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Trump's Brexit Blunder

Is Donald Trump smart or just lucky? Trump was in the United Kingdom when British voters opted to leave the European Union, prompting the ever-opportunistic Trump to do a victory lap. Trump's populist campaign certainly gained a measure of momentum with a Brexit vote that surprised even it ...

Posted on 7 July 2016 Keep Reading...

Shedding Party Labels

Have you heard the term "fight the good fight"? At first glance, the phrase seems incongruous. How can a fight be good? However, when we come to understand the nature of advocating for beneficial public policies – often working for years to see results – the words meld ...

Posted on 7 July 2016 Keep Reading...

PA General Fund Revenue Growth Slows Dramatically

(July 7, 2016)--As Pennsylvania's government works to put together a budget for Fiscal Year 2016-17 (FY 16-17) an unwelcome and very worrisome slowdown in the growth of General Fund revenues has occurred. Plans to boost spending by $1.5 billion could face an even bigger than projected hurdle if the ...

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'Kate's Law' to Get Senate Vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today delivered a speech on the Senate floor on Kate's Law, which is slated to receive a vote this afternoon. Sen. Cruz first introduced a version of Kate's Law last July and reintroduced the current version in October. The legislation is named ...

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Socialism: Venezuela Destroys Its Currency

Millennials are among the most avid supporters of the socialism promoted by Bernie Sanders. What is most remarkable is that there is ample evidence that socialist regimes bring untold economic harm to the very citizens who initially support them. My prior article on socialism in Venezuela discussed ...

Posted on 7 July 2016 Keep Reading...

Spend First, Revenue Later Budget Stalls

The General Assembly and Governor Tom Wolf are still working towards a budget agreement, which, as of this writing, will likely be finalized in the weeks following the June 30 deadline. While no one facing re-election wants to repeat last year's bruising nine-month budget battle, the kind words ...

Posted on 6 July 2016 Keep Reading...

Will Lawmakers Renege on Tax Pledge?

Natural Gas Gross Receipts Tax Would Hit 2.7 Million Homeowners

July 6, 2016, HARRISBURG, Pa.–As lawmakers scramble to find revenue to fund the $1.6 billion spending increase they passed last week, a broad-based tax increase, once deemed "off the ...

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Public Safety Legislation Fails in U.S. Senate

Toomey: Despite Bipartisan Support, Public Safety Legislation Fails To Clear Hurdle
Will Continue Fight To Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Senate was unable to muster 60 votes to move forward on Senator Pat Toomey's (R-Pa.) ...

Posted on 6 July 2016 Keep Reading...

Higher Ed Hysterics

Unintended comedy on American campuses is amplified by how earnestly, authoritatively and hysterically (in every sense of the word) emotionally-adolescent undergraduates express trivialities while attempting to suppress or ban things most adults think of as "a classical education," ...

Posted on 2 July 2016 Keep Reading...

Bloom: Budget More Than We Can Afford

Bloom Says Budget Has More Government Spending Than Taxpayers Can Afford

HARRISBURG — Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland) today issued the following statement reflecting his opposition to the $31.6 billion state budget sent to the governor's desk, which ...

Posted on 2 July 2016 Keep Reading...

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