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Budget Battle Heats Up

Things are heating up in Pennsylvania

As temperatures began to inch toward 100 degrees in mid-July, lawmakers across the state were being bombarded with attacks from Governor Wolf and his handlers claiming that the no-tax budget they passed in June is bad for ...

Posted on 22 July 2015 Keep Reading...

Municipal Spending in Allegheny County

(July 22, 2015)--Recently the Allegheny Institute released its annual report on municipal spending in Allegheny County (Report 15-03). This year, the data has been updated by looking at 2013 spending reports submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. All data ...

Posted on 22 July 2015 Keep Reading...

GOP Needs a JV Debate

(This article first appeared in the Daily Caller.)

It seems that the list of Republicans not running for president is shorter than the list of actual candidates. Maybe the eventual winner will be the one who can get their family to turn out and vote. Faced with a ...

Posted on 22 July 2015 Keep Reading...

GOP Spending Money to Elect Union Boss

A few weeks ago, we noted that the Delaware County GOP had selected the local AFL-CIO boss to be their candidate in an upcoming special election.

The state Republican Party is now getting involved in support of Paul Mullen. You may recall that Mullen campaigned against Sen. Pat Toomey and a ...

Posted on 21 July 2015 Keep Reading...

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...

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