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Government Intrusion Into Education

In Walt Disney's classic Cinderella, a letter arrives inviting every maiden in the kingdom to a ball at the palace.The stepsisters immediately begin planning for the event, and Cinderella quietly tells her stepmother that since she is a maiden, she is included in the invitation and she plans to ...

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Barbarians Inside the Gates

On the eve of Scotland's vote on independence, News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch was on the phone from London to Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto. Said Mr. Murdoch, a man with a legendary political eye:

I think there's meaning in this, and I think it goes beyond ...

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Wolf Education Plan Would Double Income Tax Rate

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

Wolf's $4.6 Billion in New Education Spending Would Require Doubling State Income Tax Analysis Reveals PA Families Face a Potential 121% Increase in Personal Income Taxes ...

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GOP Shouldn't Just Accept Senate Victory

Republicans will win a U.S. Senate majority this November, but, lacking a strategy other than "not them," the GOP may miss a larger opportunity.
Presently holding 45 of 100, Republicans need six additional seats to win a Senate majority. Because Democrats have all but conceded current ...

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Redeveloping the Lower Hill

(October 8, 2014)--Late in the summer, the Mayor of Pittsburgh announced that he wanted to establish the largest ever Tax Increment Financing district (TIF) in the City of Pittsburgh's history. The proposed TIF will stretch from the Lower Hill through the Upper Hill to the City's Oakland ...

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The Ebola Factor

Mindboggling. Astounding. Incomprehensible.

All perfectly describe the string of mistakes and idiotic actions of government officials and health care professionals dealing with the Ebola virus on American soil.

But the most ...

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How Much Do We Spend on Education?

How much do we spend on our public schools in America? Quite a lot, actually, but you wouldn't know it if you posed the question to the average voter. In poll after poll, Americans vastly underestimate per-pupil education funding and overall school spending.
For example, in a recent national ...

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Divorced from Washington

BEDFORD - Although it closed decades ago, the G.C. Murphy Co. name remains integrated on the tiled floor of Founders Crossing, an antique store and caf now occupying the corner of Lincoln Highway and Juliana Street here.

In the 19th-century Italianate building's ...

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Scholarship Program Saves Billions

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

Scholarship Programs Already Saved School Districts Nearly a Billion Dollars
EITC and OSTC Save Money While Improving Education Outcomes

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Downtown Development and Prevailing Wage

(October 3, 2014)--Upon handing $4 million to a Downtown Pittsburgh construction project, Pennsylvania's Governor was quoted in a newspaper article as saying, "It's going to make a huge difference in the central business district of Pittsburgh".

In the ...

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