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PA Family Update

Family Update - Friday, June 27, 2014
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Abortion Clinic "Buffer Zones" Declared Unconstitutional
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously yesterday in McCullen v. Coakley that Massachusetts's 35-foot "buffer zones" around abortion ...

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Momentum Builds for Paycheck Protection

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

Senate Committee Advances Paycheck Protection
State House and Senate Bills Positioned for Floor Votes

June 26, 2014, Harrisburg, ...

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State Budget Progressing

Harrisburg has been busy deciding how to spend your tax dollars, and there are only a few days left before the June 30th budget deadline.

On Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committee approved a scaled back version of the Governor's proposed budget. One of the more interesting components ...

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Potential Impact of Parking Rate Hike Plan

(June 26, 2014)--How big of a role has the City's parking system and the parking tax it collects played in the City's tussle with longstanding financial issues and what will be the impact going forward?

Ten years ago, just after being declared fiscally distressed by the state, the City of ...

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Real Question About the Budget

People are asking lots of good questions lately about Pennsylvania's proposed 2014/2015 budget. But few are raising what may be the most urgent question of all: why are state revenues down this year--more than a half billion dollars amid a national economic recovery?

Indeed, Pennsylvania's ...

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Budget: Lawmakers Have Three Clear Choices

State lawmakers are in the thick of the frenzy of patching together a spending plan for the 2014-15 fiscal year that begins July 1. Enacting a budget is a formidable task that entails long, tense negotiations and, since it must be balanced, attention to hundreds of details. Complicating matters ...

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Kane's Back-Handed Exoneration of Corbett

While acknowledging that Corbett, previously as AG himself, investigating Jerry Sandusky, did not politicize the Sandusky investigation, Kane still called Corbett's choices in that investigation "inexcusable" and "inexplicable."

Without ...

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Being 'Offended' is Not Establishment of Religion

The Elmbrook School District operates two public high schools in suburban Wisconsin. Finding that its own gymnasiums were cramped, hot, and uncomfortable, and at the request of students, it decided to move joint graduation ceremonies to a local Protestant church which offered air conditioning, more ...

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Time to Stop Pandering

In the political dictionary, an example of "pandering" is a candidate saying what he think sounds good – often a plank of the other party's platform – despite knowing it's bad policy.

Ironically, pandering virtually never works, because ...

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Fudging the Job Numbers

President Barack Obama has launched his Fifth Annual Summer of Recovery.
A recent administration jobs report trumpeted that the United States economy has reached a level of "payroll employment" equal to "pre-recession levels."
Celebrate, America!

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