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Here is Why We Should Ban Teacher Strikes in PA

What a deal.

When Pennsylvania teachers go on strike -- that is, refuse to work because they disagree with the terms of their employment -- they do not lose a day's pay; it's made up with days tacked on at the end of the year to meet the state's 180-day minimum ...

Posted on 21 December 2016 Keep Reading...

Is This Governor Wolf's Bridgegate?

In November, the Wolf administration announced that they would be laying off 600 employees from unemployment call centers across the state. The official line is that the layoffs were due to the Senate's failure to pass legislation funding the call centers. On the surface that explanation makes ...

Posted on 20 December 2016 Keep Reading...

ALEC Takes Aim at Pension Fund Cronyism

Pensions are a valuable non-wage benefit that a large majority of state and local governments offer their employees as part of their compensation packages. With approximately $3.8 trillion in total assets, millions of workers rely on the promises made by governments to provide a secure retirement ...

Posted on 20 December 2016 Keep Reading...

Deeper Implications of the Ambridge Teacher Strike

(December 19, 2016)--Summary: Yet another Pennsylvania school district is in the midst of a teacher strike with the walkout leaving parents and students to suffer the consequences. It is past time for the state to eliminate the right of teachers to strike to protect the interests of students and ...

Posted on 19 December 2016 Keep Reading...

Immigration Reform and Enforcement

These is little dispute that America's legal immigration system should be reformed in order to more easily admit and naturalize educated, accomplished immigrants who are able to supplement a domestic workforce which has unnecessarily suffered under a repressive, underperforming public education ...

Posted on 16 December 2016 Keep Reading...

Why the Electoral College Should Endure

Some supporters of Hillary Clinton are taking out their frustrations in a vigorous campaign to, as they say, "Abolish the Electoral College." Their mantra is that since Clinton had a larger share of the popular vote than Donald Trump, she effectively won the election. Democrat Senator ...

Posted on 16 December 2016 Keep Reading...

Behind the Headlines Program Schedule

Behind the Headlines
Presented by the Susquehanna Valley Center for Public Policy

For the weeks of December 12 and 19, 2016

Susquehanna Valley Center Board Chairman Edward H. Arnold discusses financing and investment issues. Then, Paul Addis discusses ...

Posted on 15 December 2016 Keep Reading...

Trump: New Whig President

As someone who served as a Republican delegate from Pennsylvania during the 2016 election, and as a professor of political science and presidential history, I have some fresh political-historical observations untangled from partisan gossip about Donald Trump and his future presidency. It seems ...

Posted on 15 December 2016 Keep Reading...

State Spending to Blame for Low Economic Opportunity

New Report Shows Need for Government Spending Restraint

December 13, 2016, HARRISBURG, Pa.–When it comes to controlling spending, Pennsylvania ranks a disappointing 30th among states, according to the Economic Freedom of North America 2016 report, released ...

Posted on 14 December 2016 Keep Reading...

At What Cost?

(December 14, 2016)--Summary: The announcement of two new international airlines beginning service at Pittsburgh International Airport in 2017 has been applauded by local officials and the media. However, these two new airlines will be receiving taxpayer subsidies to operate here. If history is ...

Posted on 14 December 2016 Keep Reading...

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