14 October 2014 Keep Reading...

Happy, Happy, Happy!

It used to be that America was the land of opportunity. Each person had the chance to strive for his dreams. It was understood that the striving meant hard work through disappointments and difficulties, and that there was an equal possibility, in any given circumstance, of success or ...

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Behind the Headlines Program Schedule


Behind the Headlines
Now airing on all Comcast Systems in Pennsylvania
For the weeks of October 13 and 20, 2014

Election Analysis and the
"Racy" Emails!

David Taylor, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association, discusses the ...

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What Obama Didn't Say About the Economy

In his speech the day before the federal government reported U.S. job growth was
248,000 in September, President Obama painted a picture that made the current state of the American economy look like the grand fireworks finale on the 4th of July--— everything simultaneously and beautifully ...

Posted on 13 October 2014 Keep Reading...

York Schools Expensive, but at Rock Bottom

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

York School District's Student Achievement Still at Rock Bottom Despite Funding
Increases
Spends $656 more per Student than the State Average, Still Fails ...

Posted on 13 October 2014 Keep Reading...

GOP Leadership Rooted in Wisconsin

SOMERS, Wis. - They are Badgers, Brewers and Packers fans.

More comfortable in jeans and boots than suits and ties, they love their state with a passion only a local could comprehend, grew up in middle-class families and speak plainly about not only their values ...

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Why PA Should Not Enact a Severence Tax on Natural Gas

As the governor's race heats up in Pennsylvania, one of the central issues is whether to enact a severance tax on natural gas. Democrat candidate Tom Wolf has emphasized the fact that Pennsylvania is the only state in the country without a severance tax. Critics of the status quo argue that the ...

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